Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason is used to decide the award recipients.
WEST HAVEN, VT – Sprint Car racing history will be made in Vermont as The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts a blockbuster open-competition event – the inaugural “Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals” – on Saturday, September 26. The new 1/3-mile clay oval is set for a showdown featuring the region’s most fearless racecar drivers and their lightning-quick, winged, open-wheel machines.
The Green Mountain Sprint Car Nationals will be the richest Sprint Car race in Vermont history and is expected to draw the region’s top teams. The purse boasts a $3,000 winner’s prize and a minimum of $300 to start. The event is co-sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints (ESS) and the Bond Auto Parts Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE), but is open to any winged Sprint Car with a 360-cubic-inch engine limit.
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.
Capacity crowd recognizes champions and award winners
RUTLAND, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway honored the achievements of its star stock car drivers on Saturday, February 1 at the annual Banquet of Champions, held at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, VT. The sold-out crowd of nearly 300 guests enthusiastically applauded the champions of the track’s four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions along with the Northern Modified Challenge Series, the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series, and the Enduro Series.
Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT was officially crowned the champion of the headline Bond Auto Parts Modified division after a record-breaking season of 10 victories in 17 starts. Stone’s crew chief Jeff Carter received NASCAR’s UNOH Ultimate Mechanic Challenge prize, and the owner’s championship, won by Gardner Stone, was accepted by long time team member Rob Lowell. Hunter Bates was honored as the Modified division’s runner-up, with Vince Quenneville, Jr. third.
Masterson, Bergeron take Late Model thrillers; LaVair wins Mini Stock special
WEST HAVEN, VT – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers Jessey Mueller and Joey Roberts highlighted an exciting night of stock car racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, August 16, splitting victories in twin 25-lap features on Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night. Feature winners also included Josh Masterson, Chris Bergeron, Chris LaVair, Eric “Mongo” Messier, and event sponsor Charlie Brown.
Eighteen year-old Mueller, of Olmstedville, NY, posted his third win of the season in the opening event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division. Mueller started 11th on the grid and patiently made his way through traffic to enter the top five at lap 15. He took second place from Cody Sargen at lap 20, just before a multi-car crash blocked the track and brought out the red flag.
WEST HAVEN, VT – American-Canadian Tour stock car driver Wayne Helliwell, Jr., captured an historic victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, July 28, taking his third consecutive win at the West Haven, VT track in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 150 presented by Cat Country 105.3 FM. Todd Stone, rookie Brad Bushey, and Chris LaVair also picked up NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins at the event.
Helliwell, of Dover, NH, outlasted a race-long fight with Ray Parent. The pair traded the lead eight times during the 150-lap race, which was halted twice for rain including for 23 minutes with 93 laps complete. After the race resumed, Parent, of Tiverton, RI, was running second with just four laps remaining when his engine sputtered, out of fuel. Helliwell pulled away for the win after the final restart to earn the two-race ACT sweep at Devil’s Bowl in 2013, having won the Spring Green 113 in May; he also won the Spring Green in 2012 to make it three-straight wins at the track.
Travis Stearns, a rookie from Auburn, ME, picked up where Parent left off, earning a career-best runner-up finish. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., of Hudson, NH finished third, followed by Glen Luce of Turner, ME, and rookie Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT, Ben Lynch of Huntersville, NC, and Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown, VT.
Vermont State Championship: Emily Packard
Devils Bowl Speedway Race Report
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Emily Packard of East Montpelier, Vt., posted a career-best finish in the Vermont State Championship Late Model Series on Sunday, June 30, finishing seventh in the People’s United Bank 100 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt. The finish was the best of her career for Packard at Devil’s Bowl, where she finished 10th in ACT Late Model Tour competition earlier this season. Packard qualified inside the Top-10 and was running comfortably inside the Top-5 when she was spun from behind on Lap 28. She pitted for minor repairs and then restarted at the rear of the field, battling up through the pack with the No. 9 Northstar Fireworks/Berlin Optical Expressions Chevrolet to finish seventh following a green-white-checkered restart.
WEST HAVEN, VT – A pair of stock car drivers from Middlebury, VT have been bringing trophies home by the truckload at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. With just three race events completed in 2013, veteran Todd Stone and 17 year-old Hunter Bates each have two NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories apiece and find themselves riding a wave of momentum entering the Carrara Masonry & Concrete “Hometown Heroes” event on Friday, June 21 at 7:00pm.
WEST HAVEN, VT – Mother Nature has been a thorn in the side of stock car racing fans throughout the northeast, but Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway is fighting back. After losing two of the first three regular Friday night summer programs to rain, Devil’s Bowl will start making up for lost time by adding the exciting “Twin 25” format to Carmody Ford Night on Friday, June 14 for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Photo Credit: Leif Tillotson