OSWEGO, N.Y. – Saturday’s Last Chance qualifying program for the Super DIRT Week features saw rookie Jack Lehner and Ryan Watt shared big-block modified victories, while Billy Dunn and Jessey Mueller prevailed in the 358 modified class.
However, Mueller came up light at the scales, negating his wild dash from 12th to the lead and passing the win to Steve Bernard.
Lehner moved from seventh to the lead in the opening big-block event, then held off ageless Jimmy Horton and Nick Webb on a surface that was black and shiny as the last chance event had been moved from the morning to after the Camping World 150.
In the wreck marred round two, Watt recovered from an early spin to fight his way to the front, leading Rich Scagliotta and Alan Johnson into Sunday’s 200.
The first 358 round turned into a crashfest, with some seven yellows marring the 20-lap event. In between cautions, Billy Dunn dominated the qualifier, moving from third to the lead in two laps, then running out to comfortable leads between yellows.
The interesting action was behind Dunn, with sixth starting Rocky Warner and Glenn Forward, up from ninth, wrestling for the fourth and final qualifying spot through most of the race. Warner finally shook loose and at the stripe, it was Dunn, polesitter Lance Willix, Warner and Alex Thierren advancing to the 150-lap feature.
The second Last Chance round saw polesitter Bernard lead until Mueller, who grabbed cars by the handful after a pair of restarts closed up the field, drove around him to take command on a lap 14 restart precipitated by second running Rich Scagliotta pitting with both outside tires flat. He had been helped into the backstretch wall by Mueller, so some thought Mueller’s disqualification poetic justice.
With Bernard being promoted to first, the other qualifiers were Mike Maresca, Demetrious Drellos and Alex Thierren.