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“Fireball” Roberts Takes Topless Win on Hot Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Masterson remains unbeaten in Late Models

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Joey “Fireball” Roberts got a much-needed victory on a hot and sunny evening at the half-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, June 18.  Roberts outdueled Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified point leader Jason Durgan in the final laps of a special “topless” race for his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series win of the season.  Other winners at the event were Josh Masterson, Scott FitzGerald, Brad Bertrand, Bill Kemp, and Angie Bullock.

The Modifieds had a different look and feel, racing without roofs in the “topless” event.  After forgettable results in the first three races of the year, Roberts, of Fletcher, Vt., found the altered body style to his liking and his No. 50x Friend Construction/Body LeBronze-sponsored Bicknell chassis ran up front for most of the 30-lap feature race.  Several caution periods slowed the race after some spins and a multi-car fracas, and Roberts was forced to contend in the final laps with Morrisonville, N.Y., racer Durgan.

Durgan tried to find a way past Roberts on both the inside and the outside lanes as the laps ticked away, but fell just short and settled for the runner-up finish; the result was his fourth podium finish in as many races.  Ron Proctor of Charlton, N.Y., was involved at no less than two of the caution periods but persevered for a third-place run.  Vince Quenneville Jr., who was penalized for his involvement in one crash, came from the back of the pack to finish fourth, with Travis Bruno fifth.

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

SCoNE Sprints added to Sunday, June 5 makeup race date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Up Next for ACT US Competitors

Masterson, Therrien, Packard Early Challengers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Quenneville Opens Devil’s Bowl Speedway Title Defense With Victory

Masterson, FitzGerald, Wood also take opening night wins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rutland, Vt., dairy renews agreement for second season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ACT Releases 13-Event 2016 Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asphalt and Dirt Track drivers to be honored in Rutland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brown leads tight title race; support division specials on tap

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

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

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

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

Region’s best to race for record purse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rescheduled Vermont 200 Finale Ready to Go at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Late Model 100, Modified Twin 50s set for Saturday, September 19                                                              

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway fans will get to enjoy an extra week of the asphalt stock car racing season at the rescheduled Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Championship finale on Saturday night, September 19 at 5:00 p.m.  Qualifying was completed last week before rain washed out the main events, but clear skies and warm temperatures are predicted for Saturday’s big program of racing for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.

A pair of extra-distance 50-lap feature races will decide the Bond Auto Parts Modified division title between Ron Proctor and Vince Quenneville Jr.  Brandon, VT veteran Quenneville trimmed a single point off Proctor’s lead during preliminary racing last weekend, leaving Proctor – a former two-time track champion from Charlton, NY – with a slim four-point advantage entering the finales.

Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT has a comfortable 49-point lead in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model class and a solid finish in the division’s annual 100-lap finale will give him his first championship.  Robert Bryant Jr. has had his most successful season to date and holds a nine-point lead on second place ahead of Todd Stone, who will pull double-duty in both the Late Model and Modified divisions on Saturday night.

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NEAR Media Award to St. Louis

Justin StLouis photoJustin St. Louis, a motorsports writer for three Vermont daily newspapers, is the winner of the New England Antique Racers’ Mitchell/Ratta Award. The prize will be presented at the New England Antique Racers Hall of Fame 18thinduction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT. 

A native Vermonter, St Louis is a contributor to the Burlington Free Press, the Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. He is also a play-by-play announcer on the Radio Vermont network of stations. A member of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame advisory committee, he has been covering auto racing since attending Thunder Road and Catamount Stadium as a teenager.

The prize memorializes two of New England’s greatest motorsports writers – Charlie Mitchell of the Norwalk (CT) Hour and Jack Ratta of the Manchester (NH) Union Leader. 

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Former NEMA Champion Butch Walsh Passes Away

Frederick T. Walsh

HYANNIS – Frederick T. (Butch) Walsh died at Cape Cod Hospital on Aug 22, 2015.

Butch was born in Dover, MA, in 1941, to the late Thomas and Alice Walsh.

