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Mother Nature Takes 10th Win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday

Dirt Track rained out again; makeup details to be determined

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – It’s getting old at this point, but Devil’s Bowl Speedway has been forced to postpone racing for the tenth time in 2016 due to weather, this time for the Dirt Track on Sunday, August 21. A forecast calling for a 90% to 100% chance of late-afternoon and evening thunderstorms has forced the decision.

Sunday’s event was scheduled to be the “Vince Quenneville Sr. Memorial” for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, presented by Interstate All Battery Center of Rutland. The event will be made up at a date to be named soon.

Racing returns on Saturday, August 27 at 7:00 p.m. on the half-mile Asphalt Track with the annual “Double Stack Night” presented by Sugar & Spice Restaurant. The event will showcase double feature races for all four weekly divisions, along with the fifth annual Great North American Pancake Eating Championship.
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Bell Dominant in Return to Devil’s Bowl Speedway Victory Lane

Bertrand scores Mini Stock special; Bergeron, FitzGerald win

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Alex Bell left little doubt about the strength and speed of his racecar on Saturday, August 20 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, winning in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competition for the first time in three years. Bell scored on the half-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl on Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night, along with Brad Bertrand, Chris Bergeron, and Scott FitzGerald.

Bell was simply dominant in the 30-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division. The Cambridge, N.Y., racer started in third place and took the lead from Dave Snow at lap 7, then left the field in his wake to open up a half-lap lead. The caution flag waved for two big wrecks on laps 25 and 26 and brought Bell back to striking distance for a pair of restarts, but he was never seriously challenged and drove his No. 23 Hos-Cot Builders/Hermann Construction car to his first win at Devil’s Bowl since May 31, 2013.

Vince Quenneville Jr. of Brandon, Vt., escaped from a bump in the lap 25 incident to finish as the runner-up after lots of position-shuffling and bent sheet metal in the final five laps. Travis Bruno of Morrisonville, N.Y., finished third, followed by Billy Lussier and Joey Roberts. Late Model division regular Chad White avoided trouble and finished sixth in his first Modified race, followed by Bob Kilburn, Snow, Chuck Bradford, and Ron Proctor.

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Tremont Penalized at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track

Winner Hackel’s engine clears full teardown

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials have announced a penalty levied against NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman Modified driver Kenny Tremont Jr., stemming from the 35-lap feature race event held on Sunday, August 14 at the 3/10-mile Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl.

Tremont crossed the finish line in second place but his No. 115 car was found with an unapproved carburetor spacer plate in post-race technical inspection.  As a result, Tremont has been dropped from his original second-place finishing position and will officially be scored as the last driver on the lead lap in the August 14 event, moving him back to collect 10th-place points and purse money.  Tremont will also be penalized to the last-place starting position at the next event he enters at the Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, and he has been placed on probation through the remainder of the 2016 racing season at the track.

The part in question was permitted for use at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 2014 and 2015, but is not approved in the 2016 rulebook.

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Hackel Makes History at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track

Sweeps Sportsman Modified and Sprint Car races

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Bobby Hackel blew the fans and the competition away at  the Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, August 14, becoming just the second stock car driver in the track’s 50-season history to win in two divisions on the same night.  The 21-year-old from Rensselaer, N.Y., swept both the 35-lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman Modifieds and the 30-lap race for the Sprint Cars of New England.  Also winning at the Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli Night event were Josh Coonradt and Mike Ryan.

Hackel got his work started in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modifieds, when he came from 13thstarting position to challenge leader Kevin Chaffee of Bradford, Vt., at lap 13.  It was West Sand Lake, N.Y.’s Kenny Tremont Jr. to make the first move, though, as he passed both Hackel and Chaffee to take command at lap 17.  Hackel followed Tremont through traffic for the next 17 laps, with Tremont’s lead growing and shrinking as the pair navigated lapped traffic.

