Little Valley Speedway Freedom Daze Celebration Part II – Tractor
Pull on July 2nd
LITTLE VALLEY, NY- The Little Valley Speedway's annual two day Freedom
Daze celebration, which starts on Friday, July 1st with a monster six
class racing program, featuring the Super Late Models and the Patriot
Sprints, will present the Freedom Daze Tractor Pull on Saturday, July
2nd at 7:30, replacing the traditional demolition derby, which had been
a staple for years. The “demo” fell victim to a lack of cars. With the
newer models sporting lighter bodies with considerable plastic
components, there just aren't enough of the older big cars with mostly
steel bodies left to continue the tradition.
Instead, track officials have switched to another highly popular
spectator sport, the tractor pull. The program will be presented by the
Western New York Pro Pulling Series. You'll see a variety of classes
vying for the top prizes, including the entertaining Pro Light Farm and
Light Limited Super Stocks, along with the wild and unpredictable Pro
Street Diesel Trucks. Local 4x4 6200# gas and 8000# diesel trucks will
also be in competition on this entertaining evening. The night will be
capped off by a fireworks spectacular to honor America.
Admission to this show is just $10 for adults, with those under eight
admitted free. Little Valley Speedway is located at the Cattaraugus
County Fairgrounds on Rt. 353 in Little Valley, New York.
Little Valley Speedway's Freedom Daze Promises Great Action on
LITTLE VALLEY, NY- Little Valley Speedway will host its annual Freedom
Daze Show on Friday, July 1st, at 6:30, sponsored by NAPA of Salamanca,
and the evening will be fast and furious, with five divisions on the
only true half mile dirt track in the region. The headlining Super Late
Models will do battle for $3,000 to win, with Centerville, PA's Max
Blair, who has been virtually unbeatable at area speedways, returning to
defend his victory on June 10th. The co-headliners this night will be
the Patriot Sprints, running for $2,000 to win at speeds of well over a
hundred miles an hour on the long straightaways. Also on the busy card
will be the Bill Law Memorial for the Crate Late Models, with $1200 on
the line for the winner, with the Wonderling brothers, Jeremy, Brady,
and Mikey, expected. Jeremy won the first race of the season at LVS.
Rounding out the program will be the E-Mods, racing for $750 to win,
with David Scott the defending race champ, and the 360 Late Models,
vying for a $750 first place check. Dave Dubois won the first race and
will be looking to repeat. Finally, the Street Stocks will be running
for $300 to win at the busiest Little Valley show of the year.
Admission for this special program is $20, with those under 12 admitted
Little Valley Speedway is located on the grounds of the Cattaraugus
County Fair on Rt. 353 in Little Valley, NY, just north of the Salamanca
exit of I-86 and only eight miles west of the resort town of
Ellicottville on US 62. Follow Rt. 242 out of Ellicottville to Rt. 353
and head north a short distance to the track. Other attractions in the
area include The Seneca Casino in Salamanca, Alleghany
State Park, a jewel of the New York State park system, and the Kinzua
Fan amenities include a covered grandstand with stadium seats, great
food, including the famous pizza and “two hand” fried dough, along with
other fine fare. There is free parking and free camping with hookups.
Early arrival is allowed.
Blair Tops Super Lates at Little Valley
By DAVE SULLY
LITTLE VALLEY, NY – Twenty-six year old Max Blair, from Centerville, PA,
fresh off of his 200th career Late Model win at McKean County on
Thursday, made it 201 with a hard-earned victory in the 25 lap Super
Late Model Feature at Little Valley Speedway on Friday, June 10th,
taking home $2,000 in the process. Blair capitalized on the misfortune
of the runaway leader's problems with a lap car to make a late race pass
for the lead and ultimately the win.
Former track champion Jason Dupont grabbed the top spot from the outside
pole, outgunning Chad Valone to the first turn after an opening lap
caution. He immediately opened a sizable lead on the fast half mile,
opening a half straightaway advantage after only six laps. Meanwhile,
Blair, who started third, was engaged in a dogged fight for second with
Valone before finally claiming the spot on lap 12. Blair was making
little headway in running down Dupont, until the leader came up on a lap
car that he couldn't get around, allowing Blair to close dramatically.
By lap 19, he was right on Dupont's rear bumper, who was still stymied
by the slower car.
On lap 20, Blair eased inside Dupont and the lap car to take the lead.
Dupont tried to counter attack and a caution on lap 23 gave him a final
shot, but Blair was up to the challenge and he pulled away on the
restart. At the line, it was Blair and Dupont, followed by Valone, Dutch
Davies, who came from ninth, and Greg Oakes, to round out the top five.
Blair offered, “There's no doubt we weren't going to catch Jason without
either a caution or the lap cars coming into play. If I could have
gotten by those cars at the beginning of the race, I don't know if he
could have gotten all that distance on me. He was really good. I knew he
was going to be tough.”
