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Junghans fights off USMTS foes for Devil’s Bowl Speedway victory

June 27th, 2015

MESQUITE, Texas-Grant Junghans could teach Mike Tyson a thing or two about what it means to be a fighter.

On a warm night in Mesquite, Texas, Wednesday, his exceptional fighting skills were on display for all to see as he claimed a hard-fought victory at the Devils Bowl Speedway in the main event for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

The 26-year-old from Manhattan, Kan., sat on the pole for the start of the 30-lap race on the ultra-fast, high-banked historic half-mile dirt oval and immediately jumped out to a commanding lead in the first few laps of the race.

Following a caution on lap 6, Junghans again bolted away from the field but this time he had company as Triston Dycus mounted a challenge for the lead while making it a two-car breakaway.

Dycus, from nearby Waxahachie, Texas, made his presence known to Junghans and got underneath the leader on several occasions and even nosed ahead to lead the 22nd lap, but Junghans continued to keep him at bay and never gave him the bobble he needed to wrestle away the top spot for good.

Junghans never relinquished the lead again and took the checkered flag with Dycus following in his tire tracks.

“The track was pretty dominant on the bottom,” Junghans said in victory lane. “When he started showing his nose I was thinking ‘Man, he’s gonna take away the line and I’m gonna have to suck in behind him for second,’ so I just kept fighting and fighting and fighting. I kind of chopped him a little bit, but I just had to keep on that bottom.

“I figured I’m just going to slow up and make him either run me over or go around me.”

Fighting. It’s something Junghans has been doing pretty much every day since his first and only other United States Modified Touring Series win on Aug. 11, 2009, at the LA Raceway in La Monte, Mo.

He was diagnosed with cancer in February of 2010, and in the five-plus years since he has fought the disease off and on through numerous treatments of chemotherapy, multiple surgeries and an invincible will to win.

In fact, he just had another round of chemotherapy just before heading out on the current swing of races last Thursday.

With the knowledge of what he was up against when he went toe-to-toe with Junghans, Dycus can sleep well with his runner-up finish.

Grant Junghans poses with family and crew members following his USMTS win on Aug. 11, 2009.Many of us gripe about much smaller things, but through it all Junghans has remained positive with an infectious sense of humor. That didn’t change when asked about his first victory in nearly six years.

“Can’t complain.”

According to Junghans, Wednesday nights $3,000 win was even sweeter than the first when he inherited the win after Jeremy Payne was disqualified during post-race technical inspections.

“For sure, this feels a whole lot better, plus all the shit I had to go through,” he said, smiling.

While Junghans and Dycus were dicing for the lead throughout the race, several movers and shakers kept the huge crowd occupied with trying to watch the entire field.

Jason Hughes, who started in the sixth row, made an early charge to the front but could never make up ground on the two front-runners and settled for a solid third-place finish ahead of Sybesma Graphics Pole Award winner Dereck Ramirez and Garrett Gregory.

Joe Duvall recorded another strong USMTS Southern Speedweek effort with a sixth-place finish while Rodney Sanders managed to take the seventh spot.

Sanders also scored his career-first USMTS win at the LA Raceway just two months prior to Junghans getting his first, and finished second behind Junghans in his first win there.

The two-time defending USMTS National Champion was seeking his eighth straight feature win Wednesday, but could not overcome a lackluster qualifying effort that left him starting 24th in the feature race.

Johnny Scott climbed as high as sixth from his 14th starting spot and brought home an eighth-place finish while 26th-starting matched Sanderss effort with a ninth-place showing. Clyde Dunn Jr. rounded out the top 10.

Sanders maintained his points lead in the Double H Bands Southern Region with just three races remaining in the race for the regional title, but Junghans narrowed the gap to just 28 points (469 to 441) with his win.

Ramirez sits third with 422 markers, followed by Johnny Scott (411), Sobbing (365), Stormy Scott (364), Duvall (337), Cade Dillard (333), Philip Houston (318) and Dycus (317).

The annual USMTS Southern Speedweek continues on Thursday, June 25, with the series first-ever visit to the East Texas Speedway in Petty, Texas.

Gates open at 3 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 8 p.m. General admission is $20, seniors get in for $15 and children under 10 are admitted free of charge. Pit passes are $30.

Limited Modifieds will also be on the card racing for $600 to win.

