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VT State Late Model Championship Sees Changes in 2014

Labor Day Replaces Governor’s Cup

Waterbury, VT – The four race Vermont State Late Model Championship series, which boasts an $11,000 point fund, will see changes in 2014. The series, which features four events split between Vermont’s only two paved oval speedways, will now include the Labor Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road on the schedule, instead of the Vermont Governor’s Cup as in years past.

The Vermont State Late Model Championship was created in 2012 and hosts two races each at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven and Thunder Road in Barre. Once again the series will kick off with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 25. The 1/4-mile portion of the series will conclude with the Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, August 31. The Labor Day event will also be the final Thunder Road Late Model point-counting event for 2014.

The Devil’s Bowl 1/2-mile will host a 100-lap event on Friday, May 30 and conclude the series with another 100-lap event during the Vermont 200 weekend on Sunday, September 14. For the third season, the Vermont State Champion will be crowned following the September event at Devil’s Bowl. Past VT State Champions were Dave Pembroke in 2012 and Nick Sweet last season, who each picked up a $2,000 point fund check.

Sources: ACT PR

2014 Vermont State Late Model Championship
# Day Date Event Track Laps
1. Sunday May 25 Memorial Day Classic Thunder Road 100
2. Friday May 30 Devil’s Bowl 100 Devil’s Bowl Speedway 100
3. Sunday August 31 Labor Day Classic Thunder Road 200
4. Sunday September 14 Vermont 100 Devil’s Bowl Speedway 100

Devil’s Bowl Rules Meetings Rescheduled for February 1

Renegade, Mini Stock, Kart Series meetings to be held prior to Banquet of Champions

RUTLAND, VT – Informational meetings for stock car and go-kart competitors at Devil’s Bowl Speedway have been rescheduled for Saturday, February 1 at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, VT. The meetings were postponed from their original January date and have been slated to the afternoon prior to the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions.

The “town meeting” style forum will be open to all race drivers and teams interested in competing in the developmental classes at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT in 2014. Times for the divisional meetings are as follows:

· Renegade – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
· Mini Stock – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
· Kart Series – 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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Nick Lascoula Pursuing Late Model ROY, Legends Car Title

Abington Driver Advancing to Late Models

Defending Seekonk Legends Car champion Nick Lascuola of Abington, MA will have a busy racing season ahead. “I plan on racing a full Seekonk Friday Legends schedule and go for a second championship in a row along with the full Seekonk schedule on Saturdays for Late Models and go for Rookie of the Year in that and a win or two,” Lascuola said. “Those are the plans and goals for 2014 for me.”

Lascuola also plans to enter three American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model races – Lee USA on April 12-13, Devil’s Bowl on May 4 and October 4-5 at Thunder Road for the Milk Bowl. All three tracks are new for him. “(I) have been watching a lot of YouTube videos as of the moment,” Lascuola said. “Sometimes the best way is to watch others. (The) tracks look like a lot of fun.”

For the second consecutive year, Lascuola is entered in the Champion® Spark Plugs Search for a Champion Contest. Now through February 2, visitors to the Search for a Champion Contest site can vote for their favorite driver. Nearly 400 contestants are vying for $125,000 in racing sponsorship. 15 will be given $5,000 in sponsorship, with the Grand Prize worth $50,000.

“Last year I was an honorable mention,” Lascuola said. “(I) finished just out of the top 15, but it was a great chance to help get me exposed to a wider audience. “It was pretty cool (when I) won a $500 gift card.”

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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NASCAR to Honor Stone’s National Rookie Title this Week

Devil’s Bowl Speedway Champion to be Recognized at NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, NC — Devil’s Bowl Speedway champion Todd Stone will be feted as one of the country’s most accomplished stock car drivers on Friday, December 13, as he is honored during an awards ceremony for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS). The black-tie gala will be held in the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, featuring top short track racers from more than 50 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks in the United States and Canada.

Stone, of Middlebury, VT, will be celebrated as the National Rookie of the Year presented by Jostens, a title he secured on the strength of a record-shattering 10 victories in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division at NASCAR-sanctioned Devil’s Bowl Speedway. As a first-time NWAAS Division I license holder, Stone outpaced asphalt Late Model drivers Bobby McCarty of South Boston (VA) Speedway, Cole Williams and Matt Wallace of Lebanon I-44 (MO) Speedway, and dirt Modified driver Frank Cozze of Grandview (PA) Speedway for the national rookie championship.