He was a skilled automotive technician, and champion motor racer in modifieds, super modifieds, midgets, sprints and motorcycles.
Butch was the 1966 NEMA rookie of the year, 1973 NEMA leading driver, and 1994 Grand National Champion N.E. Short Track. Three term president of NEMA and a member of NEMA Hall of Fame.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Asphalt Finale Postponed by Rain

Vermont 200 championship events moved to Saturday, September 19

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has postponed its asphalt stock car racing season finale toSaturday night, September 19 due to rain.  Extra-distance feature events will be run to close out the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Championship Weekend, and champions will be crowned for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.

First-round qualifying races were completed on Saturday, September 12 before wet weather moved into the area overnight.  Morning showers and a forecast for continued rain throughout the day on Sunday forced the postponement.

Racing has been moved to Saturday night, September 19 at 5:00 p.m.  All two-day grandstand tickets and pit area wristbands will be honored.  In case of rain on Saturday, one final attempt to complete the event will be made on Sunday, September 20 at 1:30 p.m.

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Ryan Opens Vermont 200 Weekend with Victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Championship finales ready for Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

WEST HAVEN, VT – Jimmy Ryan kicked off the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Championship Weekend with a long awaited checkered flag on “Shootout Saturday” at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Ryan led a parade of stock car drivers through victory lane in a series of bonus races following first-round qualifying for the annual year-end asphalt championship event. The main events will be run on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Ryan’s win came in a special 10-lap shootout for non-feature winners in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division. The veteran from Whiting, VT fought off an early challenge from Billy Lussier before stretching out his lead and taking the win, which came just two weeks after getting his car upside down.

“After the year we’ve had, I’ll take a win any way I can get it,” Ryan said in victory lane. Lussier finished second ahead of Jason Furman, Bob Kilburn, and Dave Snow.

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Big Names Gunning for Big Wins at Vermont 200 at Devil’s Bowl

Championships, prestige on the line at year-end asphalt event

WEST HAVEN, VT – Some of the region’s best asphalt stock car drivers are headed to Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Championship Weekend on September 12-13.  While most will chase the checkered flag, a handful will try to complete their drive to become champions in the finale for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.

Ron Proctor and Vince Quenneville Jr. will finally settle their red-hot battle for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division through qualifying events on Saturday, September 12, and a pair of extra-distance, 50-lap feature races on Sunday, September 13.  Charlton, NY veteran Proctor, the point leader and a former two-time champion, found success in this event last year by winning one of the Twin 50s.

Quenneville, of Brandon, VT, has four wins in 2015 to Proctor’s two, but Proctor has collected more bonus points during qualifying heats and semi-feature races.  The title contenders have finished within one position of each other in seven of the last 10 feature races, and they enter the finale just five points apart.

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Four for the Four: Veteran Gonyo Wins Again at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Mini Stock racer Bradford sets new consecutive win record for asphalt track

WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racing’s youth movement took a back seat at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, September 4, as the elder statesmen showed the way.  Leon Gonyo drove to his fourth win of the season to highlight the Heritage Family Credit Union “Member Night” program for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.  Other winners included Bobby Therrien, Robert Gordon, and Chuck Bradford, though all results in all divisions have been deemed unofficial pending technical inspection and review.

Driving a car with the familiar number 4 on its doors, Chazy, NY veteran Gonyo blasted away from the field to grab his fourth Bond Auto Parts Modified victory of the year in the 30-lap main event.  Rookie Bob Kilburn had the best showing of his freshman year by leading the first 11 laps before the race’s lone caution period, after which Gonyo seized the lead and cruised to an easy win.

Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY survived a scare when his car dipped its right-side tires off the backstretch early in the race but rebounded to finish second, with Vince Quenneville Jr. of Brandon, VT third.  Kilburn held on for a career-best fourth-place finish with Jimmy Ryan fifth.  At 49 years old, Quenneville was the youngest driver among the top five finishers.

