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NASCAR Set to Honor Local Drivers in Charlotte

Devil’s Bowl, Airborne racers heading to black tie gala on December 12

CHARLOTTE, NC – Four local stock car drivers are headed to Charlotte, NC to be honored at the annual NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards on Friday, December 12.  Racers from Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT and Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will stand on stage at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as they collect track, state, and national honors for their performances in 2014.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) sanctions weekly stock car racing at 58 short tracks across the United States and Canada, including Airborne and Devil’s Bowl.  A common point system determines national, state, and provincial champions and award winners. Among the honorees are Division I national champion Anthony Anders of Easley, SC, runner-up Lee Pulliam of Semora, NC, third-place driver Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, and champions from all NASCAR tracks across North America.

Airborne Modified track champion Nick Heywood of Plattsburgh, NY leads the way for the North Country and will collect the NWAAS National Rookie of the Year presented by Jostens trophy.  As a first-year NWAAS Division I license holder, Heywood won five races at Airborne and had a successful limited schedule at Devil’s Bowl, earning enough points to beat Georgia’s Kyle Plott for the national title and fellow Airborne racer Mark Lamberton for the New York State award.  Heywood ranked 13th in overall national Division I standings, and his post-season NASCAR winnings total more than $12,000.

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Bruno Joins Airborne Park Speedway Ownership Group, Named General Manager

Partnership with Devil’s Bowl Speedway strengthens

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway has taken another step toward the future, as Mike Bruno has joined the track’s business ownership group.  Bruno served as the Competition Director at Airborne in 2014 and will expand on that role moving forward; he has partnered with Jamie Atkins and Steve Fuller to form the ownership group.

Effective immediately, Bruno will take over day-to-day business operations as the track’s General Manager, while Atkins will step back from the daily operations and take on a support role.  Bruno co-owns and promotes Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont with his wife, Alayne, and says that the two tracks will continue building on a partnership that began last season.

“I obviously have a deep interest in the success of Devil’s Bowl, but I also want to see Airborne thrive.  We made big strides this year and I’m excited for the future,” Bruno said.  “The two tracks share a lot of the same competitors and fans, and both are part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, so it just makes sense to take this next step.  Airborne has always been one of my home tracks and I’m just as committed to its growth as I am to Devil’s Bowl’s.”

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ACT will Visit 11 Different Tracks in 2015

The American Canadian Tour Late Models will visit 11 different tracks throughout New England, New York and Quebec during the 13 event 2015 season. Officials have announced the schedule, which will kick off on Sunday, April 12 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH and crown a champion on Saturday, October 17 at Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT.

 The ACT Late Models visit two new tracks in 2015. ACT will run their first ever point counting events at Autodrome Chaudière in Vallee-Jct., QC as a doubleheader with PASS in September and the Late Models will visit Thompson for the first time ever to conclude the season in October.

ACT will also return to Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME for two events after a several year hiatus. The April Oxford event will be the inaugural ACT/PASS doubleheader event, while the June event will be a standalone ACT race. Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will be the only other venue to host two events in 2015. The schedule is highlighted by trips to Thunder Road in Barre, VT, Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH), Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT, White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME and Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Postpones Dirt Track Finale Again

Wet grounds force rescheduling to November 1

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is again postponing its final dirt track stock car race of the season.  The Autosaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC “Vermont Freedom & Unity” event has now been moved three times from its original date due to weather-related conditions; one final attempt will be made at running the race on Saturday, November 1 at 1:00 p.m.

With steady rain in eight of the last nine days at the facility, the clay surface of the dirt track has become too saturated for crews to be able to prepare a quality racing surface in enough time for competition on Sunday afternoon.

“We want to give our racers and fans the best quality show that we can, and any attempt at running a race on Sunday would just result in a rutted, muddy track,” promoter Mike Bruno said.  “The good news is that the weather forecast looks great for next week, and we’re optimistic that we’ll be able to finish the season on a high note.”

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Halloween Invades Devil’s Bowl Speedway for Sunday Event

Food coupons for all in costume; contest to give bigger prizes

WEST HAVEN, VT – The Halloween holiday is coming to Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, October 26. The track will reward all race fans that wear a Halloween costume to the Autosaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC “Vermont Freedom & Unity” event with a $3.00 food coupon for the concession stands.