Stone will also collect awards for his Devil’s Bowl Speedway track championship and NASCAR Vermont State Champion and Rookie of the Year titles. He finished 30th in NWAAS Division I national championship standings. Combining point funds and special awards, Stone is expected top $8,000 in post-season winnings.

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ACT 2014 Schedule Released

Waterbury, VT — The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular ‘special’ events on the calendar.

The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. “It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.

The home of the ACT, Thunder Road International Speedbowl will host its only point counting event with the Merchants Bank 150 on opening weekend April 26-27. Next up will be the historic Spring Green 114 to be held at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, May 4. This will be the fourth opening day Spring Green event at the super fast ½ mile oval.

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LaFountain Tops List of Devil’s Bowl Speedway Rookies Masterson, Bushey, Bradford also to be crowned

IMG_3884RUTLAND, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will toast top local stock car drivers from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at its annual Banquet of Champions on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Among the competitors to be honored on stage are Rookie of the Year winners from each of the track’s four weekly racing classes. The Banquet of Champions will be at the Holiday Inn Rutland/Killington in Rutland, VT.

Twenty year-old Jamie LaFountain of Keeseville, NY will collect Rookie of the Year honors for his efforts in the headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division. LaFountain built a consistent record in his first year of racing at Devil’s Bowl, finishing in the Top 10 in nine of his 17 feature starts and taking 12th in the overall championship standings. He outdistanced Bruce Schwab and Emily Quinn for the freshman crown.

Bristol, VT driver Josh Masterson posted three Late Model victories on his way to the division’s Rookie of the Year crown. Feature winner Brandon Atkins finished a close second followed by Johnny Scarborough, Seth Bridge, Carol Parker, and Tommy Eriksen, Jr.

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Devil’s Bowl Looking into SK Light Mod Shows in 2014

ATTENTION ALL RACE TEAMS!

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is considering hosting races for SK Light/Crate-type asphalt Modifieds in 2014. If you are interested in this AFFORDABLE division, please contact Mike Bruno at (802) 236-9141 as soon as possible. We would like to make a decision in the next few weeks. THANKS!

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Jerry King Passes at 86

Gerald G. “Jerry” King, age 86, died at Rutland Regional Medical Center, Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

He was born January 29, 1927, the son of Ella (Barrett) and George C. King.

Jerry was a lifelong resident of Rutland. He owned and operated Jerry King’s Garage & Gun Shop for over 40 years. Jerry was the Central and Southern Vermont “transmission specialist” for many years. In later years, he operated only the gun shop, ending in February 2013 when a fire destroyed the business.

Jerry served in the Navy Seabees at the end of World War II.

In the ’50s and ’60s Jerry was a well-known and widely respected race car owner and driver at Vermont and New York race tracks. He was known as the “Rutland Rocket” in his well-known “5 Aces.” Jerry was a huge NASCAR fan and was always an avid deer hunter, his last hunt occurring at age 85.

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Stone Tops Whelen All-American Rookies

Devil’s Bowl Driver Has “Best Year Ever”

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Rookie seasons can be rocky, but Todd Stone shined and earned top NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rookie honors for 2013.

Stone, 45, of Middlebury, Vt., won the series’ national Rookie of the Year Award presented by Jostens while ranking 30th in the national point standings. In the process, he also collected Vermont’s NASCAR championship and the modified division track title at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, a half-mile paved oval in West Haven.

He won the prestigious award by outdistancing Bobby McCarty, 21 of Summerfield, N.C., who races his asphalt late model at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. McCarty finished second in South Boston track points this year behind NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam. Cole Williams, 17, of Sellersburg, Ind., placed third in national rookie standings. Williams competes in the late model division at Lebanon (Mo.) I-44 Speedway where, like Stone, he won his first track and state NASCAR championships.

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Crazy Horse Racing Shines In ACT Field

Nine CHR Teams Invited To Race At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – No matter how you do the math, the numbers add up for Crazy Horse Racing when it comes to the fifth annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., this weekend.

