- July 2 - Little Valley Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


NLMS: Stone Rolls to Second Straight at Little Valley

Dave Sully

LITTLE VALLEY, N.Y. - July 2. Dan Stone, from Thompson, Pa., made his five-hour tow a rewarding one, as he blitzed the field in winning the F"reedom Daze" 30-lap ULMS Late Model Feature and collected a $4,000 check at Little Valley Speedway on Saturday.

Stone, who won the previous night at Tri City in similar fashion, jumped to the front at the drop of the green from the outside pole, winning a drag race with Mike Knight to the first turn. From there, he blasted out to a commanding lead he never relinquished in the caution-free event, leaving the rest of the field to battle for the runner-up spot.

The main combatants for second were Knight, Bump Hedman, and Boom Briggs, who sparred for much of the race before, Hedman ultimately claimed the spot on lap 24, with Briggs eventually dropping back. While this was going on, Stone, an infrequent visitor to Little Valley, and who has never had much success at the fast half mile, buried that memory as he drew out to a straightaway lead. At the finish, it was Stone well in front, followed by Hedman, Knight, David Scott, who made a spirited run from 11th, and Jason Dupont, to complete the top five.

Of his new-found success at Little Valley, Stone observed, “That win last night at Tri-City was a huge confidence booster. Sometimes a lot of racing is psychological. You go out there, you know your car’s good, and you just drive it. Tonight the car was pretty good in the heat. We just made a couple small changes there. We just had a lot of confidence going from last night. I think that was the biggest thing.”

He added, “I was just trying to take my time with the lap cars. I’ve lost a good many races being too pushy with lap cars. The car was just phenomenal. I could drive high and low. I was glad it went green to checkers. With that cone in the middle of the front stretch, you’ve got to watch yourself on the restarts. A guy could sneak up on you.”

July 2 - ULMS - Little Valley Raceway
1. Dan Stone, 2. Bump Hedman, 3. Mike Knight, 4. David Scott, 5. Jason Dupont, 6. Boom Briggs, 7. Brent Rhebergen, 8. Jeff Hoffman, 9. Dick Barton, 10. Bud Phillips, 11. Terry Porter, 12. Pete Alspaugh, 13. Jeff Dayman, 14. Paul Grigsby.
Heat winners (14 entries): Briggs, Dupont.


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