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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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Valenti Modified Racing Series Washed Out by Rainy Forecast at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Wet weather forecasted for Friday forces postponement

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will suffer its first rainout of the 2015 season on Friday, July 24, as a result of a wet forecast into the evening.  With showers and possible thunderstorms expected until at least 6:00 p.m., management from Devil’s Bowl Speedway and the Valenti Modified Racing Series have agreed to postpone the inaugural Newport Chevrolet-Buick-GMC 100.

“There are a lot of race teams and fans that were planning to travel from several hours away to come to Devil’s Bowl for the first time, and we want to give them the best experience possible,” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said.  “It would be a tall order to get the race track dry, give the race teams ample practice time, and get the racing underway much before 9:00 p.m., which would not be fair to anyone.”

The two groups are working toward a make-up date for the event, which will be announced as soon as possible.  The event was also scheduled to include four divisions from the track’s weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Heads To Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl

Canaan, NH. — The Valenti Modified Racing Series returns to the State of Vermont for the first time in five years, Friday night, July 24, when the series competes for the first time at Fair Haven’s famed Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The series last race in the Green Mountain State was May 2010, at Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl.

Friday’s race marks the halfway point of the season with Stafford Springs, CT, hot-shoe Woody Pitkat, riding a 34 point lead into Vermont over second place driver, Todd Patnode, of Richmond, NH, entering the Newport Chevrolet ‘100.’

Canton, MA, veteran, Richard Savary, and Ridgefield, CT ace, Todd Szegedy, are stacked third and fourth in the standings. Savary has tallied 208 points with Szegedy only four points behind. Both are entering the event.

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Set for Debut at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday

VMRS making first stop in Rutland County; “Christmas in July” Toy Donation Drive at track on July 24

WEST HAVEN, VT – History will be made at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday night, July 24, with the Newport Chevrolet-Buick-GMC 100 – the track’s inaugural event for the Valenti Modified Racing Series (VMRS).  The low-slung, high-horsepower, open-wheel VMRS Modifieds will make their debut on the Rutland County half-mile oval as the headline event, in addition to four divisions from the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.

Connecticut’s Woody Pitkat holds the VMRS championship point lead as he chases his first series title.  Pitkat has won a pair of VMRS events at Stafford Motor Speedway in his hometown this season, a track that drivers from several divisions of racing have called similar to the track layout at Devil’s Bowl.

Todd Patnode of Richmond, NH, the number-two point driver with VMRS, returns to Devil’s Bowl after winning a race in the former SK Light Modified division at the track last season.  Seekonk (MA) Speedway winner Richard Savary of Canton, MA ranks third, followed by Monadnock (NH) Speedway winner Todd Szegedy of Ridgefield, CT and former VMRS champion Chris Pasteryak of Jewett City, CT.

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Quenneville Keeps Tradition Going At Devil’s Bowl

Second Generation Driver Shows Well In Whelen All-American Series Points

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season enters its stretch run, a trio of familiar names are still atop the national standings as Keith Rocco remains out in front of Ryan Preece and Lee Pulliam.

While Rocco continues his quest for a second national championship there are several drivers near the top 10 who are making their names and track known throughout the country.

One of those is second-generation competitor Vince Quenneville Jr. The Brandon, Vermont, native joined fellow Devil’s Bowl Speedway competitor Greg Atkins in cracking the top 10 in the Division I national standings. The West Haven, Vermont, track is one of the most well-known short tracks in the country.

NATIONAL TOP 500  |  STATE/PROVINCE TOP 20

“I’ve been racing a long time and it’s neat to see my name near the top of the national standings,” Quenneville said. “We don’t have as long a season up here as the guys in the other parts of the country get to have so we have to really make our finishes count in every race.”

Atkins and Quenneville were both in the top-10 last week, and after the track’s annual off-week, the duo sits 11th and 14th, respectively, in this week’s standings.

Quenneville credits a new car in his recent surge in the standings and that has made a big difference.