A total of nine Crazy Horse Racing teams will take the green flag in the 43-car field on Saturday, September 21. From full-time ACT Late Model Tour teams and to local short-track teams with multiple wins this season, the nine drivers and teams headed to NHMS this weekend have been part of a strong second half of 2013.

“As a company, we’re really excited and happy to have our teams going to Loudon, because they had to do well to get invited,” said Crazy Horse Racing owner Mitch Green. “It’s important because it means our people performed well enough during the year to get some attention and get invited to one of the crown jewels of (ACT Late Model Tour racing).”

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Pulliam Continues Historic Short-Track Run

Joins Elite Company With 2nd Whelen All-American Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Lee Pulliam is now an iconic champion in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series history.

He won NASCAR’s national championship of weekly short track auto racing for a second consecutive year in 2013. Pulliam becomes just the third driver in the series’ 32 years to win the national championship more than once and to win consecutive titles.

Pulliam, 25, of Semora, N.C., scored the maximum of 810 points available this season. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series has had various points systems since it began in 1982, and Pulliam is just the fourth to win the title with a “perfect record.”

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American Racer Tire Choice of ACT Through 2019

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that its tire of choice for the next six (6) years will be the American Racer brand from Race Tires America, located in Indiana, Pennsylvania. ACT and its affiliate tracks will change tire needs from Goodyear to the American Racer beginning with the 2014 season.

“We appreciate the many years of working with the Goodyear Racing Division. They have provided us with nearly a decade of service, and assisted us in the development of new products to meet our tire needs,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

American Race Tire has spent the past four months producing and testing a tire to meet the varied and heavy demand of supplying the Late Model teams in the large area which ACT covers.

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Theriault Leads Crazy Horse Efforts

Season Hits Homestretch With Host Of Strong Performances

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – The car known as “T-Rex” continued feasting on PASS North Series competition last weekend.

Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, dominated the Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Sunday, September 15, giving Theriault his second win in five PASS North Series starts in his family-owned No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion. The car, built at the beginning of the 2012 season by Crazy Horse Racing, led 192 of the 300 laps after starting on the pole in the 31-car field.

“I’ve got to say, it was probably the easiest 300 laps I’ve ever driven,” Theriault said. “The car was just that awesome.”

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Stone Seals Devil’s Bowl Speedway Championship with 10th Win

Bergeron, Turner, Noble, Messier all track champions; Sweet takes Vermont State title

WEST HAVEN, VT – Todd Stone completed a dream season on Sunday, September 15 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, sewing up a dominant Modified stock car campaign by taking his 10th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) victory of the year. Stone was one of six champions crowned during the Vermont 200 Weekend.

In the first of two 50-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified division races, Middlebury, VT driver Stone ran from 12th starting position to track down leader Ron Proctor after halfway, then rocketed into the top spot following a restart with 13 laps remaining. The victory brought Stone’s season total to double digits and not only locked up the track championship, but as a first-year NASCAR member, Stone also unofficially clinched the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Rookie of the Year crown.

Veteran driver Proctor of Charlton, NY – the driver Stone succeeds as track champion – held on for the runner-up finish, with Joe Williams third, Kenny Tremont, Jr. fourth, and Vince Quenneville, Jr. fifth.

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Williams, Bryant Open Vermont 200 Weekend in Victory Lane

Germain, McCarron also score in Shootouts; main events Sunday at 1:30pm

WEST HAVEN, VT – Modified stock car driver Joe Williams and Late Model racer Robert Bryant, Jr., highlighted an exciting opening day at the Vermont 200 Championship Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, September 14. Williams and Bryant scored victories in 10-lap “Shootout” races for weekly competitors who had not yet won a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series main event in 2013.

Scotia, NY driver Williams nearly didn’t complete the opening lap in the Bond Auto Parts Modified Shootout. Williams bounced through an opening-lap scrape involving Jamie LaFountain and Vince Quenneville, Jr., but escaped and sped to the win ahead of Ron Proctor and Cody Sargen. Bryant, of Brooklyn, CT, dominated the Late Model Shootout with rookies Seth Bridge and Tom Eriksen in tow.