“Call it ‘Track or Treat’ maybe? We usually don’t get to have any races around Halloween, so we’re not wasting the opportunity to have a little extra fun on Sunday,” Devil’s Bowl announcer Andy Hall said. “We’re encouraging our fans, young, and old, to wear a costume on Sunday and not only save a few bucks on food, but also have a chance to win some other cool prizes.”

Indeed, other prizes will be given out during a Halloween costume contest held during intermission at the event. The contest is open to all ages, and the top three costumes will receive trophies and general admission tickets for Devil’s Bowl Speedway events in 2015.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Moves Rescheduled Date to Sunday

Parade, forecast prompt officials to move finale to Sunday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m.

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials have announced that the facility’s final dirt track stock car race of the season will have to wait for one additional day.  The Autosaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC “Vermont Freedom & Unity” event was postponed by rain last week and was initially rescheduled for Saturday; however, the makeup date has been reset to Sunday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m.

Two major factors contributed to the date being readjusted: another unfavorable weather forecast, and the 55th annual Rutland Halloween Parade in Downtown Rutland, VT.  The parade is one of the area’s largest and most enjoyable community gatherings each fall, and is scheduled for Saturday, October 25.

“Many of our race fans, competitors, and officials attend and even participate in the parade every year, including those that help us with our annual Devil’s Bowl Speedway float,” track co-owner Alayne Bruno said.  “Running our race on the same day as the parade would have forced some people to choose between the two, and we want everyone to be able to enjoy both events.”

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Finale Postponed One Week by Rain

Dirt track event rescheduled to Saturday, October 25

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s final dirt track event of the season has been postponed by early morning rain showers and a poor forecast for the rest of the day on Saturday, October 18.  The AutoSaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC “Vermont Freedom & Unity” event has been rescheduled to the following Saturday, October 25, with a start time of 2:00 p.m.

“Our track crews worked late into Friday night to prepare the racing surface, but the weather changed unexpectedly and we woke up to rain on Saturday morning.  Unfortunately we have no choice but to reschedule to next Saturday,” promoter Mike Bruno said.  “We will try again on the 25th and we’re planning on a great show.”

The AutoSaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC “Vermont Freedom & Unity” event on Saturday, October 25 will feature a 100-lap Sportsman Modified race, the winged Sprint Cars of New England tour, a special event for the Bear Ridge Speedway Sportsman Coupe division, and Renegades and Mini Stocks.

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Sprint Cars Return to Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday Following Successful Test

Hanson, Austin make first laps around new 1/3-mile dirt track

WEST HAVEN, VT – The winged warriors of the Bond Auto Parts Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) tour will make their official debut at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, October 18, joining the AutoSaver Ford/Springfield Buick-GMC “Vermont Freedom & Unity” event.  A successful test was completed by two teams on Wednesday, drawing rave reviews.

Lacey Hanson, a veteran of season seasons with the SCoNE series, and 16-year-old rookie Tyler Austin each turned laps in order to help gather information for their teams and competitors alike.  For Hanson, whose team is based just 10 minutes from the track in Orwell, VT, it was a productive day.

“It was great.  I was glad we got to come out and practice and see what the track is like,” she said.  “I think it’s going to be a great show.”

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Lt. Governor Scott Named Grand Marshal for Action Packed Devil’s Bowl Dirt Finale

AutoSaver Group joins as sponsor; “Battle” championships on the line

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has seen a flurry of activity in recent days as the Rutland County track prepares for its final event of the season.  With inaugural “Battle at the Bowl” dirt track championships on the line, the speedway welcomes a new sponsor and an appearance by the Lieutenant Governor of Vermont on Saturday, October 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Lt. Governor Phil Scott (R) has been named the Grand Marshal for the “Vermont Freedom & Unity 100” on Saturday, October 18.  The long-time stock car driver is no stranger to Devil’s Bowl, having raced his Late Model asphalt car at the facility.  He was a five-term Vermont State Senator (R-Washington County), and is seeking his third term as Lt. Governor, while his racing résumé includes championships at Thunder Road Speedbowl, Airborne Park Speedway, and on the American-Canadian Tour.

