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Hallstrom Captures Third Top-10 Finish of Season During Debut at Speedway 51

Inside Line Promotions – NORTHUMBERLAND, N.H. (July 12, 2017) – Evan Hallstrom captured another top-10 result last Saturday during his late model debut at Speedway 51.

Hallstrom competed at the track last year in the Dare Devil Division, but has since moved up a class to race in the Late Model division. That’s the class he competed in at the quarter-mile track.

“It was different to be back at Speedway 51,” he said. “We’ve been used to racing a half mile all season so going back to a quarter mile took a little bit to get comfortable with again.”

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Announces Asphalt Super Stock Penalties

Dirt Super Stocks given extra week off on July 23

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has announced three penalties in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock division, following the 20-lap feature race held on its 1/2-mile Asphalt Track on Saturday, July 8.  In addition, a change in the racing schedule for the Super Stock division on the 3/10-mile Dirt Track has also been made.

Technical inspectors examined the suspension systems on the cars of the top five drivers in the Asphalt Track point standings – Dylan Rabtoy, Eric Messier, Jim McKiernan, Scott FitzGerald, and Brett Wood – following the race.  McKiernan was the race winner with Rabtoy second, Messier third, FitzGerald fourth, and Wood seventh.

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Hallstrom Charges from 13th to Sixth in Second Start at Devil’s Bowl

Inside Line Promotions – WEST HAVEN, Vt. (July 11, 2017) – Evan Hallstrom had an impressive result on June 24 during only his second late model race of the season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

The Hallstrom Motorsports team made the trip to the paved oval early in the weekend to get additional practice and seat time before the heat and feature race.

“It was a really good weekend for us,” Hallstrom said. “We were able to make adjustments in practice and learn from that to add to our notebook moving forward in the season.”

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Boyle Gets First Career Pro Truck Win in Milestone Dirt Race at Devil’s Bowl

Sportsman Modified racer LaDuc takes “Vince Quenneville Sr. Memorial 38”

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Jimmy Boyle picked the right night for his first career win with the Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series, topping the field in an exciting event at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, July 9.  Boyle came out ahead in the “Dirty 30” to win the first dirt race in the history of the Pro Truck group, and was one of five drivers to visit victory lane during the annual double-points Mid-Season Championship event.

Boyle, of East Windsor, Conn., started on the outside of the front row for the 30-lap Pro Truck race and watched as Andy Lindeman – a former dirt Modified driver and a heavy favorite entering the night – pull away and lead the opening eight laps.  Lindeman’s truck slowed suddenly, however, setting up an outstanding duel for the lead between Boyle and Dave Koenig.

The top spot officially changed hands four times in the next six circuits as Boyle and Koenig crossed the start/finish line, but the pair swapped the lead several times per lap in between.  Boyle took over for good one lap before the halfway mark, but Koenig held close to him until spinning out of contention with four laps to go.  Eric Finkbein Jr. and Gerard Girodano Jr. entered the battle at that moment and challenged Boyle again during the final restart with two laps left.

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Noll Rolls from the Pole at Devil’s Bowl

Quenneville takes double-points Modified win

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Duane Noll made history before a big crowd at The Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, July 8, winning the first-ever race in Vermont for the Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series.  Drivers and fans persevered through heavy afternoon rains for the jam-packed, six-division event presented by Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand and Brown’s Quarried Slate that also featured a gigantic fireworks display and the annual Thomas Dairy Kids Bicycle Giveaway.

The Pro Truck Series kicked off its dual-surface doubleheader “Fast ‘N’ Dirty Weekend” event with the “Fast 55” on the 1/2-mile paved oval on Saturday night, and veteran driver Noll, of Monroe, Conn., was the cream of the crop all night long.  Noll won the pole starting position by virtue of having the fastest lap in pre-race practice, then jumped out front at the green flag and never looked back, leading all 55 laps in a well-driven, caution-free race.

Young Long Island driver Gerard Giordano Jr. kept a close distance to Noll in the first 40 circuits, but lost contact with him in lapped traffic near the end of the race.  Giordano took the runner-up position with Frankie Dumicich Jr. completing the podium.  Josh Stringer came from mid-pack at the start to finish a strong fourth, with Eric Finkbein Jr. rounding out the top five.  Frank Dumicich Sr. finished sixth, followed by Dave Koenig, Rick Ashlaw, Caleb Cashman, and Jim Thompson.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Moves Sunday Fireworks Event to Monday Night

Fireworks and dirt racing postponed to Monday, July 3; SCoNE cancels appearance

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has pushed its “Coca-Cola Firecracker” Dirt Track racing program and Vermont’s biggest fireworks display back by one day due to saturated grounds.  The event has been moved from Sunday, July 2, to Monday, July 3, with a new starting time of 7:00 p.m.

