Wight Blasts To Volusia Big-Block Score

0
675
Larry Wight (Jim DenHamer photo)
Larry Wight is competing in the East Coast Indoor Dirt Nationals this weekend. (Jim DenHamer photo)

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Larry Wight charged past Brett Hearn to win Wednesday night’s Super DIRTcar Series big-block modified feature during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

Wight has now won two of the last four series races at the half-mile track during the past two years.

“That thing just came alive on the top. We were able to run that middle-to-top through one and two and right through the middle in three and four,” said Wight. “It felt like the car was just glued to the track so I just kept running that line and I didn’t see anyone showing a nose. It’s one of those deals where you’re the leader and you don’t know what line is better.”

After making the fateful pass on Hearn, Wight built a lead. A few restarts bunched up the field and Stewart Friesen closed the gap.

“As soon as he showed that nose, I knew it was time to go to the bottom,” Wight said. “I knew if I could get a couple of lapped cars and not have to get off the bottom, we’d be alright. I caught Jeremy Smith and I just stayed there. I knew Stewie would have to Bonzai-it to make it work.”

Late in the race, Friesen caught Wight in lapped traffic. Friesen drove the Halmar Racing No. 44 deep into turn one but failed to get alongside Wight. After 30 laps Friesen finished in second.

“The track narrowed up late in the race and I wasn’t able to get a run on him,” said Friesen.

DIRTcar Nationals Championship points leader and defending Series champion Mat Williamson rounded out the podium.

“There are three more races in this deal. It just goes to show you how good this Buzz Chew team is. We unloaded fast and that’s because of all the hard work during the winter in the shop,” said Williamson.

Hearn finished fourth with Billy Dunn fifth.

The finish:

Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 99L-Larry Wight [2][$3,000]; 2. 44-Stewart Friesen [4][$1,500]; 3. 88-Mat Williamson [8][$1,000]; 4. 20-Brett Hearn [1][$800]; 5. 49-Billy Dunn [5][$700]; 6. 25R-Erick Rudolph [6][$650]; 7. 91-Billy Decker [16][$600]; 8. 44P-Anthony Perrego [9][$550]; 9. 4-Andy Bachetti [3][$500]; 10. 21A-Peter Britten [12][$450]; 11. 1-Billy Pauch [10][$400]; 12. 30-Ronnie Johnson [14][$375]; 13. 19-Tim Fuller [19][$350]; 14. 42P-Pat Ward [21][$325]; 15. 19M-Jessey Mueller [22][$300]; 16. 111-Demetrios Drellos [17][$275]; 17. 3-Justin Haers [11][$250]; 18. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [13][$250]; 19. 9S-Matt Sheppard [15][$250]; 20. 23-Kyle Coffey [24][$250]; 21. 46-Jeremy Smith [20][$250]; 22. 83-Brian Swartzlander [18][$250]; 23. 48T-Dave Rauscher [25][$250]; 24. 7-Rick Laubach [7][$250]; 25. 7MM-Michael Maresca [23][$250]; 26. 6D-Dillon Steuer [26][$250]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 91-Billy Decker[+9]