Barton leads close after first round of Tri State Championship Series. Following an exciting weekend of racing at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio, McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pennsylvania, and Little Valley Speedway in Little Valley,...
Barton leads close after first round of Tri State Championship Series.
Following an exciting weekend of racing at Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio, McKean County Raceway in East Smethport, Pennsylvania, and Little Valley Speedway in Little Valley, New York, on May 24, 25, and 26, Dick Barton from Ashville, NY, leads Eldred, Pennsylvania, driver Bob Close in the standings heading into the second and final round of the Tri State Championship Series for super late models. The unique series, a product of the cooperative efforts of Ron Neilson from Raceway 7, Dennis Shutt from McKean, and Gary Montgomery from Little Valley, drew seventy-one different cars to the three venues seeking shares of the generous purse structure, which features a winners check of $3333 for each of the six races in the series, plus a $6000 point fund for those drivers who participate in at least five of the six races, with $3000 going to the point leader, $1000 for second, $500 for third, $400 for fourth, and $200 each for 5th through 10th. .
Following round one, Barton has 265 points to lead Close, who has 251. Scott Haus from Hamburg, Pennsylvania, chimes in third with 212, followed by Clymer, New York's Brett Rhebergen with 195, and Ron Davies from Warren, Pennsylvania, with 188 to complete the top five. Lurking nearby are Matt Urban with 184, Jim Yoder with 180, Mike Blose and David Scott with 177, and Todd Andrews with 176. With three races to go, anything can happen.
Points are awarded for finishing positions in each of the six 33 lap main events, with a sliding scale of 100 points for first through 40 for last (24th) finishing position. Ten points will be awarded to any driver who attempts to qualify but fails to make the race. In order to qualify for the point payoff, a driver must attempt to qualify in five of the six events.
The first round produced three different winners, as Dan Armbruster from Harborcreek, Pennsylvania, dominated the field at Raceway 7, Bob Close picked up the win at his home track, McKean County, and Ron Davies electrified the crowd with his daring run on the outside of the track to win at Little Valley.
The second round, which will see the cars run "topless," will be contested on July 12 (Raceway 7), 13 (McKean), and 14 (Little Valley), with full supporting cards at each track. For more information, call 814-967-4230 (Raceway 7), 716-593-6984 (McKean), or 315-536-3728 office, 716-938-9146 track (Little Valley).