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Truck & Tractor Pulls, Demolition Derby, Drag Racing Coming to Devil’s Bowl Speedway

New motorsports events to highlight busy summer

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The ground will shake in 2017 with a series of exciting, all-new motorsports events at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The scenic Vermont facility has added a slate of new, high-adrenalin attractions for motorsports fans of all kinds, promising to bring a thrill to fans of all types of horsepower.  While weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned stock car racing continues on the asphalt oval on Saturday nights and on the dirt oval on Sunday nights, the new events will offer a different style of heart-pounding action.

Trucks and tractors will have a thundering presence at Devil’s Bowl in 2017.  The inaugural “Rutland County Rumble” will be held on Saturday, May 13, as the region’s top pulling tractors and trucks will be on hand for an intense display of power and torque.  The popular Altered Farm Tractor class will headline the program, and also chasing the “full pull” will be three truck divisions: Super Stock 4×4, 2.6 Pro Diesel, and 2.5 Diesel.

The pulling event begins at 12:00 noon on May 13, followed that same evening by a wild-and-crazy Demolition Derby – the first at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in several years.  The hard-hitting smashfest is open to any 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder car and will see action through heats, consolations, and a $1,000-to-win feature event.

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Phil Jacques Keeping Dream Alive at Thompson Speedway

The Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) Limited Sportsman Division has a reputation for being one of the most competitive in New England. This makes the achievement of Phil Jacques, driver of the No. 77 entry, even more impressive.  Heading into Icebreaker 2016 he was focused on consistency; finishing every race and keeping the car in one piece.

It appeared at the beginning of the season this would be a tall task. Some minor set backs, including mechanical gremlins and a self-admitted rookie mistake relegated his No. 77 entry to a 17th place finish. Soon, though, through the determination of the driver and crew, success was had.

Jacques won his first race at TSMP on Wednesday June 1, following up with consistent finishes throughout the summer months. Describing this stretch, Jacques explained, “During summer months, we stayed in contention regularly, but a few mistakes on my part cost us better finishes than we probably could have had. Still we ended up with a 5th, 6th 6th and 5th in the next 4 races to follow.”

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Garage Pass 2017 – Bruneau Motorsports

I didn’t have to go very far for this week’s garage pass; a driver from Tiverton, RI and your 2016 Street Stock Champion, Scott Bruneau. I grew up pretty much right down the street from the Bruneau’s garage and as a kid I remember it not being a garage at all, but more of a “tent city”; they have come a long way from back then and I was excited to be able to interview a driver from my hometown. Though Scott is a man of very few words, between himself and his crew chief Kyle Bowers I got to know how they operate and stay competitive from week to week.

How did you get your start in racing?
Scott: I started coming to the track as a kid in the 80s when my dad was racing and I have been here ever since.

What division do you currently compete in and how would you describe your 2016 season?
Scott is currently in the Sportsman (formerly Street Stock) division and will be back behind the wheel of his #74 this season.
Scott: Last season was real good and real fun. It was very successful and we had a great time being so competitive.

Is there anything new to the car for 2017?
Scott paused for a bit and really couldn’t think of anything other than the body they are still waiting to get for this season.
Kyle: Really the only thing we did do to the car for this season was a new inspection plug on the oil pan because we had to replace it. Other than that the car was so good that we had no reason to change anything else.

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