By BOBBY SWEENEY
FULTON, NY – Two weeks, two races, and two wins for Larry Wight at Fulton. Wight clawed his way from deep in the 32-car field to stay undefeated in 2019.
Rob Bellinger jumped out to the early lead over Glenn Forward, setting a torrid pace the first handful of laps. Also setting a torrid pace was opening night winner Larry Wight, who went from the deep teens to fifth by lap six. A yellow one lap later for a multi-car scramble with Jeff Sykes, Nick Krause, and others drew the first yellow of the event, and Bellinger went back to the point when racing resumed.
Bellinger wasn’t getting away this time, with Forward, Tim Sears Jr., and Bobby Herrington chomping at his rear bumper. Forward poked his nose out front on lap 11, but a yellow for Pat Ward negated any potential pass.
Instead of keeping true to the top, Bellinger chose the bottom for the restart. Forward took advantage and rocketed past Bellinger and into the lead. Behind them, Dale Planck went wheels up and passed a few cars, ending up in fourth. Tim Sears was about to pass Bellinger for second, but a lap 15 yellow for Tom Sears canceled that move.
With a breath of fresh air, Bellinger went back to work on Forward and regained the lead. Planck went to third, Wight went to fourth, as the top five were under a blanket. On lap 20, Wight ended up third, and now Tyler Thompson cracked into the top five. On lap 22, Wight got a great bite out of turn 2 and ended up leading. Planck was shuffled to sixth, as Thompson went to work on Forward for third.
The insane fight for second came to a halt on lap 26, as Sears and Planck made contact, which sent Sears around. On the restart, Wight put it on the cushion and instantly opened up a monster lead, while Ryan Arbuthnot found himself going for a podium the second week in a row. With five to go, Wight was out front by a straightaway, but they were nearly four wide for second. A lap 31 yellow for Ronnie Davis, driving brother Jake’s Sportsman, gave Bellinger and company one more shot at the lead.
Despite the late yellow, nobody could hang with Larry Wight, as he stormed to his second win in a row. Rob Bellinger brought it home in second, while Tyler Thompson ended up third. Ryan Arbuthnot and Glenn Forward completed the top five.
“Man, this car has been really good,” Wight said. “We made a couple adjustments this week, and they got us rolling in the right direction. It got real tough in the middle of the race restarting fifth. Outside of the leader, the bottom is tough on restarts. I’d get to fourth, then Dale got by me, but finally we got some green flag racing in and we were able to get to the front.”
Ingles Performance Night May 11 Results
(Tracey Road Equipment DIRTcar Modifieds 35 Laps) – LARRY WIGHT, Rob Bellinger, Tyler Thompson, Ryan Arbuthnot, Glenn Forward, Bobby Herrington, Jeff McGinnis, Todd Root, Tim Sears Jr., Dave Marcuccilli, Chad Phelps, Greg Martin, Nick Krause, Jeremy Dygert, Dale Planck, Ben Bushaw, Kyle DeMetro, Jeff Sykes, Andy Noto, Randy Shantel, Mike Mandigo, Joe Shields, Jason Occhino, Collin DuBois, Ron Davis III, Tom Sears Jr., Pat Ward, Billy Whittaker, Nick Webb, Brent Cross, DNS – Tyler Meeks, Billy Shantel Jr.
(Larkin Mowing $50 Hard Charger) – Larry Wight
(DOT Foods DIRTcar Sportsman #1 25 Laps) – TYLER CORCORAN, Corey Barker, Jack Meeks, Robert Gage, Willy Decker Jr., Josh Livingston, Joe Kline, Jessica Power, Rick Miller, Greg Henry, Mark Yorker, Tom Juno, Chris Bonoffski, AJ Miller, Casey Williams, Mike Fowler, Tim Abate, John Traphagen, Joey Buonagurio, Michelle Courcy, Jeff Prentice, DNS- Jim Spano.
(DOT Foods DIRTcar Sportsman #2 25 Laps) – MATT JANCZUK, Amy Holland, Jeff Taylor, Chris Mackey, Zach Sobotka, Charlie Tibbitts, Jarrett Herbison, Joe Sobotka, Chris Thurston, Stephen Denton, Colby Herzog, Tony Finch II, Jake Davis, Austin Germinio, Jimmy Moyer, Addison Bowman, John Strickler, Rachel Zacharias, Torrey Stoughtenger, Kearra Backus, Rick Rogala, DNS – Ryan Gustin.
(DOT Foods DIRTcar Sportsman #3 25 Laps) – BRANDON FORD, Billy Clark Jr., Steve Marshall, Wade Chrisman, Derek Webb, Dylan Zacharias, Mike Phelps, Earl Rudy, Jackson Gill, Mike Button, Mark Effner, Kyle Perry, Brandon Carvey, Quinn Wallis, Brett Draper, Frank Sobotka, Dorian Wahdan, Tyler Murray, Tim Falter, Alan Fink, Bill Sauve.
(Billy Whittaker Cars & Trux RUSH Late Models 20 Laps) – CHAD HOMAN, Chris Fleming, Cody Overton, Ahnna Parkhurst, Dale Caswell, Kyle Sopaz, Kevan Cook, Bret Belden, Harry Halliday, Max Hill, Matt Kitts, Tony Finch II, Alan Chapman, DNS – Jason Parkhurst.
(E&V Energy Novice Sportsman 15 Laps) – RYAN DOLEBEAR, Richard Murtaugh, Payton Talbot, Brandon Chretian, Pat Nolan, Kevin Warren, Dana Camenga, Cody Manitta, Riley Rogala, Larry Taylor, Scott Kline, Mikey Wight, DNS- Bobby Heintz, Michael Dawson Jr.