Sixteen year-old Ray Germain, Jr., of Bristol, VT won a close Shootout in the Renegade division, taking the lead from Robin Cummings with two laps to go. Rookie Richard Lowrey, III, finished third. John McCarron of Rensselaer, NY posted a long-awaited first win in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division, with rookie Scott FitzGerald second and Harold LaVair third.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway, NASCAR Green to Donate Trees to Irene Victims

Ceremony to take place during Vermont 200 on Sunday

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will reach out to Vermonters affected by Tropical Storm Irene in a ceremony on Sunday, September 15. Prior to the start of the season’s final championship stock car racing events on Vermont 200 Weekend, Devil’s Bowl Speedway – through the NASCAR Green “Clean Air Project” – will celebrate the donation of 90 trees to long-term recovery committees and other beneficiaries across Vermont, where they will be used to repair some of the damage still remaining from the August 2011 storm.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway was one of five NASCAR-sanctioned speedways selected to participate in the NASCAR Green Clean Air Project in 2013 – a program striving to improve environmental sustainability through recycling, tree planting, and alternative energy programs. The Clean Air Project, which also involves the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, captures 100% of the emissions created by race vehicles through tree planting.

The trees donated through Devil’s Bowl Speedway, which are scheduled for distribution in October, will serve a dual purpose – reducing the track’s carbon footprint while helping to replenish the devastated landscape. Andrea Varney, representing the Rutland County Long Term Recovery Committee and other beneficiaries, was key in organizing the allocations of many of the trees throughout Central Vermont.

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Twin 50s Up Next for Northern Modified Challenge Series at Devil’s Bowl

Top three drivers only 10 points apart

WEST HAVEN, VT – The Northern Modified Challenge Series will be busy during the Vermont 200 Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on September 14-15. The first-year championship tour for open-wheel Modified stock cars is expected to draw its largest field yet as drivers race in twin 50-lap features.

Only 10 championship points separate the top three title contenders entering the two-day event at the series’ home track at Devil’s Bowl. Eighteen year-old Jessey Mueller of Olmstedville, NY holds the lead through the first three races of the season, with a victory in the opener at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in May, a runner-up finish in the Carrara Masonry C.J. Richards Memorial at Devil’s Bowl in August, and a sixth-place showing at Canaan Fair Speedway in August.

Veteran Leon Gonyo of Chazy, NY is a tight four points behind Mueller and is the only driver to post a top-five finish in all three NMCS events. Vince Quenneville, Jr., of Brandon, VT moved into third place after a runner-up finish at Canaan. The standings remain tight through the pack as Hunter Bates, C.J. Richards Memorial winner Todd Stone, Joe Williams, and Ron Proctor are only eight points apart in positions 4-7, and all within 31 points of Mueller’s lead. Even Canaan winner Kenny Tremont, Jr., who missed the previous Devil’s Bowl event, is within 46 points of the top spot.

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Sweet, Grenier to Settle Vermont State Championship Fight at Devil’s Bowl

New champion to be crowned at Vermont 200 Weekend

WEST HAVEN, VT – Vermont will see a new stock car racing champion crowned at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, September 15, as the title fight between racers Nick Sweet and Chip Grenier is decided during the Vermont 200 Championship Weekend.

Despite limited experience at the fast half-mile oval, each driver has been impressive at Devil’s Bowl. Sweet, a two-time champion at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in his hometown of Barre, VT, posted his first Devil’s Bowl victory in the People’s United Bank 100 in June, the second event of the four-round Vermont State Late Model Championship Series. Derrick O’Donnell and Cody Blake earned wins in the two races held at Thunder Road earlier in the season.

Grenier, of Graniteville, VT, has finished second in his last two starts at Devil’s Bowl – including a photo finish at the 2012 edition of the Vermont 200 Weekend. Should Grenier complete the come-from-behind drive, the championship would be the first of the notoriously underfunded driver’s career; he scored a runner-up finish behind Sweet in June with the words “Wanted: Sponsor” appearing on his car.

The pair enters the 100-lap Vermont State finale just 17 points apart at the top of the standings, and each will have to keep an eye on veteran Trampas Demers, who is only 14 points behind Grenier. No matter the outcome, the title of Vermont State Champion will be a first-time honor for the winner. Other drivers expected include 16-year-old Emily Packard, veterans Jamie Fisher and Bucko Branham, and recent American-Canadian Tour winner Travis Stearns.

