Little Valley report 2001-08-26

Cattasargus NY - Ray Bull, Bloomsburg Pa., earned his eighth ARDC victory at Little Valley Speedway at the Cattasargus County Fairgrounds. It was a special evening for the ARDC midgets as they joined veteran midget drivers from the 1950's and ...

Cattasargus NY - Ray Bull, Bloomsburg Pa., earned his eighth ARDC victory at Little Valley Speedway at the Cattasargus County Fairgrounds. It was a special evening for the ARDC midgets as they joined veteran midget drivers from the 1950's and 1960's.

'This track is very unique' said Bull, 'It is in great shape and there is moisture on the bottom. I don't think we could be at a better track.' The half-mile d-shaped clay oval will always remain special as Bull picked up his first ever wingless victory.

Veteran midget drivers joined Bull in victory lane and were eager to share their memories of racing with the sizable crowd on hand. Bob Miley, Denny Lott, Dick McCrossen, and Veron Harriman made the trip to Little Valley Speedway. For Harriman the racetrack brought back some special memories. 'I won a sprint feature here 49 years ago,' he said. Since then, the track has changed drastically but much to the liking of today's drivers.

This victory will remain memorable for Bull as well. Bull's father-in-law Spike Gillespie had ran there in 1970. 'It's nice to bring the midget history where it hasn't been in along time, said Bull.'

Finishing behind Bull was Mark Freeland, Ickesburg Pa.

Freeland, who carries the colors of exsportise, Turnbuagh oil service, Sutter Homes and midgetmadness.com was overjoyed with his second place finish. 'This is a tough place,' said Freeland. 'The bottom was slick, and the top was curved.'

Randy Mausteller, Bloomsburg Pa., rolled to a third place finish. 'I'll take it anyway I can get it at my age' said Mausteller. 'I was coming up (through the pack) a little at a time.' he said. Early in the race, Mausteller got involved with the No. 61 of Peter Pavlick, Toms River NJ. After restarting in the rear, he passed one car at a time and headed straight for the front.

Mausteller who has been racing since 1964 remains competitive in the ARDC series and was glad to see the veterans out to support ARDC's return to Little Valley.

Running up front early in the event was Jimmy Stitzel, Blandon Pa. after Stitzel and Bryan Kobylarz, Birdsboro Pa., got tangled on lap 10, he was relegated to the rear of the field. Kobylarz would retire from the event with a broken rear suspension.

The caution flew four times during the event. The first caution was for Mausteller and Pavlick. The second caution was brought out when Duane Mausteller, Bloomsburg Pa., was blowing a steady stream of smoke from his car.

The No.42 of Walt Stearly, Trappe Pa. brought out the third caution when he turned his midget around in turn 4, he was able to refire. The final caution flew on lap 10 when Kobylarz and Stitzel got together.

Feature Finish: (1) Ray Bull, (2) Mark Freeland, (3) Randy Mausteller, (4) Jimmy Stitzel, (5) Kathy Kurtz, (6) Shawn Burke, (7) Lew Blair, (8) Gary Halteman, (9) Scott Zipp, (10) Dave Suchy, (11) Walt Stearly, (12) Ed Stimely Jr., (13) Jim Knickerbocker, (14) Jim Jackson, (15) Bryan Kobylarz, (16) Peter Pavlick, (17) Duane Mausteller, (18) Fred Schell, (19) Brian Suchy - DNS.

Notes: Some of the ARDC midget drivers will participate in an asphalt show , co-sanctioned with NEMA, at Oswego Speedway on Sat. Sept. 1. ... The ARDC drivers will finish their points season at Whip City Speedway in Westfield MA. on Sept. 8

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Series Midget
Drivers Bryan Kobylarz , Ray Bull