“We got a new car a couple of weeks ago and we have won three of the four races I’ve entered since then,” he said. “It’s not really new, a 2012 model, but the car really seems to handle my driving style well and we’re looking forward to this upcoming weekend when we will race in three features.”

In addition to racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Quenneville makes the trip across the state line and competes at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York.

“My dad (Vince Quenneville Sr.) raced a lot a Devil’s Bowl and still holds the track record for consecutive feature wins at 16 in row,” Quenneville added. “I definitely got the racing bug from my late dad and hope we can win another track championship at our home track.”

Rocco (Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway, Thompson (Conn.) Speedway Motorsports Park, New London-Waterford (Conn.) Speedbowl) remains atop the standings for the sixth consecutive week and leads fellow New Englander Ryan Preece (Stafford, Thompson and Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway) by 43 points (640-597). Two-time national champ Lee Pulliam (Langley, South Boston (Va.) Speedways and Caraway Speedway, Sophia, N.C.) remains in third, nine points behind Preece.

Kres VanDyke (Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway & Lonesome Pine Raceway, Coeburn, Va.) sits in fourth place with Matt Bowling (Langley, Motor Mile (Radford, Va.) and South Boston) completing the top five.

Thomas Tillison (Flint Creek, Salina (Oklahoma) Speedways) is sixth with Jimmy Zacharias (Holland (New York) Motorsports Complex, Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome, Ted Christopher (New London-Waterford, Thompson, Stafford), Zeke Shell (Kingsport, Lonesome Pine) and Ronnie McCarty (Kingsport) complete the top 10.

The Whelen All-American Series points season will run through Sunday, Sept. 20.

The top three in the national standings, as well as state and province champions, track champions, top finishers in the Div. II-V and special award winners, will be honored at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards in December.

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 58 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participate.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

Current Top 25 National Standings
Pos Driver Track Starts Wins T-5 T-10 Points
1 Keith Rocco Waterford, Stafford, Thompson 26 8 19 22 640
2 Ryan Preece Stafford, Thompson, Riverhead 25 7 18 24 597
3 Lee Pulliam Langley, Caraway, Motor Mile, S Boston 27 13 22 24 586
4 Kres Vandyke Caraway, L Pine, Greenville, Kingsport, Motor Mile, Anderson 32 12 25 27 542
5 Matt Bowling Motor Mile, S Boston, Caraway, Langley 21 2 17 21 526
6 Thomas Tillison, Jr(R) Flint Creek, Salina 17 8 14 14 522
7 Jimmy Zacharias Holland, Chemung 15 7 14 15 467
8 Ted Christopher Waterford, Thompson, Stafford 24 4 11 14 464
9 Zeke Shell L Pine, Kingsport 18 2 15 17 454
10 Ronnie McCarty Kingsport 16 6 13 16 450
11 Greg Atkins(R) Airborne, Devil’s Bowl 17 0 12 17 446
12 Trey Gibson Anderson, Greenville 25 9 21 21 435
13 David Roberts Anderson, Greenville, Myrtle 27 4 21 25 432
14 Vince Quenneville Devil’s Bowl, Airborne 17 3 11 14 427
15 Josh Berry Greenville, Motor Mile, Hickory, Langley, S Boston 14 5 13 13 417
16 Kyle Barnes Anderson, Greenville, Motor Mile, L Pine, Kingsport 21 2 9 17 412
17 Craig Von Dohren Grandview 14 2 10 12 408
18 Rowan Pennink Stafford 13 5 10 11 401
19 Wayne Hale L Pine, Kingsport 24 0 12 22 390
20 Jacob Goede Elko 11 7 10 11 389
21 Greg Edwards East Carolina, Langley 17 5 10 16 383
22 Tim Brown Bowman 15 4 10 14 382
23 Steve Carlson Lacrosse 11 6 11 11 372
24 Duane Howard Grandview 14 3 7 11 359
25 Steve Holzkamper(R) Salina, Flint Creek 18 1 8 12 359

Sources: Tim Southers/NASCAR PR

Double Points on the line at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mid-Season Championships

Driver autograph session, RAVE hot rod show among highlights on Friday night

WEST HAVEN, VT – Local stock car drivers will feel double the pressure at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday night, July 10, as The Rutland Herald presents the annual Mid-Season Championships at 7:30 p.m.  Point values will be doubled, making every position twice as critical in all four divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.

