WEST HAVEN - Todd Stone may have lost his crown at Devil's Bowl Speedway, but he did it in style.
Stone crushed the field Sunday night to win the double-points, 50-lap 358-modified feature on Championship Weekend, but ended up losing his title by a single point.
Ken Tremont Jr., who went into the night with the points lead, came across the finish line fifth, just enough to beat Stone for the championship by one point, 715-714, for his fifth modified title at the Bowl
Tremont used a mid-summer hot streak to get in position to win the championship. During July, he was the only driver to win the 358-modified division, chalking up three consecutive victories. He finished the year with six wins, while Stone visited victory lane three times.
Stone was so strong Sunday night that only the top five cars finished on the lead lap, and if he had run a couple of more circuits, Stone might have put Tremont down a lap, as well.
Ron Proctor set the pace for the first three laps from the pole position, but Kris Vernold moved out in front on lap four.
Ray Hoard, who had started eighth, got out on the box quickly and when the first caution flew on lap 10, he was in position to take the lead on the restart.
Stone, who had started 10th, moved into the No. 2 position on lap 18 and he and Hoard kept the crowd on their feet with some incredible racing until Stone finally moved in front on lap 36.
From there, it was just a matter of how many cars Stone was going to lap, as the final 29 laps were run caution-free. Hoard was the only car that could keep pace with Stone, but he was still almost three seconds behind when Stone hit the finish line for his fourth win of the season.