Masterson remains unbeaten in Late Models
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Joey “Fireball” Roberts got a much-needed victory on a hot and sunny evening at the half-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, June 18. Roberts outdueled Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified point leader Jason Durgan in the final laps of a special “topless” race for his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series win of the season. Other winners at the event were Josh Masterson, Scott FitzGerald, Brad Bertrand, Bill Kemp, and Angie Bullock.
The Modifieds had a different look and feel, racing without roofs in the “topless” event. After forgettable results in the first three races of the year, Roberts, of Fletcher, Vt., found the altered body style to his liking and his No. 50x Friend Construction/Body LeBronze-sponsored Bicknell chassis ran up front for most of the 30-lap feature race. Several caution periods slowed the race after some spins and a multi-car fracas, and Roberts was forced to contend in the final laps with Morrisonville, N.Y., racer Durgan.
Durgan tried to find a way past Roberts on both the inside and the outside lanes as the laps ticked away, but fell just short and settled for the runner-up finish; the result was his fourth podium finish in as many races. Ron Proctor of Charlton, N.Y., was involved at no less than two of the caution periods but persevered for a third-place run. Vince Quenneville Jr., who was penalized for his involvement in one crash, came from the back of the pack to finish fourth, with Travis Bruno fifth.