Heavy rains on Saturday caused major flooding in the region and left parts of the Devil’s Bowl facility – including Turn 2 of the Dirt Track – under as much as four feet of water.  The water has drained sufficiently, but the track was left in no condition for racing.  Speedway crews began work just before 12:00 noon on Sunday to aerate the entire clay surface and are confident that the track will be in good shape for racing on Monday night.

Monday night’s event will include the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks, along with the wild-and-crazy Enduro Series and a massive fireworks display.  The annual Thomas Dairy Kids Bicycle Giveaway will also be on the card at intermission.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Postponed to Monday @ 7:00 PM

Due to saturated grounds from yesterday’s heavy rains, we have been forced to postpone tonight’s Dirt Track racing and fireworks event to tomorrow night, Monday, July 3 at 7:00 p.m.

More information will be coming soon – stay tuned!

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Marcuccilli Battles Past Davis for Win at Outlaw

Third Different Sportsman Series Central Region Winner in Three Races

DUNDEE, NY – June 20, 2017 – Dave Marcuccilli used the track position a lap 27 restart afforded him and won a side-by-side battle with Ronnie Davis III to claim a victory in the DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region Feature at Outlaw Speedway on Tuesday night. Marcucciili’s victory completed a perfect night with a fast time in qualifying and a heat race win. He also became the third different winner in three Sportsman Series Central Region races this season.

The race started with Tyler Thompson and Davis on the front row while Marcuccilli and Nick Guerrerri were in row two. Davis grabbed the early lead while Marcuccilli and Guerrerri engaged in a hard-fought battle.

“I think he was on the outside of me and I didn’t see him there, so I kind of crowded him up a little bit,” Marcuccilli said. “He dove down into one and made a little contact. It is what it is. You get down in there and it gets a little rough. It’s no big deal.”
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DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region Heats Up

Three Races In Two Weeks Starts Tues. June 20
CONCORD, NC – June 16, 2017 – The DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region is about to get busy with three races scheduled in two weeks beginning on Tuesday, June 20 at Outlaw Speedway. The Series will then travel to Can-Am Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 28 and Weedsport Speedway on Monday, July 3 for the Sportsman Classic.
 
The Central Region has completed two races so far this season at the end of April where Todd Root picked up a victory at Fulton Speedway on April 28 and Rock Warner claimed a win at Utica-Rome Speedway on April 30. The Series averaged more than 40 cars through the first two events with nine different drivers earning top-five finishes.
 
“Fulton and Utica-Rome saw great car counts and very competitive racing,” says Cory Reed, DIRTcar Sportsman Series director. “We expect the same at Outlaw, Can-Am, and Weedsport.”

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Johnson Makes King of Dirt Series History

Calabrese Wins Ron Casey Memorial Sportsman Shootout

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Marc Johnson made history on Tuesday, June 13, at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, winning the first-ever race for the new King of Dirt Series (KOD) Small Block Modified tour. “The White Knight” from Guilderland, N.Y., sailed through the 40-lap “Vermont Modified Mayhem” event sponsored by A-Verdi Storage & Office Solutions, to kick off the new series with a $3,000 victory.

Johnson started seventh and navigated his way through limited visibility on a dusty surface in the early laps. Five caution flags slowed the pace in the first nine laps, but action picked up once the race got into a rhythm and the dust lifted. Johnson was tested by Jessey Mueller on four restarts in the final 26 laps – including a green-white-checker restart with two laps left – but held his ground up front for the big payday.

Olmstedville, N.Y., driver Mueller, an 11-time winner on the 1/2-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl, ran in second place for most of the race and matched his career-best finish in dirt competition as the runner-up. Allison Ricci of New Paltz, N.Y., ran inside the top five all race long and parked her Halmar Racing entry on the podium in third place. Tim Fuller came out on top of a late battle with Kenny Tremont Jr. for fourth place.
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Howe Perfect in Devil’s Bowl Dirt Track Win

Bell wins tough Midget race

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Randy Howe was picture perfect at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, June 11.  The Lebanon, N.H., veteran hit every mark, led every lap, and earned his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory on Whelen Engineering Night.  Howe topped a six-division show that also saw Bill Duprey, Jason Porter, Sami Sargent, Alex Bell, and Robert Griffin all make stops in victory lane.

Howe had some good luck to go along with a strong car in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified division.  He drew the number-one starting position for both his qualifying heat race and the 35-lap main event and was able to stay there the entire night.  A rash of early caution flags in the feature race gave the rest of the field several attempts at taking Howe’s lead away, but the former Devil’s Bowl 358-Modified winner and multi-time champion in his native New Hampshire never faltered.

Only Kenny Tremont Jr., after working his way from the 10th starting spot, was able to mount a serious challenge for Howe, but could not find a way past Howe on the dry slick track.  Tremont took runner-up honors with Vince Quenneville Jr. a solid third.  Jackie Brown Jr. rebounded from an early crash to finish fourth, while Bobby Hackel charged from 14th to fifth place.  Chad Miller, Justin Severance, and Justin Comes were next in line, and Mike Block drove from 21st to finish ninth.  Billy Lussier completed the top 10 runners.

