Devil’s Bowl Speedway Fan Festival Returning to Downtown Rutland May 9

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Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce to host racecar show on May 9

RUTLAND, VT – The windows will rattle and the ground will shake in one of Vermont’s largest cities on Saturday, May 9 as the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce hosts the return of the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Fan Festival in Downtown Rutland, VT. The free-admission racecar show will give fans an up-close preview of the racing season and a chance to meet the drivers at Devil’s Bowl Speedway just hours before the season premiere in nearby West Haven, VT.

Cars and drivers from the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will line Center Street in the heart of the shopping, dining, and entertainment district of the city with gleaming machines from the Bond Auto Parts Modified, Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model, Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegade, and Portland Glass Mini Stock divisions. Fans can meet drivers, collect autographs, and enter to win tickets for the opening event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway that evening.
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Corliss Making His Mark in Thunder Road Late Models

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Barre, VT – Before his 2013 rookie season in the Thunder Road Late Models, Barre’s Jason Corliss hoped that his team would be a championship contender in five years’ time. Corliss is now entering his third year in the top division, and already finds himself high on the list of title threats.

ACTCorliss enters the upcoming season after a 2014 campaign in which he captured the first two wins of his American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model championship career. He finished fourth in the point standings. His defining moment came at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. Corliss muscled underneath two-time “King of the Road” Nick Sweet on the final circuit of the 100-lap event, beating him to the checkered flag by a bumper for his first win. The victory sent a message: he and his Chris Burnett–owned team have arrived.
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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Welcomes Contingency Partners

rrfdfghcvWEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway competitors will receive a little extra for their efforts in 2015. The Rutland County race track will again reward racers in all four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing classes with contingency bonuses from several racing industry supporters.
The Bond Auto Parts Modified division welcomes Shiley Fabrication back for its second season. The Williamstown, PA racing parts manufacturer will offer $50 certificates to both the “Hard Charger” and “Hard Luck” drivers in each feature race during the year. The driver who advances the most positions will win the Hard Charger award, while the driver who has the toughest outing will take home the Hard Luck award.

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Blake Set To Go From Contender To Champion In 2015

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Barre, VT – Barre’s Cody Blake, at the age of 23, already has a growing list of accomplishments at Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl. This year, he hopes to become the “King of the Road.”

Blake was sixth in the final Thunder Road Late Model point standings in 2014, his fourth straight season finishing eighth or better. He stood atop the standings after six races before a hard crash bent his car’s A-frame and his team spent the rest of the year struggling to get the car dialed back in. Now entering his sixth year in the lead division, Blake hopes that a new car and 16 years’ worth of maturity behind the wheel will be a championship combination.
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Flyin’ Jimmy Ryan Returning to Devil’s Bowl Speedway

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Whiting veteran back home on both asphalt and dirt

WEST HAVEN, VT – Jimmy Ryan is coming home to Devil’s Bowl Speedway. One of Vermont’s most popular open-wheel Modified stock car drivers for many years, “Flyin’ Ryan” plans to end his hiatus from driving in 2015. He has recently taken delivery of a Teo Pro Car chassis, a brand new Chevrolet “602” crate engine, and has reclaimed his familiar car number 60 with the registration office.

Ryan plans to compete on both asphalt and clay, running in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) on the pavement, and in the Liberty Street Discount Beverage & Deli Sportsman Modified class in the five-race Optical Expressions of Berlin Dirt Track Series.
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Lee, Oxford, Thunder Road Openers Challenge ACT Teams

photo by Alan Ward

photo by Alan Ward

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will compete in three 150-lap events on three completely different tracks in all three northern New England states to open the 2015 season. The New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, set for Sunday, April 12, is the traditional opening event for ACT teams held yearly at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. Teams will then travel to Oxford Plains Speedway (OPS) in Oxford, ME a week later, followed by their annual visit to Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT.

The fast Lee 3/8th-mile oval might statistically favor multi-time Lee champion and two-time ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., but he has tried eight times to date with a best finish of second in last year’s event, and is long overdue for a win. There is also favorite Eddie MacDonald, who is on a roll with five consecutive wins in recent outings, going back to the Thunder Road Milk Bowl last October. McDonald captured the NH Governor’s Cup last year in his ninth try at his home track. Defending 2014 ACT Champion Joey Polewarczk, Jr. (Pole) is also considered a favorite, but his only win at Lee USA came in a 100-lap opening race back in 2008. [Read more…]

Devil’s Bowl Speedway Season Begins at Diamond Run Mall Event

diamondrun2014RUTLAND, VT – The stock car racing season opens – at least unofficially – on March 28-29 at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland, VT. Devil’s Bowl Speedway and some of its competitors will take part in the 14th annual Rutland Regional Racecar Show to bring the curtain up on the new year.

The Rutland Regional Racecar Show gives race fans an opportunity to see a variety of freshly prepared racecars and equipment up close, and to meet and speak with drivers from around the region. In addition to being one of the area’s leading shopping centers offering an array of national stores and brands, the Diamond Run Mall’s racing show is an annual fundraiser for the March of Dimes and March for Babies charities.

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O’Donnell, Sweet, Woodard, Smith Honored at Thunder Road Banquet of Champions

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Barre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl honored its 2014 Champions with the annual Banquet of Champions at the Barre Elks Club on Saturday, March 21. Derrick O’Donnell received the top honors for the second consecutive season in the Late Model division, while Nick Sweet also went back-to-back in claiming Vermont State Late Model Championship. Jason Woodard and Tommy Smith earned the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stock championships, respectively.

O’Donnell, of North Haverhill, NH, became the sixth driver in Thunder Road history to repeat as “King of the Road”, doing so in his first two years in the division. O’Donnell caught fire in the second half of the season, ending the year with seven straight podium finishes, including the third Late Model victory of his young career in mid-August. O’Donnell also finished runner-up in three of the biggest races on the 2014 calendar: the Vermont Governor’s Cup, the Labor Day Classic, and the Milk Bowl.
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Bear Ridge Speedway is Gearing Up for an Action Packed 2015 Season

gdfghfBRADFORD, VT – With the 2015 Racing Season rapidly approaching Bear Ridge Speedway is making its’ presence known throughout the region, appearing at numerous shows in preparation for the season opening event on Saturday May 2nd.

 

Come visit the Bear Ridge Speedway booth at the following shows. This weekend, March 20th -22nd, the track will be at the HomeLife Expo, held at the Leverone Field House in Hanover, NH. The following weekend, March 28th-29th, the Speedway will in attendance at the Annual car show held at The Diamond Run Mall in Rutland, VT. Stop by the booth at either of these shows to pickup a 2015 schedule and sign up to potentially win a grandstand ticket.
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