Bobby Varin Leads ‘Dirty Dozen’ 358 Modified Drivers At Weedsport; Mueller Has Top 5 Finish Stripped Away By Flat Tires

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October 3, 2018 (Weedsport, NY) – Super Dirt Week typically offers a multitude of satellite shows surrounding racing’s biggest party. With Utica Rome falling victim to rain Tuesday, fans had to wait until Wednesday night to finally see some racing at Weedsport. Bobby Varin led the KOD at SDW charge with a top 10 finish respectively, while Mueller had a top five run spoiled by a flat left front.

Michael Sabia brought the W-16 358 Modified spec engine to Weedsport Speedway, but effectively brought at knife to a gunfight. The track conditions were heavy due to the weather rendering the modestly powered Small Block to dragging its tongue. He’d time trial 9th in-group three with a lap time of 16.441.

During qualifying action Mr. Excitement struggled to a 8th place finish starting him deep in the last chance qualifier. After turning just three laps in the LCQ, Sabia pulled the Westfair Fish & Chips – Redline Graphics number 7s to the pits. His evening was done.

The ‘white knight’ Marc Johnson had a modest night, which began with timing 5th fastest in-group number four. The 2017 King Of Dirt Racing 358 Champion would climb to 3rd during qualifying action where he’d finish. It was enough to claim a starting spot in the St. Lawrence Radiology 100, but one position short of the redraw.

Starting 14th on the grid Johnson was in the middle of some heavy racing on a challenging racetrack surface. He’d drive forward far as 12th, but couldn’t shake the battle that raged between himself, Glenn Forward, Dan Creeden, and Ryan Arbuthnot. Johnson would cross the finish line 14th, right where he started.

Jessey Mueller was bad fast with his DKM Cyclone chassis right out of the trailer at Weedsport. He was fastest in his practice group, time trailed fastest in his heat group, and ran solidly in second behind Tim Sears Jr. putting him in the redraw for the St. Lawrence Radiology 100 for DIRTcar 358 Modifieds.

Through the early stages of the 100-lap feature event the ‘Heavy Hauler’ battled inside the top 10. By the halfway point he was challenging for a top five spot, but racing gremlins would give Mueller fits in the closing stages in the form of flat tires. He’d finish 21st on the evening to his disappointment.

2018 King Of Dirt Racing 358 Modified Champion Bobby Varin had a solid outing all night long starting with a strong qualifying effort timing 3rd fastest in group one with a lap time of 15.709. That lap time would put him starting in the second row on the inside for his heat race, which Varin took advantage of to fend off a hungry Ryan Susice for a transfer spot.

Varin would bide his time through the St. Lawrence Radiology 100-lap DIRTcar 358 Modified feature event hanging out in the top 10 for most of the race. At one point he’d have an opportunity to see the top five, but he had his hands full with Ryan Susice and Rob Bellinger. Varin would settle in and drive home to a strong 7th place finish respectively at Weedsport.
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