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Dramatic Devil’s Bowl Championship Battles Down to the Wire at Vermont 200

Five title races within 17 points entering season finale on Sept. 14-15

IMG_8549WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racing fans at Devil’s Bowl Speedway will have plenty of number-crunching to do in the grandstands at the Vermont 200 Championship Weekend on September 14-15. Five of the championship races that will be decided during the two-day event have airtight point battles and will undoubtedly come down to the final laps.

The top two drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division are separated by only four points for the championship. Josh Masterson, a 22-year-old rookie from Bristol, VT, has earned three victories in his freshman season. Cagey veteran Chris Bergeron of Claremont, NH has four wins and trails his young rival by four points – the difference of just two on-track positions – entering the final 100-lap race on Sunday. Both are chased by another impressive rookie, 16-year-old feature race winner Brandon Atkins of AuSable Forks, NY, who is just 31 points out of the lead.

The 100-lap race also counts as the final event in the four-race Vermont State Late Model Championship Series, in which Nick Sweet of Barre, VT leads Chip Grenier of Graniteville, VT by a close 17 points. Sweet has an up-and-down history at Devil’s Bowl but won the track’s most recent Vermont State event – the People’s United Bank 100 – in June. Grenier has taken a shine to Devil’s Bowl, finishing second to Sweet in June and second to Brent Dragon in a photo finish on Vermont 200 Weekend in 2012.

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Big Money on the Line at Devil’s Bowl for Vermont 200 Weekend

Late Model winner may earn more than $5,000

IMG_0137WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is opening the vault for the Vermont 200 Championship Weekend on September 14-15. A base purse of more than $25,000 has been posted for the two-day stock car racing extravaganza, with the potential for it to grow to over $30,000.

The headline event is the 100-lap Vermont State Late Model Championship Series finale, boasting a payout starting at over $11,000. However, a graduated winner’s incentive has been built into the prize fund: With up to 24 entries, the winner earns $1,500. If the field expands to 25-29 cars, top prize is $2,000. The fund grows to $2,500 with 30-39 teams, and a field of 40 or more entries makes the winner’s share a whopping $5,000 – potentially the largest payoff in Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s recent history. All starters are guaranteed a minimum of $250, regardless of car count.

Twin 50-lap features for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division – which award points for the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track championship and the new Northern Modified Challenge Series – each offer more than $5,000 total prize money. The winner of each race will pocket $1,200, and all starters will take home a minimum total of $200.

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Pulliam On Brink Of Repeat

Whelen All-American Series Championship Weekend Arrives

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Lee Pulliam has continued to pile up the wins in his drive toward history.

The 25-year-old asphalt Late Model driver out of Semora, N.C., took home a key win Saturday in the 250-lap event at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. The victory gave him the maximum points attainable in a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season and put him on the brink of a second consecutive national title.

The final day of the 2013 point race is Sunday, Sept. 15. After a review, the final standings are certified by the NASCAR Member Services department, and NASCAR Vice President of Touring and Weekly Series George Silbermann will make the call to inform the national champion.

“It’s still not over,” Pulliam said. “If we get a phone call from George Silbermann next week to congratulate us, that’s the special moment when we’ll know all our hard work won a national championship.”

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Stone’s Dominant Season Could Lead to National NASCAR Title This Weekend

Modified Twin 50s at Devil’s Bowl Speedway to decide national rookie champion 

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway may be celebrating one of its drivers as a national NASCAR champion at the Vermont 200 Championship Weekend on Sunday, September 15. On the strength of nine main event victories in 2013, Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT leads the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) “Division I” national rookie standings entering the final event of the year.

Stone has been a dominant force in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division at Devil’s Bowl and is in a tight race for the national Rookie of the Year presented by Jostens award with Late Model driver Bobby McCarty of Summerfield, NC. Unofficially, Stone leads McCarty by just nine points (519-510), but has two opportunities to gain points in twin 50-lap Modified races at the Vermont 200 Weekend and clinch the title.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctions 55 tracks under a common point structure including Devil’s Bowl Speedway; each track designates its Division I class, with the open-wheel Modifieds holding the title at Devil’s Bowl. Under the NWAAS point structure, race winners receive two points for every car in the event up to 20 cars. Second place receives two fewer points and so on through the field. Race winners also receive an additional five points. For example, if 20 cars are in the field, the winner receives 45 points, second place 38, and third 36. If there are 15 cars, the winner receives 35 points, second 28, and third 26.

