Freedom daze at Little Valley to feature Late Models and Pro Stocks. Little Valley Speedway will place host to a varied offering of motorsports action on July 3rd and 4th, at the traditional Freedom Daze spectacular. On Wednesday evening, July...
Freedom daze at Little Valley to feature Late Models and Pro Stocks.
Little Valley Speedway will place host to a varied offering of motorsports action on July 3rd and 4th, at the traditional Freedom Daze spectacular. On Wednesday evening, July 3rd, the Super Late models will race for a winner's check of $3,000.00 for 30 laps, while the Empire Sports Network Pro Stock Super DIRT Series will make its first ever appearance at the fast ½ mile clay oval in a 25 lap tour event, paying $1,000 to win, with a generous payout to the runners-up. In addition, the Super Stocks will be racing 20 laps for $1,000.00 to win in a special event, which is being carried over from the June 14th rainout, along with the Street Stock 15 lap race which offers $500.00 to the winner. All told the purse represents a record for Little Valley (just under $25,000), further testimony to the commitment that track officials have to making the Speedway a major player in Northeast racing circles.
Many Western New York drivers are represented in the Pro Stock Tour roster, including Dave Schulz from Somerset, Jon Miller from Olcott, Scott Kerwin from Newfane, who won the inaugural tour stop in Charlotte, NC, earlier this year, Pat McCoy from Youngstown, Pete Stefanski from Wheatfield, and Lewiston residents, Mike Williams and Roger Chrysler. In addition, there is a Canadian contingent made up of Jeff Dayman from Port Colborne, Steve Devos from Welland, and Rick Baker from Fort Erie. These drivers produce some of the most competitive racing week after week at Ransomville, Merrittville, and Gasport International Speedways.
The late models will be led by "Mr. Outside" himself, Ron Davies from Warren, Pennsylvania, who electrified the crowd with his stunning outside moves past perennial all-star Bob Close from Eldred, Pennsylvania, in the Tri-State championship series race on May 26th. He will be joined by current Little Valley track champion, Dick Barton, from Ashville, New York; Brent Rhebergen from Clymer, who is currently 5th in Tri State points, Todd Andrews from Eldred, Pennsylvania; and many other top late model pilots from the area.
A fine field of Super Stocks, including current champion Bob Babbitt from Pavilion, defending McKean champion Bill Holmes from Chaffee, and the ageless wonder, Ron Baker, will be on hand, with their own particular brand of high speed excitement, as will the Street Stocks and their defending champion, Jim Kennerknecht from Erie, Pennsylvania, who won five of six races last year.
On Thursday, July 4th, the School Buses, led by the local Foster boys, defending champ Kenny, Ron, and Herbie will be on the card, along with a Demolition Derby. Both nights will also include fireworks.
Admission on Wednesday will be $12.00 for adults with those under 12 admitted Free. Gates open at 4:00, with the first race at 7:00. On Thursday the admission price is a mere $6.00, with those under 7 admitted free. The action gets underway at 7:30.
There is free camping on the grounds, so plan to stay over and catch both shows. Little Valley Speedway is located at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds on Rt. 353 in Little Valley, NY, just north of Salamanca on I-86. For more information, call the office at (315) 536-3728 or the track at (716) 928-9146. You can also log on to our website at www.littlevalleyspeedway.com.