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BANDIT BREAKS THROUGH: Phelps Victorious with 358 Modifieds in Round 3 of OktoberFAST at Fulton

Baldwinsville-native collects $4k and first 358 Modified victory of the season at Fulton

FULTON, NY – Oct. 8, 2020 – One start for Jimmy Phelps in DIRTcar 358 Modified Series action in New York this year. One trip to DIRTcar OktoberFAST Victory Lane.

The Baldwinsville Bandit took to the high banks of the Fulton Speedway Thursday night and put on a clinic for everyone watching live from their homes on DIRTVision presented by Drydene, leading the final 34 laps of the 358 Modified Series presented by Bicknell Racing Products Feature to claim his first OktoberFAST win of the six-race stretch.

But one just wasn’t enough to satisfy the Baldwinsville, NY, driver. One hour later, he won again, putting his Heinke-Baldwin Racing #98H Big-Block Modified in Victory Lane with the Super DIRTcar Series presented by Billy Whittaker Cars. Truly, a night to remember.

“We didn’t have all those big shows, we didn’t have all these opportunities,” Phelps said of his season to this point with an eye to his back-to-back wins. “So, to be able to come in and get two real big wins right here tonight… hopefully it gets the ball rolling for the rest of the week.”

Phelps took the green in the 40-lap contest from outside the front row with Billy Decker to his inside. The two did battle for the first five laps before Phelps found the speed he needed on the low line to get a run underneath Decker into Turn 3 and take the spot away from him at the exit of Turn 4.

From that point forward, it was all Phelps out front. He was never seriously challenged for the lead again. He was able to make his car work the best on the slick surface every lap, and it payed out a big $4,000 check in the end.

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However, there was one hoop Phelps had to jump through. A caution flag flew at the halfway point for a spinning Jessey Mueller in Turn 2, and the field was restacked nose-to-tail.

“Those restarts… you just never know, because when you step on the gas after a couple of laps slow, you don’t really know what your tires did under the yellow. All it takes is to get them things spinning once and then he’s by you. So, I had to be careful there, but fortunately the car just took off and we were pretty good,” Phelps said about his approach to the restart.

Making the most of the restart was Tim Sears Jr., who went from sixth to third in one lap. Andy Bachetti and Mike Mahaney made some contact on the restart to Sears’ inside at the drop of the green, allowing him to drive by on the top. He then got a great run back on the bottom under Stewart Friesen for third and took it away as they crossed the stripe.

“We were really good. It’s just that once the cars get rolling, we kinda all even out, so you’ve got to get your spots off the starts and restarts. I was hoping for a few more so I could mix it up with Billy [Decker] and Jimmy [Phelps]… just, luck didn’t fall our way,” Sears Jr. said.

Decker kept up the pressure all race long on Phelps but was unable to get the run he needed to make a serious bid for the lead. Still, he did come away with a runner-up finish.

“It would have been nice to give it a shot. I don’t know if we were gonna have anything for him; [Phelps] fired really good too. But again, you always want that chance,” Decker said.

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The DIRTcar OktoberFAST action continues Friday night from the Can-Am Speedway in LaFargeville, NY, with the 358 Modifieds and Sportsman alongside the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds.

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RESULTS

Feature (40 Laps) 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1][$4,000]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [2][$2,500]; 3. 62X-Tim Sears [7][$1,500]; 4. 35-Mike Mahaney [8][$1,200]; 5. 1Z-Stewart Friesen [6][$1,000]; 6. 25-Erick Rudolph [15][$800]; 7. 9S-Matt Sheppard [18][$700]; 8. 42P-Pat Ward [5][$600]; 9. 3-Justin Haers [16][$550]; 10. 4-Andy Bachetti [3][$500]; 11. 215-Adam Pierson [12][$450]; 12. 19-Tim Fuller [14][$400]; 13. 98-Rocky Warner [11][$375]; 14. 6-Mat Williamson [23][$350]; 15. 3J-Marc Johnson [17][$325]; 16. 247-Michael Maresca [29][$300]; 17. 2RJ-Ronnie Johnson [4][$275]; 18. 99L-Larry Wight [26][$250]; 19. 49-Billy Dunn [22][$250]; 20. 3B-Chad Brachmann [9][$250]; 21. M1-David Marcuccilli [19][$250]; 22. 36-Ben Bushaw [28][$250]; 23. 9-Tyler Meeks [30][$250]; 24. 32R-Ronnie Davis [10][$250]; 25. 15-Todd Root [20][$250]; 26. 1X-Willy Decker [24][$250]; 27. 69-Tyler Boniface [21][$250]; 28. 20S-David Schilling [27][$250]; 29. 19M-Jessey Mueller [13][$250]; 30. 83-Danny Johnson [25][$250] Hard Charger: 247-Michael Maresca[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A 1. 2RJ-Ronnie Johnson, 17.697; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney, 17.79; 3. 25-Erick Rudolph, 17.878; 4. 49-Billy Dunn, 18.016; 5. 247-Michael Maresca, 18.099; 6. 11T-Jeff Taylor, 18.155; 7. 11J-James Sweeting, 18.183; 8. 26-Ricky Richner, 18.286; 9. 4M-Greg Martin, 18.334; 10. 714-Gordon Button, 18.342; 11. 7G-Brad Godshalk, 18.467

