“Spring Green” returns; all-new event coming on Vermont 200 Weekend
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – The traveling stock car stars of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will return to the Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway twice in 2017. Having just completed its 25th season, one of the premier Late Model racing series in North America will battle in a pair of exciting events at the fast Vermont half-mile that has become a favorite of drivers and fans alike.
With ACT recently releasing its 2017 championship schedule, the Rutland County facility finds itself as the third and ninth stops on the series’ diverse 10-race calendar.
Fresh off its 50th season in 2016, Devil’s Bowl will welcome the return of ACT’s historic “Spring Green” event on the afternoon of Sunday, May 7. In keeping with a tradition spanning 43 years that started at the former Catamount Stadium, the race distance will correspond with the year: 117 laps for the year 2017. The Spring Green was previously held at Devil’s Bowl in 2011-14, won twice each by former ACT Late Model Tour champions Brian Hoar and Wayne Helliwell Jr.
An all-new ACT race will be held at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, September 10 during the traditional “Vermont 200 Weekend” event. While details for the race’s format are still in the planning stages, the event is certain to provide a new flavor of excitement for the must-see year-end show. Specifics will be announced soon.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway has hosted a total of seven ACT Late Model Tour events since 2011 and has proven to be pivotal in the championship battle. The winner of every ACT race at the track has gone on to win the Tour’s championship later that year: Hoar in 2011; Helliwell in 2012, 2013 (twice), and 2015; Joey Polewarczyk Jr. in 2014; and Nick Sweet in 2016.
“We’re thrilled to have ACT back at Devil’s Bowl twice in 2017, and it has been great working with Tom Curley this fall,” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said. “Our fans have really supported the ACT Late Models, so we’re looking forward to bringing back some old traditions for them with the Spring Green 117 in May and starting new some new traditions in September.”
In addition to Devil’s Bowl, the ACT Late Model Tour will also visit Thunder Road in Barre, Vt., Lee USA Speedway and White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire, Seekonk Speedway on the Massachusetts seacoast, Maine’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Connecticut.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of Exit 2 off of U.S. Route 4 and just 20 minutes from Rutland, Vt. For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.
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