Coming to the white flag, Hackel made a move inside Tremont and bounced through a rut, making contact with Tremont’s car in the middle of Turns 3 and 4 as they both tried to get past the lapped car of Vince Quenneville Jr.  Hackel came out on top to grab the lead, then drove away in the final lap for his fourth Modified win of the year.  Tremont settled for second with Chaffee – driving in place of the injured Tim Hodge – in third.  Allan Hammond was fourth with Wayne Stearns fifth; Chaffee, Hammond, and Stearns each scored season-best finishes.

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Rain Postpones Devil’s Bowl Speedway Heritage Family Credit Union Night

Dirt Track event still on for Sunday, August 14

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Morning rain and a wet forecast into the evening have forced Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials to postpone the annual Heritage Family Credit Union “Member Night” event on Saturday, August 13 at the facility’s half-mile Asphalt Track. The event was scheduled to be a full program of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing, highlighted by twin 25-lap races for the Sportsman Modified division.

The event also featured free admission for all Heritage Family Credit Union members who present proof of valid membership. Devil’s Bowl Speedway and Heritage Family Credit Union will work together to determine a possible makeup date, with an announcement in the near future.

Saturday’s rain, at this point, does not affect the Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli Night event scheduled for Sunday, August 14 on the 3/10-mile Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The Sprint Cars of New England series will be on hand at 6:00 p.m. along with the Sportsman Modified, Renegade, and Mini Stock divisions of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
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Tremont Wrecks, Wins on Wild “Whelen Wednesday” at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Duprey by inches in Renegades; Conroy tops fun Mini Stock race

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Kenny Tremont Jr. narrowly escaped from a big pileup to win on the special “WhelenWednesday” double-points Mid-Season Championship stock car event on the Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on August 10.  In spite of major damage to his car, the seven-time Devil’s Bowl champion ran to his second win of the season after a wild 35-lap race.  Bill Duprey and Chris Conroy also scored victories during the night, which was presented by NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title sponsor Whelen Engineering.

Three caution flags slowed the pace of the Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified race in the first three laps.  Tremont, of West Sand Lake, N.Y., was involved in the most serious incident, which stacked his car up with those of top championship point drivers Justin Comes, Derrick McGrew, and rookie Justin Severance.  All but Comes were able to continue, though the body on Tremont’s car was severely damaged.

Tremont marched forward through the field once racing resumed, aided in part by several more caution flags and a high attrition rate.  Race leader Brian Whittemore’s fine effort was interrupted by a crash at lap 18, setting up a second-half duel between Tremont and point leader Bobby Hackel of Rensselaer, N.Y., that left fans roaring in approval.

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Miller Pulls off a Dirt Track Stunner at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Hackel takes third win; Duprey, Ryan sweep double features

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Chad Miller pulled off the upset victory of the season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, August 7, winning the second of two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature races on the 3/10-mile Dirt Track.  Miller shared victory lane during the night with Bobby Hackel, Bill Duprey, and Mike Ryan.

Hackel, of Rensselaer, N.Y., was the first to score in the headline Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified division, earning his third win of the season.  After starting 14th on the field, Hackel needed just eight laps to get the lead.  He was on cruise control with more than a quarter-track lead when the race was halted five laps short of the scheduled 25-lap distance; a malfunction with the generator that supplies electricity to the speedway left the track lights too dim to continue racing.

Miller, of White River Junction, Vt., began his solid night with a surprise runner-up finish in the first race, followed by an equally-impressive Jim Introne Jr.  Fourth place went to Justin Comes with Kenny Tremont Jr. fifth.  Chris Murray, rookie Justin Severance, Billy Lussier, Vince Quenneville Jr., and Codie Aubin rounded out the top 10.

