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Let’s Talk Racing Returns

Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT has brought back  Let’s Talk Racing on their Facebook page. The semiweekly live show features promoter Mike Bruno and public relations director Justin St. Louis. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series facilitiy is returning to a 1/2 mile dirt oval next season on Sunday nights.

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Hallstrom Earns Rookie of the Year Award and Championship Runner Up at Devil’s Bowl

Inside Line Promotions – WEST HAVEN, Vt. (Sept. 6, 2017) – Evan Hallstrom ended his rookie season strong, earning three more top fives during the final two weekends of the season to capture the Rookie of the Year Award and the runner-up position in the championship standings at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Two weeks ago Hallstrom and the Hallstrom Motorsports team took to the half-mile asphalt oval for the final points night of the season, which featured two 25-lap feature events.

“We made several good practice laps before the race to get the car dialed in for the night’s twin-25 races,” he said. “The car was really, really good. We only made a small adjustment before the heat races and feature events.”

In the first feature, Hallstrom scored a third-place finish.

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Tremont Claims Eighth Devil’s Bowl Speedway Championship in Wild Stove Depot 100

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Kenny Tremont Jr. needed a good bit of luck and circumstance to help him win his eighth track championship at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, and he got both to fall his way on Labor Day.  After an early crash, the West Sand Lake, N.Y., driver dug himself out of a hole to win a wild, gloves-off finale and clinch the Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified title over Tim LaDuc.  Four other champions were also crowned at the 3/10-mile Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl: Lacey Hanson, Chris Murray, Chris Charbonneau, and Austin Chaves.

Tremont and LaDuc entered the final point-counting event just five points apart at the top of standings; LaDuc cut the lead to four points after qualifying heats.  Although they finished 1-2 in The Stove Depot 100 later in the evening, things were not easy for either driver.  While LaDuc ran strong early, Tremont’s iconic No. 115 car spent the majority of the main event playing catch-up.  Tremont crashed twice in the early going, forcing him to pit road during a caution period.  When he joined the field for the restart, Tremont was mired in 20th-place and stayed stuck in traffic for several laps.

Randy Howe and Jimmy Ryan both had very strong cars in the first half of the race being falling out; Howe led the first 33 laps, and Ryan paced the field for 16 circuits, each stretching out to substantial leads.  Adam Pierson – making just his second Devil’s Bowl start of the season – took the lead at the halfway mark.  With 64 laps complete, close-quarters racing and no shortage of contact among the lead pack opened the bottom lane momentarily, and the charging Tremont zoomed from sixth place into the lead in the blink of an eye, sending the crowd into hysterics.

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Hallstrom Records Another Podium Finish at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Inside Line Promotions – WEST HAVEN, Vt. (Aug. 22, 2017) – Evan Hallstrom is eyeing his first victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this Saturday when he and the Hallstrom Motorsports team will return to action.

Hallstrom has been a contender to reach Victory Lane at the track as he earned his second podium finish at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Aug. 12 during his most recent race. Hallstrom took advantage of additional testing prior to his fifth race of the season.

“Although I’m getting more and more comfortable behind the wheel, we still wanted to get some more testing in to run good laps consistently and improve my driving ability,” he said. “We encountered a brake issue in practice, but luckily were able to get that fixed before the racing began.”

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Rabtoy Claims Wild Super Stock 50 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Proctor, Lussier split Modified Twin 20s

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Dylan Rabtoy is emerging near the forefront of Vermont stock car racing’s youth movement, and on Saturday, August 19, he scored another victory for the youngsters at The Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The 18-year-old from Swanton, Vt., topped the list of winners during the annual “C.J. Richards Memorial” event presented by Rutland Regional Medical Center, which also included Ron Proctor, Billy Lussier, Roo Forrest, Lynn Denton, Cory Gray, and Nate Corcoran.