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Vermont 200 Weekend Offering Big Purses at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Extra payout, extra laps in all divisions at asphalt championship finale

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is putting up big money for its annual Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Championship Weekend on September 12-13.  The season finale for the Rutland County asphalt half-mile oval will boast extra-distance races for fans and extra cash for drivers as it crowns the champions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.

More than $29,000 in total prize money – nearly triple the regular weekly purse – has been posted for the two-day show.  Devil’s Bowl’s home track favorites in four divisions will square off against each other as they run after the track championships, and they will likely face a handful of outside invaders as well.

Saturday, September 12 features first-round qualifying for the Bond Auto Parts Modified, Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegade, and Portland Glass Mini Stock divisions, and special “Non-Winners Shootout” races for all divisions including the Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Models.  The day is capped off by the annual Vermont 200 bonfire and barbeque party – free for all who purchase a race ticket or pit pass.

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Tremont Completes Weekend Sweep on Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Douville rides the top for SCoNE win; Older, Severance carry checkered flags

WEST HAVEN, VT – Kenny Tremont Jr. thought he had done it all in dirt track Modified stock car racing, but found out that there were still some “firsts” left for him to achieve.  His victory on Vermont Army National Guard Night at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, August 9 was the headline moment of a four-division card for the Berlin Optical Expressions Dirt Track Series that also saw Danny Douville, Darrell Older, and Justin Severance win.

A winner of more than 300 races and over 30 championships during his long career, Tremont went wire-to-wire in the 35-lap feature for the Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli Sportsman Modifieds on Sunday.  He topped a field of 25 starters to become the first driver to win more than one feature race in the Sportsman class since the new 3/10-mile Dirt Track opened at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in September 2014.

The win completed a four-race weekend sweep for Tremont, which he believed to be a career-first; the West Sand Lake, NY veteran won Friday’s Modified feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, took both the Big Block Modified and Small Block Modified features at Lebanon Valley Speedway on Saturday, and bookended the run with the Sportsman score at Devil’s Bowl.

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Gonyo Scores C.J. Richards Memorial Modified Victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

White is eighth different Late Model winner

WEST HAVEN, VT – Veteran stock car driver Leon Gonyo visited victory lane in nostalgic and appropriate fashion at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, August 7, winning the fourth annual “C.J. Richards Memorial” presented by Carrara Masonry & Concrete. Other winners on the night included Chad White, Robert Gordon, Chuck Bradford, and Cory Gray in action for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.

Chazy, NY racer Gonyo, 63, was a frequent winner in the mid-1980s under the former Champlain Valley Racing Association headed by the late Richards, who founded Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 1967. On Friday night, Gonyo strung together a three-segment low total score of eight points to take the overall victory in the race bearing Richards’ name.

Gonyo won the opening 22-lap segment for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division to score one point in the cumulative tally. Vince Quenneville Jr., of Brandon, VT, finished second to score two points, followed by two-time Modified champion Todd Stone, who was making his first Modified start of the season. Ron Proctor was fourth with Dave Snow fifth.

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Kids Race Car Rides, Modified Twin 20 Shootouts at Devil’s Bowl Friday Night

“Christmas in July” toy donation drive to be made up; schedule adjustments announced

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will return from its annual summer break – which lasted a week longer than planned due to Mother Nature – on Friday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. with one of the fan-favorite events of the stock car racing season.  Allen Pools & Spas and the Thomas Dairy Kids Club present the annual Kids’ Race Car Rides as part of a jam-packed four-division card for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.

The Bond Auto Parts Modified division will stay busy with a special “Twin 20” format of double feature races.  Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY will try to defend his point lead in exciting, shootout-style, 20-lap sprints, and will square off against fellow title contenders Vince Quenneville Jr., Joey Roberts, and Greg Atkins.

Bristol, VT’s Josh Masterson chases his first career championship in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model division and leads Robert Bryant Jr. and Todd Stone.  Robert Gordon of Milton, VT tops Scott FitzGerald in the Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegades, and five-time winner Chris LaVair of Gabriels, NY has a comfortable advantage over his father, Harold LaVair, in the Portland Glass Mini Stocks.

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