Fuller registers first Fonda big block victory
FONDA — When the big block DIRTCar series races came to Fonda Speedway for their tour events, Tim Fuller was always considered a threat to win, but never did.
This season, Fuller has joined the ranks as a weekly competition at the speedway.
It did not take long for him to make his presence felt and Saturday night the Edwards, N.Y., modified pilot parked the Graham-sponsored big block in Victory Lane for his first modified feature win at the Track of Champions.
‘I have been coming here for about 20 years but we only ran a couple times a year here and I came so close,” Fuller said in Victory Lane. “This is where I want to make my home on Saturday nights. When I took the lead I thought to myself I didn’t want to screw this up. The track was really heavy and we freed it up quite a bit before the feature. It was the right move.”
Joining Fuller with feature wins Saturday night were David Constantino (602 sportsman), Ivan Joslin (pro stock), Steve Cosselman (street stock), Ken Hollenbeck (cruisers) and Larry Neimiec (limited sportsman).
Troy Palmer held the early-race lead over Mike Maresca and Justin Boehler.
Boehler moved into second on a lap four restart and took the point a lap later.
Fuller was on a charge and moved into the runner-up spot on a lap eight restart and pressured Boehler for the lead, while Ronnie Johnson and Stewart Friesen locked in a battle for third place.
Boehler held off Fuller until lap 14 when Fuller found a little extra bite off turn two to grab the lead.
Friesen found his way into third and left Johnson battling for position with Josh Hohenforst.
Friesen moved into second with six laps to go but there was no denying Fuller the victory as he crossed under the checkers a straightaway ahead of Friesen.
Johnson finished third followed by Boehler, Hohenforst, Bobby Varin, Jeremy Wilder, Craig Hanson, Scott Huber and Shaun Pangman.
In he 602 sportsman race, Josh DeMagistris set the early pace before Constantino moved to the front on lap seven.
Nick Scavia and Chad Edwards found their was into second and third with seven laps to go and caught a break as a caution with two laps remaining erased Constantino’s half-track Iead.
After a caution on the first restart attempt, Constantino was able to stave off a late-race charge by Edwards to pick up his first win of the season.
Edwards was second for the second-straight week, while Rocky Warner got up for third with Scavia and Tim Hartman Jr. completing the top five.
Joslin took the lead at the drop of the green in the 20-lap pro stock feature and fought off challenges from Josh Coonradt for the first nine laps before Coonradt moved around the outside exciting turn for to lead at the halfway mark.
Coonradt’s ride began showing smoke and slowing with five laps to go and Joslin pounced at the opportunity to get back to the front.
Kenny Gates followed Joslin past Coonradt and quickly made it a two-car race for the lead with Joslin.
Gates got under Joslin heading into turn one on the last lap but Joslin had enough to hold him off until Gates made a strong move to get alongside the leader on the short chute between turns three and four.
Gates and Joslin exited turn four side-by-side with Joslin winning the race to the checkers by .094-seconds. A.J. Walters finished third with Nick Stone and Gus Hollner rounding out the top five.