Because of the greater point values, the Mid-Season Championship is viewed by many as a “make or break” event that sets up the second-half stretch drive toward the titles.  The winners of Friday night’s feature events will score 100 points toward the championship, with each subsequent position decreasing by four points.  Preliminary heat races are each worth 10 points to win.

The Bond Auto Parts Modified division has a four-way fight for the championship.  Ron Proctor, Vince Quenneville Jr., and Joey Roberts have each held the lead during the first half, while Greg Atkins lurks close behind in fourth place.  Entering the Mid-Season Championships, Charlton, NY racer Proctor holds a 12-point advantage on Quenneville, with Roberts 21 markers back and Atkins 27 behind.  The top-three drivers have each won races this season – Proctor twice – and Atkins has finished fourth or better in each of the last five races.  Leon Gonyo ranks fifth overall, 30 points behind Atkins.

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Quenneville Wins Intense Firecracker Special at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Therrien, McKiernan first-time winners

WEST HAVEN, VT – Vince Quenneville Jr. came out on top of a heart-stopping stock car holiday special at the Coca-Cola Firecracker 44 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, July 3. The Brandon, VT native and veteran Modified driver had a long and hard-fought battle with Joey Roberts, then held off a late charge from Ron Proctor for his first win of the season.  Other feature winners on the night for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere included Bobby Therrien, Jim McKiernan, Chris LaVair, and Jeff Murray.

Rookie Bob Kilburn led the opening nine circuits the 44-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified race before Roberts took command.  Quenneville broke free from traffic and chased Roberts down, and the two engaged in a thrilling duel before being joined by Leon Gonyo for a three-car fight.  Gonyo’s night came to an abrupt end at lap 34, though, when his car clipped the inside retaining wall and shot nearly head-on into the outside wall.

The fireworks on the track were just beginning, though, as Roberts and Quenneville came together at the ensuing restart, sending Roberts flying off the top of the first turn and bringing out the caution flag again.  Quenneville found a new dancing partner in Proctor with two restarts in the final nine laps, and was only able to break free from Proctor with two laps remaining.

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Durgan, Proctor Split Modified Twin Bill at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Bergeron back in Late Model victory lane

WEST HAVEN, VT – Jason Durgan and Ron Proctor shared the spotlight on Central Vermont Motorcycles Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, June 19, splitting victories in a pair of eventful Bond Auto Parts Modified stock car races. The division ran twin 30-lap features as part of a full card of racing for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere; other winners on the night included Chris Bergeron, Robert Gordon, Chris LaVair, Bob Seward, and Bob Donahue.

Morrisonville, NY native Durgan won the first Modified feature in dominant style, leading all but the opening two laps. He was all by himself up front when a restart with six laps remaining brought Leon Gonyo, Vince Quenneville Jr., and the rest of the field to his bumper, but he blasted away from the pack to cruise to the win. Quenneville, of Brandon, VT, squeezed by Chazy, NY racer Gonyo for the runner-up spot; Greg Atkins finished fourth with Ron Proctor fifth.

Proctor, of Charlton, NY, rode the outside lane in a wild, crash-marred nightcap. Whiting, VT’s Jimmy Ryan held a big lead over Cody Sargen and Proctor during a long green-flag run; Sargen held second as Proctor committed to the outside for more than 15 laps trying to pass. Proctor finally cleared Sargen at lap 24, just before contact from Durgan’s car sent Sargen hard into the concrete retaining wall at a sharp angle; Sargen was alert and walked with assistance to an ambulance before going to a local hospital for observation.

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ACT Awards Three Stars for People’s United Bank 100 at Devil’s Bowl

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason is used to decide the award recipients.

The Three Stars are chosen by ACT officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a race of their choosing during the 2015 season.