The East Texas Speedway is the newest dirt track in Texas. The 3/8-mile high-banked dirt oval is located at 16196 US Hwy 82 West in Petty, Texas. for more information call 903-449-2551 or check out www.easttexasspeedway.com online

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

No Victory Guaranteed as Summer Winds Down at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

August 14th, 2014

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has been the site of more surprise moments during the summer of 2014 than at perhaps any other point in its 48-year history. While past seasons have seen one or two drivers dominate a particular division, nothing seems to be guaranteed this year.

Parity has ruled the Rutland County track during weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events. Through 13 feature races for the headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division, nine different drivers have carried the checkered flag. Twenty year-old Cody Sargen broke into the winner’s circle last Friday, joining Jason Durgan and Johnny Scarborough as first-time winners during the year. Veterans Todd Stone, Ron Proctor, Leon Gonyo, and Vince Quenneville, Jr., have won, as have up-and-comers Jessey Mueller and Joey Roberts.

The Late Model division’s championship fight sees veteran Jamie Fisher, sophomore Josh Masterson, and 17 year-old Emily Packard just a dozen points apart at the top. Each has won through the first nine races, along with Robert Bryant, Jr., Bucko Branham, and Nick Sweet; Packard and Branham were first-time winners.

In the Renegade class, point leader Robert Gordon last week snapped a three-race streak of first-time winners after Richard Lowrey, III, Jamy Begor, and Shawn Duquette added their names to the record book; sophomore Stephen Donahue has also won. Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock point leader Chuck Bradford has three wins, but has been beaten during the year by brothers Bobby and Chris LaVair, Mike Whalen, Jr., defending champion Jake Noble, and first-timers Kyle Watrous and John McCarron.

While the summer season is winding down, there are still several chances for more new winners, beginning with the annual Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night on Friday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. Modified racers Jamie LaFountain, Billy Lussier, and Jason Reome are looking to score a first-ever Devil’s Bowl win, as are Late Model drivers Jamie Aube and Dan St. Hilare, Renegades Scott FitzGerald, Randy Howard, and Ray Benoit, and Mini Stocks Matt Monaghan, Harold LaVair, and Kyle Sorensen.

General admission for Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night – which includes a special appearance by the popular New England Antique Racers club – is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62+), and free for kids age 12 and under. The “Fans First” program offers free admission to all Castleton, VT residents (zip code 05735) who present valid identification. Gates open at 5:00 p.m., with racing at 7:00 p.m.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

First-Time Winner Sargen Left Speechless at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

August 10th, 2014

WEST HAVEN, VT – Cody Sargen usually has a way with words. On Friday, August 8 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, though, the congenial 20 year-old was left speechless in victory lane. The Greenfield Center, NY driver from won perhaps the most competitive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race of the season for his first-ever victory, but was just part of a memorable night at the track. Seventeen year-old Emily Packard was perfect on the night in winning a Triple Crown in the Late Model division, while Robert Gordon, Jake Noble, Jeff Murray, and Kaitlyn Baker were also winners.

Sargen fought for the win from the opening circuit of the 30-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified feature race. He led the first lap from the outside pole position, but surrendered it to Billy Lussier on a restart just one lap in. Sargen fought back on the outside to lead lap 6, then waged a thrilling battle with fellow youngster Jamie LaFountain. The pair officially traded the lead six times at the start/finish line between laps 7 and 21, and many more times through the corners.

Leon Gonyo crept into the mix from the beginning of that battle and eventually took second away from LaFountain on lap 22. A final restart on lap 24 didn’t help Gonyo, though, and Sargen pulled away for the win. Point leader Todd Stone recovered from a spin through the infield at lap 12 to charge up to third place. Ron Proctor and Jessey Mueller came from the back of the field to round out the top five finishers.

Stone carries a 45-point lead on Gonyo (729-684) with five feature races remaining on the schedule. Joey Roberts, who finished 13th in the event after crashing, is third overall, 65 points behind Stone.

“I’ve always known that Cody can drive a racecar, but I haven’t always given him the best car,” Matt Sargen, the winner’s father and crew chief, told the cheering crowd. The team completely disassembled and rebuilt their No. 55 Engineered Solutions-sponsored Bicknell chassis during the week. “We worked harder than we ever have to get the car right, and tonight he was perfect behind the wheel.”

