By Larry Ott
Special to The News
When the 2012 Super Late Model campaign began at Little Valley Speedway, not many fans would have made Jason Dupont their preseason pick to earn the track’s season points championship.
It is just that Dupont was one of the newer drivers in the division and Little Valley has a group of very successful veteran drivers such as David Scott, Dick Barton, Boom Briggs, Bob Close, Ron and Dutch Davies. Yet Dupont put together a solid season to emerge as Little Valley’s Super Late Model points champion a year ago.
In 2013, capitalizing on a series of good finishes plus some misfortune to others, Dupont again claimed the Little Valley Super Late Model point crown, clinching on Saturday night.
Dupont entered the weekend with an eight-point advantage over Dutch Davies. When Davies’ engine blew in a qualifying race, forcing him to retire, the points crown was a done deal for Dupont. In the night’s Super Late Model 30-lap feature race, Dupont finished seventh to close it out.
“I never thought we’d do this but after winning the title last year I wanted to back it up this year,” said Dupont, who is from Cyclone, Pa. “So I was happy I was able to come through. I’m real happy, ecstatic about the last two years.”
Dupont says he has now raced Super Late Models for about six seasons.
For much of this year it appeared Ron Davies would emerge as Little Valley’s Super Late Model champion after he posted two wins and a second in the first three races. Fate intervened, however.
Prior to the last two races of this season at Little Valley, Davies was injured in a scary accident at the Lernerville Speedway (Sarver, Pa.) in August and was out for the rest of the season. Mike Knight took off from his outside pole position start and led every lap to win the Super Late Model main event Saturday at Little Valley. Knight first held off Briggs in the early going and then Dan Stone late to score the victory.
“When you start up front and race up front you don’t know where you need to be,” Knight said. “I was on every square inch of this race track tonight. I was moving all over the place trying to find speed.”
Jeremy Wonderling led from flag to flag to record a razor-close victory over John Waters in the 360 Late Model 20-lap finale, earning the Little Valley season championship in this class.
“I thought I was pretty good when I was racing out front by myself, but I got in lapped traffic and I didn’t know if anybody was right behind me,” said Wonderling, a three-time 2013 Little Valley race victor.
Heading into the Little Valley Street Stock points finale this past week, the race was shaping up to be an exciting affair as Andy Michael owned a single point edge over Adam Ashcroft. It all turned anti-climactic when Ashcroft failed to show Saturday, handing the title to Michael uncontested. For good measure, Michael won the season’s 15-lap finale.
“I had two wins this season here and this is my third Street Stock championship here so it’s good,” Michael said.
The 358 Modifieds came to Little Valley on Saturday for their lone annual appearance at the dirt oval at Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, and Dylan Dewart topped a great field of 27 cars to win the event for the second year in a row.
Kings of Ransomville
Ransomville Speedway closed its season with its annual King of the Hill Weekend. After making a return behind the wheel this season, Scott George collected his initial win of the year in Saturday’s DIRTcar Sportsman 100.
“We’ve been struggling all year,” said George following his Ransomville triumph. “I just concentrated on hitting my marks. I didn’t think I’d ever get there.”
Brian Lonneville captured the Street Stock 100 Saturday at Ransomville. Lonneville inherited the top spot on lap 91 when the right rear tire of leader Jaren Israel went flat. “That was a tough break for Jaren,” said Lonneville. “We were there and hung on for the win.”
On Friday at Ransomville, Chris Leone clinched the Ransomville Fireball division season points title while Austin Susice did the same in the 4-Banger division.