Rabtoy’s win came in an exciting 50-lap feature race for the Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The majority of the race was an exciting battle between second-generation stars Rabtoy and rookie Kelsea Woodard. In just her fourth start in the Super Stock class, 16-year-old Woodard led the first three laps before Rabtoy got to the front. Rabtoy officially led every lap at the start/finish line from that point until the checkered flag, but the pair traded the point several times in the corners and the straights throughout the event.

After a two multi-car crashes earlier in the race, it all came apart during a restart on lap 48 when the cars Woodard and third-place driver Jared Blake made contact and collected Scott FitzGerald and Tony Salerno, with all four sailing off the top of Turn 2; Jim McKiernan also incurred damage in the incident, which necessitated a red flag period for a lengthy cleanup. Two more crashes after the restart prompted race officials to cut the race one lap short due to time constraints.
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Rookie Payea Dominates Devil’s Bowl Speedway for First Win

Forrest takes Mini Stock special; Germain gets first Super Stock victory

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Dylan Payea may be a rookie Late Model stock car driver, but he certainly did not drive like one on Saturday, August 12, as he dominated for the first win of his career at The Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  Payea trounced the field on Heritage Family Credit Union “Member Night” to highlight an event that also saw R.J. Germain and Roo Forrest score meaningful victories.

Payea, of Henniker, N.H., led the 50-lap Driven Transport Late Model Series race from the drop of the green flag and stretched out to a nearly quarter-track advantage before the race’s lone yellow flag flew for debris with 37 laps complete.  Robert Bryant Jr. mounted a serious challenge on the outside lane at the restart, and even crept ahead to lead lap 39, but Payea fended him off and sped away to collect the win.

Bryant settled for second place, ahead of a torrid battle for the final podium spot.  Rookie Evan Hallstrom, 15, fought tooth-and-nail with Seth Bridge for much of the second half of the race, and their clash became physical as the laps clicked away.  Hallstrom narrowly beat Bridge for third place, with Rich Lowrey Jr. a close fifth.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Returning to Dirt Racing Full-Time in 2018

Asphalt era closing with Late Model 100 on September 2; ACT event canceled

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is going back to its roots: Full-time dirt track racing will return in 2018.  After eight years with an asphalt half-mile, with the last four years running with both asphalt and dirt layouts, the Rutland County facility will have an all-new half-mile dirt surface for its 52nd season.

The changeover marks the third period in the speedway’s history that dirt racing will be held on a half-mile surface; the track was similar in its first four seasons from 1967 to 1970 and again from 1975 through 2009.  Asphalt racing has been held on the half-mile oval twice, from 1971 through 1974, and most recently from 2010 to the present.  A 3/10-mile dirt track was built in the infield of the half-mile in 2014 and has operated simultaneously with the asphalt track since then.

The asphalt surface will remain intact as a solid base.  A fresh new layer of natural Champlain Valley clay, which will be excavated from the speedway property in West Haven, will be laid down over the asphalt beginning in early September.  About half of the width of the current infield dirt track will be also used, creating a racing surface approximately 75-80 feet wide with progressive banking in the corners.  Should time and weather permit, an open test session will be held on the new surface in the fall.

In addition to the surface change, initial plans also call for an infield pit road to be constructed for use in long-distance races, and early preparation is underway to raise the height of the grandstand bleacher seating in order to provide a better viewing experience for race fans.  Racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway will continue under sanctioning from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the eighth consecutive year in 2018.

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Rain Cancels Devil’s Bowl Speedway Saturday Asphalt Race

Sunday Dirt Track Double Features still on

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has canceled its Asphalt Track racing program on Saturday, August 5, due to rain and saturated grounds.  The event was scheduled to be the sixth annual “C.J. Richards Memorial” sponsored by Carrara Masonry & Concrete for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, along with an Enduro Series race.

The C.J. Richards Memorial race for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 19, as part of the Rutland Regional Medical Center’s annual “Hometown Heroes” Night.  The Enduro Series race has also been added to the program.

