WATERFORD – It might not have been the typical Al Stone III type of performance Saturday at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, but in the end the Durham driver was celebrating a position fans have become quite used to seeing him in.
Stone held on through a wild 25-lap Limited Sportsman feature to finish seventh and clinch his second consecutive championship and fourth title overall in the division.
Chris Meyer of Norwich came into the night trailing Stone by 17 points in the championship chase. Meyer won the event but finished nine points behind Stone in the standings.
Stone, the division’s all-time winningest driver, finished the season with five victories.
“I thought maybe we could just ride around a little bit and stay out of trouble but I don’t think that was the spot to go,” Stone said. “Chris had the right idea to get up front first and I should have followed. It was 25 laps of very very hairy hairy racing back there with those guys. We just tried to ride it out and points race. We just went out there and ran our race. … We almost bit the big one there on the last lap that’s for sure.”
Meyer went by Monte Gibbs for the lead with five laps remaining. Gibbs, of Killingworth, held on for second and Charles Beal of Ledyard was third.