Once he caught his breath, Cody Sargen was in awe of his accomplishment. “I grew up watching Leon Gonyo and Todd Stone race, and to be in victory lane with them is good enough. To actually beat them is incredible. My team and my dad made this possible.”

Not to be outdone, U-32 High School student Emily Packard of East Montpelier, VT kept the crowd roaring with a dominant night in the Late Model division. Packard swept her qualifying heat, the bonus semi-feature, and the 30-lap main event to become the first-ever Triple Crown winner in the division. The feature win was her second of the season and tightens the championship battle between herself and rivals Jamie Fisher and Josh Masterson.

Packard moved from sixth starting position to take the lead from Jamie Aube at lap 9 and was never headed for the balance of the caution-free race. Point leader Fisher caught Packard in lapped traffic late in the race, but was unable to make a move for the win and settled for his fourth consecutive runner-up finish. Masterson took third, followed by Aube and Robert Bryant, Jr. Fisher now leads Masterson by a scant six points for the championship (514-508), with Packard just six more behind in third place.

Robert Gordon of Milton, VT drove from the back of the Renegade field to post his fourth win of the year in that division’s 20-lap race. Rookie Scott FitzGerald led the first seven laps before Jim McKiernan poked ahead for a single circuit. Point leader Gordon slipped past both and sailed to the win. Brad Bushey finished second in his first start of the season and was followed by McKiernan, FitzGerald, and Ray Benoit.

Defending Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock champion Jake Noble of Benson, VT shook the monkey off his back in a big way in the entry-level division’s 20-lap event with his second win of the year. Noble started fifth and was in the lead by lap 5, cruising to the win. Bobby LaVair finished second with Chuck Bradford hot on his heels in third place. Mike Whalen, Jr. and John McCarron were next in line.

Jeff Murray of Georgia, VT dominated the 50-lap Enduro Series event for his first-ever win. Murray benefitted from the mechanical failures of several of his nearest challengers, but led every step of the way and beat runner-up Eric “Mongo” Messier by half of a lap. “Mr. Bojangles” Shawn Fountain finished third, followed by his father “Wild Bill” Fountain and Brett “Woody” Wood.

Kaitlyn Baker of Unionville, CT put on a show in the Daredevil class to take a popular win. After being drawn at random to race in the “community” division in a set of track-owned racecars, the sister of Late Model driver Kyle Baker beat the field for the win. Tanner Crary finished second, followed by former dirt racer Chris Lussier – who spun on the first lap and bounced off the wall in the final corner – and Robert Winchell.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway returns to action on Friday, August 15 with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing presented by Brown’s Quarried Slate and Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand. A special appearance by the New England Antique Racers is also on the card. Regular general admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62+), and free for children age 12 and under. The “Fans First” program will give free admission to residents of Castleton, VT who present valid identification. Gates open at 5:00 p.m., with racing at 7:00 p.m.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

Gonyo, Quenneville Split Northern Modified Challenge Wins at Airborne Park

July 30th, 2014

SOUTH PLATTSBUGH, NY – The Northern Modified Challenge Series made an entertaining first appearance at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, July 26, running a pair of 30-lap feature races. Veteran drivers Leon Gonyo and Vince Quenneville, Jr., scored the victories, each posting his first victory on the Northern Modified Challenge Series.

Gonyo, of Chazy, NY, started on the pole position by virtue of a random draw in the opening feature. He led every lap, but found himself under nearly constant pressure from Jessey Mueller during the race. Mueller, who won the opening NMCS event of the season at Thunder Road in Barre, VT, made multiple attempts for the lead on the outside lane, settled for the runner-up position. Travis Bruno took third place, followed by Jason Durgan.

Mark Lamberton cut a tire on lap 7 and spun to the infield, then came from the back of the field after pitting during the resulting caution period to finish fifth. Nick Heywood was sixth, followed by Vince Quenneville, Jr., Jayson Criss, Andy Heywood, and Mike Wells.

Brandon, VT racer Quenneville – who won the inaugural NMCS championship last year without a race victory – finally broke into the winner’s circle in the second feature. Underdog racers Speedy Bresette and Chris Frennier led the field for much of the race while Quenneville sliced through traffic. Quenneville used a three-wide move to take the lead from Bresette with four laps remaining, then cruised to the win. Bresette crossed the finish line in second place, but lost the finish in post-race inspection when his car measured lower the than minimum allowable ride height.

