Larry Wight Breaks Into Short Track Super Series’ Victory Lane With Win Thursday At All-Tech

Story By: CODY MANMILLER / SHORT TRACK SUPER SERIES – LAKE CITY, FL – For the first time in his career, ‘Lightning’ Larry Wight earned Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series (STSS) Fueled By Sunoco glory on Thursday night, capturing night two of the Sunshine Swing at the All-Tech Raceway in Lake City, Fla.

Wight, who rebounded from dead last to run fifth on Wednesday, took a more conventional route on Thursday, quickly launching from his fourth-place starting spot to the lead, a $5,000 paycheck and his first STSS triumph. Wight is the 35th winner all-time in series history.

“We’ve been chasing one of these races for a long time,” Wight said in Victory Lane. “We’ve been really close before with Gary Simpson’s ride, but always caught a bad break or bad luck.

“I’m really happy to get one of these races.”

Wednesday night’s runner-up finisher Billy Pauch Jr. led the field on the opening circuit of the evening’s 35-lap main event, ahead of Danny Creeden, Danny Johnson, Wight and Tyler Siri.

Wight wasted no time dispensing of the pair of Danny’s and moved into second behind Pauch by lap three. Meanwhile, Erick Rudolph was the big mover, advancing from eighth to fourth in just three circuits. One lap later, Rudolph scooted by Creeden for third.

With Wight checked out, Rudolph closed in on Pauch and then passed him for second by lap seven. The front of the field stayed the same throughout the middle of the race, but by lap 20, Rudolph had clawed to Wight’s rear bumper behind a line of lapped traffic.

Thanks to some late cautions, Wight cruised in open air, crossing the line ahead of Rudolph and Pauch.

“We had a really good piece tonight,” Rudolph commented on the front stretch. “So far, so good to start the season; we still have two more nights to get a win.”

Pauch Jr. bagged his second consecutive podium finish to start the season, cementing himself as one of the premier contenders in the division.

“You hate to go backwards from second, but we had a good car all night,” Pauch said. “This is still one of the coolest tracks out there and hopefully we can put it on the top of the podium by the end of the week.”

Johnson finished fourth, his second top-10 of the week, ahead of Creeden. Finishing sixth through 10th, respectively, were: David Schilling with the Wegner Automotive LS 427 “Weekend Warrior” engine, Siri, Wednesday night’s winner Matt Sheppard, Jordan Watson, who managed his second straight top-10; and Marc Johnson, who followed his podium finish from Wednesday with a 10th-place result.

Still two nights remain in the 2022 edition of the STSS Sunshine Swing at All-Tech Raceway, beginning on Friday night with $6,000 up for grabs for the 40-lap feature.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By Sunoco Modified Sunshine Swing Event No. 2 Feature Finish (35 laps): LARRY WIGHT, Erick Rudolph, Billy Pauch Jr., Danny Johnson, Danny Creeden, David Schilling, Tyler Siri, Matt Sheppard, Jordan Watson, Marc Johnson, Mike Mahaney, Danny Bouc, Stewart Friesen, Michael Maresca, Alex Yankowski, Billy Decker, Darren Smith, L.J. Lombardo, Brian Pessolano, J.R. Heffner, Bobby Flood, Peter Britten, Jeff Strunk, Jeff Taylor, Tanner VanDoren, Addison Bowman, Tim Buckwalter, Rick Laubach.

Did Not Qualify: Carson Wright, Nicholas Mady, Jr., Jacob Dgien, Matt Stangle, Francois Bellemare, Corbin Millar, J.R. Hurlburt, Tommy Rascoe, Matt Smith, Rusty Smith, Demetrios Drellos, Doug Snyder, Ryan Conrad, Michael Trautschold

American Racer/Lias Tire Bonuses (FREE Tire Certificates): David Schilling (sixth) & Mike Mahaney (11th)
Behrent’s Performance Warehouse Bonuses ($50 Gift Cards): Danny Johnson (fourth) & Jordan Watson (ninth)
Beyea Custom Headers Redraw Bucks ($50): Danny Bouc (Redrew 12th)
Chesapeake Paving Hard Charger Award ($150): Darren Smith (28th to 17th)
EIBACH Springs Bonus ($100 Certificate): David Schilling (sixth)
ERK Steering Repair ($50 Certificate): Billy Pauch Jr. (third) & David Schilling (sixth)
Henry’s Exhaust Power Position ($50 Certificate): Mike Mahaney (11th)
Hurlock Auto & Speed Heat Winners ($50 each): Erick Rudolph, Danny Creeden, Larry Wight & Billy Pauch Jr.
Penske Racing Shocks Bonuses: Larry Wight (winner – $150 certificate); Erick Rudolph (second – $75 certificate); Billy Pauch Jr. (third – $50 certificate)
Russ King Racing Halfway Leader Bonus ($250): Larry Wight
Schultz Racing Fuel Cells Bonus ($100 Certificate): Marc Johnson (10th)
Spyder High Performance Filters Bonuses: Danny Creeden (fifth – free certificate); Alex Yankowski (15th – 50% off certificate)
Sunoco Race Fuels/Insinger Performance Bonuses ($50 Certificates): Erick Rudolph (second), Danny Bouc (12th) & Peter Britten (22nd)
Wilwood Brakes ‘Lucky 7’ Bonus ($75 Certificate): Tyler Siri (seventh)

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