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 91-Billy Decker, 18.076; 2. 3B-Chad Brachmann, 18.091; 3. 28-Jordan Mccreadie, 18.219; 4. 6-Mat Williamson, 18.256; 5. 3-Justin Haers, 18.273; 6. O2-Roy Bresnahan, 18.346; 7. 4X-Kevin Root, 18.45; 8. 24K-Nick Krause, 18.453; 9. 36-Ben Bushaw, 18.723; 10. 42-Colton Wilson, 18.871; 11. 66X-Carey Terrance, NT

Qualifying Flight-C 1. 32R-Ronnie Davis, 17.975; 2. 42P-Pat Ward, 18.026; 3. 83-Danny Johnson, 18.363; 4. 20S-David Schilling, 18.478; 5. 22J-Jeremy Dygert, 18.595; 6. 74-Lucas Fuller, 18.601; 7. 34-George Foley, 18.64; 8. 01C-Justin Wright, 18.727; 9. 3J-Marc Johnson, 18.753; 10. 55-Matt Woodruff, 18.817; 11. 132-Brandon Michaud, 19.33

Qualifying Flight-D 1. 1Z-Stewart Friesen, 17.921; 2. 98-Rocky Warner, 18.195; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard, 18.365; 4. 69G-Randy Green, 18.568; 5. 60-Jackson Gill, 18.574; 6. 27W-Nick Webb, 18.647; 7. 27Z-Dylan Zacharias, 18.686; 8. 16R-Richard Smith, 18.766; 9. 21-Ryan Darcy, 18.784; 10. 10-Tyler Corcoran, NT; 11. 12-Roddy Watts, NT

Qualifying Flight-E 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps, 18.011; 2. M1-David Marcuccilli, 18.29; 3. 99L-Larry Wight, 18.305; 4. 215-Adam Pierson, 18.316; 5. 9-Tyler Meeks, 18.458; 6. 69C-Collin Dubois, 18.717; 7. 7C-Glenn Forward, 18.728; 8. 21H-Bob Henry, 18.733; 9. 3M-Michael Stanton, 18.979; 10. 1NY-Greg Atkins, NT; 11. 22-Brandon Walters, NT

Qualifying Flight-F 1. 19M-Jessey Mueller, 18.377; 2. 4-Andy Bachetti, 18.393; 3. 15-Todd Root, 18.528; 4. 1X-Willy Decker, 18.533; 5. 4V-Billy Vaninwegen, 18.683; 6. 34F-Andrew Ferguson, 18.697; 7. 97-Randy Shantel, 18.711; 8. 32C-James Meehan, 18.851; 9. 29J-Joel Hall, 18.985; 10. 18-Ryan Macartney, 19.143; 11. 26M-Michael Mandigo, 19.334

Qualifying Flight-G 1. 62X-Tim Sears, 18.336; 2. 19-Tim Fuller, 18.494; 3. 31-Lance Willix, 18.569; 4. 69-Tyler Boniface, 18.646; 5. 22T-Gil Tegg, 18.755; 6. 63-David Constantino, 18.817; 7. 165-Rex King, 18.884; 8. 23L-Cameron Black, 18.921; 9. 20-Corey Cormier, 18.963; 10. 86-Matt Steffenhagen, 18.969; 11. 58M-Marshall Hurd, 19.213

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 2RJ-Ronnie Johnson [1]; 2. 35-Mike Mahaney [2]; 3. 25-Erick Rudolph [3]; 4. 49-Billy Dunn [4]; 5. 247-Michael Maresca [5]; 6. 11J-James Sweeting [7]; 7. 26-Ricky Richner [8]; 8. 7G-Brad Godshalk [11]; 9. 11T-Jeff Taylor [6]; 10. 4M-Greg Martin [9]; 11. 714-Gordon Button [10]

Heat #2 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 91-Billy Decker [1]; 2. 3B-Chad Brachmann [2]; 3. 3-Justin Haers [5]; 4. 6-Mat Williamson [4]; 5. O2-Roy Bresnahan [6]; 6. 36-Ben Bushaw [9]; 7. 24K-Nick Krause [8]; 8. 4X-Kevin Root [7]; 9. 66X-Carey Terrance [11]; 10. 42-Colton Wilson [10]; 11. 28-Jordan Mccreadie [3]

Heat #3 – Flight (C) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 42P-Pat Ward [2]; 2. 32R-Ronnie Davis [1]; 3. 3J-Marc Johnson [9]; 4. 20S-David Schilling [4]; 5. 83-Danny Johnson [3]; 6. 34-George Foley [7]; 7. 01C-Justin Wright [8]; 8. 55-Matt Woodruff [10]; 9. 132-Brandon Michaud [11]; 10. 74-Lucas Fuller [6]; 11. 22J-Jeremy Dygert [5]

