FULTON, NY...Scott Prentice won his first ever 35-lap DIRT Big Block Modified feature race at Fulton Speedway last Saturday on Fernandez Auto Mall Night. Prentice was one of the drivers that joined the Fulton Speedway field at the start of the 2004 season when the track made the change to headline the DIRT Big Block Modifieds. The victory for the second generation driver from Central Square, N.Y. was worth $2,000.
Tim Sears raced out to the early lead at the start of the Fernandez Auto Mall DIRT Big Block Modified feature from the outside pole starting position. With five laps complete Tim Sears was being followed in the top five Dave Axton, Prentice, A.J. Romano and Jeff Rudalavage. Sears would lead the 25-car starting field for the first 14 circuits.
Prentice took the top spot away from Sears on the lap-15 restart. At the halfway mark Prentice, Tim Sears, Tim Fuller, Jimmy Phelps and Matt Sheppard raced in the top five. Romano, Rudalavage, Pat Ward, Alan Johnson and Axton raced in positions sixth through tenth respectively at the halfway stage. Fuller moved into the second position on lap-24.
The two-time defending Fulton Speedway Track Champion then set his sights on Prentice. Fuller was able to close in on Prentice in the closing laps, but he was never able to make the winning move past. Prentice recorded the popular win at the Home of the Dynomax Victoria 200. Fuller had to settle for second with Jimmy Phelps, Johnson and Ward completing the top five feature finishers.
Kevin Bates won his fourth 20-lap DIRT Sportsman feature race last Saturday night. Bates, the current point leader, had the field covered on this occasion. Jeremy Pitcher, Greg Doust, Chris Higgins and Mike Bowman finished in positions second through fifth respectively. Bates took the top spot away from rookie driver Chris Higgins on lap-15.
Lee Burnett won his second 20-lap DIRT Pro Stock feature race of the 2005 season last Saturday night. Ray Maloney, Bob Buono, Bill Clark Jr. and John Pietrowicz completed the top five feature finishers. Burnett passed both Maloney and Buono on lap-14 to take the feature lead. It was a lead that Burnett would never give back with the top six finishers all grouped together.
Phil Marsden won his third 15-lap Pure Stock feature race of the season last Saturday. Steve Woodworth, Rusty Marsden, Ron Hawker and Ron Marsden finished in positions second through fifth respectively. Woodworth appeared headed to his first ever Fulton Speedway Pure Stock feature race victory, but Phil Marsden made a last lap pass to steal the win away.
Chad Guthrie earned the victory in the 25-lap Four Cylinder Enduro feature. Skip DeGroff, Jerry Herbert, Matt Wetter and Mark Johnston completed the top five feature finishers. It was Guthrie's second win of the season.
Action will continue this Saturday at Fulton Speedway with the DIRT Big Block Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks and the Mod Lites all in competition. Race time is set for 7 p.m. For more information go on line to www.fultonspeedway.com. The track office number is 315-593-6531 and the race line is reached at 668-RACE.
FERNANDEZ AUTO MALL FEATURE RACE SUMMARY
DIRT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS---Scott Prentice, Tim Fuller, Jimmy Phelps, Alan Johnson, Pat Ward, Matt Sheppard, Jeff Rudalavage, Tim Sears, A.J. Romano, Tom Sears, Vinnie Vitale, John Barker, Chad Phelps, Dave Axton, Ryan Richardson, Sean Beardsley, Donnie Wetmore Jr., Dale Planck, Dave Rauscher, Jeff Isabell, Dan Vauter, Ryan Phelps, Terry Knoblock, Tim Harris, Jim Witko.
DIRT SPORTSMAN---Kevin Bates, Jeremy Pitcher, Greg Doust, Chris Higgins, Mike Bowman, Joe Williams, Jim Bowman, Mark Yorker, Sam Reakes IV, Kyle Lewis, Brett Tonkin, Roger West, Alan Fink, Mark Davison, Stewart Garrison, Shane Donath, Roy Bresnahan, Dave Reilley, Chris Hile, Henry Desormeau.
DIRT PRO STOCKS---Lee Burnett, Ray Maloney, Bob Buono, Bill Clark Jr., John Pietrowicz, T.J. Fitzgibbons, Ricky Breed, Jack Terrell, Dale Guernsey, Scott Beeles, Jim Evans, Dave Meeks, Mark Alnutt, Rick Duanehauer, Cheryl Guernsey, Dick Parkhurst, Fred Dennis, Jason Rood, Jesse Updike.
PURE STOCKS---Phil Marsden, Steve Woodworth, Rusty Marsden, Ron Hawker, Ron Marsden, George Ritchie Jr., Chad Crouse, Dave Emmons, Zeke McKewon, Van Grant, Josh Blackwell, Jay McGilliccuddy, Adam Guilds, Gary Barton, Ted Crawford, Brandon Warner, Debbie Whalen, Curt Prevo, Chuck Lacey, Jim Donaldson, Rob Whipple, Dan Hofmann Sr., Joe Buske.
FOUR CYLINDER ENDURO TOP FIVE---Chad Guthrie, Skip DeGroff, Jerry Herbert, Matt Wetter, Mark Johnston.