Helliwell used his second-place starting position to his advantage to jump to the early race lead, bringing eight-time ACT Champion Hoar in tow. The pair ran away in the front while Hebert and Tiverton, RI’s Ray Parent began the battle with Devils Bowl Speedway Champion Craig Bushey for the top five positions. A few early cautions for single spins kept the field together early, while Helliwell showed the 31-car field the way.
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Waterbury, VT – The Merchants Bank 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road cranked up the heat on the American Canadian Tour, shaking up the point standings before a key showdown takes place at the Spring Green 113 this Sunday, May 5 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.
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bessette_1200: George “Mad Dog” Bessette celebrates his Granite State Pro Stock Series victory at Thompson Int’l Speedway’s “Icebreaker” on Sunday. (Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com photo)
hebert_1200: Jimmy Hebert (#58) leads Eddie MacDonald (#17) and the rest of the American-Canadian Tour field en route to his win in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday. (Leif Tillotson photo)
DEVIL’S BOWL SPEEDWAY REGIONAL REPORT: April 15, 2013
Hebert and Bessette take series wins; Devil’s Bowl drivers get early start
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Devil’s Bowl Modifieds To Make Thunder Road Debut
Dirt-style Modifieds to run at Memorial Day Classic
BARRE, VT – The ground-pounding Bond Auto Parts Modified stock car division from Devil’s Bowl Speedway will be hitting “The Road” this year – Thunder Road International Speedbowl, that is. The legendary Barre, VT bullring has invited the dirt-style, center-seat Modifieds to compete in a 50-lap event during the 51st Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 26 at 1:30pm.
The site of the famous People’s United Bank Milk Bowl, Thunder Road has hosted a variety of open-wheel events throughout its history, but never with the “dirt on asphalt” Modified rules package that has been so popular at Devil’s Bowl in recent years. The race will be held as a companion event to the traditional 100-lap Late Model event at the Memorial Day Classic, along with Thunder Road’s regular Tiger Sportsman and Street Stock divisions.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway drivers are excited about the creation of the Thunder Road event. Two-time defending Devil’s Bowl champion Ron Proctor will make the long haul from Charlton, NY to compete. Read Full Article →
Rutland Regional Race Car Show to be held March 23-24
RUTLAND, VT – Local NASCAR stock car drivers and their high-speed racing machines are flocking to the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland, VT for the 12th Annual Rutland Regional Race Car Show. The popular event will be held on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24 and will showcase racers from around the region, including competitors from Devil’s Bowl Speedway in nearby West Haven, VT.
As many as a dozen NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers and cars are expected to represent Devil’s Bowl Speedway at the event including Bond Auto Parts Modified racers Jeff Haskins of Wells, VT and Cody Sargen of Greenfield Center, NY, rookie Late Model drivers Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT and Seth Bridge of Mendon, VT, and two-division star Hunter Bates of Middlebury, VT. Devil’s Bowl Speedway will also have a display booth with information about the 2013 racing season.
The Rutland Regional Race Car Show will be open on Saturday, March 23 from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday, March 24 from 11:00am to 5:00pm. While admission is free, all attendees are encouraged to make a donation to the March For Babies charity; donation details will be available during the event. Read Full Article →
Proctor Tops Devil’s Bowl Speedway Champions Celebration
Track promoter Mike Bruno wins inaugural John Bruno Award
RUTLAND, VT – A sold-out room of more than 230 stock car drivers, team members, sponsors, and fans honored the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champions from the 2012 season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, February 2. The Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions was held at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, VT.
Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY collected his second-straight championship in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division after a sterling season that saw him tally three victories and finishes of seventh or better in all 18 regular-season events. Car owners Debbie Eddy and Ron White of Fair Haven, VT were also honored for their title, and Marcy Proctor accepted the team’s UNOH Ultimate Mechanic Challenge award. Read Full Article →
Proctor, Quenneville to be honored at NASCAR Gala
Devil’s Bowl racers to receive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series awards
CHARLOTTE, NC – Devil’s Bowl Speedway stock car drivers Ron Proctor and Vince Quenneville, Jr., will be among the honorees at a black-tie gala for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on Friday, December 7. The ceremony, held in the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, will feature top short track racers from more than 50 tracks in the United States and Canada.
Proctor, of Charlton, NY, will collect hardware for his second straight Devil’s Bowl Speedway Track Championship and Vermont State Division I Championship under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Proctor earned the title racing in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT, where he posted three victories and finished seventh or better in all 18 NWAAS events at the track in 2012. Proctor finished 68th in national NWAAS Division I standings, with his total point fund winnings expected to top $5,000.
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Photos Credit – Leif Tillotson
1 3-wide qualifying action for the Late Models
2 Phil Scott’s day ended after a heat race wreck destroyed the rear end of his car
3 Bombers tangle on the frontstretch during feature race action
4 Bobby LaVair was the Bomber feature winner
5 Lance Rabtoy spisn in Renegade feature action
6 Kevin Boutin (25) stays ahead of Robert Gordon for the Renegade feature win
7 Renegade feature winner Kevin Boutin
8 -10 the Late Model filed ready to race in their feature
11 early race leader Jean-Paul Cyr (32) tries to hold off Chip Grenier in Late Model feature action
12 Joey Becker spins in Late Model feature action
13 Vermont Late Model Championship contender Nick Sweet (88) spins, ending his hopes for the title
14 rookie Emily Packard (9x) held off the challenges of many veterans during the race (like Brent Dragon in the 55) until eventually being spun and done for the day with just 3 laps to go in Late Model feature action
15 Brent Dragon (55) won the race but Dave Pembroke (44) won the overall title for the Vermont State Late Model Championship
16 Chip Grenier (9) and Brent Dragon fight for the race win in Late Model feature action
17 winner Brent Dragon
18 the Modifieds ready to race their feature
19 Todd Stone is involved in a melee as his car shuts down on a restart. The car would eventually refire and Stone went on to win the race in the Modified feature
20 3-wide action in the Modified feature
21 Gardner Stone and Ron Proctor tangled on the frontstretch in the Modified feature
22 the Modified field races down the backstretch
23 Jessey Muller (19) tries to hold off eventual winner Todd Stone in the Modified feature
24-26 Modified feature winner Todd Stone
Drivers in four divisions racing for more than $13,000 each week
WEST HAVEN, VT — Nearly one-quarter of a million dollars is up for grabs for stock car drivers competing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 2012. Weekly purses in the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified, Late Model, Renegade, and Bomber divisions will total more than $242,000 through 18 scheduled events from May to September.
The headline Modified division, which will combine traditional 358-cubic inch engines with modern General Motors “602” crate motors for the first time in 2012, will see a minimum of $1,000 awarded to the winner of each regular 35-lap feature event. The runner-up will receive $600, the tenth-place finisher will win $200, and all drivers qualifying for the 24-car starting grid will be guaranteed at least $125. Total posted weekly purses for the Modified class will be just shy of $6,000.
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