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PEOPLE’S UNITED BANK 100

The People’s United Bank 100 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, June 6 saw one of the most diverse fields of the 2015 ACT Tour season so far. In addition to the top Tour regulars, the starting grid included weekly competitors from Devil’s Bowl, Claremont Speedway in New Hampshire, and the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT, as well as several “outlaws” and part-time Tour competitors. Despite the relative infamiliarity between drivers, the ACT Tour staged one the cleanest events in recent memory. The 100-lap race went flag-to-flag without a caution, almost exactly one year after the last caution-free Tour race at Speedway 51 on June 7, 2014. In fact, the only incident of the day came in the final corner of heat 2!

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Polewarczyk Wins People’s United Bank 100 for First Devil’s Bowl ACT Victory

Branham and Rabtoy are first-time winners

WEST HAVEN, VT – American-Canadian Tour stock car driver Joey Polewarczyk Jr. waited a full year to make up for a bitter defeat at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, but the wait paid off on Saturday, June 6, as the defending ACT champion took down the caution-free People’s United Bank 100.  His victory was part of a four-division card that also saw Bucko Branham, Dylan Rabtoy, and Chris LaVair carry the checkered flag.

Hudson, NH racer Polewarczyk – known by the nickname “Joey Pole” – lost what appeared to be a sure ACT victory at Devil’s Bowl in 2014, getting beaten by Brian Hoar on a restart with just eight laps remaining.  On Saturday night, though, his drive to the win was not to be denied.  Polewarczyk started seventh on the 26-car field and conserved his tires in the first half of the race as Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, NH and Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet, each a three-time Devil’s Bowl winner, waged a see-saw battle for the lead.

Polewarczyk sliced through traffic after the halfway mark and used lapped traffic and superior handling to make his way past Sweet on the inside lane during the non-stop race.  He stalked Helliwell and then made the winning move on the outside at lap 75, driving away to a convincing victory.

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Polewarczyk Takes Third Win of Season in People’s United Bank 100

West Haven, VT – Defending American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. took his third win of the season in the People’s United Bank 100 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, June 6.

Hudson, NH’s “Joey Pole” worked his way up from the seventh starting position and got inside Tour point leader Wayne Helliwell Jr. on lap 74 of the 100-lap event. Pole completed the pass a lap later and motored away to win a caution-free race.

“You never really expect a race to go caution-free, but with this Tour, it can happen,” Pole said. “100 laps is kind of a short race for us, so our plan was to try and get to the front as quick as we could. But in the beginning I was battling with Travis Stearns and couldn’t really make much ground. So I backed off for a little while, and finally said ‘let’s try it again’.

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Veteran Drivers Dominate Devil’s Bowl Speedway Season Opener

Proctor, Gonyo, each 61, finish 1-2 in Modified 100

WEST HAVEN, VT – The youth movement was put on hold at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday night, May 9, as the two oldest drivers at the speedway ran away at the front of the pack. Two-time Bond Auto Parts Modified division champion Ron Proctor and long-time racer Leon Gonyo – each of whom turns 62 years old soon – finished 1-2 in the 100-lap main event kick off the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series campaign.

The race was the second of seven events in the two-track “Spring Championship Series” presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere. Charlton, NY veteran Proctor put on a clinic to win his qualifying heat, the bonus-points semi-feature, and the 100-lapper for a rare “triple crown” win.

Proctor had both a fast car and good fortune. He was running a close second to leader Bucko Branham at lap 46 when three lapped cars tangled in their path. Branham spun his car to avoid the crash, but a small electrical fire inside his car during the caution period put him out of the race; he was uninjured.

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Spring Championship Series Announced for Airborne Park, Devil’s Bowl Speedways

Yandow Sales & Service, John Deere partner with two NASCAR tracks for 2015 campaign

PLATTSBURGH, NY/WEST HAVEN, VT – Airborne Park Speedway and Devil’s Bowl Speedway have teamed up with Yandow Sales & Service of North Ferrisburgh, VT and John Deere in an exciting new partnership for the 2015 stock car racing season.  The two tracks will provide four divisions of racing in the locally-rebranded “NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere” and the season will begin with the new seven-event Spring Championship Series.