Racing at the Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway is still on as scheduled for Sunday, August 6, with double features for the Sportsman Modified, Super Stock, Mini Stock, and Catamount Mini Sprint divisions presented by Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli.  General admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors (62+), $5.00 for teenagers (13-17), and free for kids age 12 and under. Gates open at 5:00 p.m., and racing begins at 6:00 p.m.

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Tremont Back-to-Back at Devil’s Bowl Dirt Track

Murray makes it three straight in Super Stocks

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Kenny Tremont Jr. keeps stacking up victories at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The veteran stock car driver put on a clinic at the 3/10-mile Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl on Sunday, July 30, winning his second-straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race on Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night.  Other winners during the event included Chris Murray, Chris Conroy, Aaron Mulready, and Bill Putnam.

Tremont, of West Sand Lake, N.Y., started 12th in the 35-lap feature race for the Central Vermont Motorcycles division and quickly moved forward on the smooth, dry-slick track.  Hard-luck driver Jimmy Ryan took command at lap 4 after polesitter Tomas Kimball spun out, and ran the best race of his season, but was no match for Tremont and gave way at lap 22.

Tremont blistered the pack over the final 13 circuits to wrap up his second consecutive win at Devil’s Bowl and third on the season.  Ryan held on for a season-best runner-up finish, turning his campaign around in fine shape.  Tim LaDuc bounced through two crashes but drove a fast car to the front and ended the race in third place.  Justin Comes rode the outside lane to fourth place, and Randy Howe completed the top five.

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Rabtoy Wins Super Stock Thriller at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Soucy takes Northeast Mini Stock Tour 50

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Dylan Rabtoy is keeping things interesting at The Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  The young stock car driver won his second NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race of the season on Community College of Vermont Night on Saturday, July 29, and further tightened an already-close battle for the championship.  Also in the winner’s circle during the night were Jarrod Soucy, Cam Gadue, and Stephanie Roberts.

Rabtoy’s triumph came in the 30-lap feature race for the Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock division.  The 18-year-old Swanton, Vt., native started in third place and ran in second for most of the event, trailing leader R.J. Germain.  As nearly every car in the field bounced off another, Rabtoy reeled in Germain and point leader and defending champion Jim McKiernan caught them both.  Rabtoy stole the lead from Germain with 10 circuits remaining, but McKiernan dogged him the whole way home.

After a long green-flag run, caution periods on laps 26 and 27 gave McKiernan two chances to wrestle the lead away, and he certainly made an exciting effort at it.  Rabtoy anticipated McKiernan’s moves, though, and held him off in an electric run to the checkered flag for his second win of the season.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Adjusts Remainder of Asphalt Track Schedule

Sportsman Modified schedule scaled back

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has announced a list of changes to the remainder of the 2017 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing schedule for its 1/2-mile Asphalt Track. Three divisions will alternate status as the weekly “headline” class for the balance of the season, in order to provide fans and race drivers with the best value for their dollar.

The changes begin this Saturday, July 29, on Community College of Vermont Night. The high-speed, four-cylinder racecars of the visiting Northeast Mini Stock Tour will be the main attraction, while the Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock division will take top billing among the weekly classes with an extra-distance 30-lap feature race. The Portland Glass Mini Stock and Ladies Mini Stock divisions will also be on the card, along with the popular Thomas Dairy Pit Area Tours at intermission.

General admission pricing has been slashed on Saturday, July 29, to just $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for seniors (age 62+). Teens age 13-17 are always admitted for only $5.00, and kids 12 get in for free at all events. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with the first green flag at 7:00 p.m.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division has been removed from the July 29 program and will see the remainder of its championship schedule scaled back. The class has seen declining car counts in recent years and the 2017 season has been particularly difficult. As such, the Sportsman Modified championship schedule will wrap up with races on August 5 and September 2.
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Hallstrom Captures Third Top-10 Finish of Season During Debut at Speedway 51

Inside Line Promotions – NORTHUMBERLAND, N.H. (July 12, 2017) – Evan Hallstrom captured another top-10 result last Saturday during his late model debut at Speedway 51.