Rookie driver Frennier inherited the runner-up spot, followed by Andy Heywood, Lamberton, and Nick Heywood. Gonyo finished sixth ahead of Bruno, Mueller, Tyson Drown, and Jamie LaFountain.

The Northern Modified Challenge Series, sanctioned by Devil’s Bowl Speedway management, returns to its home track on Friday, August 1 with the third annual C.J. Richards Memorial 67 presented by Carrara Masonry & Concrete. For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com, call (802) 265-3112, or follow @NorthernModCS on Twitter.

Northern Modified Challenge Series to Make Airborne Park Debut

July 25th, 2014

SOUTH PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Northern Modified Challenge Series returns to action on Saturday, July 26 to add a new page in the scrapbook. The second-year open-wheel stock car series will make its first-ever trip to Airborne Park Speedway for a pair of 25-lap shootouts, pitting the stars of the track’s weekly J&S Steel Sportsman Modified division against a group of Challenge Series invaders.

Inaugural NMCS champion Vince Quenneville, Jr., is among the drivers excited to head to Airborne on Saturday. The Brandon, VT veteran finished fifth in a recent weekly event at the 4/10-mile, progressively banked oval, and has momentum on his side after a victory at his home track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway earlier this month.

“I love racing up at Airborne, and I’m looking forward to this weekend,” the driver of the No. 78 Black Diamond Builders/Green Mountain Feeds entry said. “The hometown guys like Nick Heywood, Travis Bruno, and a few others will be tough, but I’m hoping to steal a couple of top-five finishes and hopefully a win in those twin 25s.”

Quenneville opened the Northern Modified Challenge Series season with a third-place effort at Thunder Road in Barre, VT on Memorial Day weekend. He trailed Jessey Mueller and Jason Durgan at the finish, and those two drivers have since combined to win 10 feature races at Airborne and Devil’s Bowl during the first half of the summer. Others expected to join them on Saturday are Leon Gonyo, Ron Proctor, Johnny Scarborough, Jamie LaFountain, Codie Aubin, and top rookie Jayson Criss.

Sanctioned by Devil’s Bowl Speedway management, the Northern Modified Challenge Series has a six-event schedule that allows Sportsman-style crate engine Modifieds to compete alongside restricted 358-cubic-inch “open motor” Modifieds. Drivers and conventional-suspension cars from both divisions are eligible to compete on Saturday night and will earn championship points in both the Northern Modified Challenge Series and Airborne Park Speedway’s weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman Modified division.

The Northern Modified Challenge Series event at Airborne Park Speedway begins at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26. For more information on the Northern Modified Challenge Series, call (802) 265-3112, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com, or follow @NorthernModCS on Twitter. Airborne Park Speedway is located on Broderick Road in South Plattsburgh, NY, one mile from Exit 36 on Interstate 87. For more information, call (518) 647-4444 or visit www.AirborneParkSpeedway.com.

Stone Back On Top Entering Devil’s Bowl Mid-Season Championships

July 18th, 2014

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.

Sophomore driver Chuck Bradford of Addison, VT won his third event of the season in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division last Friday, but hasn’t been able to shake defending champion Jake Noble yet; Bradford’S 27-point lead gives him little room to relax. The Mini Stocks have also seen great parity with seven winners in nine races. The open-wheel SK Light division returns for its fifth event on Friday, where Scott MacMichael of Newbury, NH holds a 10-point edge on Bruce Jaycox and 12 points on Norm Forest.

The double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championships features not only all five racing divisions, but also the annual driver autograph session during intermission. Regular general admission on Friday, July 18 is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62+), and free for children age 12 and under. The “Fans First” program will grant free admission to residents of Rutland and West Rutland, VT who present valid identification. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m., with racing at 7:00 p.m.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

Waco too wet, USMTS eyes Devil’s Bowl Wednesday

June 27th, 2014

WACO, Texas–Heavy rainfall throughout the day on Sunday and Monday has forced track officials at the Heart O Texas Speedway to cancel Tuesday nights scheduled United States Modified Touring Series event.

The rugged USMTS road warriors return to action on Wednesday, June 25, when they invade the Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas.

The track opened in 1949 in Dallas behind the Buckner Boulevard drive-in theater before moving to its current location in Mesquite in 1968.

Lanny and Beverly Edwards took over track ownership in 1972, and the Hall of Fame promoters are celebrating their 41st year of promoting the famous facility in 2013.