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Given and LaDuc Big Winners at Devil’s Bowl “Rumble”

Given wins $1,000 demo derby with “16-hour car”

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Hunter Given and Tim LaDuc, both of Orwell, Vt., came out on top of an action-packed day at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, June 10, taking the biggest victories at the “Rutland County Rumble” event.  Given won $1,000 by coming out on top of a wild Demolition Derby, while LaDuc swept the triple crown in the headline Altered Farm Tractor class of the four-division Truck & Tractor Pulls.

Seventeen-year-old Given was the best of the 25-car Demolition Derby field.  The youngster – who is a rookie driver in the weekly Mini Stock division at Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s regular Saturday night Asphalt Track stock car events – capped off a busy 24-hour period in style with his metal-crunching victory.

Given’s parents purchased for him a well-used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm on Friday evening, and by lunchtime, on Saturday the car had been transformed into a derby machine.  Given’s “16-hour car” was the last one running, beating out Mark Billings Jr. of Swanton, Vt., in a cat-and-mouse run in the finale.

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Edwards Crowned King, Hanson Makes History at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Packed house watches Vermont dirt track opener 

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – It’s sometimes better to be lucky than good, but Chad Edwards found out that it’s even better to be both at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, May 28.  A big crowd got its money’s worth at the action-packed event and saw Edwards survive a rough race to win the “Green Mountain State Clash” for the King of Dirt Series Sportsman Modifieds and Lacey Hanson make history as the first woman in Vermont racing history to win a Sprint Car race.  Joey Trudeau and Jason Porter were also in victory lane during the event.

Edwards, of Mayfield, N.Y., was one of a track record 42 Sportsman Modified drivers on hand for the Devil’s Bowl dirt racing season opener, which also kicked off the traveling King of Dirt Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Eastern Region.  Aggressive driving and a soft track surface played a factor in the main event, leading to rash of caution flags late in the going, but the racing was competitive throughout the distance.

Cody Bleau of Defreestville, N.Y., led the opening 20 laps from the pole position, collecting $400 in lap leader bonus money in the process.  Kenny Tremont Jr. took command at lap 21 and was challenged by Scott Duell and Rocky Warner, and that trio battled in close quarters for several laps.

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Modified Ace Proctor Doubles Down at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Ron Proctor has made one thing clear: The asphalt track title at Devil’s Bowl Speedway will have to go through him.  The longtime stock car driver and former two-time champion made it back-to-back wins at the Vermont track to open the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season on Saturday, May 27, taking his second dominant score in a row.  Also winning at the event were Jim McKiernan, Brad Bertrand, Connor Watrous, and Richie Turner.

Proctor’s victory came in a 50-lap feature event for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division, which featured an experimental format for the first time.  The race was run in three stages, with Billy Lussier easily winning the first 20-lap leg and $250.  After a random re-draw done by fans to line up the middle round, Vince Quenneville Jr. dominated the second stage – a 15-lap sprint – and also copped $250.

Quenneville drew an invert pill of “six” after his victory to set up the final 15-lap dash, putting Charlton, N.Y., driver Proctor on the pole for the third stage.  For the second week in a row, Proctor quickly drew away from the field and stormed to the victory and a quick $500.  Jason Durgan of Morrisonville, N.Y., rebounded from a miserable outing at the season opener to take second place, and Joey Roberts of Fletcher, Vt., was third.  Lussier and Jackie Brown Jr. completed the official top five finishers.
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Canadian Bouvrette Last to First in ACT Spring Green Win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Proctor dominates Sportsman Modified opener

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Jonathan Bouvrette blew the field away at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, May 20, driving from last on the 27-car starting field to win the 43rd annual “Spring Green 117” event for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT).  The Blainville, Québec driver’s memorable march started with a flat tire on the starting grid, but ended with his career-first victory in the United States.

Bouvrette was scheduled t o start 14th but ducked into the pit area for a tire change during pre-race pace laps.  As he began his climb through the field, fellow Québec driver Dany Trépanier ran up front in a fierce, showstopping battle with Vermont drivers Bobby Therrien and Scott Payea.  The trio banged fenders and beat on doors as they weaved through lapped traffic, thrilling the large crowd as Dillon Moltz and Rich Dubeau also became players in the front of the pack.

Bouvrette’s No. 41 Traffic Tech/Motos Illimitees Ford entered the picture late in the going, joining the lead group at a restart on lap 76.  He picked cars off one by one on the outside lane, eventually drawing even with leader Therrien with 20 laps remaining.  Bouvrette took the lead at lap 98 and withstood a final restart five laps later to sail to the win.

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“Joey Pole” Returning to Honor Curley at ACT Spring Green at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Former ACT champion announces plans to compete as salute to mentor

WEST HAVEN, VT – Joey Polewarczyk Jr. will pay tribute to a stock car racing legend on Saturday night, May 20, when he returns to American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model competition in honor of the late Tom Curley.  Known by racing fans across the country as “Joey Pole,” the former champion will make his first ACT start of the 2017 season at the “Spring Green 117” event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

The Spring Green marks the first ACT race held since Curley – the series’ innovative and award-winning founder and president – passed away on May 5 after a years-long fight with COPD.

