WINCHESTER, IN — At the conclusion of Saturday night’s Top Speed Modified feature at Winchester Speedway (IN), Tim Burkett’s No. 14 didn’t have anything left.  Lucky enough for him, what he did have before the conclusion of the 50-lap race was just enough.

While battling a very loose race car, Burkett held off a strong charge from Greg Fullerton in the closing laps to win the Top Speed Modified on the high-banks of Winchester on Saturday night.

“This is awesome,” said Burkett.  “The car was really stout for the feature tonight.  I gave it all I had there at the end.  The tires had been worn down all the way to the cords by the end of the race.”

Burkett took the lead on lap 4 restart and then had to hold off T.J. Fisher, who had the dominant car all day, throughout the early stages of the race.  Fisher stalked Burkett’s back bumper for a number of laps, waiting for the right opportunity, but ultimately engine problems would end Burkett’s night on lap 30.

“I knew the 28 (Fisher) would hang with us before something mechanically broke on his car,” said Burkett after the race.  “I knew he was right there and he is a true professional.  He’s got a lot of laps around here and knows how to drive.  He was just waiting on me to wear my stuff out.”

After leading both practice sessions, recording the fastest lap during time trials, and winning the qualifying heat race, Fisher was disappointed that he didn’t get his chance to race Burkett for the win.

“I was waiting on him to get loose and then he started twitching there for a while,” said Fisher.  “I was waiting and hoping he’d screw up in one corner or something.  I was just buying time, but by that time the motor dropped a cylinder or something.”

Following Fisher’s withdrawal from the event, Burkett opened up a nearly full straightaway lead with just 10 laps remaining.  Burkett seemed to be well on his way to victory until his car became very loose and allowed Greg Fullerton to close the gap.  Fullerton looked underneath Burkett for the final time in turn three, but Burkett was able to slam the door and cruise to victory.

“I just needed a couple laps there,” Fullerton told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “I really think one more lap would have done it.  I saw him in the distance and I was just driving as hard as I possibly could.”

Damon Breedlove, Josh Nester and 75-year-old racer Don Skaggs completed the top-five.

Top Speed Modifieds return to action on July 12 at Auto City Speedway (MI).  Speed51.com will have more from this race in the upcoming week.

By Brandon Paul – Northeast Editor, Speed51.com – @Brandon_Paul51 – Speed51.com photo

Top Speed Modified Unofficial Results

Winchester Speedway (IN) – July 5, 2014

1

14

Tim Burkett

2

05

Greg Fullerton

3

0

Damon Breedlove

4

12

Josh Nester

5

09

Don Skaggs

6

28

T.J. Fisher

7

88

Travis Stepp

8

20

Herbie Johnson

9

8

Joe Jennings

10

10

Herb Johnson

11

30

Jonathan Martin

12

12p

Chad Poole

13

80

Ralph Baxter

14

8s

Bob Sibila

15

12n

Dave Nester

16

34

Mel Klein

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