Devil’s Bowl Speedway COVID-19 Update Friday, May 8, 2020
Dear Fans, Racers, and Friends,
We hope and trust that you all are staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are certainly unprecedented times that have affected, and will continue to affect, every aspect of our daily lives. While it is certainly frustrating to not always be allowed to enjoy things that we have sometimes taken for granted – like dirt track racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway – the health and safety of everyone is far more important.
Some encouraging news: Governor Phil Scott on Wednesday, May 6, announced new guidance under Addendum 13 of Vermont’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order, which will allow outdoor recreational activities to resume, albeit under strict guidelines. With this new guidance, Governor Scott has granted permission for the state’s stock car tracks to open with limited practice sessions.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway Remains Optimistic for Season Opener May 17 date still targeted; opening event will be delayed if necessary
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway remains optimistic for its 54th stock car racing season to open on time on Sunday, May 17. As the world combats the COVID-19 outbreak, management at the Vermont dirt track says that it will do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of its spectators, competitors, and staff, but is currently working toward the planned May 17 start date.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott on Thursday released specific computer modeling that predicted the spread of the disease in the state to peak as soon as “late April or early May.” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said that he is encouraged by the recent news, though he understands that things may change at any instant.
New Schedule, New Events Pump Excitement into King of Dirt Series New Hampshire, Albany-Saratoga increase prestige for KOD Crate Modified Series
RUTLAND, Vt. – The King of Dirt Series is ready for 2020. A new feeling of excitement has been pumped into the tour, and the new, highly anticipated, five-race King of Dirt Racing (KOD) Crate Modified Series schedule will bring the tour to four prestigious tracks in New York and New England.
King of Dirt Racing features the wildly popular Sportsman-type dirt Modified stock car and the economical General Motors “602” crate engine package. KOD events are among the highest-paying Sportsman-level races in the Northeast, and every event on the five-race slate is a highlight. The KOD schedule is kept short by design, offering an affordable touring series alternative for grassroots dirt track racers.
The season opens at the fast, half-mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt., for the fourth consecutive year, running the 50-lap “Memorial Day Kickoff” on Sunday night, May 24. Bobby Hackel earned $1,750 for winning the 2019 edition, and drivers received a minimum of $150 to take the green flag. Devil’s Bowl also hosts the second KOD event on Sunday, August 9, as the 40-lap “Leon Gonyo Memorial” is again held in conjunction with the “Battle at the Bowl” Big Block/Small Block Modified Challenge.
New Street Stock “Six Pack Series” to Debut in 2020 Four tracks working together toward common rules
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The spotlight will shine on local stock car racing’s “little guy” teams in 2020. The all-new “Six Pack Series” has been created for intermediate-level, V8-powered stock cars, with six races at four distinctly different tracks in Vermont and New York’s Capital District.
Significant efforts have been made by each of the four speedways to work toward a more uniform set of rules to oversee similar divisions. The tracks and classes involved are the Super Stocks at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt., the Street Stocks at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y., the Street Stocks at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville, N.Y., and the Pure Stocks at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. Drivers must declare which track’s rulebook they will race under for the Six Pack Series.
The Six Pack cracks open on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, at the high-banked, quarter-mile Glen Ridge bullring. The semi-banked, half-mile Devil’s Bowl facility will host the second round on Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 24, followed by events at the banked 4/10-mile Albany-Saratoga on Friday, June 12, and the fast, 5/8-mile Lebanon Valley high-banks on Saturday, June 27.
Tremont, Hackel Feted at Devil’s Bowl Speedway-King of Dirt Banquet Rogers receives John Bruno Award
RUTLAND, Vt. – A jam-packed room of more than 330 guests celebrated as the 2019 stock car racing season was officially wrapped up for Devil’s Bowl Speedway and the King of Dirt Racing (KOD) Crate Modified Series on Saturday, January 25. The event, which was held at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, Vt., included a red-carpet reception, live driver interviews on social media, and awards for more than 65 top drivers and racing personalities. Point fund bouses distributed approached $28,000 in total.