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.