Three Winners In 358 Modified Qualifiers

358 modified winners Jimmy Phelps, Mat Williamson and Tim Fuller. (Dave Dalesandro photo)
358 modified winners Jimmy Phelps, Mat Williamson and Tim Fuller. (Dave Dalesandro photo)

OSWEGO, N.Y. — The 358 modified qualifiers during the Friday Night Lights program at Oswego Speedway were shared by Thursday’s fast-timer Jimmy Phelps, Mat Williamson and Tim Fuller.

In the opener, Phelps ran pretty much unchallenged off the pole with the action behind him as fourth starting Mike Maresca battled Dave Marcuccilli and Billy Whittaker for the runnerup position.

Meanwhile, Brett Hearn was on the way from 14th, getting into the top six on lap 18.

At the checkered flag, it was Phelps, Maresca, Justin Haers, Marcuccilli, Billy Decker, Hearn, Whittaker, Ryan Susice, Danny Johnson and David Hebert in the qualifying positions, as eight cars made the cut not counting Phelps and Marcuccilli, who had locked in Thursday.

Round two was much more exciting, with Williamson and Eric Rudolph swapping the lead early on as Larry Wight and Kenny Tremont Jr. made mad dashes forward from 13th and 18th, respectively.

Both were in the top ten by halfway and kept passing cars until the end, running both high and low as needed.  Then a last lap crash involving front runners Mike Mahaney and Peter Britten shuffled the order once more.

The finish was Williamson, Rudolph, Wight, Tim Sears Jr., Tremont, Billy Dunn, Gary Lindberg, Chris Hile, Alan Johnson and Jessica Zemken.

Fuller had the easiest run to Victory Lane, taking the lead on lap three by driving around front row companion Todd Root, then running out to a big lead.  A pair of restarts put the field on his tail but nobody had anything for the veteran and most of the field ran in single file through the later stages of the race.

At the finish, it was Fuller, Corey Wheeler, Anthony Perrego, Mario Clair, Root, Ronnie Davis, Jessey Meuller, Jack Lehner, Michael Parent and Demetrious Drellos.

In the Pro Stocks, division kingpin Rob Yetman and Chris Crane shared victory lane honors in their 12-lap heats. Yetman muscled his way by early leader Luke Horning on a mid-race restart to take command while Crane inherited the lead when front row companion Josh Coonradt dropped out after two laps.

Sid Harner was third in the opener with Scott Towslee and Jason Casey trailing Crane to the checkers.