Last-Minute Slider Nets Drellos “Topless” Win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway
Roberts charges for Limited Sportsman checkers
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Demetrios Drellos continued his hot start to the dirt track racing summer at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, July 19, netting his fourth Sportsman Modified victory in the first eight weeks of the 2021 campaign. The Queensbury, N.Y., driver won the annual Father’s Day Weekend “Topless” Special and was joined in victory lane throughout the evening by Evan Roberts, Mark Norris, Chris Sumner, and Ray Hanson.
With the roofs taken off the cars in the two open-wheel Modified divisions for a different once-a-year look and feel, Drellos was the star of the headline Sportsman Modified class. The 30-lap race was well-driven with only two caution periods slowing the pace. Justin Stone led the first 11 circuits until Adam Pierson took over after the first restart, and Pierson was up front and outlasted the challengers at the final restart at lap 21.
Quenneville Conquers Northeast Crate Nationals 100 at Devil’s Bowl
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Vince Quenneville may not have much left to prove in his stock car racing career, but apparently the three-time Devil’s Bowl Speedway champion wants more. On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, the Brandon, Vt., driver ended a four-year win drought and scored one of the most popular victories in the track’s history, using a late-race surge to secure the Northeast Crate Nationals 100 and its $5,000 payday – one of the region’s top Sportsman Modified purses.
Other drivers who took wins at the big event included Matt Tanner, Austin Comes, Chris Murray, Ray Hanson, and first-time winner T.J. Knight. First-round qualifying was held on Saturday, but rain on Sunday postponed second-round qualifying and the feature events to Memorial Day.
Huge New Season on the Horizon at Devil’s Bowl Speedway
Well over 100 cars expected for Mike’s Fuels Night on May 1
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway is ready to set records in 2021. The historic Vermont dirt track opens its 55th season of racing on Saturday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m., as Mike’s Fuels of Bridport presents the action, and race fans are in for a summer for the ages, as the fastest-growing track in the Northeast skyrockets into the new year.
The new season is expected to smash modern-era records, as a huge wave of new drivers across five racing divisions has entered the fray. A diverse field of nearly 80 cars attended an open practice session last weekend, and all signs point to an opening-night car count well past 100 entries.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway Announces New Admission Pricing and Policies
Season passes available; weekly $12 adult ticket pricing returns
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has announced fan-friendly pricing and policies for the 2021 dirt track season. As Vermonters demonstrate an ability to effectively control and mitigate the pandemic, management at the West Haven track remains optimistic that state health and safety regulations will soon look closer to normal.
State-mandated restrictions last year severely limited group sizes, forcing Devil’s Bowl Speedway to make changes to remain financially stable. Those changes included eliminating free admission for children, eliminating discount pricing for seniors and teens, and raising ticket prices to $15 for all ages.
Limited Sportsman Division is Key Ingredient in Devil’s Bowl Speedway Recipe
Support class has become vital training ground for new racers
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The future of dirt track racing is bright at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. As a leader in Vermont’s current short track racing renaissance, car counts are at their highest point in 15 years or more, and fan support has been exceptional. A key ingredient to the recipe has been the rise of the Limited Sportsman division at Devil’s Bowl.
As the lead support class at weekly Saturday-night events, the Limited division was created in 2018 to coincide with the opening of the new half-mile dirt surface. The racing machines are the same open-wheel cars, engines, and tires as the headline Sportsman Modifieds, but with restrictions on drivers based on experience. Weekly races pay $250 to win, $125 for a fifth-place finish, and $75 to finish last; the Limited winner’s purse is equivalent to a seventh-place finish in the Sportsman class.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway Schedule Stacked with Special Events in 2021
Five major races highlight 24-event season
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has blown out all the stops for its 2021 season schedule. The historic Vermont dirt track will open its 55th season on Saturday, May 1 and will race 24 straight weeks through October 2. Several special events will help to further cement Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s status as the Northeast’s leading facility for crate-engine Sportsman Modifieds, and five key dates promise to be major events in the region.
A previously announced switch to weekly Saturday-night events (with a Sunday rain date) for 2021 has been received with overwhelmingly positive reaction, and Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno feels that the track can continue to safely build off the momentum of a successful 2020 season – even during the height of the pandemic.