Spectator gates open at 6 p.m., hot laps are set for 7:15 and the green flag waves at 8.

General admission tickets are $20, seniors and youth ages 12-15 are $10, kids ages 6-11 are $2 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Limited Mods will also be on the racing card. Mufflers are required.

The Devils Bowl Speedway is a high-banked, D-shaped half-mile dirt oval located 3.2 miles south of US 80 on Lawson Rd. For more information call 972-222-2421 (tickets) or 972-222-2818 (office) or visit www.devilsbowl.com online.

From there, its four more nights of racing to wrap up the Dozens Days of Dirt with stops at the Mountain Creek Speedway in Grand Prairie, Texas, on Thursday; Superbowl Speedway in Greenville, Texas, on Friday; Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., on Saturday; and Outlaw Motorsports Park in Oktaha, Okla., on Sunday.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Devil’s Bowl Offers BOGO Admission For Facebook Friday Event

June 5th, 2014

WEST HAVEN, VT – Rutland County’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway is pulling out all the stops on Friday, June 6 for the track’s first-ever “Facebook Friday” event. Not only is the schedule jam-packed with stock car racing and family entertainment, the ticket price is right for Facebook fans: buy one, get one free.

The official Devil’s Bowl Speedway Facebook page – located at Facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway – is offering a free coupon for the BOGO deal. Fans who “like” the page may print the coupon and redeem it at the ticket window on Friday, June 6 to receive a free general admission ticket with the purchase of one $12 Adult ticket or one $10 Senior ticket. Like every event, kids 12 years old and under are admitted free. Devil’s Bowl is also continuing its new “Fans First” program, offering free admission to residents of nearby Whitehall, NY (zip code 12887) who present valid identification.

The Facebook Friday card is chock-full of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing, with qualifying and main events for the Bond Auto Parts Modified, Late Model, Renegade, and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions, the second appearance of the open-wheel SK Light class, and the season debut for the rock-‘em-sock-‘em Enduro Series. Gates open at 5:00 p.m., with the first green flag at 7:00 p.m.

“Our Facebook fans have really stepped up their participation in the last year or so. This week’s event is a way to thank them with our coupon offer,” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said. The track will also offer a similar promotion for the Friday, July 11 event through its Twitter handle, @DevilsBowlSpeed, with the details to be announced soon. “Our staff looks forward to the events every Friday, but a big part of our mid-week fun has been discussing and sharing ideas with our fans through social media. They’re so passionate about the racing and the drivers, and it’s very rewarding to have our audience so engaged.”

The “Facebook Friday” event on Friday, June 6 is the third event of the season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The American-Canadian Tour returns on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m., for the rescheduled 101.5 The Fox Spring Green.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com
. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

Devil’s Bowl Three-peat for Sweet in People’s United Bank 100

May 31st, 2014

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.

Sweet, 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.

Packard, of East Montpelier, VT, survived a tangle with top-five driver Jamie Fisher on lap 96, then held close to the top two for a Devil’s Bowl career-best third-place finish. Trampas Demers and defending track champion Chris Bergeron finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Lance Allen was a solid sixth, followed by Josh Masterson, Ricky Bly, Thunder Road winner Jason Corliss, and a recovering Fisher. Rookie Eric Badore finished 12th after spinning out of the top-five in the final laps.

Jessey Mueller, 19, extended his own winning streak in the 30-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division. The well-traveled Olmstedville, NY driver has won in four of his last five total starts, taking victories at Airborne Park Speedway, Thunder Road, and Devil’s Bowl since May 10. Mueller passed Vince Quenneville, Jr., for the lead just after the halfway mark and cruised to the win.

Defending track champion Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT was the runner-up, with Joey Roberts of Fletcher, VT third. Quenneville slipped to fourth place, followed by Ron Proctor. Leon Gonyo, Jamie LaFountain, rookie Billy Lussier, Dave Snow, and Cody Sargen completed the top 10 in order.

Robert Gordon of Milton, VT won the two-segment season opener for the Renegade division. Stephen Donahue of Graniteville, VT was second, with Randy Howard of Georgia, VT a career-best third.