Hallstrom competed at the track last year in the Dare Devil Division, but has since moved up a class to race in the Late Model division. That’s the class he competed in at the quarter-mile track.

“It was different to be back at Speedway 51,” he said. “We’ve been used to racing a half mile all season so going back to a quarter mile took a little bit to get comfortable with again.”

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Announces Asphalt Super Stock Penalties

Dirt Super Stocks given extra week off on July 23

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has announced three penalties in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock division, following the 20-lap feature race held on its 1/2-mile Asphalt Track on Saturday, July 8.  In addition, a change in the racing schedule for the Super Stock division on the 3/10-mile Dirt Track has also been made.

Technical inspectors examined the suspension systems on the cars of the top five drivers in the Asphalt Track point standings – Dylan Rabtoy, Eric Messier, Jim McKiernan, Scott FitzGerald, and Brett Wood – following the race.  McKiernan was the race winner with Rabtoy second, Messier third, FitzGerald fourth, and Wood seventh.

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Hallstrom Charges from 13th to Sixth in Second Start at Devil’s Bowl

Inside Line Promotions – WEST HAVEN, Vt. (July 11, 2017) – Evan Hallstrom had an impressive result on June 24 during only his second late model race of the season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

The Hallstrom Motorsports team made the trip to the paved oval early in the weekend to get additional practice and seat time before the heat and feature race.

“It was a really good weekend for us,” Hallstrom said. “We were able to make adjustments in practice and learn from that to add to our notebook moving forward in the season.”

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Boyle Gets First Career Pro Truck Win in Milestone Dirt Race at Devil’s Bowl

Sportsman Modified racer LaDuc takes “Vince Quenneville Sr. Memorial 38”

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Jimmy Boyle picked the right night for his first career win with the Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series, topping the field in an exciting event at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, July 9.  Boyle came out ahead in the “Dirty 30” to win the first dirt race in the history of the Pro Truck group, and was one of five drivers to visit victory lane during the annual double-points Mid-Season Championship event.

Boyle, of East Windsor, Conn., started on the outside of the front row for the 30-lap Pro Truck race and watched as Andy Lindeman – a former dirt Modified driver and a heavy favorite entering the night – pull away and lead the opening eight laps.  Lindeman’s truck slowed suddenly, however, setting up an outstanding duel for the lead between Boyle and Dave Koenig.

The top spot officially changed hands four times in the next six circuits as Boyle and Koenig crossed the start/finish line, but the pair swapped the lead several times per lap in between.  Boyle took over for good one lap before the halfway mark, but Koenig held close to him until spinning out of contention with four laps to go.  Eric Finkbein Jr. and Gerard Girodano Jr. entered the battle at that moment and challenged Boyle again during the final restart with two laps left.

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Noll Rolls from the Pole at Devil’s Bowl

Quenneville takes double-points Modified win

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Duane Noll made history before a big crowd at The Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, July 8, winning the first-ever race in Vermont for the Mr. Rooter Pro Truck Series.  Drivers and fans persevered through heavy afternoon rains for the jam-packed, six-division event presented by Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand and Brown’s Quarried Slate that also featured a gigantic fireworks display and the annual Thomas Dairy Kids Bicycle Giveaway.

The Pro Truck Series kicked off its dual-surface doubleheader “Fast ‘N’ Dirty Weekend” event with the “Fast 55” on the 1/2-mile paved oval on Saturday night, and veteran driver Noll, of Monroe, Conn., was the cream of the crop all night long.  Noll won the pole starting position by virtue of having the fastest lap in pre-race practice, then jumped out front at the green flag and never looked back, leading all 55 laps in a well-driven, caution-free race.