A new sponsor joins the Devil’s Bowl Speedway family as the AutoSaver Group gives its support to the event through its all-new AutoSaver Ford dealership in Comstock, NY and Springfield Buick-GMC in Springfield, VT.  With each just a short drive from Devil’s Bowl, both locations offer purchase, financing, and full service options while delivering courteous, professional customer service.  Visit AutoSaver Ford online at www.autosaverford.com or Springfield Buick-GMC at www.springfieldautomart.com for details.

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Stratton Crowned “King of the Clay” in Popular Upset at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Quenneville takes Sportsman main for milestone win

WEST HAVEN, VT – Neil Stratton scored a major upset on Sunday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway to become the winner of the inaugural “King of the Clay” race for Big Block and Small Block Modified stock cars. The Bennington, VT driver persevered through rough track conditions, and then seized a golden opportunity to steal the win and the $5,000 top prize at the “Battle at the Bowl” dirt track series.

Six-time Devil’s Bowl champion Kenny Tremont, Jr. looked the part of a winner early, posting the fastest time trial speed, and handily winning his qualifying heat. He took the lead from Tim Fuller on the fourth circuit of the 50-lap main event and fended off second-place runner Elmo Reckner through three early restarts and heavy lapped traffic. Reckner’s bid for the win ended during a caution period on lap 42 when he pitted for a deflating tire, giving Stratton a chance to challenge Tremont.

Stratton’s No. 87 Big Boys Toys/Kelly Fuels-sponsored Bicknell car was quick on the final two restarts, but Tremont was able to nose ahead. Disaster struck for Tremont with just two laps remaining, however, when a broken driveline component slowed his car. Stratton pounced and grabbed the lead as the large grandstand crowd erupted in cheers, crossing the line comfortably ahead of the field for the win.

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Tremont Survives for Devil’s Bowl Speedway Victory Before Packed House

Williams, Miller, Gioia claim wins in return to dirt racing

WEST HAVEN, VT – Kenny Tremont, Jr. ran what he called “the longest 50 laps of my life” at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, September 26, but at the end of a grueling night he stood in the winner’s circle.   Tremont survived to claim the LawPower.com Slate Valley Showdown presented by Interstate All Battery Center of Rutland, VT and the $1,000 winner’s prize in the opening round of the three-race “Battle at the Bowl” series – the first dirt track race held at the Vermont track in more than five years – before a massive grandstand crowd.

Tremont started 15th and used a survivalist strategy to get out of a wild start to the race, which saw half of the Sportsman Modified field eliminated in a series of multi-car pileups.  The biggest crash occurred on lap 10 when five cars bunched up on the frontstretch, leaving Tim Hodge’s car upside down and Justin Comes’ machine peeled open like a sardine can; no injuries were sustained.

Once the field sorted itself out, it was all Tremont and Vince Quenneville, Jr. at the front, with West Sand Lake, NY veteran Tremont taking the lead from Quenneville at lap 20 and holding him off for much of the balance of the race.  Tremont crossed the finish line as a winner at Devil’s Bowl for the first time since August 2009, the year he won his track-record sixth championship.

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Racers Readying for Battle at the Bowl Dirt Track Series

Sponsors, entries, volunteers flying in as Friday opener approaches

WEST HAVEN, VT – The stock car racing community is abuzz with the highly anticipated three-race “Battle at the Bowl” series and the grand opening of a new one-third-mile dirt track at Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The “LawPower.com Slate Valley Showdown” event on Friday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. will kick off a new dual-track era for the Rutland County facility.

As finishing touches are being made on the track’s final construction, sponsorship, entry blanks, and volunteers continue to flood into Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The law firm of Cullenberg & Tensen, PLLC has pledged its support of the entire Battle at the Bowl series and will serve as the primary sponsor of the 50-lap, $1,000-to-win Sportsman Modified race at the LawPower.com Slate Valley Showdown on Friday, September 26.  Cullenberg & Tensen, PLLC are experts in personal injury law and proudly serve clients throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.  Visit www.LawPower.com for more information.