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Quenneville Rebounds for First C.J. Richards Memorial Win

Bryant tops Late Models; McKiernan, LaVair grab first wins; Wood runs away with Enduro

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Vince Quenneville Jr. turned an ugly start into a big win on the half-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, August 6.  Quenneville converted his subpar night into late-race dominance to earn his first win in the annual Carrara Masonry & Concrete “C.J. Richards Memorial 67” for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division.  Other winners at the event included Robert Bryant Jr., rookie Austin McKiernan, C.J. LaVair, and Zach Wood.

The fifth-annual event honored late Devil’s Bowl Speedway founder Chuck “C.J.” Richards, with the 67-lap total distance serving as a nod to the track’s opening in 1967.  Brandon, Vt., veteran Quenneville – the defending track champion – had an uncharacteristically poor showing in his qualifying heat, and improved only marginally in the first 22-lap leg of the three-segment main event.

Jackie Brown Jr. of Hurley, N.Y., ran away with the first segment to earn a single scoring point in the three-round total tally, while Jason Durgan finished second ahead of Travis Bruno, Ron Proctor, and Dave Snow.  Quenneville mustered only a seventh-place finish, putting himself in a hole to start the race.

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Rain Claims Saturday Asphalt Event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Sunday Dirt Still On

Track officials monitoring weather for Sunday, July 10 event; decision to be made Sunday morning

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has been forced to postpone its Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championships event on the half-mile Asphalt Track on Saturday, July 9 due morning rains and a forecast of wet weather during race time in the evening.

All four of the track’s weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions were scheduled to compete for double championship points, and the annual driver autograph session was to held during intermission.  A make-up date for the event will be announced soon.

Speedway officials will continue to monitor the weather for Sunday, as the 3/10-mile Dirt Track is scheduled to host the Interstate All Battery Center Mid-Season Championships and “Vince Quenneville Sr. Memorial 38” on Sunday, July 10.  As of press time on Saturday, the Sunday event is still on as planned; a final decision will be announced on Sunday morning.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Official Statement on the Loss of Driver Ron Casey

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway management is saddened to confirm the loss of one of its stock car racing family members, driver Ron Casey.

Mr. Casey, 61, of Manchester Center, Vt., was competing in a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman Modified race on the 3/10-mile Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt., on the evening of Sunday, July 3, 2016 when he was stricken with what appeared to be a medical emergency that led to a crash.

With nine of 35 laps complete at approximately 9:15 p.m., Mr. Casey’s racecar suddenly veered off course through the infield at a high rate of speed and traveled through the infield grass before making a hard impact with a retaining wall in Turn 2 and coming to rest.  No other people or vehicles were involved in the incident.
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Durgan Dominant in Coca-Cola Firecracker Win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Jason Durgan left little doubt in his first victory of the season at the Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, July 2. The point leader of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division was a dominant winner in the Coca-Cola “Firecracker 44” on a night that also saw a large, enthusiastic crowd cheer Seth Bridge, Scott FitzGerald, Eric Messier, and Zach Wood as winners.

Durgan, of Morrisonville, N.Y., waded through an early mess in the 44-lap Modified race that saw three wrecks in the first two laps. After trailing early leader Dave Snow for several laps, Durgan threw his No. 17 Valley View Firewood/Taylor Rental-sponsored car to the outside lane at the one-quarter mark in the race and powered into the lead, then set sail for the rest of the distance to win by a dominant half-track advantage.

Behind Durgan, Brandon, Vt., racer Snow held off a persistent challenge from Jackie Brown Jr., for much of the race. Ron Proctor tracked the pair down and passed them both on the outside lane to move into second place, but was thwarted by a slowly deflating tire in the final laps and began to drop back. Snow moved back into second place for the best finish of his career. Brown held on for third, followed by Travis Bruno and Joey Roberts.
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“Fireball” Roberts Takes Topless Win on Hot Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

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.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track Fans Encouraged to “Think Sun” on Sunday

SCoNE Sprints added to Sunday, June 5 makeup race date

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will try once more on Sunday, June 5 to beat Mother Nature and get the 50th season of stock car racing underway at its 3/10-mile Dirt Track. As a bonus, the Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) series has been confirmed for the June 5 event; SCoNE was scheduled to race on the Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl last week before thunderstorms rolled through.