Young Long Island driver Gerard Giordano Jr. kept a close distance to Noll in the first 40 circuits, but lost contact with him in lapped traffic near the end of the race.  Giordano took the runner-up position with Frankie Dumicich Jr. completing the podium.  Josh Stringer came from mid-pack at the start to finish a strong fourth, with Eric Finkbein Jr. rounding out the top five.  Frank Dumicich Sr. finished sixth, followed by Dave Koenig, Rick Ashlaw, Caleb Cashman, and Jim Thompson.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Moves Sunday Fireworks Event to Monday Night

Fireworks and dirt racing postponed to Monday, July 3; SCoNE cancels appearance

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has pushed its “Coca-Cola Firecracker” Dirt Track racing program and Vermont’s biggest fireworks display back by one day due to saturated grounds.  The event has been moved from Sunday, July 2, to Monday, July 3, with a new starting time of 7:00 p.m.

Heavy rains on Saturday caused major flooding in the region and left parts of the Devil’s Bowl facility – including Turn 2 of the Dirt Track – under as much as four feet of water.  The water has drained sufficiently, but the track was left in no condition for racing.  Speedway crews began work just before 12:00 noon on Sunday to aerate the entire clay surface and are confident that the track will be in good shape for racing on Monday night.

Monday night’s event will include the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks, along with the wild-and-crazy Enduro Series and a massive fireworks display.  The annual Thomas Dairy Kids Bicycle Giveaway will also be on the card at intermission.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Postponed to Monday @ 7:00 PM

Due to saturated grounds from yesterday’s heavy rains, we have been forced to postpone tonight’s Dirt Track racing and fireworks event to tomorrow night, Monday, July 3 at 7:00 p.m.

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Marcuccilli Battles Past Davis for Win at Outlaw

Third Different Sportsman Series Central Region Winner in Three Races

DUNDEE, NY – June 20, 2017 – Dave Marcuccilli used the track position a lap 27 restart afforded him and won a side-by-side battle with Ronnie Davis III to claim a victory in the DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region Feature at Outlaw Speedway on Tuesday night. Marcucciili’s victory completed a perfect night with a fast time in qualifying and a heat race win. He also became the third different winner in three Sportsman Series Central Region races this season.

The race started with Tyler Thompson and Davis on the front row while Marcuccilli and Nick Guerrerri were in row two. Davis grabbed the early lead while Marcuccilli and Guerrerri engaged in a hard-fought battle.

“I think he was on the outside of me and I didn’t see him there, so I kind of crowded him up a little bit,” Marcuccilli said. “He dove down into one and made a little contact. It is what it is. You get down in there and it gets a little rough. It’s no big deal.”
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DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region Heats Up

Three Races In Two Weeks Starts Tues. June 20
CONCORD, NC – June 16, 2017 – The DIRTcar Sportsman Series Central Region is about to get busy with three races scheduled in two weeks beginning on Tuesday, June 20 at Outlaw Speedway. The Series will then travel to Can-Am Motorsports Park on Wednesday, June 28 and Weedsport Speedway on Monday, July 3 for the Sportsman Classic.
The Central Region has completed two races so far this season at the end of April where Todd Root picked up a victory at Fulton Speedway on April 28 and Rock Warner claimed a win at Utica-Rome Speedway on April 30. The Series averaged more than 40 cars through the first two events with nine different drivers earning top-five finishes.
“Fulton and Utica-Rome saw great car counts and very competitive racing,” says Cory Reed, DIRTcar Sportsman Series director. “We expect the same at Outlaw, Can-Am, and Weedsport.”

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Johnson Makes King of Dirt Series History

Calabrese Wins Ron Casey Memorial Sportsman Shootout

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Marc Johnson made history on Tuesday, June 13, at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, winning the first-ever race for the new King of Dirt Series (KOD) Small Block Modified tour. “The White Knight” from Guilderland, N.Y., sailed through the 40-lap “Vermont Modified Mayhem” event sponsored by A-Verdi Storage & Office Solutions, to kick off the new series with a $3,000 victory.