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“Shootout Saturday” Offers Extra Chance for Victory at Vermont 200 Weekend

Sprint-style races highlight Saturday, Sept. 14 program at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will guarantee four new faces in victory lane at September’s Vermont 200 Championship Weekend. Stock car drivers who have yet to carry a checkered flag at the fast half-mile oval in 2013 will take part in the second annual “Shootout” races for a chance to hoist the winner’s trophy during the Saturday, September 14 portion of the two-day season finale.

Regular weekly competitors from four weekly divisions will take part in 10-lap, sprint-style Shootout races. A star-studded field of eligible open-wheel racers has been named to the Bond Auto Parts Modified Shootout roster. In one of the season’s biggest surprises, two-time defending track champion Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY owns four runner-up finishes in 2013 but has been denied a victory thus far. Defending Shootout winner Jeff Haskins is again eligible and top drivers Vince Quenneville, Jr., Leon Gonyo, and Joe Williams are also locked in. Dave Snow, Cody Sargen, Jamie LaFountain, Andy Smith, Jamie Proctor, and the father-son team of James Introne, Sr., and Jim Introne, Jr., are also eligible.

In the Late Model division, a healthy mix of rookies and veterans will try for victory, with Robert Bryant, Jr., Johnny Scarborough, Chris Curtis, Seth Bridge, Ricky Bly, Norm Andrews, Carol Parker, Tommy Eriksen, Jr., Nick LaGoy, Rich Lowrey, Chris Lacey, and Jesse Carris eligible to compete.

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Antique Racers to Join Vermont 200 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Restored racecars bring past to present at track’s season finale

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will look a bit like the days of old at its Vermont 200 Championship Weekend on September 14-15, as the New England Antique Racers (NEAR) club roars around the half-mile oval for the first time. A vibrant group of restored and revitalized racecars are expected for the two-day event for display both on and off the track.

Open-wheel Modified and Coupe racers from across the barnstorming northeastern racing days of the 1960s and ‘70s will run in practice and race events during the Vermont 200 Weekend. Many of the NEAR cars attending the event will be identical in construction to those that competed at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on both asphalt and dirt surfaces several decades ago.

The Vermont 200 Championship Weekend will be the first Devil’s Bowl Speedway experience for many NEAR members. Several were in attendance during a weekend show honoring late track founder C.J. Richards in July 2012, however, and have since sung praises of the facility to their fellow retro-racers.

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Enduro Series Finale Moved to Vermont 200 Championship Weekend

Wild-and-crazy smashfest to cap Devil’s Bowl Speedway season

WEST HAVEN, VT – The Vermont 200 Championship Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway just got a little crazier. The title race for the four-round Enduro Series has been moved from its original October date and added to the card on Sunday, September 15, concluding a two-day stock car racing grand finale.

Enduro events have a “survival of the fittest” attitude filled with crashes and wild maneuvers. Any four- or six-cylinder car, light-duty pickup truck, or minivan that meets specifications may compete, with only safety modifications permitted. Races are run without caution flags and disabled vehicles are left wherever they may lie, including on the racing surface; red flags are used only in the event of emergencies.

Eric “Mongo” Messier of Hinesburg, VT and “Wild Bill” Fountain of Altona, NY are deadlocked in a tie for the Enduro Series championship lead. Each driver has survived for a victory, a runner-up finish, and a third-place finish to tie at 144 points. Andy “Mowgli” Botala and Brett “Woody” Wood are tied in third place at 122 points with Kevin Sorel just two points back, and are still within reach of the overall title.

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Stone Sweeps Devil’s Bowl Doubleheader

Bergeron, Masterson win again in Late Models

WEST HAVEN, VT – Todd Stone put an exclamation point on a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing doubleheader at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, August 23, sweeping a pair of 25-lap features in the track’s headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division. Stone was joined on the winner’s list during the Sugar & Spice Restaurant Night card by Late Model drivers Chris Bergeron and Josh Masterson, Renegade racers Stephen Donahue and Richie Turner, and Mini Stock competitors Jake Noble and Chuck Bradford.

