Mike Knight Holds Off Dan Stone In
SLM Tilt At Little Valley
(By DAVE SULLY
LITTLE VALLEY, NY - ”Hollywood” Mike Knight brought down the curtain on
the 2013 season at Little Valley Speedway with a masterful drive in the
No. 9K to win the caution-free 30 lap Super Late Model Feature at Little
Valley Speedway on Saturday, September 14th, pocketing $3,000 in the
process. It was part of the annual Super Late Model/358 Modified
doubleheader, which saw veteran Dylan Dewart repeat in the Modified
portion of the event.
Knight, from Ripley, drew the outside pole for the start and immediately
put it to good use, as he blew past polesitter, Chris Hackett at the
start. He was soon joined at the front by Boom Briggs and the two
jousted for position for many laps before Stone, who finished second to
Darrell Lanigan in the WOO event at the Speedway in August, entered the
fray, after starting seventh. Stone was up to third by the fifth lap and
commenced to reel in the leaders, who had opened a gap while they diced
for the lead.
Departing from the norm, Knight changed lines often during the race,
making it difficult for Briggs to get a run on him. Knight explained, “I
moved around a lot. When you start up front, you don’t know where you
need to be. Somebody could be finding a groove behind you. So I moved
around. You could feel in the car if it was better or worse. I’m sure
the guy behind me didn’t know where to go because I wasn’t in the same
groove. I was all over the place trying to find speed.”
Stone caught the leaders on lap 11, as they entered lap traffic and
stalked Briggs until claiming second on lap 20. From there, he kept the
pressure on Knight the rest of the way, but Knight, being able to run
anywhere, continued to change lanes and was able to keep Stone at bay,
winning by a couple of car lengths. Briggs settled for third, followed
by Bump Hedman and Chad Valone to complete the top five. Defending
champion Jason Dupont, from Clymer, retained his title by virtue of a
seventh place finish.
Knight, who authored his second career Little Valley win, offered, “We
just happened to start in the right spot. I knew those guys would be
there, and I tried to make sixty corners without making a mistake, and
that was what we did.”
The 25 lap 358 Modified Feature went to Dylan Dewart, from Corning, his
second in a row after many years of trying for his first. The race drew
an impressive 27 competitors, with 25 of them taking the green. Dewart
started on the outside of the second row and made a great early move to
clear multi-time winner Billy Van Pelt and Brady Fultz to grab the lead.
After that, he was never challenged, though he had a big scare on lap
The lap car of Shayne Pierce spun in turn two, right in front of Dewart,
who was setting up the pass. Dewart dove to the bottom and just clipped
the Pierce machine as he motored past, but fortunately no damage was
sustained in what could have cost him the win. Dewart noted, “I said,
‘I’m gong to clip him with my right rear,’ and the car sucked right up
enough to get around him. That was the moment of either making it or
From there Dewart held off Fultz and Van Pelt to preserve the victory.
Van Pelt made a late pass to finish second, followed by Fultz, Brian
Weaver, and Ryan Susice to round out the top five. Dewart commented,
“This one of my favorite tracks, if not the favorite track. We’ve been
coming here for some twelve or thirteen years. We’ve had our share of
disappointment too. We’re just hitting our pinnacle, I guess.”
The BRP Can Am Series for the 360 Late Models saw veteran Jeremy
Wonderling claim his third Little Valley victory of the season. Drawing
the pole, Wonderling, from Scio, established himself as the car to beat
early, and after surviving restarts on laps one and five, set the pace
and appeared to be on his way to an easy win. However, someone forgot to
tell John Waters, who made a stunning run in lap traffic to reel in
Wonderling with two laps to go and saw a final run on the last lap fall
just short, as Wonderling prevailed by half a car length. Brian Knowles
finished third, followed by Scooter Pangrazio and Bruce Miller, who came
from the rear after an early race skirmish. With the victory, Wonderling
clinched the track championship.
Wonderling opined, “The race car worked really good. When I got in lap
traffic I didn’t know if anybody was behind me. I saw on the board that
Johnny got in second behind me. I didn’t know how close he was. I didn’t
see him till we passed the checkered flag. Obviously, he must have been
Finally, Andy Michael, from Allegany, wired the field after grabbing the
lead from Butch Talbot on the first circuit of the 15 lap Street Stock
event, thereby clinching the track championship. Brad Ullman kept
Michael honest in the runner-up spot.
Michael declared, “The feature was a lot better than the heat. In the
heat I was a little loose, but it was really good in the feature.”
NOTES: Eighteen Late Models were on hand on a cool crisp night. Dutch
Davies, who looked fast in hot laps and was second in points going into
the night, blew his motor on the first lap of his heat, making Dupont’s
title defense a little easier, but Dupont, who finished in the top ten
in the WOO race in August, certainly deserved his second title in only
his sixth year in the Late Models. About his title run, Dupont observed,
“(Having Dutch out) took a little of the pressure off. We were trying,
but we had a right rear flat. It started going down midway through the
race. I’m ecstatic. It’s great.”
Late Models: (30 laps) – 1. Mike Knight, 2. Dan Stone, 3. Boom
Briggs, 4. Greg Oakes, 5. Chad Valone, 6. Bump Hedman, 7. Jason Dupont,
8. John Lacki, 9. Dick Barton, 10. Brent Rhebergen, 11. John Lobb, 12.
Jeff Hoffman, 13. Chris Hackett, 14. Bob Dorman, 15. Terry Porter, and
16. Michael Oakes. DNS: Dutch Davies and Matt Urban. Heat winners were
Greg Oakes, Briggs, and Stone.
358 Modifieds: (25 laps) - 1. Dylan Dewart, 2. Billy Van Pelt, 3.
Brady Fultz, 4. Brian Weaver, 5. Ryan Susice, 6. Bryce Davis, 7. Robbie
Krull, 8. Steve Schumacher, 9. Frank Dunning, 10. Scott Boudinot, 11.
Donnie Lawson, 12. Lee Bills, 13. Shayne Pierce, 14. Steve Hartman, 15.
Michael Bills, 16. Kevin Chilson, 17. Kenny Peoples Jr., 18. Nick Joy,
19. Ron White, 20. John Smith, 21. Stacy Jackson, 22. Rick Hoctor, 23.
Jimmy Hadden, 24. Casey Paulick, and 25. Joe Dgien. DNS: Dale Welty and
Heat winners were Susice, Weaver, and Mike Bills.
360 Late Models: (20 laps) – 1. Jeremy Wonderling, 2. John
Waters, 3. Brian Knowles, 4. Scooter Pangrazio, 5. Bruce Miller, 6. Bob
Close, 7. Ray Bliss, 8. Cecil LaBarron, 9. Mike Wonderling, 10. Mikey
Wonderling, 11. Jared Hill, 12. Jason McGregor, 13. Barry Payne, 14.
John Zimmerman, 15. Quinn Sutherland, 16. Josh Smith, 17. Jay McConnell,
18. Wally Wade, 19. Steve LaBarron, and 20. Brad LaBarron. DNQ: Neil
Patterson, DJ Krug, Kevin Olinger, and Jerry Wilson. Heat winners were
Hill, Waters, and Miller. B-Main winner was Wade.
Street Stocks: (15 laps) 1. Andy Michael, 2. Brad Ullman, 3.
Butch Talbot, 4. Chris Austin, 5. Brett Marlatt, 6. Joe Chamberlain, 7.
Levi Watson, 8. Rob Stromecki, 9. Don Wolfer, 10. Glen Vancise, 11.
Steve Sklar, 12. Alison Pierce, and 13. Ted Morseman. Heat winners were
Austin and Marlatt.