While Devil’s Bowl’s half-mile Asphalt Track has had good luck on Saturdays, rainy weather in May has forced the Dirt Track to cancel its first two scheduled Sunday race events on May 22 and May 29, as well as two practice dates earlier in the month.

Track officials decided during last week’s rainout to add a race date on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. to make up for lost time, and SCoNE officials and competitors have agreed to participate. Race fans are encouraged to use the power of positivity and “think sun” for the Sunday, June 5 race.
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Rains Continue to Wreak Havoc On Gulf South Weekend with the Devil’s Bowl Now Washed Out

TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2016) That’s two for Mother Nature this weekend, as continued wet conditions on Friday with very little sun has made the grounds of the half-mile impassable, forcing Lanny Edwards to call off Saturday’s showdown with the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region presented by Southern Trailer Works.

As of now, Sunday at the Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas is still on. Updates, if any, will be passed along as soon as they are made available.

Fan can also get updates straight to their cellphones by texting the word ASCSNAT to phone number 84483. The texting service is free, but standard messaging rates may apply.

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 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Up Next for ACT US Competitors

Masterson, Therrien, Packard Early Challengers

Waterbury, VT – The annual visit to what has become one of the favorite stops for competitors of the American Canadian Tour (ACT), Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT is next up on the 2016 schedule. After five events, with five different winners, and the closest Championship point race in the long 30-year history of ACT, several teams are positioned to test current top three Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA, Nick Sweet, Barre, VT and Scott Payea, Milton, VT.

Josh Masterson, Charlotte, VT, defending Devil’s Bowl Late Model Champion, has more laps than any other competitor at Devil’s Bowl. His team proved that they can run competitive long distance events with a solid finish against a talented field of cars at Airborne’s Spring Green in Plattsburgh, NY a few weeks ago. Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT was the surprise winner on opening day in April at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, and after a huge disappointment at the Spring Green at Airborne Speedway, when he was caught up in a wreck and had to settle for a wrecked race car and last place in the 29 car field, he bounced back with a solid run at New London-Waterford Speedbowl last week.

Emily Packard, E. Montpelier, VT seems to have defined what is necessary to be successful in long distance racing. Her steady and consistent runs from deep in the field to top finishes have been impressive. Packard started her Late Model career racing at Devil’s Bowl. She has the right guidance from her Polewarczyk led team to challenge for her first victory at what arguably is her most competitive track.
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Fireworks and $5,000 Giveaway Open Huge Holiday Weekend

“Yorkmont 5000” prize giveaway and fireworks on Saturday; SCoNE Sprint Cars on Sunday

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will celebrate the Memorial Day holiday in style this weekend, May 28-29. The two-track facility will pack in two days of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing action and much more into the weekend, all at regular admission pricing.

The party starts on Saturday night on the half-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl with a fireworks show and the first-ever “Yorkmont Memorial Day 5000” contest presented by Yorkmont Auto Auctions of Fair Haven, Vt. One lucky person will win $5,000 by participating in the contest, with a chance to double their winnings.

The contest is open to anyone age 18 or older who purchases a regular-price general admission ticket on Saturday, May 28. Each fan will receive a contest card and will visit with 10 local automobile dealers at display booths set up on the Midway between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. After getting verification from each dealer, cards will be entered into a blind draw with one lucky fan winning the $5,000 prize with no strings attached.

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Quenneville Opens Devil’s Bowl Speedway Title Defense With Victory

Masterson, FitzGerald, Wood also take opening night wins

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Vince Quenneville Jr. showed a good opening night crowd that he never missed a beat over the winter at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, May 21. The Brandon, Vt., speedster and defending Asphalt Track champion ran to a dominant win in the Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division to open the 50th season of racing at the Rutland County facility. Other winners in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) action included Josh Masterson, Scott FitzGerald, and rookie Zach Wood.

