By MIKE MALLETT
BREWERTON, NY– Larry Wight dominated the third night of Donath MotorWorx Central New York Speedweek for the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints at the Brewerton Speedway. It was Wight’s second career win in the series at Brewerton with his last coming way back in 2014.
Wight started from the outside pole in the E&V Energy / NAPA Auto Parts / Mach 1 Chassis A-Main. He got the lead quickly and darted away from the field. He faced challenges from lapped traffic throughout but went on to take home the $3,085 payday in the feature presented by Stirling Lubricants.
“This means a lot to show up and beat these guys who do it fulltime,” cited Wight. “We only do this five or six shows a year. It helps out being here at our home track. This definitely means a lot.”
Jeff Cook redrew the pole and won the initial race into turn one to take the lead at the start of the 25-lap feature. Before a lap could be completed Scott Holcomb spun in turn two to bring out the yellow. On the next start, Wight won the race to the top of turn two to take control of the race.
“He went a little earlier than I thought he was going to and I spun the tires,” stated Wight about the first start of the race. “I thought we were going to have to chase him down. They called it back and we were able to get him.”
As Wight raced out in front the action behind him picked up as Denny Peebles and Matt Tanner began battling for second position. Peebles kept Tanner at bay for much of the early go of the race.
Wight was in traffic by lap seven forcing him to alter his line on the speedway. The track regular in the Modified division used multiple lanes to navigate through slower cars at the back. As he did this, Peebles and Tanner continued to fight for second while Danny Varin and Jason Barney swapped the fourth position multiple times.
The halfway point saw Wight continuing to lead the way with Tanner finally going by Peebles to earn the second spot in the running order. By this point Wright had nearly a full-straightaway advantage over Tanner as he raced in heavy traffic.
“The car maneuvered really well,” stated Wight. “We were able to run top, bottom and middle, whatever we needed to do to get by them. We really didn’t waste too much time in the lapped traffic to let the second-place car catch us.”
Wight and Tanner maintained control as the race for the third spot became heated between Barney, Peebles and 10th starter Jordan Poirier. The battle continued as Poirier worked the middle with Barney and Peebles attempt to keep pace on the bottom.
Eventually Poirier went on by to take third from Barney in the final stages of the race.
Wight went on to take the victory, his second of the season with Tanner crossing the line in the second position. He was hoping for a caution as his car was getting stronger as the race went on after he came from eighth up to second.
“I don’t know if we had anything for Larry because he’s so good here, but I would have liked to line up with him to see what we had,” mentioned Tanner. “I usually dread coming to this place. We had a little extra help tonight. We bounced around some ideas and got rolling really good there. It would have been fun to line up next to him to see what we had there.”
Poirier settled for third in his first night of action of Speedweek. Like Wight, he had a car that could go nearly anywhere on the racing surface.
“When I caught the lapped cars I felt like the middle was way faster,” said Poirier. “When I passed Barney back I really started to feel good. A yellow would have helped me but starting 10th and getting third we’ll take it.”
Peebles rallied back by Barney late for his best run of the season in finishing fourth. Barney ended up finishing in the fifth spot after starting 13th.
A total of 30 cars in the pits for night #3 and with Holcomb’s spin on the initial start and the event going non-stop after that, it made for the third green to checkered event in a row.
Lucas Oil ESS/Mach 1 Chassis A-Main CNY Speedweek Event #3 Brewerton – Larry Wight ($3,085), Matt Tanner ($1535), Jordan Poirier ($1035), Denny Peebles ($700), Jason Barney ($955), Danny Varin ($495), Jeff Cook ($505), Paulie Colagiovanni ($495), Billy VanInwegen ($410), Shawn Donath ($400), Joe Trenca ($360), Sammy Reakes IV ($320), Tommy Wickham ($325), Davie Franek ($350), Chuck Hebing ($350), Jonathan Preston ($300), Chad Miller ($300), Emily VanInwegen ($325), Kelly Hebing ($300), Ryan Harrison ($350), Scott Holcomb ($500), Josh Pieniazek ($300), Tyler Rand ($325), Pete Richardson ($100), Dave Axton ($300)
Did Not Qualify: Ryan Conaim, Josh Azzi, Brett Wright, Kyle Moffit, Josh Flint
Stirling Lubricants Barrel of Methanol – Barney $175
Stirling Lubricants Drivers Meeting Draw – Barney $100
E3 Spark Plugs Fast Time – Cook, Poirier, C. Hebing $25
Car Mate Trailers Heats – Tanner, Wight, Varin $25
Around Town Plumbing and Heating Halfway – Wight $50
Pinnacle Pole Award – Cook $50
Fondations 55 Hard Charger – Barney (8 pos), $50
Lacaillade Masonry B-Main – Harrison $50
Ground Control Last Car Lead Lap – Wickham $25
87 Speed/X1 Race Cars/Cobra Coaches Dash – Barney ($100), Colagiovanni ($75), Franek ($50), C. Hebing ($25), E. VanInwegen ($25), Rand ($25)
Ashley Lynn Winery Podium – Wight, Tanner, Poirier $10
Hoosier Tire – Holcomb $200