Polewarczyk, of Hudson, NH, started his ACT career at age 14 after being granted a special age exemption by Curley; at the time he was the youngest driver in ACT history.  Now approaching his 28th birthday, Polewarczyk is one of New England’s most popular and accomplished drivers.  Polewarczyk owns 19 ACT victories and the 2014 championship, as well as wins with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and the Granite State Pro Stock Series.  He has also won the Oxford 250, the Vermont Milk Bowl, the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and several other prestigious races, and often credits lessons learned from Curley as a key to his success.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Postpones “Rutland County Rumble” to June 10

Spring Green tries again on May 20

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has been bitten again by Mother Nature, and has been forced to postpone the inaugural “Rutland County Rumble” presented by Down And Dirty on Saturday, May 13.  The highly anticipated event was scheduled to host an afternoon of Truck & Tractor Pulls followed by a Demolition Derby in the evening.

The weekend’s weather forecast calls for heavy rain and forces the second event postponement in as many weeks to open the season at Devil’s Bowl.  In addition, recent rains have left the track’s clay surface extremely soft and would put the quality of the program in jeopardy.

As a result, the Rutland County Rumble has been rescheduled in its entirety to Saturday, June 10.  Pit area gates will open at 9:00 a.m. with general admission grandstands opening at 11:00 a.m.  The pulling portion of the event will begin at 12:00 noon with Altered Farm Tractors, Super Stock Trucks, 2.6 Pro Diesel Trucks, and 2.5 Diesel Trucks.  The Demolition Derby for four- and six-cylinder cars will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m.  The event is sponsored by “Down And Dirty” which promotes a tobacco-free lifestyle for young Vermonters.

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A-Verdi to Present King of Dirt Small Block Modified Race at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

New era begins for KOD as 358-Modifieds return to Vermont on Tuesday, June 13

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will help usher in a new era in 2017 for the King Of Dirt Racing Series, and the excitement surrounding the KOD organization has helped to usher in a new partnership at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The Vermont track welcomes A-Verdi Office & Storage Solutions to present the first-ever KOD “358” Small Block Modified race in history on Tuesday night, June 13.

The event kicks off the brand-new tour for Rob Hazer’s KOD group, which will complement championship schedules for KOD’s Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock divisions. While all three classes will run at the Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in highly-anticipated events in 2017, the 40-lap inaugural for the Elmo’s Auto Body King of Dirt Small Block Modified tour has been the talk of the town.

A-Verdi Office & Storage Solutions will be the presenting sponsor of that event, putting an official title on a working relationship that began in earnest several years ago. Devil’s Bowl Speedway has utilized storage containers and services from A-Verdi since 2013, and in addition to supporting the KOD race, the family owned and operated company will be an official season-long partner at the facility in 2017. Based in nearby Washington County, N.Y., and serving most of Vermont as well New York State, the A-Verdi Office & Storage Solutions group has been a big supporter of several forms of motorsports for many years.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Car Show Heading to Downtown Rutland on May 21

See the cars and meet the stars in two locations

RUTLAND, Vt. – The City of Rutland, Vt., will once again host the cars and stars of Devil’s Bowl Speedway and the annual “Devil’s Bowl Downtown” car show on Sunday, May 21.  Stock car racing machines and local drivers will be on hand for the fun, free, and family-friendly event in the heart of Vermont’s third-largest city, which coincides with the City’s annual “Blessing of the Bikes” charity event.

The Devil’s Bowl Downtown event is a favorite among fans of all ages.  Speedway officials, the Downtown Rutland Partnership, and the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club bring together motorcycle riders and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competitors from Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 1/2-mile Asphalt Track and 3/10-mile Dirt Track for an exciting day of interaction with racing fans, gearheads, and newcomers.

The day begins at Rutland’s newest restaurant, Ground Round Grill & Bar, coming soon to the site of the former Ponderosa Steakhouse on U.S. Route 7.  Racecars are on display from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and then the show moves to Center Street and Merchants Row in Downtown Rutland at 11:00 a.m.  Fans can see the cars up close, meet the drivers, and greet the Red Knights as they arrive around 12:30 p.m. for the annual Blessing of the Bikes.  The Downtown portion of the show also offers dining, shopping, and entertainment options for everyone.

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ACT Spring Green Returns to Open Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 51st Season

Regional Late Model Stars Headed to Rutland County for May 7 Opener

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is ready to roar for its 51st season of stock car racing, and the schedule opens with the return of one of the year’s biggest and most important traditional events: The “Spring Green.”  The sleek Late Model cars and the regional stars of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) join the local favorites of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for a pavement-pounding show on Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 p.m.