Interstate All Battery Center of Rutland, VT has upped its support of Devil’s Bowl Speedway, building further on a multi-year partnership.  Interstate All Battery Center – sponsor of the ultra-popular “Fun Bus” tour at the speedway – is conveniently located at 71 River Street in Downtown Rutland.

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“You Name The Race!” Contest Now Open for Battle at the Bowl Dirt Series Finale

Fans can enter contest to name October 18 event

WEST HAVEN, VT – One creative dirt track stock car racing fan will leave their mark on the action at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, as the Vermont track announces the “You Name The Race!” contest for its “Battle at the Bowl” series finale. One entry will be selected as the title of the dirt track event on Saturday, October 18.

The October 18 event will be a jam-packed day of action headlined by a 100-lap, $2,000-to-win race for the Sportsman-style cars of the Northern Modified Challenge Series and a $1,000-to-win show for the Bond Auto Parts Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) tour. The event will also see a $1,000-to-win race for the throwback Sportsman Coupes, plus eight-cylinder Renegades and four-cylinder Mini Stocks. Racing begins at 2:00 p.m.

Fans may submit as many suggestions to name the event as they wish. Devil’s Bowl Speedway staff members will choose their favorite entry, and the winning race fan will receive two (2) adult general admission tickets to the October 18 event. The winning suggestion will be announced on Saturday, October 4 during the “King of the Clay” Big Block/Small Block Modified event.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Announces Details for “Battle at the Bowl” Dirt Series

Series begins Friday, Sept. 26; Sportsman, Renegade, Mini Stock classes to run for point fund

WEST HAVEN, VT – Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway can lay claim to the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the Northeast in 2014, as details for the first-ever “Battle at the Bowl” dirt series have been announced. The three-race run begins on Friday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Originally planned to be a temporary clay surface laid on top of the existing half-mile asphalt oval, the dirt track will now be a permanent one-third-mile clay oval built in the infield. The first and second turns will have as much as 10 degrees of banking, while the third and fourth corners have between four and seven degrees of banking. Corners will be 50-60 feet wide, with straightaways at 60-80 feet wide.

The Battle at the Bowl opens on Friday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m. with the “Slate Valley Showdown.” The event will feature a $1,000-to-win, 50-lap race for Sportsman Modifieds; a $500-to-win, 25-lap event for Pro Stocks; an eight-cylinder Renegade division featuring cars similar to local asphalt and dirt Renegade, Street Stock, and Limited classes; and a four-cylinder Mini Stock race.

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Stone Repeats as Devil’s Bowl Speedway Modified Champion

Fisher, Gordon, Bradford also crowned at Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Weekend

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway crowned its 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champions during a busy and picturesque Sunday afternoon at the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Championship Weekend.  Todd Stone and Robert Gordon became two-time champions on the asphalt, while Jamie Fisher and Chuck Bradford each celebrated their first titles.

The headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division ran two 50-lap feature races to close its season, and saw very different outcomes.  Former track champion Ron Proctor, 62, led wire-to-wire to win the opening race, while 19 year-old Jessey Mueller took the second event.  Charlton, NY veteran Proctor outdistanced a torrid three-way battle for the runner-up spot during his run.  Leon Gonyo, after blowing his primary engine in practice on Saturday morning, squeaked out the position ahead of Mueller and Stone, with Canadian Patrice McGrail fifth.

Mueller, of Olmstedville, NY, broke free from the pack in the second race and collected his fourth Devil’s Bowl victory of the season and 10th overall at tracks across the northeast.  Nick Heywood finished second to help pad his lead in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national rookie standings.  Joey Roberts finished third ahead of Stone and Gonyo.

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Vermont 200 Weekend Saturday Card Washed Out, Sunday Main Event Schedule Adjusted

Shootouts to be run at noon prior to qualifying

WEST HAVEN, VT – Rains wreaked havoc at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, washing out the opening day of the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Weekend.  Sunday’s program – which features a clear weather forecast – has been adjusted to provide a blockbuster day of stock car racing action, complete with a meet-and-greet autograph session with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison.

