Tri State Championship concludes at Little Valley

The first Tri State Championship Series for Super Late Models, featuring a collaborative effort between Ron Neilson of Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio; Dennis Shutt of McKean County Raceway in E. Smethport, Pennsylvania; and Gary Montgomery of Little...

The first Tri State Championship Series for Super Late Models, featuring a collaborative effort between Ron Neilson of Raceway 7 in Conneaut, Ohio; Dennis Shutt of McKean County Raceway in E. Smethport, Pennsylvania; and Gary Montgomery of Little Valley Speedway in Little Valley, New York, will award its championship at Little Valley on Sunday night, July 14th, after races the previous two nights at Raceway 7 and McKean.

The Super Late Models have been running for a unique purse structure of $3333.00 for 33 laps each in the six race series. So far, 71 different cars have attempted to qualify at the three tracks. Following competition at Little Valley on the 14th of July, a $6,000 point fund will be awarded in addition to the regular purse. The winner will receive $3000, with the runner-up cashing a check for $1,000. Third place money is $500, while fourth will garner $400. Positions 5-10 will get $200 each. Racers have to attempt to qualify in five of the six races to be eligible for the point fund payout. With Little Valley being the final race and the likelihood that the championship chase will not be over, the action should be hot and heavy. As an added twist the cars will run the second round "topless," which should give the fans a new perspective on the racing action.

Going into the second round, Dick Barton from Ashville, NY, holds a slim 14 point lead over arch rival Bob Close, from Eldred, PA, winner of the second race of the series at McKean County on May 25th. Scott Haus from Hamburg, PA, lies third, while Clymer, New York's Brent Rhebergen and Ron Davies, winner of the May 26th Series race at Little Valley, round out the top five.

The Little Valley race featured a torrid battle between Davies and Bob Close, which featured Davies running his patented high line, inches from the wall, and then making a surprise move underneath on the backstretch late in the race to secure the win, which had the near capacity crowd on its feet.

Also on the card will be the Super Stocks, Street Stocks, and School Buses. Gates open at 4:00, with the first race at 7:00. Tickets are $12 for adults, with those under 12 admitted FREE, and the facility is noted for having 3000 covered grandstand stadium seats and some of the best food on the racing circuit. There is free camping (with hookups) on the grounds. Little Valley Speedway is located on the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds in Little Valley, New York. Little Valley is on State Route 353 eight miles north of Interstate 86 Exit #20 [Salamanca] westbound and twelve miles northeast of Interstate 86 Exit #16 [Randolph] eastbound. From the Buffalo area LVS is accessed off State Route 242 10 miles southwest of Ellicottville / Route 219. The Speedway office phone is 315-536-3728 or 716-938-9146 [race day]. The World Wide Web address is www.littlevalleyspeedway.com

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