The Spring Green race has a storied and somewhat quirky history.  The event began at the former Catamount Stadium in Milton, Vt., in 1974, running 74 laps in distance.  After Catamount closed in 1987, the event bounced between three facilities including the 1/2-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, which previously hosted the race four times.  The Spring Green returns to West Haven, Vt., in 2017 with a 117-lap distance.

The list of past Spring Green winners reads like an all-star lineup.  Brothers Beaver and Bobby Dragon, Dave Dion, Jean-Paul Cabana, Stub Fadden, and Robbie Crouch are former winners, along with Vermont NASCAR star Kevin Lepage and Canadian icon Junior Hanley.  Modern-era winners include Governor Phil Scott, second-generation star Brent Dragon, and former Devil’s Bowl champs Todd Stone and Jean-Paul Cyr.  ACT greats Brian Hoar and Wayne Helliwell Jr. each won the Spring Green twice during its previous Devil’s Bowl run in 2011-2014.

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Billings Files First Official Demolition Derby Entry at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is getting ready to make the ground shake, and Mark Billings Jr. is first in line. Billings has filed the first official Demolition Derby entry for the inaugural “Rutland County Rumble” on Saturday, May 13, and is ready to smash his way to a $1,000 payday.

The event will be a can’t-miss show, featuring the return of both the Demolition Derby and Truck & Tractor Pulls to Devil’s Bowl Speedway after many years away. The event begins at 12:00 noon with pulling in three truck classes and the popular Altered Farm Tractor class. The Demolition Derby is expected to begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. to cap off a fun day of action. The event has gained a ton of interest from across the region since being announced last month, and the phone has been ringing off the hook at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway office.

The Demolition Derby is open to any competitor with a four-cylinder or six-cylinder car. The event will crash its way through heats, consolations, and a feature event paying $1,000 to the winner. Billings is expected to be joined by many top demo derby drivers from Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and beyond.

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Excitement Building for King of Dirt Series Events at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Vermont track will host all three KOD tours in 2017

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The buzz is getting louder around Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the new stock car racing season, and lots of attention is being centered on the King of Dirt Racing Series (KOD) coming to the Vermont facility.   One of the fastest-growing dirt track racing organizations in the country, KOD begins its third season of competition in 2017 and its three exciting classes will each make their Devil’s Bowl debut during the year.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens its 2017 Dirt Track schedule on Sunday, May 28, with the KOD/DIRTcar East 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Sportsman Modifieds presented by Dean’s Electrical Services and Dodson Construction.  The “Green Mountain State Clash” event should certainly live up to its billing as local NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman drivers will defend the home turf against the KOD invaders.  The 35-lap race is expected to draw a large field of stout entries from across New England and New York.

Devil’s Bowl champion Bobby Hackel will have his hands full with home-track stars Kenny Tremont Jr., Tim LaDuc, Vince Quenneville Jr., Justin Comes, 2016 Rookie of the Year Justin Severance, and more.  KOD Sportsman stars expected include defending champion Connor Cleveland, 2015 titleholder Rocky Warner, David Schilling, Michael Sabia, Cody Bleau, Mark Mortensen, Kevin Chaffee, Brian Pessolano, Scott Duell, and more.  The KOD Sportsman tour carries DIRTcar Eastern Region sanctioning, and drivers seeking the prestigious Mr. DIRTcar title may also enter the event.

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Hafertepe Dominates Lucas Oil ASCS Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals Opener

MESQUITE, Texas (March 17, 2017) Picking up seemingly where he left off in 2016, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. led start to finish to pick up his first win of the season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network in the series opener at the 44th Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals.

“I don’t know how good we really were. I thought I heard him [Henderson] behind me a few times but it may have very well be that we were just overturning it but I’ll tell you what, that car on the restarts was just so good rotating the corner,” commented Hafertepe.