Dupont offered no excuses, saying, “I was trapped behind a lap car and
wasn't good enough to pass him. That's all it comes down to. He (the lap
car) was doing what he was supposed to, holding his line. I just wasn't
good enough to move down and pass him.”
The 20 lap Crate Model race almost had three brothers finish one, two,
three. Jeremy Wonderling, from Scio, took the lead at the outset and led
every lap. He was soon joined by brothers Mike and Brady, who both
offered serious challenges for the lead on restarts. The three paced the
field through several cautions, before Mike, running third at the time,
hit the turn two wall on lap 18, allowing Paul Grisby, who was running
well in fourth, to claim third behind Brady. Mike righted the ship to
hold fourth after a spirited battle with Bill Holmes, who finished
Jeremy allowed, “It is kind of fun racing with those guys. I've go to
thank Mikey because last night we had some overheating problems with the
motor and he lent me his spare motor for tonight. So, he might take it
The 360 Late Model Feature, the “Duclon Memorial,” rained out on May
29th, went to Dave Buois, from Corfu, who started on the pole and wired
the field in the caution-free event. It was worth over $1700 to the
winner. Steve Kemp finished a distant second, while perennial favorite
and previous winner of the event, Bruce Miller, finished third.
An elated Dubois exclaimed, “That's awesome. This really is our biggest
payday ever! We've been racing these cars for a long time. We won some
good stuff in the CanAm Series, but this is definitely the biggest one
so far. It got a little close with the lap cars a couple times because I
was set up to run the outside, and they wanted to run there. It was a
lot of fun.”
Finally, David Scott, from Garland, PA, author of an incredible nine
straight Super Late Model wins at Little Valley some years ago, got a
great start in the 20 lap E-Mod Feature, bolting from fourth to the lead
on the opening lap and the holding off a dogged challenge from Dan
Davies, son of former Super Late star, Ron. John Woodward finished a
Of the challenge from Davies, Scott explained, “He's a great kid and
runs you clean. Every time I tried to slow the thing down a little bit,
Danny'd drive back to challenge me. Those kids just don't quit, so I had
to pick it back up. Danny was all over me He kept me honest. I just had
a little more in the tank.”
NOTES: Bruce Miller was never able to mount a challenge in the 360
Feature, despite an enviable record at the facility. He reported that he
guessed wrong about how the track would change and missed the
setup................Fan favorite Scott reported that he he has won
eight E-Mod Features and one Super Late Feature already this season. He
plans on doing more Super Late racing as his work schedule
allows...................... There was a large crowd on hand, many of
whom were on present on May 29th when the show was rained out after hot
laps.....................This was the first time in a while that the
weather-plagued race track (six of the last 11 shows had been rained
out) didn't have rain in the forecast............... Little Valley's
next show, the traditional “Freedom Daze,” is July 1st, with the Super
Lates as the headliners, followed by an extended break.
Super Late Models: (25 laps) – 1. Max Blair, 2. Jason Dupont, 3.
Chad Valone, 4. Dutch Davies, 5. Greg Oakes, 6. John Lobb, 7. Chris
Hackett, 8. Brent Rhebergen, 9. Nathan Hill, 10. Michael Oakes, 11. Mike
Robinson, 12. Terry Porter, 13. Dave Hess, 14. Kirk Bradley, and Bobby
Rohrer. DNS: Tim Steis. Heat winners were Blair and Greg Oakes.
Crate Late Models: (20 laps) – 1. Jeremy Wonderling, 2. Brady
Wonderling, 3. Paul Grigsby, 4. Mike Wonderling, 5. Bill Holmes, 6. John
Haggerty, 7. Chad Silleman, 8. Andy Michael, 9. James Brown, 10. Joe
Chamberlain, 11. Randy Ralyea, 12. Zach Wiech, 13. Jeff Hoffman. 14.
Jason Genco, 15. TJ Downs, 16. Val Stephens, and 17. Damian Bidwell.
Heat winners were Brady Wonderling and Genco.
360 Late Models: (20 laps) – 1. Dave Dubois, 2. Tom Kemp, 3.
Bruce Miller, 4. Mike Wonderling, 5. Steve LeBarron, 6. John Zimmerman,
7. Alan Wais, 8. Wally Wade, 9. Greg Hallett, 10. Brian Kotarski, and DJ
Krug. Heat winners were Miller and Dubois.
E-Mods: (20 laps) – 1. David Scott, 2. Dan Davies, 3. John
Woodward, 4. Tim Peterson, 5. Justin Carlson, 6. Shawn Shingledecker, 7.
Kirk Bradley, 8. Jeff Johnson, 9. Al Brewer, 10. Steve Samuelson, and
11. David Pangrazio. Heat winners were Davies and Woodward.
For more information, call the Speedway office at 716-938-9146.