Super DIRTcar Series at Fulton 4/30/16

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Billy Decker poses with his check and trophy at Fulton's victory lane. (Speed51.com photo)

Billy Decker poses with his check and trophy at Fulton's victory lane. (Speed51.com photo)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Won the Race: Finding grip on the bottom of the race track is what won the race for Billy Decker. While Tim Fuller tried to work the outside in traffic, Decker was able to roll the bottom and methodically work his way by Fuller with 12 laps to go to take the lead and the win in the season-opener for the Super DIRTcar Series.

 

The Finish:

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

The SkinnyTim Fuller started in the top spot and stayed there until lap 12 when Larry Wight flew by on the outside to take the lead.  Wight stayed out front for about 30 laps before Fuller came back and retook the top spot near the halfway mark. Fuller lost the lead in traffic with about 12 laps to go to Billy Decker who rolled the inside into the lead. Fuller tried to use the outside, but he would slip back to third as Jimmy Phelps got by.  A restart with about seven laps to go gave Phelps and Fuller another shot at Decker, but Decker was able to hold them off. Fuller gave it one last effort into turn three on the final lap, but Decker kept his position on the bottom and powered to the win. Decker, Fuller, Phelps, Billy Dunn, and Stewart Friesen completed the top five.

 

Winning Quote:

"I was terrible on restarts, so from lap 95 to 98 I was terrible, but I just ran on the bottom and held them off," said Billy Decker.

NotebookTim Fuller drew the pole position during the redraw.  Fast time winner Tom Sears Jr. started in second thanks to the redraw. It was the first time Sears won the fast time award in his Super DIRTcar Series career.  Larry Wight used the cushion to his advantage early in the race as he catapulted his way to the lead, but eventually he started to fade and Fuller came back. Fuller eventually went to the outside, but Billy Decker stayed true to the inside groove and made it work, taking the lead with just about 10 laps remaining. Larry Wight had the fastest lap of the race with a time of 18.639 seconds. That was an average speed of 72.429 seconds. The margin of victory from Decker to Fuller was 0.350 seconds.

 

Car Count: Over 40 Big Block Modifieds have come out to Fulton Speedway for the season opener for the Super DIRTcar Series.

Title Fight: Last year Matt Sheppard took the championship in the Super DIRTcar Series. Tonight starts his title defense.

 

On the Move: Billy Dunn gained 13 spots to go from the 17th starting position to finish in fourth place.

 

Biggest Loser: Tom Sears Jr. started on the outside of the front row in the second spot, but finished way back in the 30th position at the end of the night.

 

Starting Line-Up:

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

Last-Chance Race Results:

Consi 1 Results
Pos. No. Driver
1 8R Rob Bellinger
2 6m Mat Williamson
3 18H Peter Britten
4 14J Alan Johnson
5 28p Eldon Payne
6 07 Tim Kerr
7 55 Matt Hulsizer
8 99b Chuck Bower
9 33 Ryan Arbithnot
10 6H Max McLaughlin
11 25H Katelynn Hile
12 56 Vince Vitale
Consi 2 Results
Pos. No. Driver
1 3 Justin Haers
2 25R Erick Rudolph
3 16 Mike Bowman
4 93 Gary Tomkins
5 109 Billy Whittaker
6 8 Rich Scagliotta
7 63 Adam Roberts
8 88 Dave Allen
9 48T Dave Rauscher
10 24 Jim Witko Jr.
11 88m Mike Mahaney

Heat Race Results:

Heat 1
Pos. No. Driver
1 62s Tom Sears Jr.
2 32c Vic Coffee
3 83x Tim Sears Jr.
4 35 Frank Cozze
5 8R Rob Bellinger
6 63 Adam Roberts
7 25H Katelynn Hile
8 48T Dave Rauscher
9 55 Matt Hulsizer
Heat 2
Pos. No. Driver
1 99L Larry Wight
2 99 Ryan Phelps
3 77x Dale Planck
4 49 Billy Dunn
5 25R Erick Rudolph
6 18H Peter Britten
7 93 Gary Tomkins
8 99b Chuck Bower
9 109 Billy Whittaker
Heat 3
Pos. No. Driver
1 98H Jimmy Phelps
2 27J Danny Johnson
3 54 Steve Bernard
4 5H Chris Hile
5 6m Mat Williamson
6 16 Mike Bowman
7 6H Max McLaughlin
8 24 Jim Witko Jr.
9 28p Eldon Payne
Heat 4
Pos. No. Driver
1 20 Brett Hearn
2 9s Matt Sheppard
3 44 Stewart Friesen
4 42p Pat Ward
5 3 Justin Haers
6 14J Alan Johnson
7 88m Mike Mahaney
8 33 Ryan Arbithnot
9 88 Dave Allen
Heat 5
Pos. No. Driver
1 19 Tim Fuller
2 91 Billy Decker
3 43 Keith Flach
4 X Chad Phelps
5 56 Vince Vitale
6 8 Rich Scagliotta
7 07 Tim Kerr