“We had to make big changes after the Heat Race. We just weren’t where we needed to be. Everybody thinks I know this place really well, and I thought I did too but we just had to go to work on the car again and that’s what we did last year. If things weren’t going good, we just went after it and gave the car what we think it needed.”
Giving thanks to his crew, family, and fans Hafertepe followed up saying, “Right now I just have to say that I’ve got Shirley Kears in my thoughts and prayers for everything she’s going through right now and I hope things get better soon.”
Earning the outside of the front row, Hafertepe got the jump of pole sitter, Ryan Roberts, going into the first two turns. Chased by Justin Henderson through the opening laps, the BDS Motorsports No. 1 would get his first chance at the leader with a Lap 5 caution for Wayne Johnson who was having braking issues.
Unable to keep pace with Hafertepe’s Hwy. 79 Collision No. 15h, the field went under the caution again on Lap 11.
Keeping the field at bay once again, the leaders quickly raced their way to the back of the field. Having to carefully time slide jobs through traffic, Henderson with Herrera in tow were able to close, but never able to capitalize as Sam Hafertepe, Jr. sped away to the victory by 1.786 second.
Chasing Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points for the first time, Justin Henderson crossed runner-up in the NSCHoF No. 1.
“Sam is on a different level here than most so running second to him isn’t bad. I don’t know if we had anything for him. Lapped traffic was difficult but this EMI Chassis, Parker Engine was great. Bryan [Sundby] worked hard all night and gave me a good car and just have to thank BDS Motorsports,” said Henderson of his runner-up result.
With the start of the race key to his success, Johnny Herrera took the race five wide on the opening lap to advance from eight to the final podium step.
“On the start, they left the top wide open. A few guys got tight there and I was able to sneak by and really, it was just a hope and a prayer. I knew we had to get there in a hurry before we fell in line because here, the guys that start up front tend to finish up front. Had I started front row, it would have been a different deal but hats off to Sam. I felt like we had a great car, and looking forward to tomorrow.”
Racing back and forth with Seth Bergman throughout most of the A-Feature, John Carney II captured the final transfer spot into Saturday’s championship feature event with Seth Bergman completing the top-five.
Moving up from 12th, Matt Covington came up to finish sixth with Blake Hahn seventh. Josh Baughman from 13th came up to eighth with Travis Rilat capturing the CP-Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night with a run from 18th to ninth. Advancing from 16th, Brandon Long completed the top-ten. Pairing with the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region, Ray Allen Kulhanek was the highest finishing regional driver.
The opening night of the Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals saw 48 drivers draw in for competition. Six Heat Races went to Josh Baughman, Johnny Herrera, Chad Wilson, John Carney II, Ryan Roberts, and Sean McClelland. Qualifiers were topped by Justin Henderson, Blake Hahn, and Wayne Johnson. The night’s B-Mains went to Dustin Morgan and Travis Rilat.
The 44th Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals continues on Saturday, March 18, 2017. For more information, log onto http://www.devilsbowl.com.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the seven Regional Tours that make up the ASCS Nation and it’s over 150 nights of racing in 2017, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Race Results:
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region
Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, Texas
44th Spring Nationals – Night 1
Friday, March 17, 2017
Car Count: 48
ButlerBuilt Heat Races: (Top 30 in Passing Points advance to a Qualifier)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Josh Baughman[2]; 2. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek[4]; 3. 2-Logan Payne[1]; 4. 17W-Harli White[5]; 5. 29-Travis Rilat[7]; 6. 4-Austin Mundie[8]; 7. (DNF) 51-Caleb Martin[6]; 8. (DNF) 12-Scott Smith[3]
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera[2]; 2. 2X-Tucker Doughty[5]; 3. 7-Kaley Gharst[4]; 4. 03-Joe Wood Jr[1]; 5. 57-Jacob Lucas[6]; 6. 88-Scottie McDonald[3]; 7. 20G-Jake Greider[7]; 8. (DNF) M1-Mark Smith[8]
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 17G-Chad Wilson[1]; 2. 23-Seth Bergman[3]; 3. 13M-Chance McCrary[4]; 4. 12W-Dale Wester[2]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson[8]; 6. 45-Martin Edwards[5]; 7. 77X-Alex Hill[6]; 8. 76-Zane Lawrence[7]
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 11X-John Carney II[3]; 2. 1-Justin Henderson[1]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[4]; 4. 99X-Dalton Stevens[2]; 5. 8M-Kade Morton[5]; 6. 84B-Scott Bogucki[6]; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel[8]; 8. 3C-Raven Culp[7]
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 18-Ryan Roberts[1]; 2. 95-Matt Covington[3]; 3. 07-Michael Bookout[2]; 4. 28-Tommy Bryant[7]; 5. 1J-Danny Jennings[4]; 6. 14K-Kyle Bellm[8]; 7. 99-Skylar Gee[5]; 8. (DNF) 84-Brandon Hanks[6]
Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 1S-Sean McClelland[2]; 2. 44-Chris Martin[1]; 3. 02-Brandon Long[3]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[8]; 5. 93-Dustin Morgan[6]; 6. (DNF) 55-Brad Queen[5]; 7. (DNF) 3-Sammy Swindell[4]; 8. (DNF) 6-Dustin Gates[7]
Hoosier Tire Qualifiers: (Top 16 in Combined Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 1-Justin Henderson[2]; 2. 23-Seth Bergman[3]; 3. 17G-Chad Wilson[4]; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera[5]; 5. 11X-John Carney II[6]; 6. 02-Brandon Long[7]; 7. 03-Joe Wood Jr[10]; 8. 17W-Harli White[8]; 9. 13M-Chance McCrary[1]; 10. 12W-Dale Wester[9]
Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn[1]; 2. 18-Ryan Roberts[4]; 3. 95-Matt Covington[3]; 4. 2X-Tucker Doughty[6]; 5. 1S-Sean McClelland[5]; 6. 44-Chris Martin[2]; 7. 57-Jacob Lucas[8]; 8. 29-Travis Rilat[10]; 9. 99X-Dalton Stevens[9]; 10. 07-Michael Bookout[7]
Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson[1]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[4]; 3. 7-Kaley Gharst[2]; 4. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek[5]; 5. 17-Josh Baughman[6]; 6. 93-Dustin Morgan[8]; 7. 28-Tommy Bryant[3]; 8. 14K-Kyle Bellm[9]; 9. 2-Logan Payne[7]; 10. 8M-Kade Morton[10]
BMRS B-Feature: (Top 3 advance to the tail of the A-Feature)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 93-Dustin Morgan[1]; 2. 03-Joe Wood Jr[2]; 3. 14K-Kyle Bellm[4]; 4. 99X-Dalton Stevens[6]; 5. 84B-Scott Bogucki[7]; 6. 57-Jacob Lucas[3]; 7. 2-Logan Payne[5]; 8. 99-Skylar Gee[11]; 9. 4-Austin Mundie[8]; 10. M1-Mark Smith[12]; 11. 3C-Raven Culp[13]; 12. 20G-Jake Greider[10]; 13. (DNF) 87-Aaron Reutzel[9]; (DNS) 1J-Danny Jennings; (DNS) 84-Brandon Hanks; (DNS) 12W-Dale Wester
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 29-Travis Rilat[3]; 2. 28-Tommy Bryant[2]; 3. 17W-Harli White[4]; 4. 44-Chris Martin[1]; 5. 88-Scottie McDonald[11]; 6. 8M-Kade Morton[7]; 7. 51-Caleb Martin[8]; 8. 45-Martin Edwards[9]; 9. (DNF) 07-Michael Bookout[6]; 10. (DNF) 6-Dustin Gates[13]; 11. (DNF) 12-Scott Smith[15]; 12. (DNF) 13M-Chance McCrary[5]; 13. (DNF) 77X-Alex Hill[12]; 14. (DNF) 76-Zane Lawrence[14]; 15. (DNF) 55-Brad Queen[10]; (DNS) 3-Sammy Swindell
Protect the Harvest A-Feature:
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[2]; 2. 1-Justin Henderson[4]; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera[8]; 4. 11X-John Carney II[10]; 5. 23-Seth Bergman[5]; 6. 95-Matt Covington[12]; 7. 52-Blake Hahn[7]; 8. 17-Josh Baughman[13]; 9. 29-Travis Rilat[18]; 10. 02-Brandon Long[16]; 11. 03-Joe Wood Jr[19]; 12. 14K-Kyle Bellm[21]; 13. 7-Kaley Gharst[15]; 14. 93-Dustin Morgan[17]; 15. 17W-Harli White[22]; 16. (DNF) 18-Ryan Roberts[1]; 17. (DNF) 2X-Tucker Doughty[3]; 18. (DNF) 17G-Chad Wilson[6]; 19. (DNF) 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek[11]; 20. (DNF) 28-Tommy Bryant[20]; 21. (DNF) 2C-Wayne Johnson[9]; 22. (DNF) 1S-Sean McClelland[14]
Lap Leader(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1-25
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Travis Rilat +9
FSR High Point Driver: Ryan Roberts 
Provisional(s): N/A
Sources: ASCS PR