The annual 10-lap non-winner “Shootout” races have been rescheduled to Sunday, September 14 and will be held at 12:00 noon before the regular action begins.  First-round qualifying for the Bond Auto Parts Modified and Late Model divisions begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by twin-segment feature races for the Renegade and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions, twin 50-lap Modified features, a 100-lap Late Model finale, and a 50-lap Enduro Series race.

Todd Stone and Joey Roberts will decide the Devil’s Bowl Speedway and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Vermont State championships between themselves; Stone leads Roberts by 35 points in the Devil’s Bowl standings and by just six points in the NASCAR state title race.  Leon Gonyo, third in both standings, blew an engine on Saturday morning, but is expected to return on Sunday.  Twenty-one Modifieds took practice laps on Saturday morning before rains moved in.

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Busy “Shootout Saturday” Highlights Vermont 200 Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

First-Round Qualifying, Non-Winner Shootouts, North East Mini Stock Tour debut on tap

WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racing fans will get far more than their money’s worth at the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Championship Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on September 13-14, with two jam-packed days of action ahead.  While feature races and championship celebrations highlight the Sunday portion of the event, the annual “Shootout Saturday” program has also become a can’t-miss.

The action begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 with qualifying heats for the Bond Auto Parts Modified, Renegade, and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions.  Non-Winner Shootouts are on tap for all four weekly Devil’s Bowl divisions, giving competitors who have yet to find victory lane a chance to shine.  The Modified, Late Model, Renegade, and Mini Stock classes will each have a 10-lap Shootout race for drivers who have competed at the track prior to the Vermont 200 Weekend without having won a feature.

The Texas Roadhouse North East Mini Stock Tour will invade the Devil’s Bowl half-mile for the first time on Saturday with qualifying heats and a 25-lap main event, bringing a variety of cars and drivers from all parts of the region.  The NEMST has a diverse schedule that includes asphalt and dirt tracks, as well as both the “Magic Mile” oval and the 1.6-mile road course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Toby Wells of Dublin, NH leads the standings over former champion Emerson Cayer, followed by Justin Larsen, Nicholas Anderson, and Joe Baxter; drivers from all six New England states rank inside the top 10 in standings including seventh-place Matt Sonnhalter of Thetford, VT.

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Point Battles Decided at Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s Vermont 200

Track, state, NASCAR championship and rookie titles on the line

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts a pressure-packed weekend of racing action at the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Championship Weekend on September 13-14, as nearly a dozen championship and rookie titles are decided during the two-day show.  Battles for the track’s weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions will wrap up, along with the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series.

Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT seeks his second-straight Bond Auto Parts Modified division crown.  While his 2013 title was clinched in a 10-win runaway, Stone has been kept in check this year by Joey Roberts and Leon Gonyo.  Roberts trails by 35 points (846-811) while Gonyo is another five markers back.  Twin 50-lap features and a maximum available total of 105 points mean that the title is far from a lock for Stone.

Stone also leads Roberts in the race for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Vermont State title, though his advantage is just six points (334-328).  The winner of each of the Modified division’s track and state titles will be honored at a black-tie gala held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC in December.

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Durgan, Stone Take Modified Mains at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Packard, Fisher win Late Model features

WEST HAVEN, VT – A two-day delay at Devil’s Bowl Speedway was worth the wait for a handful of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers on Sunday, August 24.  Eight different stock car racers carried the checkered flag after twin features at the annual “Double Stack Night” presented by Sugar & Spice Restaurant, which was postponed from Friday by rain.

Jason Durgan of Morrisonville, NY won a rough opening 25-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division.  After starting fourth, Durgan nosed past Jason Reome to take the lead at lap 14, then survived the third and final restart of the race four laps later to cruise to his second victory of the season.  Vince Quenneville, Jr. finished second, and Joey Roberts made a nifty three-wide move in the final corner to take third place.  Jessey Mueller was fourth with Jamie LaFountain fifth.

Durgan’s win came at the right time as the season begins to wind down; Durgan entered the race weekend ranked 21st in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings and a tight second in the battle for the National Rookie of the Year presented by Jostens title.

