Ron Davies Edges Brother In Tight Finish At Little Valley
By Dave Sully
LITTLE VALLEY Ron Davies from Warren made it two in a row at Little Valley Speedway on Friday winning the $3,000-to-win, 30-lap Super Late Model Feature in dramatic fashion, tinged by a bit of irony.
Not only did he beat his brother, Dutch, by a scant margin, he also had to beat his own motor to do it.
Dutch, a former Stateline champion, wrecked his car on opening night at that facility and has been struggling this year, so Ron lent him one of his motors. A quirk of fate put Dutch in position to knock off his more famous brother, a many-time local winner and veteran in World of Outlaws Late Model competition.
Ron drew the pole for the feature and immediately blew out to a commanding lead on the lightning fast and smooth racing surface, while Dutch went off fourth. Mike Knight, who is always fast at Little Valley, bolted into second on the fourth circuit and tried to reel in Ron, who had already checked out. That pursuit ended abruptly on lap 26, when he shredded a right rear tire, setting up the closing brother act.
Dutch, who had been running a strong third, was lined up behind Ron. After a brief bid for the lead was interrupted by another caution on lap 27, Dutch got another chance, and when Ron swung high in turn two on the restart he planted the nose of his No. 40 underneath and nosed in front coming out of turn two. However, Ron regained his momentum and re-claimed the spot.
Dutch hounded Ron over the final two laps, but Ron hung on to win by a about a car length. Defending track champion, Jason Dupont finished third, followed by Brent Rhebergen and Dick Barton to complete the top five.
The BRP Can Am Series race was the Brock Young Memorial, dedicated to a fine racer who was killed some years ago in an auto accident, and Bruce Miller emerged the winner for the third time.
Miller steamed up from fifth to take the lead on lap four, and then, clinging to the bottom, held off a determined John Waters to claim the victory and the $1422 first place check.
The Wonderling brothers, Jeremy, Brady, and Mikey, rounded out the top five, with their dad, Mike, finishing sixth.
Steve Dixon made it 3-for-3in E-Mod competition, wiring the field from the pole, holding off Ron Davies, on two restarts to win going away.
Andy Michael, from Allegany, prevailed in a race long battle with Adam Ashcroft in the Street Stock Feature, and Corey Foster concluded the evening by winning the school bus race over three other competitors.
NOTES: Little Valley’s next show is on Aug. 22 when the World of Outlaws Late Models will invade the Speedway for the second time. Darrell Lanigan won the initial event last year. The E-Mods and BRP Can Am series will also be in competition.
Super Late Models
1. Ron Davies, 2. Dutch Davies, 3. Jason Dupont, 4. Brent Rhebergen, 5. Dick Barton, 6. Greg Oakes, 7. John Lacki, 8. John Lobb, 9. Jeff Hoffman, 10. Boom Briggs, 11. Terry Porter, 12. Mike Knight, 13. Michael Oakes, and 14. Bump Hedman. Heat winners were Dutch Davies and Ron Davies.
BRP Can Am Brock Young Memorial
1. Bruce Miller, 2. John Waters, 3. Jeremy Wonderling, 4. Brady Wonderling, 5. Mikey Wonderling, 6. Mike Wonderling, 7. Wayne Robertson, 8. Brian Knowles, 9. Jason Knowles, 10. Ray Bliss, 11. Jared Hill, 12. Bob Close, 13. Steve LaBarron, 14. Bob Babbitt, and 15. DJ Krug. DNS: Quinn Sutherland. Heat winners were Waters and Jeremy Wonderling.
1. Steve Dixon, 2. Ron Davies, 3. Brent Rhebergen, 4. Rich Michael, 5. Brian Fardink, 6. Dan Sasso, 7. Kyle Bedell, 8. Jeff Johnson, 9. Steve Samuelson, 10. John Woodward, 11. TJ Downs, and 12. Kirk Bradley. DNS: Dan Davies. Heat winners were Dixon and Ron Davies.
Andy Michael, 2. Adam Ashcroft, 3. Joe Chamberlain, 4. Levi Watson, 5. Butch Talbot, 6. Don Wolfer, 7. Brad Ullman, 8. Rob Stromecki, 9. Ted Mascho, and 10. Andrew Eastman. DNS: Jason Evans. Heat winners were Wolfer and Michael.