Devil’s Bowl Speedway “Facebook Live” Talk Show Keeping Off-Season Fun

“Let’s Talk Racing!” show has made over 330,000 Facebook impressions since December

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The winter months are usually not much fun for stock car racing fans in the Northeast, but Devil’s Bowl Speedway in snowy Vermont is changing that.  A weekly live talk show called “Let’s Talk Racing!” – airing every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on Facebook’s “Live” video platform – has kept fans and racers engaged in an upbeat, interactive program through positive use of social media.

Track promoter Mike Bruno and media director Justin St. Louis host the one-hour show on Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s official Facebook page.  Since debuting on December 15, “Let’s Talk Racing!” has become a place to discuss news and information at the Rutland County facility, but the show has not been limited in its focus.  The hosts have a list of topics, but viewers are encouraged to have an active part in the show by posting questions and comments during the broadcast.  Several drivers have been guests, and a few episodes have been broadcast live on location from drivers’ race shops and garages.  The planned guest for Thursday, March 9, is Lyle DeVore, promoter of Howard Commander’s famed Albany-Saratoga and Lebanon Valley Speedways in New York State.

The show is free to watch and participate in.  Production is extremely low-budget – no money has been spent to date, in fact – and the show is simply streamed via cell phone camera.  Through its first 12 weeks, “Let’s Talk Racing!” has gathered an average weekly audience of nearly 3,000 unique viewers and well over 330,000 impressions on Facebook via shares, likes, and comments.

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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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Devil’s Bowl Speedway to Receive $10,000 Capital Improvement Grant from NASCAR

Projects to be completed with help from sanctioning body

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway already has its first “win” in the 2017 stock car racing season.  An announcement was made on Saturday, February 18, during a conference at The Plaza Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla., that the Rutland County facility has been awarded a $10,000 grant from NASCAR for capital improvements and facility upgrades.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway enters its 51st season of stock car racing in 2017 and its seventh consecutive year under NASCAR sanction.  Located on Route 22A in pastoral West Haven, Vt., the venue has the unique distinction as the only facility in North America with two weekly short tracks – a 1/2-mile Asphalt Track and a 3/10-mile Dirt Track – competing in the grassroots NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.