Stone put on a passing clinic in the two main events, driving from 12th and 13th starting positions in the respective feature races. The Middlebury, VT driver was unstoppable in the opening race, driving from the back to pass Dave Snow for the lead at lap 15 and then cruising to an easy victory. Joe Williams of Scotia, NY came from seventh to take the runner-up spot, with Joey Roberts of Fletcher, VT third. Snow, of Brandon, VT, held on for a career-best fourth, with Vince Quenneville, Jr., of Brandon, VT fifth.

The nightcap event appeared to belong to two-time track champion Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY. Proctor built a sizeable lead before a caution period for a spin by top-five driver Jessey Mueller with just three laps remaining set up a restart. Stone, who was fourth at the time, sliced his way past Quenneville and Leon Gonyo, then chased Proctor down on the last lap, stealing the victory out of the final corner. Proctor settled for second with Chazy, NY veteran Gonyo third. Quenneville and Middlebury, VT driver Hunter Bates completed the top five finishers. The victories were the eighth and ninth of the season for the G. Stone Motors-sponsored No. 1X Teo Pro Car.

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Partridge Career Revolves Around Irwindale

Pulliam Extends Whelen All-American Points Lead With 22nd Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The career of Ryan Partridge revolves around Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway’s half-mile paved oval at Irwindale Event Center. The track is the core of the sprawling multi-purpose facility, and Partridge knows the track better than most. He’s also becoming acquainted with the new half-mile paved oval of Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif.

Partridge, 25, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of the longest running active veterans at Irwindale. He’s been racing there for about 10 years and enjoyed a lot of success.

“Irwindale Speedway is more than a home track to me,” Partridge said. “It’s a crown jewel of race tracks. I’m glad Jim Cohan stepped up and made the reopening happen this year. The racing community is taking action to support the track. The crowds are up and the schedule is perfect.”

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Action-Packed Friday Night Finale for Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Double features, spectator racing, Pancake Eating Championship on tap

WEST HAVEN, VT – The summer Friday night stock car racing season will draw to a close with a jam-packed program full of family friendly entertainment at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, August 23 at 7:00pm. Sugar & Spice Restaurant of Mendon, VT presents double features for four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series classes, the rescheduled Spectator Races for fans driving street-legal vehicles, and the highly-anticipated second annual Great North American Pancake Eating Championship.

The Great North American Pancake Eating Championship will see racing’s hungriest fans devour as many pancakes slathered in real Vermont maple syrup from Sugar & Spice Restaurant as they can in five minutes. Inaugural winner Allen Jones of Rutland, VT pounded down a gut-busting ten-and-a-half pancakes in 2012 and said last week that he has been preparing all summer for a second-straight victory.

On the track, eight championship main events are scheduled for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, with double features for the Bond Auto Parts Modified, Late Model, Renegade, and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions. Todd Stone has a comfortable lead in the Modifieds, but Jessey Mueller, Hunter Bates, Vince Quenneville, Jr., and Ron Proctor are all still well within striking distance.

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Action-Packed Friday Night Finale for Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Double features, spectator racing, Pancake Eating Championship on tap

WEST HAVEN, VT – The summer Friday night stock car racing season will draw to a close with a jam-packed program full of family friendly entertainment at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, August 23 at 7:00pm. Sugar & Spice Restaurant of Mendon, VT presents double features for four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series classes, the rescheduled Spectator Races for fans driving street-legal vehicles, and the highly-anticipated second annual Great North American Pancake Eating Championship.

The Great North American Pancake Eating Championship will see racing’s hungriest fans devour as many pancakes slathered in real Vermont maple syrup from Sugar & Spice Restaurant as they can in five minutes. Inaugural winner Allen Jones of Rutland, VT pounded down a gut-busting ten-and-a-half pancakes in 2012 and said last week that he has been preparing all summer for a second-straight victory.

On the track, eight championship main events are scheduled for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, with double features for the Bond Auto Parts Modified, Late Model, Renegade, and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions. Todd Stone has a comfortable lead in the Modifieds, but Jessey Mueller, Hunter Bates, Vince Quenneville, Jr., and Ron Proctor are all still well within striking distance.

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