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Dan Stone at Bedford Speedway AMS

Dan Stone held off a fierce late charge from Jason Covert to claim the final event of the seven-race Appalachian Mt. Speedweek mini-series at Bedford Speedway. (Gary Shrey)

Appalachian Mt. Speedweek: Stone Claims Final at Bedford, Hubbard Takes AMS Title

Dave Harclerode

BEDFORD, Pa. – June 10. Dan Stone took the lead on lap 18 of the 40 lap Appalachian Mountain Speedweek’s final show at Bedford to earn $5,000 and his first ever victory at the historic fairgrounds on Friday night. Despite an early breakdown, Austin Hubbard completed his bid for the seven-race series championship.

Austin Hubbard, 2011 Appalachian Mountain Speedweek points champion. (Gary Shrey)
Jamie Lathroum set fast time in time trials and started on the pole in the feature. Lathroum blasted into the lead and kept up a furious pace using the top groove as Stone, Austin Hubbard, and Gary Stuhler battled for the runner up spot. Lathroum had the field under his thumb until lap 18, but running on the cushion in turn two, Lathroum’s mount slid sideways in front of the entire pack. Second running Stone made contact as he flew by, but the damage sustained wasn’t enough to force him pitside.

On the restart it was Stone, Hubbard, Jason Covert, Dylan Yoder and Jack Pencil. Pencil, who started 15th, had been picking off cars on a steady pace as he charged to the front. Vic Coffey also was on the move after having to resort to a back up car for the feature, relinquishing his sixth starting spot to start last per track rules. By lap 18, Coffey had moved from last to sixth.

Hubbard had already won at Bedford this season, and he was going to be a handful for leader Stone, but on lap 28, faint blue smoke rolled out of his #19 and the caution came out as he drifted to a stop in turn four.

The stage was set for 12 laps of mayhem, and Jason Covert, who assumed second place when Hubbard dropped out, was up for the challenge. Stone was fast on the bottom, and Covert was left with the high groove to make his move. Lap after lap, Covert would pull even with Stone entering turn three, but Stone was fast and steady. On the final lap, Covert entered turn three as hard as anyone could. Even with chunks of the cushion flying through the air, Covert couldn’t make the pass and Stone took the checkers. Following Covert were Dylan Yoder, Vic Coffey, and Ricky Elliott.

Appalachian Mt. Speedweek - Bedford (Pa.) Speedway
1) Dan Stone, 2) Jason Covert, 3) Dylan Yoder, 4) Vic Coffey, 5) Ricky Elliott, 6) Jack Pencil, 7) Gary Stuhler, 8) Matt Park, 9) J.T. Spence, 10) Nick Dickson, 11) Chuck Clise, 12) Tim Wilson, 13) Matt Zeigler, 14) Mike Lupfer, 15) Austin Hubbard, 16) Derek Byler, 17) Jamie Lathroum, 18) Jeff Rine, 19) Mike Altobelli, Jr., 20) Colby Frye, 21) Jerry Bard, 22) Gene Knaub
Fast Time (22 entries): Lathroum (19.855)

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