Open-wheel asphalt-style Modified cars to run limited schedule
WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racing fans will have a new group of stars to cheer for at Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway, as the “SK Light Modified” division makes its way to the racy half-mile. The division will make several appearances during the summer to complement the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2014.
The division features the same style of low-slung, open-wheel cars that compete on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, but with cost-containing differences in engines and tires. Preliminary talks with competitors have been positive, and a schedule of nine events has been planned. An exhibition event was staged at Devil’s Bowl in August 2013, and racers and fans alike were impressed.
Many of the division’s expected competitors have raced at the recently closed Canaan Fair Speedway and the recently reopened Twin State Speedway in New Hampshire. The rulebook – which has options for both sealed “crate” engines and homebuilt engines – will allow racers from other tracks in New Hampshire and Connecticut to try Devil’s Bowl. The full rulebook for the division has been posted on the Devil’s Bowl Speedway website at www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.
“I was approached by several race teams last year about bringing these cars to Devil’s Bowl, since they have nowhere else to race in this area,” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said. “There’s a great group of drivers that are willing to push these cars deep into the corners. It should be pretty exciting.”
The Devil’s Bowl Speedway season will open on Sunday, May 4 with the annual “Spring Green” event, which also includes the SK Light Modified opener. Other events for the division will be held on May 16, June 6, June 20, June 27, July 4, July 18, August 15, and during the Vermont 200 Weekend finale on September 13-14.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. 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.
PHOTO: Bruce Jaycox of Hartland, VT wheels his SK Light Modified around Devil’s Bowl Speedway during an exhibition last August. The fast, low-slung cars will race at the track nine times in 2014. (MemorEvents photo)