Chasing a second consecutive Limited Sportsman division title – and a fourth overall – Stone has been fiery of late and continued that heated roll Saturday.
Stone, of Durham, cruised to victory in the 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature.
It was the third victory in the last five events for Stone. His other finishes during that span are a second and a third.
“It’s pretty great,” Stone said. “I don’t want to jinx ourselves, but everything is top notch here and we keep working at it every week. A lot of maintenance, going through the car every week. Hopefully it shows.”
Josh Galvin of Oakdale was second and Chris Meyer of Norwich third.
With 16 laps left Stone used the outside lane to go by Charles Beal into second place and began chase on Jon Porter, who started on the pole.
With 12 laps remaining Stone found a lane under Porter in turn two and moved to the lead going into turn three.
“In the heat race it was a tough battle,” Stone said of battling with Porter. “You do what you have to do trying to stay out front. I have to respect that. In the feature he ran a hard race again and he showed a lot of respect. That goes a long way.”
Galvin moved to second past Porter with 10 laps left, but Stone was already checked out and rolling to victory.
Staying just as hot as Stone was defending Mini Stock champion Wayne Burroughs Jr.
Burroughs used a three-wide move on a restart with 12 laps remaining to take over the lead and win the 25-lap Mini Stock feature.
It was the third victory in the last four events for Burroughs, who finished second in the other event. It was the fourth victory overall for Burroughs in 2016.
Ken Cassidy Jr. of Lisbon was second. Jacob Perry of Pawcatuck, who got his first career victory last week, was third.
The caution flew again with 12 laps remaining with Cassidy leading, Perry in second and Burroughs third. On the restart it was Burroughs making the battle three-wide to the low lane and taking over the top spot out of turn two.
“[Cassidy] was the car to beat. I think he would have beat us if we didn’t have that [restart],” Burroughs said. “I don’t know what happened. He slowed down a little bit on that restart. I don’t know if it didn’t go into [third] gear or what. I thought he was going to miss it so I dove under him and we got so far up to his door I said ‘We can’t lift now.’”
Said Cassidy: I just couldn’t get it into gear. I tried it under caution and it kept grinding. Just not our night tonight.
Ray Christian III got payback at the perfect time.
Christian, of Uncasville, sent Keith Rocco out of the groove in the final corner in a battle for the lead and won the 30-lap Late Model feature.
Jeff Smith of Old Lyme ended up second and Rocco, of Wallingford, third.
With 21 laps left Rocco moved to second place by Anthony Flannery and began hunting down Christian out front.
As the leaders were about to take the white flag a caution flew to set up the decisive green-white-checkered finish.
On the restart, Rocco got the advantage and was leading on the outside as he and Christian took the white flag.
But on the final lap, the pair went into turn three side-by-side. In turn four Christian moved up the track, sending Rocco toward the wall and allowing Smith to move into second place.
“I knew Keith was going to get to get me on the green-white-checkered but he ran me to Crystal Mall in the heat race so I just returned the favor for the feature when it mattered,” Christian said.
Said Rocco: “We had a good run on the top but you know how that goes. Just like the majority of the people down here at the Speedbowl, they can race side-by-side with you.”