Boyd & Fulton Victors in Winter Speedfest
MERCER, Pa. — After dominating most of the Jack Frost 150 at Mercer Raceway Park, Fredonia’s Ron Boyd Jr. needed a little luck to overtake his teammate, Ryan Boyd, and capture the big win. Tyler Fulton turned in the performance of his life, lapping the entire field in the Snowflake 25 for the mini stock division.
The Boyds started deep in the 54 car field. Winner Ron was 38th on the grid, and Ryan was in 40th. At the drop of the green, Ron went to the outside of the track, and he methodically worked his way past the heavy traffic.
While the Boyds were working their way forward, there was a tight battle for the lead. The early laps of the event were led by Aaron Hill, who grabbed the point from his second starting spot. Skip Lindemuth came from 12th and challenged Hill with Brian Sprague also in the mix. Sprague took the lead from Hill after lap 12 but Lindemuth snuck past him on lap 15, Lindemuth tried, but could not open any distance on his rivals and Sprague rallied back to regain the lead. He also brought Hill to the fore, and Hill passed Sprague after two more circuits.
By now, the high-flying Boyd, Ron that is, was ready to make his move. He seized control of the event on lap 20, with Hill and Milbert running close behind. Sprague fell to fourth, and enduro meister Tim Gillette ran in fifth. Gillette advanced as far front as third, before dropping out of the race.
As the race neared the halfway mark, the Boyds ran first and second ahead of Jason Shaw, Milbert, and Bill Myers, who came from 48th starting spot. William Hurelbrink continued to race amongst the leaders, clawing his way to fourth by lap 80.
While the Boyds continued to lead the pay, positions changed behind them with some regularity. With 100 laps in the books, it was the Boyds, ahead of Milbert, Shaw, Myers, Hurelbrink, Sprague, Hill, Patrick Parlock, and Nick Groves.
Ron put a lap on Ryan Boyd during their lengthy run out front, but Ron’s pace began to slow during the final 50 laps. Ryan made up his lap and chased down Ron to grab the lead 131. It looked as though he would cruise to victory until he encountered very heavy traffic entering turn one with just seven laps to go.
Ryan got out of shape and clipped the outside wall, allowing Ron to slip by. The duo ran nip and tuck for rest of the way, but Ryan could not wrestle the lead away.
At the checkered flaf, it was Ron Boyd, Ryan Boyd, Myers, Boozel, and Sprague in the money spots. Milbert, Hill, Hurelbrink, Parlock, and Groves completed the top 10.
Fulton started last in the small but feisty field of mini stocks. However, he blasted into the lead on the first lap of the race and never lifted. Fulton threw rooster tails of snow high into the air as he circled the speedway.
Trooper Tim Callahan also turned in a remarkable run, but he was no match for the speedy Fulton. Callahan was a lap ahead of the third-place finisher, Steve Longwell, Sr., a former winner of this race.
Alan Perry, the former weighmaster at the track, was fourth, and Rudy Troples placed fifth. The sixth and final finisher was Matt Cwynar.
Snowflake 25 Mini Stocks: Tyler Fulton, Tim Callahan, Steve Longwell, Sr., Alan Perry, Rudy Troples, Matt Cwynar, Mark Peck.