By Robby Knowles
CENTRAL SQUARE, N.Y – Larry Wight picked up the victory in the Hurricane 100 358-Modified Series event at Brewerton Speedway as a part of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week XLVII.
Wight took advantage of Steve Bernier’s lap-98 miscue in turn two and drove on to win the 100-lap main event. A full field of 30 cars were led to the green flag by Wight and Michael Parent. Wight got the advantage on the outside and would go on to lead the first 35 laps.
After a yellow flag and restart on lap 36, Erick Rudolph soared to the lead from the outside of the first turn. Rudolph led comfortably until heavy lapped traffic ran two-wide on lap 52, slowing Rudolph’s progress and allowing Wight to pull back within striking distance.
On lap 55, Rudolph caught a rut in the middle of the third and fourth turns, which upset his machine and allowed Wight to power by while working the rim on the extreme outside groove.
The caution flag came out as the drivers crossed the start-finish line, setting up another restart for the two potent drivers.
The lap 61 restart saw the front row get together and slide up the track, opening up the inside lane for Bernier to move through.
Rudolph would recover and retake the lead on lap 64, only to surrender it back to Bernier on the following lap.
Bernier remained in charge until he slipped up with two laps remaining, opening up the door for Wight to drive on to victory.
“We had a good car all race, it was just a matter of trying to run around all the holes,” Wight said. “I thought he (Bernier) got too cautious at the end and missed his marks.”
Bernier held on for the second spot while Danny Johnson drove from tenth to third. Parent and Pat Ward finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Super DIRT Week XLVII resumes on Friday (October 5) morning when the 358-Modifed teams take to the “Steel Palace” in Oswego for their first practice session of the week.
358-Modified Series Hurricane 100 (100 Laps): (Larry Wight, Steve Bernier, Danny Johnson, Michael Parent, Pat Ward, Chad Brachmann, Steve Bernard, Carey Terrance, Erick Rudolph, Lance Willix, Ryan Bartlett, Tim Sears Jr., Bobby Varin, Ryan Susice, Dan Creeden, Tyler Trump, Ryan Arbuthnot, Louie Jackson Jr., Mike Maresca, Alan Johnson, Robbie Bellinger, Randy Green, Gerg Martin, Ronnie Davis III, Gary Lindberg, Jeff Sykes, James Sweeting, Mario Clair, Billy Whittaker, Todd Root)