Little Valley race summary/results 2002-08-24

Scott edges Barton at Little Valley amidst blizzard of yellow. (Little Valley, NY) David Scott from Garland, PA, put on a dazzling display of rim riding to take the $3000 winner's share in the 30 lap Super Late Model Feature at Little Valley ...

Scott edges Barton at Little Valley amidst blizzard of yellow.

(Little Valley, NY) David Scott from Garland, PA, put on a dazzling display of rim riding to take the $3000 winner's share in the 30 lap Super Late Model Feature at Little Valley Speedway on Saturday, August 24th, but not before ten cautions put their stamp on the outcome. There was plenty of action in the race, but the cavalcade of cautions from the normally clean running late model drivers prevented any real flow from developing and produced some frayed nerves at night's end.

Bob Close from Eldred, PA, who went into the event two points ahead of defending champion, Dick Barton from Ashville, took the early lead from the outside front row, outgunning polesitter, Mike Wonderling, from Wellsville to the first turn. Barton quickly jumped into second, and then the first caution flew for a spin in turn four that seemed to set the tenor for the rest of the race.

When the contest resumed, Close and Barton had a short but intense battle, which saw them swap the lead before the next caution flew on lap three. When the green flew once again, Barton got by Close and took Scott, who started sixth, with him. Barton and Scott then went at each other hammer and tong, with Scott hounding Barton, even briefly taking the lead on lap eight, before King Richard took command once more. This scenario continued through several cautions, the struggle continuing on each restart, with Scott bouncing off the cushion high, and Barton characteristically hugging the bottom. During a lap thirteen caution, Close dove into the pits, apparently with a flat tire, and returned at the rear of the field, without losing a lap.

A caution on lap twenty-five was particularly helpful to Scott as seconds before it flew he jumped the cushion during one of his bonzai charges through turn two, losing considerable ground to Barton. The caution got it all back. On the ensuing restart, confusion reined, as Scott made an outside pass on Barton in turn one, but the yellow flew again as they exited turn two, apparently due to a safety vehicle pushing a car from the previous caution toward the track on the backstretch. When the cars lined up for the restart, Scott was placed in front of the Barton machine (there were conflicting reports as to why this was done), from where he led the remaining laps, enduring one final exasperating caution on lap twenty-six. At the line it was Scott by about four car lengths. Barton came home second, followed by Todd Andrews, Ron Davies, and Close, who salvaged a good finish despite his earlier misfortune.

Scott offered this explanation for what transpired. "I was dedicated to the top. The track changed a lot from when the super stocks started to when it was over. We didn't really tighten up the car enough to run the bottom. It got pretty slick in the middle. I was pretty much committed to the cushion and Dick knew that. He was running it. Then he tried something different, and it just didn't work out for him." Of the fateful lap twenty-five restart, he observed, "That was the whole thing. If they'd have took that deal back because of that screwed up deal, I doubt Dick would have ever made another mistake."

While Barton gave Scott credit for his fine effort, he and his team were understandably perplexed by the turn of events and were looking for some kind of official explanation for the ruling that they felt cost them the lead and ultimately, the race. The only solace for Barton is that with his second place finish and Close's fifth, he takes over the point lead, going into the final two races of the season.

In other action, current point leader "Billy the Kid" Holmes from Chaffee captured an exciting 20 lap Super Stock event, passing his closest rival in the points battle, Steve Watson, from Coudersport, PA, on lap fifteen and then holding him off the final five circuits. Holmes, who started eleventh, was aided by some aggressive driving on the part of his competitors, which made moving to the front somewhat easier. Dave Miller was leading when he broke on a restart on lap two. On lap four, leader Doug Ricotta and Bruce Miller tangled, putting them at the rear. Then on lap ten ageless veteran Ron Baker and Jack Harrington came together in turn two as they fought for the lead.

By the time the race restarted after a spin on lap eleven, the smooth driving Holmes was in third, mostly by being patient and staying out of trouble. He turned up the wick at that point, moving into second on the restart and then making the lap fifteen pass which led to the victory and a check for $1000. Watson finished second, followed by Tim Dunham, Todd Hansen, and Ricotta, who made a gallant charge from the rear following his mishap earlier in the race.

Wayne Mohawk from Irving, won his second 15 lap Street Stock Feature of the season, passing leader Rob Stromecki on the final lap, following a restart, to collect $500. Mohawk, the current point leader, was followed over the line by points runner-up Jim Kennerknecht, Stromecki, Jason Schoonmaker, and Roger Ball.

In the final event of the evening, Kenny Foster won the School Bus race, prevailing over Ray Wright.

NOTES: With the threat of rain in the area all day long, the late model car count took a hit, as some of the drivers from the far reaches didn't take the risk of a long drive going for naughtThere were sixteen late models, thirty-four super stocks, thirty-two street stocks and five buses in the pits.The weather and possibly the televised Winston Cup Race at Bristol also took its toll on attendance, although a decent crowd braved the threatening weather to see the show.. The next race is the Labor Day special on Sunday, September 1st, when the late models do battle once more, joined by the pro stocks, back for an encore performance. Gates open at 3:00 and racing starts at 6:00, an hour earlier than usual.

Late Model Finish: (30 laps) David Scott, Dick Barton, Todd Andrews, Ron Davies, Bob Close, Ed Carley, Andy Kania, John Haggerty, Dan Dunham, Eric Ensell, Tony Lombardi, Mike Wonderling, Rick Isadore, Frank Poniatowski, Kirk Bradley, and Rob DeGolier. Heat winners were Scott and Carley.

Super Stock Finish: (20 laps) Bill Holmes, Steve Watson, Tim Dunham, Todd Hansen, Doug Ricotta, Ron Baker, Kyle Bradigan, Bruce Miller, Jack Harrington, TJ Shaw, Bob Dixon, Jr. Peters, Tim Schram, Andy Miller, Tim Rockwell, John Kemp, Jeremy Wonderling, Brock Young, Dave Miller, Todd Rice, Darren Kish, Don Wagner, Mike Coast, Jason Dupont, Gary McDowell, and Dustin Croft. Heat winners were Shaw, Harrington, and Holmes. Consi winner was Jr. Peters.

Street Stock Finish: (15 laps) Wayne Mohawk, Jim Kennerknecht, Rob Stromecki, Jason Schoonmaker, Roger Ball, Ted Ingalls, Lee Zimmerman, Jim Parmenter, Jerry Condren, Kevin Hill, Scott Bennett, Joe Pocobello, Allen Jerge, Art Jimerson, Steve Dixon, Colin Kulpa, Adam Cox, Tony Colantine, Bill Deming, Lee Wulff, Darryl Greene, Shawn Parks, and Kevin Pangrazio. DQ- Chuck Biniarz, Ken Donkert. Heat winners were Biniarz, Stromecki, and Kennerknecht. Consi winner was Parmenter.

School Bus Finish: (10 laps) Kenny Foster, Ray Wright, Corry Allen, Ron Foster, and Wayne Osgood.

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Drivers Bruce Miller , David Scott