Little Valley Speedway News
Max Blair Now Two for Two in Super Lates at Little Valley

By DAVE SULLY

LITTLE VALLEY, NY- Max Blair, from Centerville, PA, son of long time Late Model star, Robbie, parlayed a fast car and a front row starting position to his second straight Super Late Model win at Little Valley Speedway on Friday, July 17th. His previous win was from the pole and this night he started on the outside, courtesy of redraws. Three early cautions kept polesitter Bump Hedman, last week's winner at Eriez, in command, but on the third restart Blair was able to swing around Hedman in turn two to claim the point.

A long green flag run saw Blair first speed out to a commanding lead, with Hedman trying to keep him honest. When Blair entered lap traffic on the 12th circuit of the 25 lapper, things got dicey. Hedman had been shortening the gap, but on lap 17, Blair encountered two slower cars running side by side, allowing Hedman to close right in, while Blair searched for an opening. The next four laps were nip and tuck until Blair finally worked his way clear on lap 21 and won going away.

Greg Oakes, who lost a thriller to Mike Knight in the previous event, ended up second again, followed by Knight, who started ninth, Chad Valone, and Hedman, who faded at the end. Blair, commenting on his night, reported, “I was more than a little frustrated (with the lap cars). It's not the first time this year that people don't see the (move over) flag or they just don't care or know what it means. That's awful when it comes down to that late in the race and they're running at the back.”

The E-Mods ran a special $1,000 to win race and a familiar face was in Victory Lane, one David Scott, the one they used to call Slow Ride when he was racing Super Late Models. Scott once authored an amazing nine race winning streak at the tough Little Valley layout, but in recent years has been helping
his son Ryan's racing efforts. Driving a car that was vacated by Steve Dixon, Scott had a dandy race, with Dan Davies, son of one of Scott's former Late Model colleague, Ron Davies.

The two swapped the lead four times and raced side by side for extended periods before Scott finally prevailed over the stubborn Davies, who is coming into his own in the E-Mods. Justin Carlson finished third, followed by Joel Watson, and Brent Rhebergen, winner of the previous E-Mod feature at Little Valley, who came from eleventh to complete the top five.

A thoroughly elated Scott, declared, “I'm having fun. This sport is so emotional. It's so hard and so much work. You've got to remember the highs because the lows are really low.” As for the race, he noted, “Danny's a good kid. He races hard; he races smart. He's probably regretting letting me have the top on that restart (lap 7). It probably didn't matter. The car just went everywhere I needed to put it. It was so much fun.”

Bill Holmes, from East Concord, a former 360 standout, who was away from the sport for awhile and is now working his way back in, turned in a vintage performance, as he won the 360/Limited Late Feature. Starting fifth, he gained the lead on a lap five restart and led the rest of the way in the 15 lap event, holding off Dave Dubois on a lap seven restart before dominating over the remaining laps.

Ryan Scott finished second, followed by two time winner this season, Bruce Miller. Dubois and Mikey Wonderling rounded out the top five. Holmes reported, “I was giving it all I could. The car was good. We've been working on the car, and it's finally coming around. Hopefully we can keep going.”

Finally, Critter Hemphill, from Port Allehany, cruised to the win in the 15 lap Street Stock Feature, taking the lead from the outside pole and keeping Jason Covey at bay for the rest of the way. Hemphill, who has not raced at Little Valley for several years, noted, “I always loved this place. I'm glad we could be back, at least for this show.”

NOTES: A healthy 25 Super Late Models were on hand this night, with several new names joining the ranks, including, Crate star, Bryce Davis and Ryan Scott, which is a good sign.................The total car count of 75 included 22 E-Mods and 13 360s....................Vteran Dutch Davies made a spirited charge from the rear in the Super Late Feature to finish tenth after an early spin put him at the back...............With only four Limited Late Models on hand, they raced with the very similar 360s. Limited Late driver Ryan Scott finished second...........Little Valley is now dark until September 19th when the season concludes with the traditional Super Late/358 Modified Doubleheader.

RESULTS:

Super Late Models: (25 laps) – 1. Max Blair, 2. Greg Oakes, 3. Mike Knight, 4. Chad Valone, 5. Bump Hedman, 6. Brent Rhebergen, 7. John Lobb, 8. Jason Dupont, 9. Bryce Davis, 10. Dutch Davies, 11. Chris Hackett, 12. Kyle Bedell, 13. Terry Porter, 14. Brian Fardink, 15. Kirk Bradley, 16. Paul Briggs, 17. Ryan Scott, 18. John Lacki, 19. Bob Dorman, 20. Matt Urban, 21. Andy Boozel, 22. Tom Steis, 23. Andrew Eastman, 24. Michael Oakes, and 25. John Volpe. Heat winners were Blair, Valone, and Lobb.

360 Late Models: (15 laps) – 1. Bill Holmes, 2. Ryan Scott, 3. Bruce Miller, 4. Dave Dubois, 5. Mikey Wonderling, 6. Steve LaBarron, 7. Tommy Kemp, 8. John Zimmerman, 9. Barry Payne, 10. Wally Wade, 11. Brian Crandall, 12. James Freeman, 13. Greg Hallet, 14. DJ Krug, 15. Quinn Sutherland, 16. Dutch Davies, and 17. Bryan Johnson. Heat winners were Holmes and Dubois.

E-Mods: (15 laps) – 1. David Scott, 2. Dan Davies, 3. Justin Carlson, 4. Joel Watson, 5. Brent Rhebergen, 6. Vic Vena, 7. Tim Peterson, 8. Cale Crocker, 9. John Woodward, 10. Butch Southwell, 11. Troy Johnson, 12. Al Brewer, 13. Kyle Bedell, 14. Justin Chaddock, 15. Steve Samuelson, 16. Joshua John, 17. Carl Ballinger, 18. Scott Pangrazio, 19. Dave Lamphere, and 20. Jeff Johnson. DNS: Kirk Bradley. Heat winners were Scott, Davies, and Vena.

Street Stocks: (15 laps) – 1. Critter Hemphill, 2. Jason Covey, 3. Rich Wojtowicz, 4. Byron DeWitt, 5. Levi Watson, 6. Rob Stromecki, 7. Randy Taylor, 8. Steve Sklar, 9. Jason Schoomaker, 10. Joe Chamberlain, and 11. Jimmy Kennerknecht. Heat winners Kennerknecht and Hemphill.

Limted Late/360 Late Dash winner was Dutch Davies.


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