The 2016 Super DIRTcar Series season officially kicked off with a thriller on the high banks of New York’s Fulton Speedway.  Three cars fought for the lead and the win with less than 10 laps to go and it was Billy Decker who came out on top as the winner of the High Banks Hold-up 100.

 

graphic dirt mods on 51For much of the race it was polesitter Tim Fuller showing the way by pounding the cushion.  Fuller lost the lead for a little while near the quarter-distance mark of the race when Larry Wight blew by on the outside.

 

Fuller blew back by Wight near the halfway mark to retake the lead.  He stayed out front until Decker mounted a charge with about 15 laps remaining.

 

Decker and Fuller battled side-by-side for about four laps with Decker working the inside as low as one could go and Fuller working cushion as high as possible.  Decker methodically worked the bottom until he got by Fuller with about 11 laps to go.

 

Then the yellow flag waved with about six laps to go, and that was the one thing Decker didn’t want to see.

 

“I didn’t want to see the caution, really,” Decker said in victory lane.  “I knew that we were mired in traffic, but I thought I had a car between us at that point.  And I didn’t fire good on restarts.  It took me a few laps to get going.  I was terrible from lap 95 to lap 98.”

 

 

Decker (91) and Fuller battle on the last lap at Fulton. (Duane Canfield/Speed51.com photo)

Decker (91) and Fuller battle on the last lap at Fulton. (Duane Canfield/Speed51.com photo)

Even though Decker said he was “terrible” in the closing laps, he was still able to hold off Fuller and a hard-charging Jimmy Phelps.  Fuller and Phelps both gave it one last shot, including a big move by Fuller in turn three on the final lap, but Decker was able to hold on to take the season-opening victory.

 

“I say I was terrible, but I just didn’t give up the line because of the rubber,” Decker said.  “I had to hog up the race track otherwise I wasn’t going to hold Fuller off.”

 

While Fuller was disappointed that he didn’t get the win, he was able to smile and joke around after the race.

 

“I love Fulton Speedway,” said Fuller.  “I really figured we’d have a good run here.  We just weren’t as good on the bottom there as Billy was.  We were actually about the same, but he got down there earlier.  Sometimes the guy in second has a bit of lane choice when it comes to traffic because he just goes in the opposite spot as the leader.  All in all, it was alright.  I was glad we got that caution there at the end because we were able to cool those tires off a bit, but it was just tough sledding up there.”

 

Phelps, Billy Dunn, and Stewart Friesen rounded out the top five.

 

The Super DIRTcar Series is off for a couple of months until heading to Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway on June 22.

 

For more from the Super DIRTcar Series opener from Fulton Speedway check out Speed51’s Speed Central coverage here: http://speed51.com/speed-central-super-dirtcar-series-opener-at-fulton/

 

Speed51 will have more from Fulton Speedway, including highlights on the Speed51 Network, in the coming days so stay tuned.

 

-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

-Photo Credit: Duane Canfield/Speed51.com

 

Super DIRTcar Series High Banks Hold-up 100

Fulton Speedway, Fulton, New York

Unofficial Results

 

Pos. No. Driver
1 91 Billy Decker
2 19 Tim Fuller
3 98H Jimmy Phelps
4 49 Billy Dunn
5 44 Stewart Friesen
6 27J Danny Johnson
7 99L Larry Wight
8 32c Vic Coffey
9 6m Mat Williamson
10 20 Brett Hearn
11 42p Pat Ward
12 18H Peter Britten
13 99 Ryan Phelps
14 5H Chris Hile
15 9s Matt Sheppard
16 X Chad Phelps
17 8R Rob Bellinger
18 93 Gary Tomkins
19 77X Dale Planck
20 35 Frank Cozze
21 25R Erick Rudolph
22 43 Keith Flach
23 6H Max McLaughlin
24 8 Rich Scagliotta
25 28p Eldon Payne
26 54 Steve Bernard
27 88m Mike Mahaney
28 3 Justin Haers
29 83x Tim Sears Jr.
30 62s Tom Sears Jr.
31 16 Mike Bowman

 

Decker Triumphs in Thriller on the High Banks of Fulton