Lightning strikes first at Syracuse; Wight earns pole position for Finale at the Fairgrounds

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The format lends itself to excitement when the fastest car from practice is the final car to take time. Lightning Larry Wight from Phoenix, New York, was fastest on Thursday morning after hot laps for the DIRTcar modifieds. He waited as 74 competitors took their shot at the pole position for Sunday afternoon’s Syracuse 200 – the Finale at the Fairgrounds.
Numerous drivers rose to the occasion as early fast timers turned the one-mile oval around 32 seconds. As time trials wore on the times began to drop. Midway through the field it was unclear whether anyone would crack the 30 second mark, but ultimately 10 drivers clocked into the 29 second bracket.
As Lightning Larry moved closer to the front of the line the perennial heavy-hitters took their best swing. The big anticipation was the final five cars which featured Billy Dunn, Dave Blaney, Billy Decker and Brett Hearn along with Stewart Friesen.
Blaney shocked the crowd with a poor qualifying performance that will see him start deep in the Triple 20 qualifer races. He was followed by Decker who is always a favorite to qualify fastest at Syracuse. He was unable to crack the top six and get himself locked into Sunday’s field.
Finally Wight took to the track, and a collective sigh could be heard coming from the pit area when his first lap was a mere 31.019 seconds – 37th fastest. The mood changed when his second lap was nearly two full seconds faster. Ultimately Lightning Larry earned the pole position by more than a tenth of a second over Friesen with a time of 29.154 seconds.
The six drivers locked into their starting positions on Sunday are Wight and Friesen on the front row followed by Carey Terrance and Dunn in row two, and Pat Ward and Matt Sheppard who will start fifth and sixth.
The remainder of the field will be determined by the Triple 20 heat races scheduled for Friday afternoon.

top six

Larry Wight

1 99 L Larry Wight 31.019 29.154 29.154
2 44 Stewart Friesen 29.281 32.133 29.281
3 66 x Carey Terrance 29.324 29.934 29.324
4 49 Billy Dunn 29.46 29.353 29.353
5 42 p Pat Ward 30.017 29.629 29.629
6 999 Matt Sheppard 29.707 29.707
7 20 Brett Hearn 29.762 29.768 29.762
8 43 Keith Flach 30.323 29.936 29.936
9 91 Billy Decker 29.952 29.972 29.952
10 6 Jimmy Phelps 29.968 30.125 29.968
11 66 Duane Howard 30.236 30.095 30.095
12 39 Tim McCreadie 30.191 30.123 30.123
13 14 j Jimmy Horton 30.431 30.191 30.191
14 115 Kenny Tremont jr. 31.419 30.256 30.256
15 220 John Ferrier 30.625 30.294 30.294
16 1 t Tyler Dippel 30.305 32.622 30.305
17 74 J.R. Hefner 30.706 30.368 30.368
18 35 Frank Cozze 30.413 30.886 30.413
19 2 rj Ronnie Johnson 30.424 30.558 30.424
20 6 m Mat Williamson 30.43 31.445 30.43
21 63 Adam Roberts 31.042 30.529 30.529
22 32 c Vic Coffey 30.548 30.56 30.548
23 747 Ryan Godown 31.004 30.557 30.557
24 7 Rick Laubach 30.603 31.417 30.603
25 98 Eddie Marshall 30.989 30.623 30.623
26 5 Billy VanInwegen 31.064 30.648 30.648
27 31 m Jamie Maier 31.729 30.673 30.673
28 11 Robert Bellinger 30.941 30.676 30.676
29 19 Tim Fuller 31.145 30.681 30.681
30 71 Pierre Hebert 32.859 30.699 30.699
31 14 h Jeff Heotzler 30.95 30.706 30.706
32 1 m Mathieu Desjardins 30.824 31.041 30.824
33 21 m Bob McGannon 30.87 30.879 30.87
34 51 m Dominick Buffalino 30.914 32.505 30.914
35 28 p Eldon Payne 32.239 30.95 30.95
36 8 Rich Scagliotta 31.513 30.965 30.965
37 14 s Brian Swarthout 30.987 31.247 30.987
38 56 Vince Vitale 31.035 31.355 31.035
39 21 a Peter Britten 31.04 32.159 31.04
40 34 Andy Bachetti 31.22 31.999 31.22
41 27 j Danny Johnson 31.437 31.248 31.248
42 5 * Tyler Siri 31.27 32.931 31.27
43 62 s Tom Sears jr. 31.666 31.296 31.296
44 1 Justin Haers 31.344 31.344
45 74 d Dave Blaney 31.658 31.399 31.399
46 m 40 Mark Forte jr. 31.422 31.6 31.422
47 816 Jeff Rockefeller 31.772 31.433 31.433
48 96 m Todd Milton 31.502 31.793 31.502
49 88 Dave Allen 31.805 31.615 31.615
50 22 c Mario Clair 31.661 31.721 31.661
51 17 Marcus Dinkins 31.821 32.037 31.821
52 151 Brian McDonald 33.043 31.88 31.88
53 48 t Dave Rauscher 32.685 31.893 31.893
54 2 KB Mark Kislowski 31.919 31.956 31.919
55 47 Bob Sarkisian 33.04 31.925 31.925
56 #08 Mark D’Ilario 32.353 31.933 31.933
57 FX 1 Frankie Caprara 31.976 32.731 31.976
58 39 t Clement Therrien 31.996 32.194 31.996
59 12 b Kevin Britten 32.172 32.006 32.006
60 7 z Gary Tomkins 32.585 32.02 32.02
61 3 a Kevin Albert jr. 32.381 32.083 32.083
62 7 s Michael Sabia 32.116 32.227 32.116
63 72 Tommy Flannigan 32.958 32.314 32.314
64 19 m Jesse Mueller 32.984 32.338 32.338
65 77 h Bob Hamm jr. 33.134 32.685 32.685
66 77 Dan Weisener 33.212 32.841 32.841
67 13 Rick Reglaski jr.. 33.584 32.907 32.907
68 96 Mike Turner 32.924 33.328 32.924
69 24 Patrick Dupree 33.046 33.046
70 87 Neil Stratton 33.832 33.138 33.138
71 45 f Steve Feder 33.764 33.24 33.24
72 1 ny Gregory Atkins 33.518 33.497 33.497
73 29 Kyle Redner 34.955 33.687 33.687
74 r 13 Ralph McBride 34.946 33.977 33.977
75 99 Michel Labreche 35.41 35.076 35.076