Quenneville left little doubt during the 50-lap lid-lifter, and was fortunate to start on the outside of the front row by virtue of random draw. He had to endure only a single restart, and quickly stretched out to a big lead and a relatively easy win. As fast as he was, Quenneville’s biggest challenge came from his own car, which was quick on the stopwatch but a monster to handle.

“The car was really tight entering the corners, so I had to compensate for it and drive harder to make the back end loose and help me rotate in the center of the turns,” Quenneville said. “It was a lot of work inside the car, but it was a lot of fun.”
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DON’T TELL YOUR FRIENDS: Someone will win at least $5,000 at Devil’s Bowl on May 28

One fan guaranteed to win big at inaugural Yorkmont Auto Auctions “Memorial Day 5000” event

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Hey race fans, can you keep a secret?  Someone is going to win $5,000 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Memorial Day weekend, but don’t tell your friends – you’ll have a better chance of winning that way!

Yorkmont Auto Auctions of Fair Haven, Vt., has joined the Devil’s Bowl Speedway family and will host the first-ever “Yorkmont Memorial Day 5000” at the half-mile Asphalt Track on Saturday night, May 28, and one lucky fan will win a guaranteed $5,000 prize with a chance to double the winnings.

The contest is open to anyone age 18 or older who purchases a regular-price $12 adult general admission ticket or a $10 senior ticket for the event.  Yorkmont Auto Auctions will host automobile dealers from the area with each setting up a booth on the Midway at Devil’s Bowl.  Each fan will receive a contest card at the ticket gate and must visit all of the dealer booths between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  After getting verification from each dealer, cards will be entered into a blind draw with one lucky fan winning the $5,000 prize with no strings attached.

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Sold-Out Crowd Celebrates at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions

White, Eddy honored with John Bruno Award; eight track champions crowned

RUTLAND, Vt. – A sold-out crowd of more than 370 stock car drivers, team members, race officials, sponsors, and media put the cap on the 2015 Devil’s Bowl Speedway racing season on Saturday, January 30 at the track’s annual Banquet of Champions. The event was hosted by the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, Vt., and officially crowned the season champions in eight different divisions at the West Haven, Vt., speed plant.
Several special annual awards were also presented, including the track’s highest honor, the John Bruno Award. The trophy was shared by Debbie Eddy of Fair Haven, Vt., and posthumously by her longtime partner, Ron White, in recognition of their significant lifetime contributions to racing while maintaining high standards of conduct and respect on and off the track.

The couple has fielded winning Modifieds for drivers including Harry Peek, Ray Hoard, and most recently Ron Proctor. Proctor drove the team’s car to a 100-lap victory on May 9, just four days before the unexpected passing of the well-liked Ron White. Ms. Eddy, upon accepting the award, received an extended standing ovation.
Brandon, Vt., veteran Vince Quenneville Jr. collected his first championship on the asphalt half-mile in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere. Quenneville’s five-win season was enough to edge Proctor for the title while Greg Atkins, the late Leon Gonyo, and Billy Lussier completed the top five.

Tribute was also paid to veteran driver Gonyo, of Chazy, N.Y., who passed away suddenly on September 19, moments after winning the final asphalt Modified race of the season. Matt Gonyo accepted his father’s fourth-place trophy with a moving speech, and he, too, received a lengthy standing ovation.

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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Dairy to Present Devil’s Bowl Speedway Kids Club Again in 2016

Rutland, Vt., dairy renews agreement for second season

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway, home of “Vermont’s Fastest Family Fun,” will welcome Thomas Dairy back as the presenting sponsor of its Kids Club for the track’s 50thseason of stock car racing in 2016.