The $10,000 grant has been earmarked to help complete two projects at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  Once finished, a technical inspection building – the shell of which was erected in 2015 – will provide officials and race teams with a pit area garage to perform pre-race and post-race work.  In addition, a large section of pavement in the pit area that has been damaged by weather and erosion will be excavated and replaced.

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Top Drivers Honored at Two-Night Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions

Nine track champions crowned; John Bruno Award to Ron Proctor

RUTLAND, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway officially draw the curtain on its 50th racing season during a two-night Banquet of Champions gala on February 3-4.   Ceremonies were held in the Grand Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, Vt., honoring nine stock car racing champions, top drivers, and special award winners at two tracks at the West Haven, Vt., facility; well over 400 guests attended the weekend gatherings.

Awards for the 3/10-mile Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway were presented on Friday, February 3, when Bobby Hackel of Rensselaer, N.Y., was crowned as the youngest lead-division champion in Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 50-season history.  The 22 year-old, fourth-generation racer won the Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified title in the first season of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned racing at the Dirt Track.  Tim LaDuc took runner-up honors with Kenny Tremont Jr. third.

Chris Donnelly of Piermont, N.H., collected the first championship ever awarded for a winged Sprint Car division at Devil’s Bowl.  Bill Duprey of Hydeville, Vt., was recognized as a four-time champion in the Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Renegade division, and Mike Ryan of Chelsea, Vt., took his first Portland Glass Mini Stock title.  Rookie of the Year honors went to Justin Severance (Sportsman Modified), Hackel (Sprint Car), Josh Bussino (Renegade), and Cameron Kennedy (Mini Stock).

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Regionalized DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Format on Tap for 2017

CONCORD, N.C. – Jan. 14, 2017 – On the heels of a strong season in 2016 that saw over 230 different DIRTcar Sportsman Modified drivers compete in 15 series points shows, DIRTcar Racing officials will unveil a new format for Sportsman Modified teams in 2017.

Currently,19 different tracks have signed up for DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds Series with negotiations ongoing for additional dates. To accommodate the increased demand, tour events being scheduled from the last weekend in April through late-September will be run under a regional format, with the schedule divided into four regions – North, West, Central and the East, which was announced earlier today will be a part of the King Of Dirt tour. DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series teams will only be required to participate in a region of their choice in order to earn valuable series points. Point races run in other regions will become optional events for teams.

Home Track Bonus Points awarded for participating at one of the many DIRTcar Racing sanction tracks is again the foundation for the 2017 schedule. Bonus points from the regional DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series will be added to a driver’s home track total on September 25. In addition to 1,000 Series bonus points, each regional points champion will earn a guaranteed starting spot at the Super DIRT Week Sportsman Championship at Oswego Speedway as well as a preferred starting spot in the OneDirt.com World Short Track Championship at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Reveals Jam-Packed 2017 Season Schedule

More than 30 stock car events highlight Asphalt Track and Dirt Track calendars

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has unveiled its 2017 season schedule, boasting the Northeast’s most diverse slate of motorsports events.  Located on Route 22A in scenic West Haven, Vt., and in close proximity to the New York State border, the facility will continue to offer the area’s best and most affordable family-friendly entertainment and the region’s most exciting NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing on two tracks.

Racing at the half-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl will continue to be primarily on Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. during the summer months, while the 3/10-mile Dirt Track remains a Sunday night show at 6:00 p.m.  Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks will be the mainstays in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program at both tracks.

A total of 15 events make up the Asphalt Track schedule with 16 total events for the Dirt Track.  Each of the local divisions will enjoy top billing at various points throughout the year, and annual holiday extravaganzas on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day weekends will give race fans, even more, reason to celebrate.  In 2017, though, an unrivaled variety of special events will be presented throughout the season on both surfaces.

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2017 ACT Late Model Tour Schedule Announced

2017 ACT LATE MODEL TOUR
Event Day Date Track Location Laps
1 Sa/Sn April 8/9 Lee USA Lee, NH 150
2 Sa/Sn April 29/30 Thunder Road Barre, VT 150
3 Sunday, May 7 Devil’s Bowl West Haven, VT 100
4 Saturday, June 17 White Mountain N. Woodstock, NH 150
5 Saturday, July 15 Seekonk Seekonk, MA 100
6 Saturday, August 5 Beech Ridge Scarborough, ME 100
7 Saturday, August 19 White Mountain N. Woodstock, NH 100
8 Sunday, September 3 Thunder Road Barre, VT 200
9 Sunday, September 10 Devil’s Bowl – VT 200 weekend West Haven, VT TBA
10 Saturday, October 14 Thompson Thompson, CT 75

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