Over halfway through the 2014 racing season, Todd Stone finds himself in a position that he hasn’t been in for a long time. Stone of Middlebury, Vermont recently acquired a Super Late Model and is back in the driver’s seat of a full-fendered racecar for the first time since 2004 when he competed on the ACT Late Model Tour.
“I took it in trade on a GMC Terrain,” Stone told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We’ve put a lot into it. We put a new body on it and kind of went through everything on it.”
The 2013 NASCAR Vermont State Champion has spent his recent years racing behind the wheel of a Sportsman Modified at Devil’s Bowl Speedway (VT) and Airborne Park Speedway (NY). He has won back-to-back DIRTcar 358-Modified championships at Airborne and is the defending champion at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
Despite his recent success, a change back to full-fendered Super Late Models has brought Stone and his team back to step one as they seek out success. The Vermont driver has a history of transitioning from car to car and hopes his experience will help put the team in a position to win sooner rather than later.
“I got some learning to do,” Stone recently told Vermont Motorsports Magazine. “But that’s alright.
“When I jumped back in my Modified when I got out of my Late Model way back then, I had a learning curve. And I know I’ve got a learning curve. But I still have the heart to want to win, so as long as I have that, you know, the car will come to it.”
So far, Stone has competed in Granite State Pro Stock Series events at Lee USA Speedway (NH) and Star Speedway (NH). He finished one lap down in the 14th position in his series debut at Lee and ran in the top-10 at Star before retiring from the event early and recording a 19th-place finish.
Stone plans to continue shaking down the car and hopes to make the trip to New Smyrna Speedway (FL) for the 49th Annual Governor’s Cup 200 in November. He also has definite plans to take his Super Late Model back down to New Smyrna in February for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.
“Our plans are to go to New Smyrna to race it this fall and this winter,” Stone told 51. “I want to go to the Governor’s Cup. I’ve just got to check in with my son. He’s a senior this year and if he’s not playing hockey or football at that time, then we’ll go.”
In an attempt to focus on his Super Late Model, Stone currently has his championship-winning Sportsman Modified for sale. If he can’t sell the car, he plans to continue racing weekly at Devil’s Bowl Speedway where he currently sits atop the point standings.
“If somebody is looking for a good car then they can call me because it’s a real good car. We’re going to bring that down to New Smyrna as well and put it for sale. If we wreck the (Super Late Model) and can’t fix it, then we’ll run that.”
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: Brandon_Paul51
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