Chris LaVair of Gabriels, NY earned his first Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division win of the season in a 15-lap feature. Jake Noble of Benson, VT finished second, and opening day winner Chuck Bradford of Addison, VT came from last place to finish third.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway returns to action on Friday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. with the special “Facebook Friday” event. Race fans who “like” the track’s official Facebook page at Facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedwaymay print a coupon for buy-one-get-one-free general admission for the event. All four weekly NASCAR divisions will be in action, along with the rescheduled opening round of the wild-and-wacky Enduro Series. Regular general admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62+), and free for children age 12 and under. The “Fans First” program also returns for the event with free general admission for residents of Whitehall, NY (zip code 12887) who present valid identification.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com
. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway All Wet Again

May 25th, 2014

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.

Drivers from the Modified and Late Model divisions at Devil’s Bowl will be in action on Sunday, May 25 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT, for the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. The Event will be the opening race for both the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series and the Northern Modified Challenge Series. Racing begins at 1:30 p.m.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway Postponed to Sunday Afternoon

May 17th, 2014

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.”

Grounds at Devil’s Bowl Speedway were saturated from early spring rains, forcing the prior postponement of the Spring Green event earlier this month and delaying the start of the Kart Racing Series season. The facility has begun returning to normal conditions recently, but too much rainfall at the speedway in the next 24 hours could place Sunday’s make-up date in jeopardy.

“The grounds have been drying up nicely, but we are still going to be cautious with this storm,” Bruno said. “We are planning a great day Sunday afternoon, and we will continue to keep everyone updated through Friday and Saturday.”

The Whelen Engineering/Mobil 1 event on Sunday, May 18 will include the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bond Auto Parts Modified, Late Model, and Central Vermont Motorcycle Mini Stock divisions, along with the debut of the SK Light division. Green flag racing action begins at 2:00 p.m.

General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62+), and free for children age 12 and under. The new “Fans First” program debuts at the event with free general admission for residents of Fair Haven, VT and West Haven, VT (zip code 05743) who present valid identification. Pit gates will open at 10:00 a.m., with the grandstand gates opening at 12:00 a.m.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

NMCS schedule opens at Thunder Road’s Memorial Day Classic on May 25

May 14th, 2014

BARRE, VT – The ground-pounding Modifieds are headed back to the road – Thunder Road. The Northern Modified Challenge Series opens its second year of open-wheel stock car racing at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT on Sunday, May 25. The race will be run in conjunction with the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series.

Jessey Mueller made history last year at the track, winning the first-ever event for the Northern Modified Challenge Series. The Olmstedville, NY racer, just 18 years old at the time, led the way ahead of veterans Leon Gonyo and Kenny Tremont, Jr. for the 50-lap victory. The race featured side-by-side action in the high-banked corners and a spectacular opening-lap crash on the “Widowmaker” frontstretch wall.

Eight feature races on six total race dates form the 2014 NMCS schedule. From Thunder Road, the series moves across Lake Champlain to its first-ever event at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, July 26. The event is expected to draw a large field for twin 25-lap races.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway, the home track for the NMCS, hosts the Carrara Masonry & Concrete C.J. Richards Memorial 67 on Friday, August 1, then heads back to Airborne Park for a 50-lap event on Saturday, September 6. The final asphalt event will be a twin-50 run at Devil’s Bowl on September 13-14, at the Mekkelsen RV Vermont 200 Weekend.

The season finale will be a brand new event, run on a temporary dirt surface on the Devil’s Bowl Speedway half-mile on Saturday, October 18. The finale will bring NMCS teams from the Champlain Valley together with the GRIT Sportsman Series teams of New York’s Capital District for a 100-lap slugfest.

The Northern Modified Challenge Series, sanctioned by Devil’s Bowl Speedway, opens at Thunder Road in Barre, VT on Sunday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. For event information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com. For more information on the Northern Modified Challenge Series, call (802) 265-3112, visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com, or follow @NorthernModCS on Twitter.

*Northern Modified Challenge Series 2014 Schedule of Events:*

· Sunday, May 25 – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, Barre, VT – 50 laps
· Saturday, July 26 – Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY – 25 laps x 2
· Friday, August 1 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, VT – 67 laps
· Saturday, September 6 – Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY –50 laps
· Sat.-Sun., September 13-14 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, VT – 50 laps x 2
· Saturday, October 18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (dirt), West Haven, VT – 100 laps

Devil’s Bowl Speedway Under the Lights at Historic Friday Night Opener

May 13th, 2014

WEST HAVEN, VT – History will be made on Friday, May 16, as Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens for the first time in its 48-year run with a Friday night “under the lights” event. Whelen Engineering and Mobil 1 present the groundbreaking NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car show at 7:00 p.m.

