New York teen wants his first Modified championship
WEST HAVEN, VT – Jessey Mueller is ready to be a champion. The 19-year-old Modified stock car driver will enter the Spring Green season opener at Vermont’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, May 4 with just one goal: Winning.
Mueller was rather matter-of-fact about his plans: “We’re going to try to win every race – that’s the only reason we show up,” he said.
After winning nine races last summer, including four in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division at Devil’s Bowl, Mueller and his family team have been working in the off-season to improve their program at their Olmstedville, NY home base.
On the competition side, Mueller has studied under NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour crew chief Phil Moran and was part of the team that won the “UNOH Battle at the Beach” event at Daytona International Speedway in February. On the sponsorship end, Mueller’s No. 19 cars will carry new backing from MacMillen Construction, Precision Auto, and Liquor & Wine Warehouse to join longtime sponsors Mueller & Sons Heavy Duty Towing and Freihofer’s distributors Eric and Sherry Laundry.
Often donning a 10-gallon hat with the nickname “The Warren County Cowboy,” Mueller is hopeful that his goal of winning races may also pay off with championships at Devil’s Bowl Speedway and Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY, along with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series honors.
“I’m pretty excited to go after the championships,” Mueller said. I’ve learned a lot about how to make the cars work, and I feel pretty fortunate to have some new sponsors this year. For me, winning at the short tracks is what I want to be doing, and it feels like the season can’t start soon enough.”
Mueller is part of a strong contingent of drivers gunning for the Devil’s Bowl title. Veterans Ron Proctor, Leon Gonyo, and Vince Quenneville, Jr., are expected to challenge defending champion Todd Stone, along with emerging stars Dave Snow and Cody Sargen.
The season opens on Sunday, May 4 at 1:30pm with the historic Spring Green event for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models and the Bond Auto Parts Modified, Renegade and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
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 or to order discount season passes, call (802) 265-3112 or visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at Facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed.
PHOTOS: Jessey Mueller is aiming for the Bond Auto Parts Modified championship at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 2014. (MemorEvents photos)