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Wight shows might in Octoberfest qualifying

November 12, 2011|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Larry Wight was 2-for-2 at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday.

Now, he’d probably like to be perfect today.

The 19-year-old from Phoenix, N.Y., is one of several drivers pulling double duty at Hagerstown Speedway’s 24th annual Octoberfest 350 this weekend and did it in impressive fashion as he won the pole for today’s 100-lap Big Block Modified and 75-lap Small Block Modified features by winning his respective heat races.

“This is the best year we’ve ever had coming down here,” Wight said. “We got a good draw and it’s all about the draw here.”

The starting lineups were set for three of the four 26-car fields for today’s Octoberfest card following Saturday’s qualifying session.

Wight is attempting to unseat Brett Hearn, the three-time defending Big Block champion from Sussex, N.J., who will start right behind the youngster in the second row. He will be on the outside pole of the Small Block feature.

“Brett’s always a factor no matter where we go, but maybe we can get lucky and he has a motor issue like he has pretty much everywhere else,” Wight said.

Jeremy Miller, of Littlestown, Pa., will roll off from the top spot in the Late Models’ 100-lap event after claiming his heat.

All qualifying runs for the 410 Sprints’ 50-lap feature will be held today, starting at noon, before the start of today’s featured races. There will be a fuel stop at the halfway point of each $10,000-to-win race.

Octoberfest was orginally scheduled for Oct. 29-30, but was pushed back two weeks because of the winter storm that dumped several inches of wet snow on the area. It was the event’s first postponement due to snow.

All in race order, Big Block heat winners were Wight, Matt Sheppard of Geneva, N.Y., Hearn, and Brian Weaver of Windsor, N.Y.

Late Models heats went to Miller, Ronnie DeHaven Jr. of Winchester, Va., and Dave Zona of Montrose, Pa. Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa. won the final heat, but came up light at the scales, forcing him to qualify through the consolation race. Runner-up Kyle Lear earned the fourth overall starting spot in place of Stone.

Wight, Hearn, Dale Planck of Cortland, N.Y., and Matt DeLorenzo of Cropseyville, N.Y. won their respective Small Block heats.

Consolation winners were Brian Berger in the Big Blocks, Duane Harbaugh in the Late Models and Sheppard in the Small Blocks.

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