The Kids Club expanded dramatically in 2015 with the support of Thomas Dairy and included kids of all ages in fun, free activities that got them into the action.  Thomas Dairy Kids Club events included racecar rides, bicycle races, a guided tour or the pit area, a poster contest, penny and candy scrambles, and a “Christmas in July” event that raised toy donations for local charity.  The ever-popular Interstate Batteries “Fun Bus” race track tour was also a regular part of the Kids Club.

“Our family has always loved Thomas Dairy milk, and their support is what allowed us to grow the Kids Club program at Devil’s Bowl last season,” Devil’s Bowl owner Alayne Bruno said.  “There are tons of kids at the track, including our own kids Austin and Johnny and their friends, and it’s great to give them something extra.  We’ll be bringing back many of the activities from last year and bringing in some new events for our 50th season.”
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Devil’s Bowl Racers Score in Vermont Motorsports Magazine “Driver of the Year” Awards

Gonyo honored with three awards; LaVair is top four-cylinder driver

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – A select group of asphalt and dirt stock car drivers from Devil’s Bowl Speedway were honored on Monday night, December 28, as Internet news source Vermont Motorsports Magazine announced its annual “Driver of the Year” award winners.  The winners in 11 categories were revealed in a live audio broadcast at www.vtmotormag.com; more than 19,000 fan votes were tallied in a two-week span.

Former multi-time Devil’s Bowl Speedway Late Model race winner Nick Sweet took top honors as the 2015 Driver of the Year in the overall voting, topping Modified racer Nick Heywood and multi-division dirt star Kevin Chaffee.  Devil’s Bowl champions Vince Quenneville Jr. and Chris LaVair were among the 10 nominees in the top category.  The list of past VMM Driver of the Year overall winners includes Devil’s Bowl competitors Todd Stone in 2013 and Don Miller in 2010.

Veteran NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified competitor Leon Gonyo was honored posthumously with three awards, winning Driver of the Year laurels in the Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Airborne Park Speedway, and Open Wheel categories.  Gonyo, who passed away following a medical emergency during a victory lap at Devil’s Bowl in September, was the overwhelming favorite on all three ballots; he won five races at Devil’s Bowl in 2015.

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ACT Releases 13-Event 2016 Schedule

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the release of the 2016 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. The 13-event series will see the Tour visit 12 different tracks in six U.S. states and the province of Quebec as they pursue the $10,000-to-win ACT Championship.

The season will once again kick off with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 10 and crown the 2016 champion at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 15. Other traditional early-season events which have returned include the 18th Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on May 1, the Spring Green 116 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on May 14, and a 100-lap event at Fair Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on June 4.

The 2016 schedule will again feature three ACT/Pro All Stars Series (PASS) doubleheaders. The two series open the Oxford Plains Speedway racing season on Sunday, April 17. ACT and PASS then travel to Quebec’s Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday, July 23. The 150-lap event is the ACT U.S. Tour’s first visit to the speedway since 1999 and is a combination event with Série ACT.
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LaFlamme’s Furniture Returning to Devil’s Bowl Speedway “Super Fan Zone” in 2016

Lucky fans to enjoy luxury seating again in track’s 50th season

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – One of Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s most unique marketing programs will be returning for the 2016 race season. LaFlamme’s Furniture Stores, with locations in Bennington, Vt., Granville, N.Y., and the all-new LaFlamme’s Furniture Mall located at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland, Vt., has renewed its agreement to support the “Super Fan Zone” at Devil’s Bowl.

The one-of-a-kind LaFlamme’s promotion proved to be a huge hit with Devil’s Bowl fans in its first year in 2015. Every person who purchased an adult admission ticket had the opportunity to win the prize of sitting in the Super Fan Zone. The ‘Zone’ features two beautiful electric leather recliners set up in a private, raised seating area at the top of the grandstands. Winners in 2015 also received a voucher for food at the track’s concession stand as well as a gift certificate to the Fire & Ice Restaurant in Middlebury, Vt.

