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
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
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.
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.