New on the Audio Page from the Fulton Speedway opener:
After the heat races:
Matt Farnham won the first Sportsman qualifier and told me how the racetrack came to him late.
Ronnie Davis III got off to a tough start and explained how he came from third to first in his heat.
Jeremy Pitcher led every lap from the pole to win his heat and told me that the car didn’t feel fast.
David Marcuccilli had to hold on to win his heat race and described some issues he was having.
Bryan Howland drove away for a convincing heat win and talked about the fast groove up on top.
Steve Poirier came from 6th to 1st to win his heat and wondered why the leader changed lines.
Matt Tanner told me why he switched his line from middle to top right after the yellow flag waved.
Paul Kinney hit the ute tire on lap one, popped a frustration wheelie and talked about his heat win.
After the Sportsman feature and ESS A-Main:
Brad Rouse earned the win in a classic side by side battle and talked about it with Bill Foley.
Jeremy Pitcher finished in second place after leading a lot of laps and spoke with Bill Foley.
Ronnie Davis III picked up 7spots to finish third and told Bill Foley about his race to the front.
Steve Poirier told Mike Mallett about his ESS A-Main win, the 54th of his Sprint Car career.
Danny Varin led the first 17 laps before finishing in second and talked about a slower lapped car.
Brian Howland spoke with Mike Mallett after his 3rd place and told him how hard his crew worked.
I had a fun night as I traveled the 20 minutes up Route 57 to the Fulton Speedway on a cold and rainy afternoon. Fortunately the rain subsided and the big area of rain that we all saw on the radar stayed south and never affected us.
The track actually benefitted from the conditions and was maybe the best opening day surface the speedway has ever had. There was a cushion and it was tall but there were three good grooves of racing with a ripple or bump nowhere to be found. It was the perfect storm so to speak and it led to some great racing.
I was able to get there right after the rain stopped and was able to record 21 pre race interviews. I hope to get to Fulton early today as well and hope to add at least 15 more to that total. If that happens, you’ll get a minimum of 7 new clips every day next week. Keep your fingers crossed and don’t miss a day.
The Sportsman Super DIRTcar Series kicked off with 54 cars in the pit area. I got to four of the five heat winners and by the time I got to Brad Rouse’s car he was in it and pulling out for the feature. Yeah they were moving things along alright.
Brad Rouse and Jeremy Pitcher had a classic side by side battle with Pitcher up high and Rouse running the middle to the bottom. Each led a lot of laps and they seemed to spend forever right next to each other but Rouse was the victor on this night and extended his Fulton Speedway winning streak to two.
Steve Poirier was the show in the ESS opener as he ran down early leader Danny Varin in traffic. Varin had the lead but hit a slower car that stayed on the cushion, right where Varin was running, and affected the outcome. Varin could not get his car to like the bottom and Poirier was a little better in that lower lane. Poirier got by, Varin never caught up and the race was over.
Today I will be back as the Super DIRTcar Series for Modifieds headlines the show. The Sportsman will also be on hand as their first point race for Fulton is tonight. And I would not be surprised if a lot of teams from Friday stay over and run today.
It is going to be an action packed day and I’m sure the tracks nearest to you will be running as well and they would love it if you stopped by. The best racing and the best stories are not on TV, they are at racetracks in our own backyards. So get out today and show your support while seeing some wonderful racing.