Fultz Gets Big Win At Legendary Winchester
CRA Race A Good Tuneup For Annual Winchester 400 Later This Season
Jeff Fultz celebrates his win at Winchester. (CRA photos)
Veteran stock car race Jeff Fultz came back home to get his first ever CRA Super Series victory in Monday afternoon’s McGunegill Engine Performance 100 Presented By Great Deals on the High Banks of Winchester Speedway as part of the Labor Day Weekend World Stock Car Festival Presented By Maple-Tarr Chrysler Dodge Jeep.
Fultz, who grew up in near by Ohio, and cut his teeth racing in mini-stocks and late models early in his racing career at Winchester Speedway, but has lived for several years in North Carolina while still racing and working full-time for several NASCAR Nextel Cup Teams. Fultz returned to the High Banks on Monday to get the victory for car owner Curtis Venable.
" I won my first feature here, my first championship here and it’s really cool to comeback and win this race today," an elated Fultz commented in victory lane. “We had struggled all weekend with steering problems, I hung in there and kept racing, then things worked out in our favor and we ended up in victory lane.
"I want to thank Curtis my car owner, and all the guys who worked so hard this weekend.”
CRA Super Series points leader Chris Gabehart looked like he would be pulling into victory lane, leading from the drop of the green flag until lap 89 when contact from Tommy St.John caused Gabehart to spin, putting him and St. John on the tail of the field.
This handed the lead to Fultz who had worked his way to third from the tail of the field after pitting for adjustments. Fultz had to hold off a hard charging Terry Fisher Jr., who was also looking for his first series victory.
Fisher would finish in second with Concord, North Carolina racer Dennis Schoenfeld in third. Gabehart would battle back to finish in fourth, maintaining his series points lead with only three events remaining in the 2007 season.
St. John would finish in fifth. John Belott finished in sixth from his 26th starting position after showing up on Monday and missing Sunday’s qualifying. Belott would win a Hoosier Tire Performance Award and the Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hard Charger Award.
Ryan Lawler had the car to beat all weekend; he was the fastest in practice, fastest qualifier and was moving through the field from his eighth starting spot to fourth spot challenging third place Scott Hantz when second place driver Brian Rievley got loose in the first and second turn and bounced off the wall into Hantz and Lawler knocking Lawler out of the race.
Hantz continued, but four laps later he slammed into the wall in the front stretch when his right front suspension gave way due to damage from the first accident and was out of the race leaving his right front wheel with suspension still attached on the track.
Fultz (#67) takes the checkered flag at Winchester.
Current CRA Super Series points leader Gabehart seemed to be salvaging a very trying weekend, after spending part of the weekend in the hospital coming back to the track to qualify after passing a kidney stone Sunday afternoon before going to the tail following the spin. Gabehart was the Kingen Interstate Express Halfway Leader Award winner.
Lawler was the Appleton Rack & Pinion, Fast Qualifier Award winner. Jeff Fultz took the Fatheadz.com Race Winner Award, a Hoosier Tire Performance Award, the Holley Performance Award, and the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move of the Race Award.
The VDL Fuel Systems Top Rookie and the RV Performance Rookie of the Race Award went to John VanDoorn. The VDL Fuel Systems Hot Lap Award went to Scott Hantz who turned the fastest lap of the event on lap eight. Dennis Schoenfeld won the Speed Media Best Looking Car Award.
The next event for the CRA Super Series is the Boyne Machine 125 presented by Spray
Power and Centennial Wireless at Berlin Raceway near Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, September 15. For more information see Berlin Raceway website www.berlinraceway.com or the CRA website www.craracing.net.