Little Valley September 21st preview

Ron Smoker leads Big Block Tour into Little Valley. Veteran modified driver Ron Smoker from North Boston, NY, who began his career on the dirt in Western New York, running 358s, and big blocks, will be returning to his roots when he leads the...

Ron Smoker leads Big Block Tour into Little Valley.

Veteran modified driver Ron Smoker from North Boston, NY, who began his career on the dirt in Western New York, running 358s, and big blocks, will be returning to his roots when he leads the Big Block Modified Tour, formerly known as the BRP tour, to Little Valley Speedway on Saturday, September 21st. It will be the final race of the 2002 season at the fast ½ mile oval, and the final point race in the Big Block Tour. The evening will co-feature the Empire Super Sprints, making their second appearance of the year.

Smoker, who has won three races on the tour and leads the point battle as of this writing, has been having a dream season, highlighted by nine wins and the track championship at Dave Blaney's Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio, including a stunning victory over NASCAR stars Blaney and Tony Stewart.

Previously, he gained fame on the midget circuit, winning the championship at the now defunct Sixteenth Street Speedway in Indianapolis, claiming two national midget races, and placing third in the prestigious Hut Hundred at the legendary Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana. Last season he recorded a third at the Moody Mile at Syracuse, his highest big block finish ever in the October Classic.

He will be attempting to clinch the Big Block title when they return to the scene of one of their most exciting races of last season at Little Valley, a race which saw Rex King come from the rear twice during the race to win by a whisker.

Joining the Big Blocks will be the Empire Super Sprints, led by seven time champion Mike Woodring from Eden, who has a comfortable lead for his eighth title. Mike also has recorded one of the fastest speeds ever at Little Valley, clocking 140 mile per hour down the front straightaway. Along with Mike and the other ESS stars will be his teammate, sensational rookie, Erin Crocker, who has claimed three wins and has driven like a seasoned veteran.

Also on the card will be the Super Stocks, Street Stocks, and School Buses in a dynamite conclusion to the season. Gates open at 3:00, with the first race at 6:00. Tickets for this special show are $15 for adults, with those under 12 admitted free.

Little Valley Speedway is located on the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley, New York, located on Rt. 353, just north of Salamanca off I-86. As always, there is free camping, with hookups, available on the grounds. For more information, including pre-race and group sales, contact the track at (716) 938-9146, or log on to our website www.littlevalleyspeedway.com.

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dave Blaney