Heat #4 – Flight (D) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 1Z-Stewart Friesen [1]; 2. 98-Rocky Warner [2]; 3. 9S-Matt Sheppard [3]; 4. 60-Jackson Gill [5]; 5. 27Z-Dylan Zacharias [7]; 6. 69G-Randy Green [4]; 7. 27W-Nick Webb [6]; 8. 16R-Richard Smith [8]; 9. 21-Ryan Darcy [9]; 10. 10-Tyler Corcoran [10]; 11. 12-Roddy Watts [11]

Heat #5 – Flight (E) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [1]; 2. 215-Adam Pierson [4]; 3. M1-David Marcuccilli [2]; 4. 99L-Larry Wight [3]; 5. 9-Tyler Meeks [5]; 6. 21H-Bob Henry [8]; 7. 69C-Collin Dubois [6]; 8. 22-Brandon Walters [11]; 9. 3M-Michael Stanton [9]; 10. 7C-Glenn Forward [7]; 11. 1NY-Greg Atkins [10]

Heat #6 – Flight (F) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 4-Andy Bachetti [2]; 2. 19M-Jessey Mueller [1]; 3. 15-Todd Root [3]; 4. 1X-Willy Decker [4]; 5. 34F-Andrew Ferguson [6]; 6. 32C-James Meehan [8]; 7. 4V-Billy Vaninwegen [5]; 8. 97-Randy Shantel [7]; 9. 18-Ryan Macartney [10]; 10. 29J-Joel Hall [9]; 11. 26M-Michael Mandigo [11]

Heat #7 – Flight (G) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 62X-Tim Sears [1]; 2. 19-Tim Fuller [2]; 3. 69-Tyler Boniface [4]; 4. 31-Lance Willix [3]; 5. 63-David Constantino [6]; 6. 22T-Gil Tegg [5]; 7. 23L-Cameron Black [8]; 8. 165-Rex King [7]; 9. 20-Corey Cormier [9]; 10. 86-Matt Steffenhagen [10]; 11. 58M-Marshall Hurd [11]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 49-Billy Dunn [1][-]; 2. 83-Danny Johnson [4][-]; 3. 36-Ben Bushaw [6][$110]; 4. 60-Jackson Gill [2][$110]; 5. 34F-Andrew Ferguson [5][$110]; 6. 21H-Bob Henry [7][$110]; 7. 66X-Carey Terrance [13][$110]; 8. 23L-Cameron Black [10][$110]; 9. 27W-Nick Webb [9][$110]; 10. 55-Matt Woodruff [11][$110]; 11. 4M-Greg Martin [15][$110]; 12. 97-Randy Shantel [12][$110]; 13. 3M-Michael Stanton [14][$110]; 14. 86-Matt Steffenhagen [17][$110]; 15. 26-Ricky Richner [8][$110]; 16. 31-Lance Willix [3][$110]; 17. 10-Tyler Corcoran [16][$110]; 18. 22J-Jeremy Dygert [18][$110]; 19. 26M-Michael Mandigo [19][$110]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 6-Mat Williamson [1][-]; 2. 99L-Larry Wight [2][-]; 3. 247-Michael Maresca [3][$110]; 4. 27Z-Dylan Zacharias [4][$110]; 5. 63-David Constantino [5][$110]; 6. 165-Rex King [12][$110]; 7. 32C-James Meehan [7][$110]; 8. 34-George Foley [6][$110]; 9. 42-Colton Wilson [15][$110]; 10. 69C-Collin Dubois [9][$110]; 11. 16R-Richard Smith [11][$110]; 12. 24K-Nick Krause [8][$110]; 13. 7C-Glenn Forward [16][$110]; 14. 18-Ryan Macartney [14][$110]; 15. 12-Roddy Watts [18][$110]; 16. 132-Brandon Michaud [13][$110]; 17. 7G-Brad Godshalk [10][$110]; 18. 714-Gordon Button [17][$110]; 19. 58M-Marshall Hurd [19][$110]

Last Chance Showdown 3 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 1X-Willy Decker [2][-]; 2. 20S-David Schilling [1][-]; 3. 9-Tyler Meeks [4][$110]; 4. 69G-Randy Green [6][$110]; 5. 11J-James Sweeting [5][$110]; 6. 22T-Gil Tegg [7][$110]; 7. 28-Jordan Mccreadie [17][$110]; 8. 01C-Justin Wright [8][$110]; 9. 4X-Kevin Root [10][$110]; 10. 4V-Billy Vaninwegen [9][$110]; 11. O2-Roy Bresnahan [3][$110]; 12. 21-Ryan Darcy [13][$110]; 13. 20-Corey Cormier [14][$110]; 14. 11T-Jeff Taylor [12][$110]; 15. 74-Lucas Fuller [15][$110]; 16. 22-Brandon Walters [11][$110]; 17. 29J-Joel Hall [16][$110]; 18. 1NY-Greg Atkins [18][$110]