A new alternating weekly schedule introduced by the two speedways for the spring season will carry a $5,000 Spring Championship Series point fund provided by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.  The Spring Championship Series will run each Saturday night from May 2 to June 13, alternating between Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY and Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

“Airborne and Devil’s Bowl have gained a lot of new interest on both sides of Lake Champlain, and the spring schedule was designed to give people the opportunity to travel to both tracks on Saturday nights,” promoter Mike Bruno said.  “The weekly Friday-Saturday grind of the summer starts once school gets out in mid-June, and we wanted to give the race teams a little extra spending cash before that starts.  Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere stepping up to put the Spring Championship Series together will put some money in the racer’s pockets, and it’s an exciting program that will give the fans something extra to cheer for.”

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Season Preview

The postponed Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100 at Monadnock Speedway will host the Valenti Modified Racing Series season opener on May 2. It will be the first since 2006 that the series has opened their season at the New Hampshire quarter mile oval and where it started in April 2004. Kirk Alexander, the series winningest driver, will return to full-time competition. Reigning champion Justin Bonsignore and Art Barry will not defend their title, opting for weekly SK Modified racing at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway.

The 16 race schedule will visit Airborne Park (NY) Speedway, Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, Claremont (NH) Speedway, Devil’s Bowl (VT) Speedway, Lee USA (NH) Speedway, Monadnock (NH) Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

Stafford will host three races. Beech Ridge (August 1) Claremont (July 10) and Oxford (August 29, AIM Recycling Oxford 250 weekend) return, while Devil’s Bowl will be hosting its inaugural race July 24. The season finale is the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson October 17.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Fan Festival Returning to Downtown Rutland

Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce to host racecar show on May 9

RUTLAND, VT – The windows will rattle and the ground will shake in one of Vermont’s largest cities on Saturday, May 9 as the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce hosts the return of the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Fan Festival in Downtown Rutland, VT. The free-admission racecar show will give fans an up-close preview of the racing season and a chance to meet the drivers at Devil’s Bowl Speedway just hours before the season premiere in nearby West Haven, VT.

Cars and drivers from the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will line Center Street in the heart of the shopping, dining, and entertainment district of the city with gleaming machines from the Bond Auto Parts Modified, Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model, Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegade, and Portland Glass Mini Stock divisions. Fans can meet drivers, collect autographs, and enter to win tickets for the opening event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway that evening.

A panel of voters will also tally scores for the Best Appearing Car award in all four racing divisions, and the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce will also award the “Chamber’s Choice” trophy for the overall best appearing racecar.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Welcomes Contingency Partners

Bonus awards to boost winnings for drivers

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway competitors will receive a little extra for their efforts in 2015. The Rutland County race track will again reward racers in all four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing classes with contingency bonuses from several racing industry supporters.

The Bond Auto Parts Modified division welcomes Shiley Fabrication back for its second season. The Williamstown, PA racing parts manufacturer will offer $50 certificates to both the “Hard Charger” and “Hard Luck” drivers in each feature race during the year. The driver who advances the most positions will win the Hard Charger award, while the driver who has the toughest outing will take home the Hard Luck award.

Long-time Devil’s Bowl supporter Bond Auto Parts will present the Hard Charger award for both the Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegade and Portland Glass Mini Stock divisions, with $50 gift cards redeemable at any of the 45 Bond Auto Parts locations in Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, or Massachusetts.

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Flyin’ Jimmy Ryan Returning to Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Whiting veteran back home on both asphalt and dirt

WEST HAVEN, VT – Jimmy Ryan is coming home to Devil’s Bowl Speedway. One of Vermont’s most popular open-wheel Modified stock car drivers for many years, “Flyin’ Ryan” plans to end his hiatus from driving in 2015. He has recently taken delivery of a Teo Pro Car chassis, a brand new Chevrolet “602” crate engine, and has reclaimed his familiar car number 60 with the registration office.