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“Fireball” Roberts Hot on Cool Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Masterson tops Late Models after 10 lead changes

WEST HAVEN, VT – Joey “Fireball” Roberts sat through a half-hour rain delay and braved cool temperatures on Friday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, but the wait was worth it – Roberts dominated Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night for his second Bond Auto Parts Modified victory of the season.  He was joined as a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series winner during the evening by Josh Masterson, Stephen Donahue, and Mike Whalen, Jr.

Roberts was as hot as his nickname suggests, winning both his qualifying heat and the 25-lap main event, leading every lap he turned around the half-mile during the night.  The Fletcher, VT driver was nearly eliminated from championship contention in a hard crash last week, but the No. 50X Body LeBronze/Queen City Steel-sponsored Bicknell rebounded convincingly for Roberts’ fourth career win at Devil’s Bowl.

“There was a lot of work that went into this car this past week, and I’ve got to thank everyone on my team and all my sponsors for stepping up.  This is a big win for us,” Roberts said.  “We’re in a little bit of hole in the points, but we’re not giving up on the championship yet.”

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Mueller Rallies for Unlikely Win at Richards Memorial

Masterson cops Late Model feature; Duquette, LaVair win

WEST HAVEN, VT – Jessey Mueller left the crowd speechless at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday night, staging a spectacular comeback to win the third annual C.J. Richards Memorial presented by Carrara Masonry & Concrete.  The 19 year-old from Olmstedville, NY took the fourth round of the Northern Modified Challenge Series with the win, and was joined in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory lane during the evening by Josh Masterson, Shawn Duquette, and Bobby LaVair.

Mueller’s night almost ended as quickly as it began, as the engine in his No. 19 Mueller & Sons Heavy Duty Towing machine blew in a huge cloud of smoke early in his qualifying heat.  The Mueller team located and purchased a spare engine, then set to work in making the changeover.  With less than 10 minutes to spare before the green flag, Mueller pulled his car onto the starting grid.

A random draw set the field, placing Airborne Park Speedway regulars Nick Heywood and Jayson Criss on the front row.  Heywood was stout in the early going, leading the opening 23 laps despite heavy pressure from Leon Gonyo.  A restart gave Gonyo the jump on the outside lane, and he was able to distance himself from the field.

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Proctor Ends Winless Streak at Devil’s Bowl Mid-Season Championship

Branham wins wild Late Model show; Begor, LaVair take double-point victories

WEST HAVEN, VT – Ron Proctor waited nearly two years to carry a checkered flag at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, but the wait became worth it as the veteran driver won the double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championship in dominant fashion on Friday, July 18. Proctor headlined a list of winners that also included Bucko Branham, Jamy Begor, and Chris LaVair.

The outcome of the 25-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division was never in question, as Proctor’s No. 27 Charlton Oil/Timco Transportation Teo Pro car jumped from its outside-pole starting position to lead the opening lap, and was never challenged. It was the Charlton, NY driver’s first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory since August 2012.

Runner-up Jason Durgan of Morrisonville, NY ran lap times nearly identical to Proctor’s throughout the well-driven, caution-free race, but was never able to mount a serious charge. Joey Roberts and Todd Stone waged a long battle for third place with Stone making several outside-lane attempts in the final laps, but Roberts held on for the spot. Stone was fourth with Johnny Scarborough fifth.

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Stone Back On Top Entering Devil’s Bowl Mid-Season Championships

Late Model, Renegade leaders ahead by only one point; Driver autograph session scheduled

WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racer Todd Stone is in a familiar position entering Friday’s Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championships at Devil’s Bowl Speedway: Out front. The Middlebury, VT driver dominated the Bond Auto Parts Modified division in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action last season and though he holds the lead again this summer, his climb to the top hasn’t been as easy as it was a year ago.

In contrast to 2013 – when Stone won 10 of 17 races and only four other drivers carried the checkered flag during the season – parity has been the name of the game this year with seven different winners in the first 10 events. Stone’s 33-point lead on Leon Gonyo is far from safe with double points on the line at the Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championships; the main event pays a whopping 100 points for the victory, setting the stage for a potentially huge momentum shift. Joey Roberts, Vince Quenneville, Jr., and Ron Proctor are also well within striking distance of Stone’s lead.

