05/27 Modified Decker, Ward, Wight
06/25 Malta Modified Decker, OBrien, Wight
06/30 Cornwall Modified Decker, Wight
07/01 Airborne Modified Decker, Wight
07/04 Modified Decker, Ward, Wight
07/18 OCFS Modified Decker, Wight
07/22 Drummond Modified Decker, Wight
07/23 Granby Modified Decker, Wight
07/28 Modified Decker, Ward, Wight
07/30 Sharon Modified Decker, Wight

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Saturday, Feb 16, 2019
Volusia / Modified
91 Billy Decker finished 3
42p Pat Ward finished 9
99L Larry Wight finished 2

Friday, Feb 15, 2019
Volusia / Modified
91 Billy Decker finished 23
42p Pat Ward finished 3
99L Larry Wight finished 1

Thursday, Feb 14, 2019
Volusia / Modified
91 Billy Decker finished 5
42p Pat Ward finished 12
99L Larry Wight finished 9

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019
Volusia / Modified
91 Billy Decker finished 1
42p Pat Ward finished 5
99L Larry Wight finished 2

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019
Volusia / Modified
91 Billy Decker finished RAINOUT
42p Pat Ward
99L Larry Wight

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019
Bubba Raceway Park / Sprint
99L Larry Wight finished 4

Friday, Feb 8, 2019
Bubba Raceway Park / Sprint
99L Larry Wight finished 4

Friday, Aug 18, 2017
Brewerton / Modified
42p Pat Ward
99L Larry Wight

Brewerton / Modified
42p Pat Ward
99L Larry Wight

Saturday, Aug 12, 2017
Fulton / Modified
42p Pat Ward
99L Larry Wight

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Larry Wight on Top of the World at NAPA Super DIRT Week

Posted Oct 8, 2018 by David

OSWEGO, NY October 7, 2018 Gypsum Racing driver Lightning Larry Wight pulled off a late-race pass on veteran driver Jimmy Phelps and held off the five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion Stewart Friesen for the $50,000 pay day. Jimmy Phelps gambled on racing the entire Billy Whittaker Cars 200 without stopping for fuel or tires. Wight's lap 73 pit stop equipped him with fresh tires, which shot him to the top of the score card in the final quarter of the race. Friesen crossed the finish line in second followed by the Camping World 150 winner Peter Britten.

With a grin as wide as the Victory Lane he celebrated in Larry Wight said, "It's something I've been fighting for, for a long time since we started at Syracuse. To get on the boards here early at Oswego, it definitely means a lot for my family and the whole team."

A new father, Larry Wight had family on his mind in Victory Lane: "I want to thank my Mom and Dad, my wife Brooke, my daughter Audrey, this is all for them. Everything I do is for that little girl. It's an awesome feeling being a Dad and to come do this on top of it has got to make this greatest year I've ever had."

A lap 73 pit stop for tires and fuel turned out to be the right call. While pole-sitter Jimmy Phelps attempted to stay on the race track for the entire 200 laps, Wight had new tires and confidence in his fuel situation meaning he could put the pedal through the firewall when he needed it. With the hammer down, Wight streaked passed second place Ryan Godown, and then immediately by Phelps in quick succession on lap 179 and 180.

On that pass and race strategy Wight noted, "I figured I could try and set him up to block and slow him down and it ended up working out. I knew he [Jimmy Phelps] was going to be conservative for fuel. I think they were trying to make it the whole way, so I knew he was conserving for fuel, and as long as I was pushing him, he couldn't conserve too much."

The race was far from over when Wight made the pass for the lead. Stewart Friesen was charging through the field in his tire tracks. Wight hoped to use Jimmy Phelps as a buffer between himself and Friesen, but that did not last long as Phelps faded and finally pitted for fuel with four laps to go. "I was just hoping that Jimmy could stay between me and Stewie. He was kind of my buffer car. I knew he was in limp mode," Wight said. "We got back by him and we had that last caution with four to go there with Stewie right on us. He's known for the last lap move. We just had to make sure we were hitting our marks and don't worry about blocking. We knew our car was fast."