Ryan plans to compete on both asphalt and clay, running in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) on the pavement, and in the Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli Sportsman Modified class in the five-race Optical Expressions of Berlin Dirt Track Series.

The Whiting, VT veteran’s most recent season of driving was five years ago. Ryan is highly regarded as a dirt track specialist – he was a frequent winner on the former half-mile clay track at Devil’s Bowl and was a two-time champion at Bear Ridge Speedway – but he won twice during the first year of the new pavement era at Devil’s Bowl in 2010 and picked up another asphalt victory at Albany-Saratoga Speedway that season.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Season Begins at Diamond Run Mall Event

Stock car show marks unofficial opening for Rutland County racing season

RUTLAND, VT – The stock car racing season opens – at least unofficially – on March 28-29 at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland, VT. Devil’s Bowl Speedway and some of its competitors will take part in the 14th annual Rutland Regional Racecar Show to bring the curtain up on the new year.

The Rutland Regional Racecar Show gives race fans an opportunity to see a variety of freshly prepared racecars and equipment up close, and to meet and speak with drivers from around the region. In addition to being one of the area’s leading shopping centers offering an array of national stores and brands, the Diamond Run Mall’s racing show is an annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes and March for Babies charities.

Several of the machines expected for the Rutland Regional Racecar Show are regular competitors at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, either in the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on the 1/2-mile asphalt oval, or in the Optical Expressions of Berlin Dirt Track Series on the new 3/10-mile clay oval. Cars expected at the show include open-wheel asphalt Modified racers driven by Jason Durgan, Cody Sargen, and rookie Bob Kilburn, and the dirt Modifieds of Johnny Scarborough and Chris Murray. Also expected are Kevin Loomis, the father-son team of Scott and Andrew FitzGerald, and others.

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 “Young Guns” Youth Racing Division to Debut at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Safety courses, driving school, races to be offered for aspiring racers age 10-14

WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racing’s youth movement has a new home in Rutland County, as Devil’s Bowl Speedway has announced the formation of the new Young Guns division.  The new class, sponsored by NEK Trophy, will utilize the same rules used in the track’s Portland Glass Mini Stock division and will offer supervised safety and driving instructions and real on-track racing experience for drivers age 10-14.

The Young Guns division has been created after three years of research and discussion with parties in the racing industry and beyond.  After receiving requests from several local families to consider a youth racing division, Devil’s Bowl Speedway owners Mike and Alayne Bruno got hands-on experience when their own son, who was 10 years old at the time, raced with a similar division in New Hampshire.

The Brunos have since worked closely with insurance regulators and Vermont government officials to create a structured program that allows young racers to compete in a safe, controlled environment.  Mandatory “school” sessions will be held at the track, and all aspiring Young Guns drivers must pass safety procedure and car control tests before being approved for competition.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Welcomes Divisional Sponsors in 2015

Rutland County businesses getting involved in stock car racing

RUTLAND, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on the rise as one of Vermont’s top family entertainment hot spots, and businesses in and around Rutland County are taking notice.  The region’s only dual-surface stock car racing facility welcomes several new and returning sponsorship partners in 2015 and is poised for continued growth with both its NASCAR-sanctioned 1/2-mile asphalt oval and its new 1/3-mile dirt track.

Bond Auto Parts has extended its sponsorship of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified division to a fourth consecutive year and will again present “Hard Charger” awards in the Renegade and Mini Stock classes.  Family owned and based in Barre, VT, Bond Auto Parts is among the country’s leading auto parts retailers and has partnerships with the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins, and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Bond Auto Parts supports Devil’s Bowl Speedway through its store on Strongs Avenue in Rutland.