At the end of the season, LaFlamme’s split the chairs up; one was given away to a lucky fan through the 50/50 raffle, and the other went to Bond Auto Parts Modified track champion Vince Quenneville Jr. The value of each chair was nearly $1,000.

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Therrien Steps Down from Marketing Position at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway Marketing Director Dick Therrien has stepped down from his duties at the Vermont track, effective immediately. Therrien was part of the Devil’s Bowl Speedway staff for just over one year and contributed a significant amount of positive addition to the overall program during that time.

Therrien joined the staff in September 2014 after many years of prior experience at several weekly racing facilities in northern New England. He oversaw the sponsorship and marketing department at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 2015 and grew several new relationships for the track. He served in the same role at Airborne Park Speedway during the year and held several positions on race days as well.

“We thank Dick Therrien for his service to the track, the racers, the fans, and especially our sponsors and marketing partners,” promoter Mike Bruno said. “Dick brought a great deal of knowledge and experience to the table, and we all certainly benefitted from it. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions set for January 30

Asphalt and Dirt Track drivers to be honored in Rutland

RUTLAND, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will officially wrap up the 2015 stock car racing season with the annual Banquet of Champions on Saturday, January 30, 2016.  The event will again be hosted at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, Vt., and will feature top drivers from the asphalt 1/2-mile oval and the 3/10-mile dirt track.

Vince Quenneville Jr. of Brandon, Vt. leads the list of asphalt champions from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere. Quenneville topped the Bond Auto Parts Modifieds and will be joined on stage by fellow champions Josh Masterson of Bristol, Vt. in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Models, Robert Gordon of Milton, Vt. in the Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegades, and Chris LaVair of Gabriels, N.Y. in the Portland Glass Mini Stocks. 

In the Berlin Optical Expressions Dirt Track Series, Kenny Tremont Jr. of West Sand Lake, N.Y., won the title in the Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli Sportsman Modifieds. Darrell Older of Ballston Spa, N.Y. topped the Renegades while Brian Bishop of Bridport, Vt., took the Portland Glass Mini Stock title.  In the Enduro Series, which held events on both surfaces, Brett Wood of Georgia, Vt. won his first championship.

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Quenneville, Atkins to be recognized at NASCAR Awards Gala in North Carolina

Devil’s Bowl drivers to share stage with national stars; ceremony to be streamed live online

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway stock car drivers Vince Quenneville Jr. and Greg Atkins will be honored in Charlotte, N.C. as NASCAR celebrates the top Whelen All-American Series drivers of 2015.  Two full days of events culminate on Friday, December 11, as the NASCAR Hall of Fame hosts a black tie dinner and awards gala.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS), presented locally by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere, sanctions weekly short track racing at nearly 60 asphalt and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada including Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt.  Each track designates it’s “Division I” class and drivers compete under a common point structure for track, state, provincial, and national championships.

Quenneville, of Brandon, Vt., will be honored in Charlotte as both the Bond Auto Parts Modified asphalt Track Champion at Devil’s Bowl Speedway and the NWAAS Division I Vermont State Champion.  Quenneville earned five feature race victories during the season, beating former champion Ron Proctor by 34 points (908-874) for the track title and 53 points (405-352) for the state crown.

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“King of the Clay” 100 Features Sportsman Showdown in Devil’s Bowl Dirt Finale

Brown leads tight title race; support division specials on tap

WEST HAVEN, VT – Modified stock car driver “Downtown” Jackie Brown Jr. has found a comfortable groove on The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 2015, but he’ll be anything but relaxed on Sunday, October 4 in the track’s season finale. The Stove Depot presents the 100-lap “King of the Clay” event for the track’s Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli Sportsman Modified division, and Brown has plenty on the line.