Johnson started seventh and navigated his way through limited visibility on a dusty surface in the early laps. Five caution flags slowed the pace in the first nine laps, but action picked up once the race got into a rhythm and the dust lifted. Johnson was tested by Jessey Mueller on four restarts in the final 26 laps – including a green-white-checker restart with two laps left – but held his ground up front for the big payday.

Olmstedville, N.Y., driver Mueller, an 11-time winner on the 1/2-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl, ran in second place for most of the race and matched his career-best finish in dirt competition as the runner-up. Allison Ricci of New Paltz, N.Y., ran inside the top five all race long and parked her Halmar Racing entry on the podium in third place. Tim Fuller came out on top of a late battle with Kenny Tremont Jr. for fourth place.
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Howe Perfect in Devil’s Bowl Dirt Track Win

Bell wins tough Midget race

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Randy Howe was picture perfect at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, June 11.  The Lebanon, N.H., veteran hit every mark, led every lap, and earned his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory on Whelen Engineering Night.  Howe topped a six-division show that also saw Bill Duprey, Jason Porter, Sami Sargent, Alex Bell, and Robert Griffin all make stops in victory lane.

Howe had some good luck to go along with a strong car in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified division.  He drew the number-one starting position for both his qualifying heat race and the 35-lap main event and was able to stay there the entire night.  A rash of early caution flags in the feature race gave the rest of the field several attempts at taking Howe’s lead away, but the former Devil’s Bowl 358-Modified winner and multi-time champion in his native New Hampshire never faltered.

Only Kenny Tremont Jr., after working his way from the 10th starting spot, was able to mount a serious challenge for Howe, but could not find a way past Howe on the dry slick track.  Tremont took runner-up honors with Vince Quenneville Jr. a solid third.  Jackie Brown Jr. rebounded from an early crash to finish fourth, while Bobby Hackel charged from 14th to fifth place.  Chad Miller, Justin Severance, and Justin Comes were next in line, and Mike Block drove from 21st to finish ninth.  Billy Lussier completed the top 10 runners.

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Given and LaDuc Big Winners at Devil’s Bowl “Rumble”

Given wins $1,000 demo derby with “16-hour car”

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Hunter Given and Tim LaDuc, both of Orwell, Vt., came out on top of an action-packed day at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, June 10, taking the biggest victories at the “Rutland County Rumble” event.  Given won $1,000 by coming out on top of a wild Demolition Derby, while LaDuc swept the triple crown in the headline Altered Farm Tractor class of the four-division Truck & Tractor Pulls.

Seventeen-year-old Given was the best of the 25-car Demolition Derby field.  The youngster – who is a rookie driver in the weekly Mini Stock division at Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s regular Saturday night Asphalt Track stock car events – capped off a busy 24-hour period in style with his metal-crunching victory.

Given’s parents purchased for him a well-used 2002 Chevrolet Prizm on Friday evening, and by lunchtime, on Saturday the car had been transformed into a derby machine.  Given’s “16-hour car” was the last one running, beating out Mark Billings Jr. of Swanton, Vt., in a cat-and-mouse run in the finale.

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Edwards Crowned King, Hanson Makes History at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Packed house watches Vermont dirt track opener 

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – It’s sometimes better to be lucky than good, but Chad Edwards found out that it’s even better to be both at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, May 28.  A big crowd got its money’s worth at the action-packed event and saw Edwards survive a rough race to win the “Green Mountain State Clash” for the King of Dirt Series Sportsman Modifieds and Lacey Hanson make history as the first woman in Vermont racing history to win a Sprint Car race.  Joey Trudeau and Jason Porter were also in victory lane during the event.

