ALAN JOHNSON RECORDS IMPRESSIVE SHOWDOWN AT SUNDOWN VICTORY AT FULTON SPEEDWAY IN FRONT OF HUGE OPENING NIGHT CROWD FULTON, NY...Alan Johnson recorded an impressive victory in the 2005 Grand Opening last Saturday at Fulton Speedway. Johnson...
ALAN JOHNSON RECORDS IMPRESSIVE SHOWDOWN AT SUNDOWN VICTORY AT FULTON SPEEDWAY IN FRONT OF HUGE OPENING NIGHT CROWD
FULTON, NY...Alan Johnson recorded an impressive victory in the 2005 Grand Opening last Saturday at Fulton Speedway. Johnson earned the win in the caution free 45-lap DIRT Modified Showdown at Sundown in the Jeff Rudalavage owned, WPC Associates sponsored ride. A huge opening night crowd witnessed the season opener at the Home of the Dynomax Victoria 200.
Justin Haers raced out to the early lead at the start of the DIRT Modified Showdown at Sundown from the pole starting position. After five circuits Haers continued to lead and was followed in the top five by Chuck Bower, Alan Johnson, Danny Johnson and Tim McCreadie. Johnson worked past Ward to take over the second position on lap-15.
It took Johnson just one more circuit for Johnson to take the lead away from Haers. At the halfway mark of the 8th Annual Showdown at Sundown Johnson was being chased in the top five by Ward, Hears, Danny Johnson and Tim McCreadie. Racing in positions sixth through tenth at the halfway mark in order included Matt Sheppard, Tom Sears, Billy Decker, Gary Tomkins and Tim Fuller.
With the race staying under green flag conditions Johnson was able to keep and build his lead in and out of lapped traffic. The battle of the race was for the second position. Ward won the battle for the runner-up position with Danny Johnson, McCreadie and Sheppard completing the top five feature finishers. Haers, Fuller, Tomkins, Tom Sears and Decker completed the top ten finishers in the very competitive field. Kevin Bates scored the opening night 20-lap DIRT Sportsman feature race victory. The young Pennsylvania driver was followed across the finish line by Russ Hefti, Joey Williams, Mark Yorker and Greg Doust. Bates found room under Hefti on lap-14 to take the feature lead which he would never give back. Shawn Donath and Williams were also feature race leaders.
Joe Stefanski recovered from an early race tangle to win the opening 20-lap DIRT Pro Stock main event. Pete Stefanski, Lee Burnett, John Pietrowicz and T.J. Fitzgibbons completed the top five feature finishers behind Joe Stefanski. Pietrowicz led the opening eight laps of the main event. It was on lap nine when Joe Stefanski passed Pietrowicz for the victory.
Defending Pure Stock Track Champion Rusty Marsden earned the opening night victory in the 15-lap main event. Chad Crouse, Phil Marsden, Steve Woodworth and Mike Welch finished in positions second through fifth respectively. Rusty Marsden took the lead away from Dan Hofmann Sr. on lap eight and never gave it back. Hofmann earlier led the first seven circuits.
Veteran Bill Anderson Sr. was the winner of the 25-lap IMCA Modified Empire State Series Race. Larry Bezner, Jeff Jones, Danny Ballard and Mike Jeffries finished in positions second through fifth respectively. Anderson finally took the top spot away from Dale Caswell on lap-20 after an outstanding battle for the lead.
Action will continue this Saturday at Fulton Speedway with the DIRT Big Block Modifieds, DIRT Sportsman, DIRT Pro Stocks, Pure Stocks and the Four Cylinder Enduro drivers in competition. Track gates will open at 5 p.m. with race action set to start at 7 p.m. For more information please call the track office at 315-593-6531 or the race line at 668-RACE. On line information is available at www.fultonspeedway.com.
FEATURE RACE SUMMARY
DIRT BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS---Alan Johnson, Pat Ward, Danny Johnson, Tim McCreadie, Matt Sheppard, Justin Haers, Tim Fuller, Gary Tomkins, Tom Sears, Billy Decker, Jeff Rudalavage, Jimmy Phelps, Chuck Bower, Steve Poirier, Vinnie Vitale, Ryan Phelps, Scott Prentice, John Barker, A.J. Romano, Tim Sears, Jim Witko, Donnie Wetmore Jr., Sean Beardsley, Dale Planck, Pat O'Brien.
DIRT SPORTSMAN---Kevin Bates, Russ Hefti, Joey Williams, Mark Yorker, Greg Doust, Shawn Donath, Chris Hile, Jim Bowman, Dave Reilley, Roy Bresnahan, Jordan Bennett, Brett Tonkin, Rick Amo, Ron Schadt, Stewart Garrison, Mike Bowman, Sam Reakes IV, Chris Higgins, Alan Fink.
DIRT PRO STOCK FEATURE---Joe Stefanski, Pete Stefanski, Lee Burnett, John Pietrowicz, T.J. Fitzgibbons, Dick Parkhurst, Scott Beeles, Ricky Breed, Don Decker, Bill Clark Jr., Dale Guernsey, Allen Peters, Jason Rood, Jack Terrell, Jay Feisthamel, Mark Alnutt.
PURE STOCK FEATURE---Rusty Marsden, Chad Crouse, Phil Marsden, Steve Woodworth, Mike Welch, Joe Buske, Mike Rasbeck, Dave Mannise, Mike Holford, Dave Marcuccilli, Gary Donahue, Rick DeGroff, Rob Whipple, John Holder, Brandon Warner, Dan Hofmann Sr., Bill Thomas, George Ritchie Jr., Curt Prevo, Deb Whalen, Dave Emmons, Chris Mackey, Josh Blackwell.
IMCA MODIFIEDS---Bill Anderson Sr., Larry Bezner, Jeff Jones, Danny Ballard, Mike Jeffries, George Cantanzano, Lyle Smith, Dale Caswell, John Mason, Don Reeves, Ken Klinkowsky, Mike Chilson, Aaron Jacobs, Brian Evenden, Tony Finch, Bob Bradt, Ken Rogers, Mike Smith, Don Alvord, Rich Keller, Calvin Painter, Tom Eiklor, Richard Townsend, Brad Wall.