Qualifying Results:

Group 1
Pos. No. Driver Time
1 62s Tom Sears Jr. 17.201
2 83x Tim Sears Jr. 17.688
3 32c Vic Coffee 17.712
4 55 Matt Hulsizer 17.758
5 8R Rob Bellinger 17.792
6 35 Frank Cozze 17.898
7 25H Katelynn Hile 18.071
8 63 Adam Roberts 18.34
9 48T Dave Rauscher 18.821
Group 2
Pos. No. Driver Time
1 99 Ryan Phelps 17.544
2 49 Billy Dunn 17.816
3 99b Chuck Bower 17.828
4 77x Dale Planck 17.83
5 99L Larry Wight 17.844
6 25R Erick Rudolph 17.85
7 93 Gary Tomkins 17.946
8 18H Peter Britten 18.035
9 109 Billy Whittaker 18.2
Group 3
Pos. No. Driver Time
1 98H Jimmy Phelps 17.762
2 54 Steve Bernard 17.91
3 5H Chris Hile 17.948
4 6m Mat Williamson 17.971
5 16 Mike Bowman 18.007
6 27J Danny Johnson 18.126
7 6H Max McLaughlin 18.408
8 24 Jim Witko Jr. 18.687
9 28p Eldon Payne 19.089
Group 4
Pos. No. Driver Time
1 9s Matt Sheppard 17.799
2 20 Brett Hearn 17.917
3 3 Justin Haers 18.124
4 44 Stewart Friesen 18.136
5 42p Pat Ward 18.179
6 88M Mike Mahaney 18.265
7 14J Alan Johnson 18.299
8 88 Dave Allen 18.47
9 33 Ryan Arbithnot 18.509
Group 5
Pos. No. Driver Time
1 19 Tim Fuller 18.054
2 91 Billy Decker 18.152
3 43 Keith Flach 18.313
4 X Chad Phelps 18.585
5 56 Vince Vitale 18.628
6 8 Rich Scagliotta 18.777
7 7 Tim Kerr 18.821
8 XX Jeff Kitchell NT

 

Qualifying Events: Time trials will determine the heat race lineups.  The heat races will then determine who makes the field and where they will start for tonight's feature.

 

Event Schedule:

3:45pm - Hot laps

-Sportsman

- SDS Modifieds

- Late Models

4:15pm - SDS Modified Group Time Trials

5pm - Heats

- SDS Modifieds 8 Laps

- Sportsman 7 Laps

- Late Models 6 Laps

Consolations:

- SDS Modifieds 10 Laps

- Sportsman 7 Laps

Features:

- Late Models 20 Laps

- SDS Highbanks Holdup 100 Laps

- Sportsman 25 Laps

 

Who To Watch For: All of the big names are here at Fulton Speedway. Matt Sheppard, Billy Decker, Brett Hearn, Danny Johnson and Stewart Friesen will go for the win.  Newcomer Max McLaughlin is also here looking to make a splash in tonight's race.

 

Entry List:

Group 1
No. Driver
8R Rob Bellinger
25H Kate Hile
63 Adam Roberts
32C Vic Coffee
62S Tom Sears Jr.
83X Tim Sears Jr.
48T Dave Rauscher
55 Matt Hulsizer
35 Frank Cozze
Group 2
No. Driver
99B Chuck Bower
99 Ryan Phelps
49 Billy Dunn
77X Dale Planck
93 Gary Tomkins
99L Larry Wight
18H Peter Britten
25R Erick Rudolph
109 Billy Whittaker
Group 3
No. Driver
6 Matt Williamson
16 Mike Bowman
5H Chris Hile
54 Steve Bernard
24 Jimmy Witko
98H Jimmy Phelps
6H Max McLaughlin
27J Danny Johnson
28P Eldon Payne
Group 4
No. Driver
44 Stewart Friesen
9S Matt Sheppard
42P Pat Ward
10J Alan Johnson
20 Brett Hearn
88M Mike Mahaney
33 Ryan Arbuthnot
3 Justin Haers
88A David Allen
Group 5
No. Driver
91 Billy Decker
8 Rich Scagliotta
19 Tim Fuller
X Chad Phelps
56 Vince Vitale
43 Keith Flach
07 Tim Kerr
XX Ed Ketchell

 

The Track: Fulton Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked oval in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.

 

Weather: It is a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the mid-70s in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.

 

Next Series Race: The Super DIRTcar Series has a bit of a break before their next race. The next event is on June 22 at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway.

Speed Central: Super DIRTcar Series Opener at Fulton