Edwards, of Mayfield, N.Y., was one of a track record 42 Sportsman Modified drivers on hand for the Devil’s Bowl dirt racing season opener, which also kicked off the traveling King of Dirt Series and the DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Eastern Region.  Aggressive driving and a soft track surface played a factor in the main event, leading to rash of caution flags late in the going, but the racing was competitive throughout the distance.

Cody Bleau of Defreestville, N.Y., led the opening 20 laps from the pole position, collecting $400 in lap leader bonus money in the process.  Kenny Tremont Jr. took command at lap 21 and was challenged by Scott Duell and Rocky Warner, and that trio battled in close quarters for several laps.

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Modified Ace Proctor Doubles Down at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Ron Proctor has made one thing clear: The asphalt track title at Devil’s Bowl Speedway will have to go through him.  The longtime stock car driver and former two-time champion made it back-to-back wins at the Vermont track to open the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season on Saturday, May 27, taking his second dominant score in a row.  Also winning at the event were Jim McKiernan, Brad Bertrand, Connor Watrous, and Richie Turner.

Proctor’s victory came in a 50-lap feature event for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division, which featured an experimental format for the first time.  The race was run in three stages, with Billy Lussier easily winning the first 20-lap leg and $250.  After a random re-draw done by fans to line up the middle round, Vince Quenneville Jr. dominated the second stage – a 15-lap sprint – and also copped $250.

Quenneville drew an invert pill of “six” after his victory to set up the final 15-lap dash, putting Charlton, N.Y., driver Proctor on the pole for the third stage.  For the second week in a row, Proctor quickly drew away from the field and stormed to the victory and a quick $500.  Jason Durgan of Morrisonville, N.Y., rebounded from a miserable outing at the season opener to take second place, and Joey Roberts of Fletcher, Vt., was third.  Lussier and Jackie Brown Jr. completed the official top five finishers.
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Canadian Bouvrette Last to First in ACT Spring Green Win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Proctor dominates Sportsman Modified opener

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Jonathan Bouvrette blew the field away at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, May 20, driving from last on the 27-car starting field to win the 43rd annual “Spring Green 117” event for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT).  The Blainville, Québec driver’s memorable march started with a flat tire on the starting grid, but ended with his career-first victory in the United States.

Bouvrette was scheduled t o start 14th but ducked into the pit area for a tire change during pre-race pace laps.  As he began his climb through the field, fellow Québec driver Dany Trépanier ran up front in a fierce, showstopping battle with Vermont drivers Bobby Therrien and Scott Payea.  The trio banged fenders and beat on doors as they weaved through lapped traffic, thrilling the large crowd as Dillon Moltz and Rich Dubeau also became players in the front of the pack.

Bouvrette’s No. 41 Traffic Tech/Motos Illimitees Ford entered the picture late in the going, joining the lead group at a restart on lap 76.  He picked cars off one by one on the outside lane, eventually drawing even with leader Therrien with 20 laps remaining.  Bouvrette took the lead at lap 98 and withstood a final restart five laps later to sail to the win.

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“Joey Pole” Returning to Honor Curley at ACT Spring Green at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Former ACT champion announces plans to compete as salute to mentor

WEST HAVEN, VT – Joey Polewarczyk Jr. will pay tribute to a stock car racing legend on Saturday night, May 20, when he returns to American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model competition in honor of the late Tom Curley.  Known by racing fans across the country as “Joey Pole,” the former champion will make his first ACT start of the 2017 season at the “Spring Green 117” event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

The Spring Green marks the first ACT race held since Curley – the series’ innovative and award-winning founder and president – passed away on May 5 after a years-long fight with COPD.