Wight drove the no. 99L to victory with a Bicknell chassis beneath him and ace crew chief Scott Jeffery, who won four NAPA Super DIRT Week Championship at the New York State Fairgrounds with Billy Decker. This was Jeffery's first win at Oswego Speedway. Wight discussed his racing line in the late stages, "It's a fine line up there [on the high line] and you gotta trust your car. If you don't drive it hard enough the car won't set and if you drive it too hard you hit the wall," Larry said laughing.

Five-time NAPA Super DIRT Week Champion and NASCAR Camping World Truck driver Stewart Friesen was pleased with his team's effort but was left wanting more. "Those caution laps kind of killed us. I would have liked more green flag racing," said Friesen. He thanked his team for their hard work as well: "I gotta thank Halmar Racing, DKM, Billy the Kid, and a lot of great product sponsors. I had a lot of fun here the last couple of days. We just came up a little bit short."

Friesen pitted on the same lap as Wight and that proved to be the right call for both camps. "We've got some speed and Larry's been due to win one of these for a couple years now. The pit strategy was pretty exciting. We got mud in our wheel there the one time and had to come back in. I didn't know if we'd get back up there but we had a strong race car thanks you Halmar. Thanks to all the great fans that came out this weekend."

Batman Peter Britten came up two spots short of his first NAPA Super DIRT Week Championship. Although not quite the heartbreaking last lap pass that lost him the race in 2017, Britten felt he was poised to win the race if not for changing track conditions. Britten noted, "Unfortunately for us the bottom cleaned off a little bit there towards the end and it turned into a one lane track. I just couldn't get around guys on the outside when it got too dirty. After a restart, I could kind roll a couple guys but it'd just get dirty and I'd tuck back in. Unfortunately, two years in a row our strategy was close but no cigar. Congratulations to Larry. I know how tough it is to win this thing."

Race strategy played a vital role in Britten's podium finish. "We felt like using the high side was our best shot. We got ourselves in a position there on lap 120 or so wondering "Do we even get tires?" but we knew it was going to be a tire race."Britten made a pit stop on lap 50, so his tires had twenty-three more laps on them than the top two finishers. The Graham Racing no. 21A pilot is confident that he would have won the race if the track changed the way his team thought, "For the way that the track changed, we just didn't have the right strategy. We stuck to our game plan. I really feel like if the track didn't rubber up I would have won the race, but it did so it's irrelevant. All you can do is plan for what you think is going to happen. If you don't think it's going that way, you change the strategy, but we really felt that was the way it was going."

NAPA Super DIRT Week XLVII will be remembered as one of the greatest weeks in dirt racing history. Every single Feature event had late-race passes for the lead, dramatic action, and engrossing race strategy. Ticket and camping renewals are available until November 14. 2018 ticketholders who want to watch the Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Northeast top this year's incredible racing, should call 844-DIRT-TIX. Tickets will be on sale to the general public on December 1.

Pos No. Name Laps
1 99L Larry Wight 200
2 44F Stewart Friesen 200
3 21a Peter Britten 200
4 91 Billy Decker 200
5 3J Marc Johnson 200
6 3x Billy Dunn 200
7 25r Erick Rudolph 200
8 6m Mat Williamson 200
9 6h Max McLaughlin 200
10 19 Tim Fuller 200
11 115 Kenny Tremont 200
12 88m Mike Mahaney 200
13 9s Matt Sheppard 200
14 43 Keith Flach 200
15 93 Danny Varin 200
16 84 Gary Tomkins 200
17 42p Pat Ward 200
18 7m Mike Maresca 200
19 3 Justin Haers 200
20 5H Chris Hile 200
21 2L Jack Lehner 200
22 98h Jimmy Phelps 200
23 76 Bobby Varin 200
24 21J Danny Johnson 200
25 109 Billy Whittaker 200
26 20 Brett Hearn 200
27 63 Adam Roberts 200
28 43h Jimmy Horton 200
29 62s Tom Sears Jr. 200
30 5 Ryan Godown 198
31 8 Rich Scagliotta 189
32 66x Carey Terrence 181
33 48T Dave Rauscher 171
34 28z Gary Lindberg 170
35 14J Alan Johnson 159
36 4v Bill VanInwegen 148
37 14w Ryan Watt 109
38 27w Nick Webb 89
39 111 Demitrius Drello 70
40 83x Tim Sears Jr. 54
41 11r Rob Bellinger 16