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.