The Late Model division is enjoying an ultra-close title fight as Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT leads young Emily Packard by just a single point with veteran driver Jamie Fisher only nine markers back. Each has seen victory lane this season, as has Robert Bryant, Jr. in fourth place. It’s the same story in the intermediate Renegade division, as 16 year-old Stephen Donahue of Graniteville, VT has an advantage of just one point on former champion Robert Gordon. Fast-improving rookie Scott FitzGerald of West Rutland, VT runs third.

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Packard Makes History, Quenneville Ends Drought at Devil’s Bowl

Packard youngest driver and first woman to win Late Model race at Vermont track

WEST HAVEN, VT – Emily Packard made stock car racing history at Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, July 11. The East Montpelier, VT native – who will enter her senior year at Union 32 High School this fall – set two records at the Rutland County track, becoming the youngest driver to win a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event in the Late Model division at 17 years, six months, 10 days, and by becoming the first woman to win in the division.

The night was not without other exciting moments; in twin feature races for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division, defending track champion Todd Stone notched his third victory of the season in the opener round, then veteran Vince Quenneville, Jr., ended a losing skid of nearly two years in the nightcap. Chuck Bradford was also a winner in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division for the third time.

Packard had been on the cusp of the landmark win all season, earning top-five finishes in all five previous races; her No. 9 Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels Ford led 62 laps and finished second one week earlier in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 100. Packard’s Friday night drive was a 30-lap, flag-to-flag romp, as she beat former Thunder Road champion and Devil’s Bowl feature winner Jamie Fisher of Shelburne, VT for the win, with Josh Masterson third. Packard’s U-32 high school classmate, Joey M. Laquerre, finished fourth in his second appearance of the season, with Robert Bryant, Jr., completing the top five.

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Monster Crowd Watches Masterson Edge Packard at Coca-Cola Firecracker

Gonyo wins Modified main; Lowrey is Renegade first-timer at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway provided the fireworks, but it was young Late Model stock car racing stars Josh Masterson and Emily Packard in charge of the show on Friday, July 4.  Masterson and Packard waged an exciting battle for the Coca-Cola Firecracker 100 victory that brought the largest grandstand crowd in the track’s asphalt era to their feet.  The enthusiastic fans also cheered winners Leon Gonyo, Richard Lowrey, III, Bobby LaVair, and Richie Turner during NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action.

Seventeen year-old Packard, of East Montpelier, VT, led much of the well-driven race, taking the lead from veteran Bucko Branham at lap 18.  She held the point as Masterson made his way through traffic and ran some entertaining laps with Branham, Jamie Fisher, Jamie Aube, and Brandon Atkins.  Bristol, VT racer Masterson, 22, was making big gains on Packard’s lead when the caution flag flew on lap 81, setting up a duel between them for the final 20 circuits.

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Mueller Rebounds with a Big Win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Fisher, McCarron, Donahue in winner’s circle

WEST HAVEN, VT – Jessey Mueller made a big statement at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, June 20. The Olmstedville, NY teenager rebounded from a disqualification just five days earlier, then drove from last place on the starting grid to win the 30-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified event presented by 105.3 Cat Country. Joining Mueller as NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature winners on the night were Jamie Fisher, Stephen Donahue, and John McCarron. The annual “Hometown Heroes” event honored all military, veterans, law enforcement, and first responders with free general admission.

Mueller, 19 years old, was forced to start last on the 13-car Modified field as a result of his penalty the week before. The task proved to be an easy challenge, as he quickly worked his way through the field. As Cody Sargen led the race, Mueller entered the top five one lap before the halfway point. A quick pair of caution periods at laps 20 and 21 – one of which dropped Sargen out of contention for his first win – were all Mueller needed, as he rocketed into the lead at the final restart and left the field in his wake.