Polewarczyk, of Hudson, NH, started his ACT career at age 14 after being granted a special age exemption by Curley; at the time he was the youngest driver in ACT history.  Now approaching his 28th birthday, Polewarczyk is one of New England’s most popular and accomplished drivers.  Polewarczyk owns 19 ACT victories and the 2014 championship, as well as wins with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and the Granite State Pro Stock Series.  He has also won the Oxford 250, the Vermont Milk Bowl, the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and several other prestigious races, and often credits lessons learned from Curley as a key to his success.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Postpones “Rutland County Rumble” to June 10

Spring Green tries again on May 20

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has been bitten again by Mother Nature, and has been forced to postpone the inaugural “Rutland County Rumble” presented by Down And Dirty on Saturday, May 13.  The highly anticipated event was scheduled to host an afternoon of Truck & Tractor Pulls followed by a Demolition Derby in the evening.

The weekend’s weather forecast calls for heavy rain and forces the second event postponement in as many weeks to open the season at Devil’s Bowl.  In addition, recent rains have left the track’s clay surface extremely soft and would put the quality of the program in jeopardy.

As a result, the Rutland County Rumble has been rescheduled in its entirety to Saturday, June 10.  Pit area gates will open at 9:00 a.m. with general admission grandstands opening at 11:00 a.m.  The pulling portion of the event will begin at 12:00 noon with Altered Farm Tractors, Super Stock Trucks, 2.6 Pro Diesel Trucks, and 2.5 Diesel Trucks.  The Demolition Derby for four- and six-cylinder cars will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m.  The event is sponsored by “Down And Dirty” which promotes a tobacco-free lifestyle for young Vermonters.

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A-Verdi to Present King of Dirt Small Block Modified Race at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

New era begins for KOD as 358-Modifieds return to Vermont on Tuesday, June 13

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway will help usher in a new era in 2017 for the King Of Dirt Racing Series, and the excitement surrounding the KOD organization has helped to usher in a new partnership at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The Vermont track welcomes A-Verdi Office & Storage Solutions to present the first-ever KOD “358” Small Block Modified race in history on Tuesday night, June 13.

The event kicks off the brand-new tour for Rob Hazer’s KOD group, which will complement championship schedules for KOD’s Sportsman Modified and Pro Stock divisions. While all three classes will run at the Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in highly-anticipated events in 2017, the 40-lap inaugural for the Elmo’s Auto Body King of Dirt Small Block Modified tour has been the talk of the town.

A-Verdi Office & Storage Solutions will be the presenting sponsor of that event, putting an official title on a working relationship that began in earnest several years ago. Devil’s Bowl Speedway has utilized storage containers and services from A-Verdi since 2013, and in addition to supporting the KOD race, the family owned and operated company will be an official season-long partner at the facility in 2017. Based in nearby Washington County, N.Y., and serving most of Vermont as well New York State, the A-Verdi Office & Storage Solutions group has been a big supporter of several forms of motorsports for many years.

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Car Show Heading to Downtown Rutland on May 21

See the cars and meet the stars in two locations

RUTLAND, Vt. – The City of Rutland, Vt., will once again host the cars and stars of Devil’s Bowl Speedway and the annual “Devil’s Bowl Downtown” car show on Sunday, May 21.  Stock car racing machines and local drivers will be on hand for the fun, free, and family-friendly event in the heart of Vermont’s third-largest city, which coincides with the City’s annual “Blessing of the Bikes” charity event.

The Devil’s Bowl Downtown event is a favorite among fans of all ages.  Speedway officials, the Downtown Rutland Partnership, and the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club bring together motorcycle riders and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competitors from Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 1/2-mile Asphalt Track and 3/10-mile Dirt Track for an exciting day of interaction with racing fans, gearheads, and newcomers.

The day begins at Rutland’s newest restaurant, Ground Round Grill & Bar, coming soon to the site of the former Ponderosa Steakhouse on U.S. Route 7.  Racecars are on display from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and then the show moves to Center Street and Merchants Row in Downtown Rutland at 11:00 a.m.  Fans can see the cars up close, meet the drivers, and greet the Red Knights as they arrive around 12:30 p.m. for the annual Blessing of the Bikes.  The Downtown portion of the show also offers dining, shopping, and entertainment options for everyone.

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