The former Accord (NY) Speedway champion has finished sixth or better each time that he has made the 300-mile round trip from his home in Hurley, NY. Brown and car owners Albert and Florence Sanville of Canaan, NH find their No. 92 Flo’s Concessions entry with a slim three-point lead on Josh Sunn entering the championship finale for the Berlin Optical Expressions Dirt Track Series, and will try to lock up the title with their first victory in the “King of the Clay” 100.

Sunn, of White River Junction, VT, is also seeking his first Devil’s Bowl win, but has three runner-up finishes to his credit on The Dirt Track since its opening last fall. Kenny Tremont Jr. and Tim Hodge are also well within reach of the title, as both sit within 13 points of Brown’s lead. Tremont is a two-time winner on The Dirt Track, and Hodge has been a consistent threat all season. Other top contenders expected on Sunday include feature winners Tim LaDuc and Bobby Hackel, young guns Justin Comes, Trevor Rocke, and Anthony Alger, veterans Vince Quenneville Jr., Billy Lussier, and Jack Gentile, and 2014 champion Adam Pierson.

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Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Dirt Track Hosting Historic Sprint Car Race on Saturday

Region’s best to race for record purse

WEST HAVEN, VT – History awaits on Saturday night, September 26 at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway with the inaugural Fabian Earth Moving “Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals” event.  The race is Vermont’s largest Sprint Car show ever, boasting a record payout and the distinction as the first event to be co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and the NAPA Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE).

The winner of the 25-lap A-Main feature race will pocket no less than $3,000, while the runner-up will take $2,000, third place scores $1,000, and all starters are guaranteed at least $300.  A 10-lap “Shootout” race pays $500 to the winner, and bonuses for qualifying heat winners and A-Main lap leaders are also on tap.

Along with the cash, the winner will receive some unique trophies including the coveted “Coastal 181 Cup” presented by author, publisher, and former driver Lew Boyd, a New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 member.  Boyd will be busy on Saturday, as he travels to Devil’s Bowl following the groundbreaking ceremony for the North East Motor Sports Museum at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  In addition, longtime Devil’s Bowl sponsor Charlie Brown of Brown’s Quarried Slate returns to present the winner with a trophy carved from natural slate into the shape of the State of Vermont, weighing in at 20 pounds.

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Quenneville Wins First Asphalt Modified Championship at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

WEST HAVEN, VT – The stars aligned for Vince Quenneville Jr. at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday night, September 19, and the popular veteran stock car driver finally wrapped up his first championship on the asphalt half-mile oval.  Quenneville finished first and second in a pair of 50-lap races for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division, and came from behind to win his first title in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.

The Brandon, VT racer dominated the opening race at the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Championship event, leading all but the first three laps.  Ron Proctor entered the event as the point leader after a summer-long battle with Quenneville, but was prematurely eliminated from contention in a crash on lap 5.  From there Quenneville drove a steady race and sailed to his fifth of the season at Devil’s Bowl.

Todd Stone finished second after an impressive drive from 17th starting position, followed by Jimmy Ryan.  Kenny Tremont Jr. finished fourth in his first asphalt race of the year, with Joey Roberts fifth.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Statement on the Passing of Leon Gonyo

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway management and staff are deeply saddened to confirm the passing of long time stock car racing competitor Leon Gonyo.  Mr. Gonyo, 63, of Chazy, NY, won the speedway’s final asphalt NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified race of the season on the evening of Saturday, September 19, 2015 but succumbed soon after.

Mr. Gonyo appeared to suffer a medical event while driving his racecar around the speedway during a ceremonial victory lap.  His car then made an impact into the frontstretch retaining wall before approaching the victory lane area.  Mr. Gonyo utilized proper safety equipment including an approved helmet, seat, and restraining belts.  The car was inspected following the incident and was deemed to be mechanically and structurally sound.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway official Dick Therrien sustained minor injuries when the car struck a ladder that he was standing on, but is recovering at home after being evaluated at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

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