The victory was the second of the year at Devil’s Bowl for Mueller. Joey Roberts of Fletcher, VT continued the best season of his career with his fifth-straight finish of fourth or better, taking the runner-up spot. Defending track champion Todd Stone was third, followed by Leon Gonyo and Vince Quenneville, Jr.
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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Announces Modified Disqualification

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has disqualified driver Jessey Mueller and the No. 19 car from the 101.5 The Fox Spring Green event held on Sunday, June 15. Mueller crossed the finish line in second place behind winner Todd Stone in the 30-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature race for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division.

The Mueller car failed to meet requirements for minimum engine height in post-race technical inspection. Mueller’s feature race finish has been disallowed and he has been stripped of all championship points and purse money earned in the race. Mueller must also start in last place in all Modified qualifying and feature races on Friday, June 20.

Leon Gonyo will inherit the runner-up finish in the main event following Mueller’s penalty. Joey Roberts is now the third-place finisher, followed by Ron Proctor and Jason Durgan.
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Brian Hoar Captures ACT Spring Green 114 Win

West Haven, VT – Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar earned his 40th career American Canadian Tour feature win with his Spring Green 114 victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT on Sunday, June 15. Hoar pulled by Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. on the final restart of the event and cruised to the win over the final eight laps. It was Hoar’s fourth Spring Green win.

Croydon, NH’s Aaron Fellows set the pace from the pole position for the first half of the event. He earned the pole position after securing a +5 in ACT’s unique plus/minus system. Through the early stages of the event Fellows held off Jamie Fisher, who challenged him every step of the way.

Polewarczyk steadily marched his way from his 9th place starting position to take over the lead just after halfway. He proceeded to build a healthy lead and worked his way through heavy lapped traffic until the event was slowed by the second caution on lap 100.

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Durgan Takes First Devil’s Bowl Modified Win; Late Model Checkers to Bryant

WEST HAVEN, VT – Jason Durgan became a first-time winner at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, June 6, taking the 30-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified event on “Facebook Friday” for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  Durgan, of Morrisonville, NY, headlined a winner’s list that included Robert Bryant, Jr., Robert Gordon, Jake Noble, Scott MacMichael, and Shawn Fountain.

Durgan, who was eliminated in a crash last week, benefitted from a pole position starting spot in the 30-lap main event and led every step of the way.  His No. 17 Clear Shot Satellite/Taylor Rental Teo jetted out to an early advantage, but that was wiped away with nine laps remaining as front-runners Todd Stone, Ron Proctor, and Jessey Mueller tangled.  Durgan was forced to fend off Vince Quenneville, Jr., at the restart, then drove to the landmark win.

Quenneville had his hands full with Leon Gonyo at the end of the race, and they finished in that order behind the winner.  Joey Roberts continued his strong start with a fourth-place finish, and Cody Sargen recovered from an early altercation for his first top-five finish in two years.  Mueller, Jamie LaFountain, Stone, Johnny Scarborough, and Proctor completed the top ten.
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Devil’s Bowl Three-peat for Sweet in People’s United Bank 100

Mueller stays hot with Modified checkers; Gordon, LaVair scoreIMG_6985


WEST HAVEN, VT – Nick Sweet continued his dominance of Vermont State Late Model Championship Series racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday night, winning the People’s United Bank 100.  The defending Vermont State Champion has now won in his last three visits to the Rutland County track.  His victory headlined a list of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series winners on the night that also included Jessey Mueller, Robert Gordon, and Chris LaVair.

IMG_6997Sweet, of Barre, VT, made up for a bitter defeat just five days earlier in the Vermont State Championship opener at his hometown track, Thunder Road, by leading every lap of the People’s United Bank 100.  Starting from the pole position by virtue of a field-high “+6” position gain in qualifying, Sweet stretched out to comfortable lead for much of the race.  A pair of 17 year-olds in Brandon Atkins and Emily Packard didn’t let Sweet take the win easily, however.

A caution period on lap 66 gave Atkins new life, and he stuck to Sweet for the remainder of the race.  Atkins made a bid for Sweet’s lead just before the race’s fourth caution on lap 82, then gave Sweet all he could handle during three quick restarts in the final four laps.  Atkins, of AuSable Forks, NY, finished second.

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