The event will honor fans as much as competitors as Devil’s Bowl Speedway begins its new “Fans First” program for 2014, granting free general admission to residents of selected locales throughout the year. Residents of the track’s hometown in West Haven, VT and nearby Fair Haven, VT will receive free general admission upon presenting valid identification at the event. The program will continue at many events during the summer to include residents of Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, and Canada.

“The Fans First program is a way for us to thank all of the loyal race fans who have supported Devil’s Bowl Speedway not just in the new era, but for many years,” track co-owner Alayne Bruno said. “There’s no better way to kick it off than with the folks who live right here in West Haven and Fair Haven.”

Regular general admission is $12 at the gate for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62+), and – as always – free for children 12 years old and under.

Three champions will open the defense of their NASCAR Whelen All-American Series titles at the Whelen/Mobil 1 Night race. Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT had a record-setting run in the headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division, taking 10 victories. Chris Bergeron of Claremont, NH became the fourth different Late Model division champion in as many years, and Jake Noble of nearby Benson, VT ran to his first championship in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock class.

In addition to those three divisions, the open-wheel SK Light class will take to the fast half-mile for its first appearance. Expected drivers include veterans Bruce Jaycox and Kenny Cantlin, along with rookie sensation T.J. Bleau.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

Spring Green Rescheduled for Father’s Day at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

May 9th, 2014

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway and the American-Canadian Tour have rescheduled the 101.5 The Fox Spring Green 114 stock car event, postponed last weekend, to Father’s Day on Sunday, June 15. The Spring Green will also include regular championship events for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bond Auto Parts Modifieds, Renegade, Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stocks, and SK Lights.

The Spring Green is now scheduled to be the halfway point of the ACT Late Model Tour championship season and will set up the stretch drive into the summer. Wayne Helliwell, Jr., of Dover, N.H., has a chance to make history if he can win the event; Helliwell has three consecutive ACT wins at the track dating back to 2012 and would become the first driver to ever win four-straight at a single speedway.

The 2014 Devil’s Bowl Speedway season will open on a Friday night for the first time ever, as Whelen Engineering and Mobil 1 present the lid-lifter on Friday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. The event features the Modified, Late Model, Mini Stock, and SK Light divisions, and honors its hometown fans with free general admission for residents of Fair Haven, VT and West Haven, VT who present valid identification. Regular general admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62+), and free for kids age 12 and under.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

Spring Green Postponed at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

May 4th, 2014

WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has postponed the 101.5 The Fox Spring Green 114 stock car event, scheduled for Sunday, May 4. The speedway property is saturated from recent rain and faces a rainy weekend forecast.

In addition, the Downtown Fan Festival in Downtown Rutland, VT, scheduled for Saturday, May 3, has been cancelled.

The Spring Green was scheduled to be the historic 250th event for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models. The event also was to be the first race of the 2014 season for the weekly Bond Auto Parts Modified, Renegade, and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and the debut of the SK Light division.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway officials are working closely with the American-Canadian Tour toward rescheduling the 101.5 The Fox Spring Green, and a make-up date is expected to be announced soon.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.

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

April 29th, 2014

RUTLAND, 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.

Race fans can tune into 101.5 The Fox for coverage of Spring Green events throughout the May 3-4 weekend. Saturday’s Downtown Fan Festival will be broadcast live, and lap-by-lap action of the ACT Spring Green will be heard on Sunday afternoon.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway staff was quick to credit its local sponsors and partners in helping to make the weekend a fun experience for longtime race fans and new fans of all ages.

“Devil’s Bowl has come a long way recently, and it’s because we have great partners who care about this community like 101.5 The Fox, the Downtown Rutland Partnership, and the Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce,” Devil’s Bowl owner Alayne Bruno said. “The fan festival keeps growing, and we’re honored that it’s in Rutland. We encourage everyone to come down to Center Street on Saturday to check out the shopping, the restaurants, and the racecars, and then see some awesome racing at Devil’s Bowl on Sunday.”

The 101.5 The Fox Spring Green is on Sunday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m. General admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (62+), and free for kids 12 and under. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed.