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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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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

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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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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Racing Tonight

Hello everyone,

We just wanted to spread the word that Devil’s Bowl Speedway is STILL ON for tonight, Friday, May 30 at 7:00pm!

The sky is blue and the radar looks good for the People’s United Bank 100, Round #2 of the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series!

Also on the card are the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series:
–Bond Auto Parts Modifieds
–Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stocks
–Kids Poster Contest – Prizes in three age groups!

Thanks for your support of Devil’s Bowl Speedway – We’ll see you TONIGHT!
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Devil’s Bowl Speedway All Wet Again

Memorial Day Special event rained out; features to be rescheduled

WEST HAVEN, VT – Rain has won again at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, giving Mother Nature her third victory in four tries this season. The Memorial Day Special event scheduled for Friday, May 23 has been cancelled due to inclement morning weather and a continued forecast of rain throughout the evening.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is back in action on Friday, May 30 at 7:00 p.m. with the People’s United Bank 100 for the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series. The event also features the Bond Auto Parts Modified and Central Vermont Mini Stock divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The Renegade division has also been added to the event.

The Enduro Series race that was scheduled for May 23 has been rescheduled to Friday, June 6. The rained out feature events for the Modified, Late Model, and Mini Stock divisions will be added to other dates during the season; official rescheduling information will be announced soon.

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“Fireball” Roberts Takes Devil’s Bowl Modified Opener

Masterson, Bradford, Jaycox also at Whelen Engineering/Mobil 1 event

IMG_6290WEST HAVEN, VT – Joey “Fireball” Roberts held off a strong challenge in Bond Auto Parts Modified stock car action to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season opener at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, May 18.  The victory came on Whelen Engineering/Mobil 1 Opening Day, an event postponed two days by wet weather.

Roberts, of Fletcher, VT, easily won his qualifying heat race, but had his hands full with Jessey Mueller during the 35-lap main event.  Olmstedville, NY driver Mueller made several attempts at taking the lead from Roberts, but was forced to settle for the runner-up spot.  Roberts’ victory was the third of his career.

Defending track champion Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT finished third.  Two-time champion Ron Proctor was fourth, with young Jamie LaFountain a career-best fifth.  Leon Gonyo, Jason Durgan, Vince Quenneville, Jr., Codie Aubin, and Cody Sargen completed the unofficial top 10 finishers in order.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Postponed to Sunday Afternoon

Whelen Engineering/Mobil 1 event to run Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m.

WEST HAVEN, VT – Mother Nature has again delayed the 2014 season opener at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. A predicted 80% to 100% chance of rain showers at race time on Friday, May 16 has forced track officials to postpone the Whelen Engineering/Mobil 1 event.

The event is now scheduled for Sunday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m., conditions permitting.

“It appears that there’s no possibility for racing on Friday night, so we will make every effort to get the opener in on Sunday afternoon,” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said. “However, we urge everyone to stay tuned to our various media partners and social media outlets throughout the weekend in case of changes.”
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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Releases 101.5 “The Fox” Spring Green 114 Schedule

Devil’s Bowl Speedway – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change)
101.5 “The Fox” Spring Green 114 – Sat./Sun., May 3/4, 2014

7:30am Center Street Closed to Traffic – Arrive Downtown/Unload/Parking
9:00am Car Show Begins
11:00am Pit Stop Contest
12:00pm Car Show Ends – Parade to Hauler Parking Lot
1:00pm Pits Open at Devil’s Bowl Speedway
1:30pm Center Street Re-Opens to Traffic
Modifieds, Renegades, Mini Stocks, SK Lights, Devil’s Bowl Late Models
5:00pm Pits Closed

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Helliwell Leads ACT to Devil’s Bowl

Two-time and defending American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH finds himself atop the ACT Standings as the Tour heads into its third event of the season, the Spring Green 114 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this Sunday, May 4. Helliwell is fresh off a $5,000 victory at Thunder Road last weekend and headed to one of his favrite tracks on the ACT schedule, the ½-mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

Helliwell claimed his first career ACT victory during the 2012 running of the Spring Green event at Devil’s Bowl. He then scored both ACT wins at the speedway last season, including the Spring Green 113 by a nose over eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar. All three wins helped him on his way to back-to-back ACT Championships.

“It definitely puts on a little extra pressure coming into this event winning the last three at Devil’s Bowl, but we try to look at each race as a new race and not think about what happened last season,” said Helliwell. “We’ve learned quite a bit about the new tire, new shock and our new car over the last two races and the momentum from the win at Thunder Road helps, but the competition has learned too.”

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101.5 The Fox Presents Spring Green Weekend in Rutland County

Rutland’s Rock Station to present Devil’s Bowl Speedway opener for third straight year

carshow_1200RUTLAND, VT – The spring air will be filled with two awesome sounds when Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens its gates on May 3rd and 4th – racecars and rock music. Rutland’s Rock Station, 101.5 The Fox, will present the weekend festivities of the Spring Green stock car event for the third consecutive year, and welcomes the Rutland County community to get to know the stars of the American-Canadian Tour and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Spring Green weekend opens Saturday, May 3 with the third annual Downtown Fan Festival on Center Street in the heart of Rutland City. Fans have the opportunity to see racecars up close and meet the drivers at a free car show beginning at 9:00 a.m. The annual Pit Stop Competition cranks the dial up at 11:00 a.m., putting the skills of the mechanics to the test in a timed two-tire changeover. The show goes out with a rumble at 12:00 noon when the engines fire up for a rolling sendoff through the streets of Rutland.

Sunday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m., the racecars are unleashed at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in nearby West Haven for the 101.5 The Fox Spring Green. The event is a northeastern racing favorite, featuring the very best regional ACT stars and the local heroes of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Wayne Helliwell, Jr., nipped Brian Hoar in the closest recorded finish in ACT history (.027 seconds) in last year’s Spring Green, and Todd Stone kicked off a record-breaking season with a win in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division.

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Helliwell Trying for Devil’s Bowl Grand Slam at Spring Green

ACT Champion seeking third straight Spring Green, fourth consecutive win at Devil’s Bowl


WEST HAVEN, VT – Wayne Helliwell, Jr., is aiming for a piece of stock car racing history at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The two
-time American-Canadian Tour champion will attempt to win a Devil’s Bowl “Grand Slam” by becoming the first driver to ever win four consecutive ACT Late Model Tour races at a single track when the series rolls in for the 101.5 The Fox Spring Green 114 on Sunday, May 4.

Helliwell, of Dover, NH, is undefeated in ACT’s last three appearances at the fast half-mile, winning the Spring Green in 2012 and 2013, as well as the St. Jude Children’s Hospital 150 last July. Should he pull off the four-peat, he’ll achieve something that ACT legends Brian Hoar and Jean-Paul Cyr could not; Hoar won three-straight at both Thunder Road in Barre, VT and Canada’s Circuit Riverside Speedway, and Cyr won three in a row at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY, but each fell shy of a fourth consecutive win.

“We never expect to win anywhere,” said Helliwell, who has cut back to a partial ACT schedule this season but says the Spring Green was the first race he circled on his calendar. “My team and I love the place and we’ve been successful there, but we’ve had some luck go our way, too.”

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Three Stars of the Race Bonus Announced for ACT U.S.

Hebert, Ashline, Packard Honored

 The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a “Three Stars of the Race” award program for the 2014 race season. The program is designed to recognize three “non-podium” race teams who have had an outstanding race. Finishing position is not necessarily a criterion. The award will be based on team and/or individual effort. The award may be presented to the team based on an achievement by a crew member, crew chief, spotter, driver or owner.  

 A panel of race officials will select three stars at each 2014 point-counting event, the International 300 to be held July 20, 2014 at the Airborne Park Speedway, the Bond ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2014, and the Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl held at Thunder Road on October 4-5, 2014.

The teams picked will each receive a coupon for a free American Racer Tire valued at $125.00. From the various winners, one team will be selected as the single most outstanding star of the season. That team will be awarded $1,000.00 at the annual ACT Banquet of Champions.

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Pre-Season Practice Schedule Changes

PRACTICE CANCELLED: The practice session scheduled for Saturday, April 19 has been cancelled due to wet grounds and a forecast calling for cold temperatures and rain/snow.

The practice session scheduled for Saturday, April 26 has also been MOVED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 25. Pit gates will open at 12:00 noon for technical inspection, and practice will be open from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Cost will be $20 per person.

The track is also available for rental – 4 hours for $150 – call (802) 236-9141.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Forms Alliance with Airborne Park Speedway

 Devil’s Bowl owner Bruno accepts management position at Airborne

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PLATTSBURGH, NY – Two of the North Country’s prominent asphalt stock car racing tracks – Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT and Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY – will be closely aligned in 2014. Devil’s Bowl owner Mike Bruno and Airborne owner Jamie Atkins have formed a partnership aimed at strengthening both tracks for the immediate and distant future.


Bruno has accepted a management position at the 4/10-mile, D-shaped Airborne Park Speedway. Effective immediately, Bruno will assume the roles of Race Operations Manager and Competition Director at Airborne, working closely with Atkins, general manager Sherm Hamel, the veteran Airborne staff, and race teams in all divisions at the speedway. Bruno plans to activate similar strategies at Airborne that have helped to significantly improve Devil’s Bowl Speedway since he took control of the track in October 2011.

Both tracks are sanctioned by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and both tracks feature similar racing classes with many of the same competitors in their weekly programs. Bruno brings intimate knowledge of the NASCAR program and has many long-lasting relationships at the track from his years as a competitor; he won championships there in 1997 and 2006.

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Bergeron Aiming for Devil’s Bowl Speedway Repeat

Veteran is first Late Model driver to seek back-to-back championships

WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racer Chris Bergeron isn’t backing off any time soon. In his first season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway last summer, the veteran driver posted four victories and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division championship. He wants even more success this year, and he’s willing to get it the hard way.

“I’m going for it,” Bergeron said. “If there’s an opening on the outside lane – even if I only have a ten-percent chance of passing the car in front of me – I’m going to try.”

A sizzling summer-long battle with rookie Josh Masterson came down to final lap of the season, and Bergeron won by just four points. The Claremont, NH runner says he won the championship – the fifth of his career – with a mix of hard-charging runs, respect for his competitors, and a touch of perspective.

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VT State Late Model Championship Sees Changes in 2014

Labor Day Replaces Governor’s Cup

Waterbury, VT – The four race Vermont State Late Model Championship series, which boasts an $11,000 point fund, will see changes in 2014. The series, which features four events split between Vermont’s only two paved oval speedways, will now include the Labor Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road on the schedule, instead of the Vermont Governor’s Cup as in years past.

The Vermont State Late Model Championship was created in 2012 and hosts two races each at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven and Thunder Road in Barre. Once again the series will kick off with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 25. The 1/4-mile portion of the series will conclude with the Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, August 31. The Labor Day event will also be the final Thunder Road Late Model point-counting event for 2014.

The Devil’s Bowl 1/2-mile will host a 100-lap event on Friday, May 30 and conclude the series with another 100-lap event during the Vermont 200 weekend on Sunday, September 14. For the third season, the Vermont State Champion will be crowned following the September event at Devil’s Bowl. Past VT State Champions were Dave Pembroke in 2012 and Nick Sweet last season, who each picked up a $2,000 point fund check.

Sources: ACT PR

2014 Vermont State Late Model Championship
# Day Date Event Track Laps
1. Sunday May 25 Memorial Day Classic Thunder Road 100
2. Friday May 30 Devil’s Bowl 100 Devil’s Bowl Speedway 100
3. Sunday August 31 Labor Day Classic Thunder Road 200
4. Sunday September 14 Vermont 100 Devil’s Bowl Speedway 100

Devil’s Bowl Rules Meetings Rescheduled for February 1

Renegade, Mini Stock, Kart Series meetings to be held prior to Banquet of Champions

RUTLAND, VT – Informational meetings for stock car and go-kart competitors at Devil’s Bowl Speedway have been rescheduled for Saturday, February 1 at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, VT. The meetings were postponed from their original January date and have been slated to the afternoon prior to the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions.

The “town meeting” style forum will be open to all race drivers and teams interested in competing in the developmental classes at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT in 2014. Times for the divisional meetings are as follows:

· Renegade – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
· Mini Stock – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
· Kart Series – 2:00pm to 3:30pm

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Nick Lascoula Pursuing Late Model ROY, Legends Car Title

Abington Driver Advancing to Late Models

Defending Seekonk Legends Car champion Nick Lascuola of Abington, MA will have a busy racing season ahead. “I plan on racing a full Seekonk Friday Legends schedule and go for a second championship in a row along with the full Seekonk schedule on Saturdays for Late Models and go for Rookie of the Year in that and a win or two,” Lascuola said. “Those are the plans and goals for 2014 for me.”

Lascuola also plans to enter three American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model races – Lee USA on April 12-13, Devil’s Bowl on May 4 and October 4-5 at Thunder Road for the Milk Bowl. All three tracks are new for him. “(I) have been watching a lot of YouTube videos as of the moment,” Lascuola said. “Sometimes the best way is to watch others. (The) tracks look like a lot of fun.”

For the second consecutive year, Lascuola is entered in the Champion® Spark Plugs Search for a Champion Contest. Now through February 2, visitors to the Search for a Champion Contest site can vote for their favorite driver. Nearly 400 contestants are vying for $125,000 in racing sponsorship. 15 will be given $5,000 in sponsorship, with the Grand Prize worth $50,000.

“Last year I was an honorable mention,” Lascuola said. “(I) finished just out of the top 15, but it was a great chance to help get me exposed to a wider audience. “It was pretty cool (when I) won a $500 gift card.”

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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NASCAR to Honor Stone’s National Rookie Title this Week

Devil’s Bowl Speedway Champion to be Recognized at NASCAR Hall of Fame

CHARLOTTE, NC — Devil’s Bowl Speedway champion Todd Stone will be feted as one of the country’s most accomplished stock car drivers on Friday, December 13, as he is honored during an awards ceremony for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS). The black-tie gala will be held in the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, featuring top short track racers from more than 50 NASCAR-sanctioned tracks in the United States and Canada.

Stone, of Middlebury, VT, will be celebrated as the National Rookie of the Year presented by Jostens, a title he secured on the strength of a record-shattering 10 victories in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division at NASCAR-sanctioned Devil’s Bowl Speedway. As a first-time NWAAS Division I license holder, Stone outpaced asphalt Late Model drivers Bobby McCarty of South Boston (VA) Speedway, Cole Williams and Matt Wallace of Lebanon I-44 (MO) Speedway, and dirt Modified driver Frank Cozze of Grandview (PA) Speedway for the national rookie championship.

Stone will also collect awards for his Devil’s Bowl Speedway track championship and NASCAR Vermont State Champion and Rookie of the Year titles. He finished 30th in NWAAS Division I national championship standings. Combining point funds and special awards, Stone is expected top $8,000 in post-season winnings.

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ACT 2014 Schedule Released

Waterbury, VT — The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular ‘special’ events on the calendar.

The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. “It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.

The home of the ACT, Thunder Road International Speedbowl will host its only point counting event with the Merchants Bank 150 on opening weekend April 26-27. Next up will be the historic Spring Green 114 to be held at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, May 4. This will be the fourth opening day Spring Green event at the super fast ½ mile oval.

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LaFountain Tops List of Devil’s Bowl Speedway Rookies Masterson, Bushey, Bradford also to be crowned

IMG_3884RUTLAND, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will toast top local stock car drivers from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at its annual Banquet of Champions on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Among the competitors to be honored on stage are Rookie of the Year winners from each of the track’s four weekly racing classes. The Banquet of Champions will be at the Holiday Inn Rutland/Killington in Rutland, VT.

Twenty year-old Jamie LaFountain of Keeseville, NY will collect Rookie of the Year honors for his efforts in the headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division. LaFountain built a consistent record in his first year of racing at Devil’s Bowl, finishing in the Top 10 in nine of his 17 feature starts and taking 12th in the overall championship standings. He outdistanced Bruce Schwab and Emily Quinn for the freshman crown.

Bristol, VT driver Josh Masterson posted three Late Model victories on his way to the division’s Rookie of the Year crown. Feature winner Brandon Atkins finished a close second followed by Johnny Scarborough, Seth Bridge, Carol Parker, and Tommy Eriksen, Jr.

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