Central Vermont Motorcycles increases its involvement in 2015, jumping up from the Mini Stock division to become the sponsor of the asphalt Late Model class.  Located on West Street in Rutland, Central Vermont Motorcycles’ powersports headquarters offers models from Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Honda, Kawasaki, Ski-Doo, Spyder, Suzuki, and Triton Trailers as well as a two-acre test track.  Central Vermont Motorcycles will also present the race event on Friday, June 19 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

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Champions Honored at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet

Stone, Pierson feted as Modified champs; Quenneville family receives John Bruno Award

IMG_7755RUTLAND, VT – More than 300 guests celebrated the 2014 stock car racing season on Saturday, January 31, as Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosted the annual Banquet of Champions at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, VT.  Top drivers and special award winners were honored for their achievements including Modified champions Todd Stone and Adam Pierson, and John Bruno Award co-winners Barbara Quenneville and Vince Quenneville, Jr.

Stone was recognized for his second straight Bond Auto Parts Modified division title in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.  The Middlebury, VT racer led the list of champions for the half-mile asphalt oval at Devil’s Bowl, and was joined on stage during the evening by Late Model champion Jamie Fisher, Renegade title winner Robert Gordon, and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock champion Chuck Bradford.

Pierson topped the title winners in the three-race “Battle at the Bowl” series on The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl.  The East Corinth, VT native copped his crown in the Sportsman Modified division, while Bill Duprey took Renegade honors and Rob Gioia won the Mini Stock championship.  Jessey Mueller of Olmstedville, NY was officially recognized as the champion of the eight-race Northern Modified Challenge Series, and Eric Messier took home hardware for his second consecutive Enduro Series title.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Champions to be Crowned in Rutland

Stone, Pierson top honorees at Banquet of Champions

WEST HAVEN, VT – Champion stock car drivers and top performers will be honored in Rutland, VT on Saturday, January 31, as Devil’s Bowl Speedway officially wraps its 2014 season at the Banquet of Champions at the Holiday Inn Rutland/Killington.  Nine drivers will collect championship hardware as many others are recognized for their achievements.

Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT will be presented with awards for his second straight track championship in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division.  Stone’s four-win season topped all others in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at the facility’s asphalt half-mile oval.  Sportsman Modified racer Adam Pierson of Bradford, VT will be crowned the inaugural champion of the new Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl, a one-third-mile clay oval located in the infield of the asphalt track.

Other champions in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action include Late Model ace Jamie Fisher of Shelburne, VT, Robert Gordon of Milton, VT in the Renegade class, and Addison, VT’s Chuck Bradford in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division.  Fisher and Bradford are first-time champions at Devil’s Bowl, while Gordon backs up his first title from 2012.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Reveals Diverse 2015 Schedule

Asphalt and dirt events run May to October in 49th season

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has released an exciting new 19-event stock car racing schedule for its 49th season in 2015, providing something for fans of all types of action. From May to early October, 14 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events will be contested on the half-mile asphalt oval with an expanded five-event slate on the new one-third-mile clay surface on The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl.

The racing calendar was built with the changing schedules and budgets of race fans, families, and teams in mind, and works hand-in-hand with sister track Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY as well as other area raceways. Devil’s Bowl and Airborne will run on alternating Saturday nights in the spring before regular Friday night racing begins after many of the area’s high schools conduct graduation ceremonies.

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The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season opens with a bang on Saturday night, May 9 as the headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division runs a 100-lap race with the Late Model, Renegade, and Mini Stock classes also in action. The Renegades take their turn at center stage on Saturday, May 23, running their first-ever 100-lap race at Devil’s Bowl.

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Sportsmanship, Most Improved Nominees Announced for Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Banquet of Champions at Holiday Inn in Rutland on January 31

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will officially wrap up its 2014 stock car racing season with the annual Banquet of Champions on Saturday, January 31. The event will again be held in the Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Rutland/Killington in Rutland, VT.

Champions and top drivers from the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series asphalt half-mile, the inaugural “Battle at the Bowl” dirt track series, the Northern Modified Challenge Series, and the Enduro Series will be honored, along with several special award winners.

For the first time, winners of the annual Sportsmanship Awards and the all-new Most Improved Driver Awards in each of the four NASCAR divisions will be decided upon by a vote of competitors, track officials, and media. A total of 37 drivers have been nominated for the awards.

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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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