Bryant and Bushey take first wins; LaVair makes it five straight
WEST HAVEN, VT – Vince Quenneville Jr. is loving his new racecar, and he parked it in victory lane at Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the second week in a row on Friday, July 10. The Brandon, VT veteran won the double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championship event, making it a perfect two-for-two in his new Troyer chassis. Other winners on the night included Robert Bryant Jr., Jimmy Bushey, and Chris LaVair.
Quenneville started last on the field because of his victory in the previous event, but that didn’t slow him down any. A steady climb through traffic brought him to the back bumper of leader Jimmy Ryan by lap 15 of the 35-lap race; he made several attempts at getting by Ryan before finally finding grip in the outside lane and nosing ahead at lap 22. After that, Quenneville was long gone and cruised to his second-straight victory in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.
Ryan was in a fierce fight with Greg Atkins, point leader Ron Proctor, and Joey Roberts during the rest of the race, and Proctor eventually made his way into the runner-up spot. Atkins finished third for his seventh consecutive top-five finish, followed by Roberts and Ryan. Proctor, of Charlton, NY, holds a 14-point lead in the championship standings over Quenneville (455-441) entering the second half of the season.
Robert Bryant Jr. of Brooklyn, CT worked hard for his first win of the season in the 30-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model feature. Side-by-side action was the theme of the race, and Bryant ran in close quarters with Steve Miller for several laps near the halfway point before taking over at lap 18. Bryant led a group of seven cars in the lead pack that took turns swapping positions throughout the final laps, and Bristol, VT’s Josh Masterson ended up in the runner-up position. Jamie Aube came from 14th starting spot to finish third, followed by Miller and Bobby Therrien.
Masterson’s good finish in the double-points race, combined with a hard crash on the opening lap for chief rival Todd Stone, gives him a sizeable lead in the championship standings. Bryant moved up to second place with his win, but trails Masterson by 44 points (365-321). Stone entered the event just five points off Masterson’s lead but dropped to third place, 61 points behind.
Jimmy Bushey captured a popular and emotional victory in the 20-lap Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegade feature. Bushey lost his Mooers Forks, NY home in a devastating fire on June 13 while he was competing at Airborne Park Speedway and had been out of action for three weeks, but rebounded with a dominant win in the Mid-Season Championship race – his first win at Devil’s Bowl.
Rookie Matt Monaghan finished second for the best result of his young career in the class, followed by Robert Gordon, Jim McKiernan, and Scott FitzGerald. Gordon, of Milton, VT, holds a 30-point advantage on FitzGerald (409-379) in the title chase.
Chris LaVair of Gabriels, NY made it five consecutive wins in the Portland Glass Mini Stocks, sweeping both halves of a two-segment race. LaVair extended his lead in the division’s all-time win list to 14, and also equaled the Devil’s Bowl Speedway modern-era asphalt record of five consecutive wins, a mark set in 2010 by Renegade racer Jon Miller. Chuck Bradford finished second in the event, followed by Harold LaVair, the winner’s father. Kyle Watrous ran fourth in his first start of the season, with rookie Tanner Crary fifth. Chris LaVair has a comfortable 64-point lead in the standings over his father Harold LaVair (408-344).
The Rutland Area Vehicle Enthusiasts (RAVE) car club was also on hand for the event; Brad and Laurie Canty’s 1969 Chevrolet Nova was voted by fans as the “best in show” while Damon and Tina Pelkey’s 1947 Ford pickup truck won the burnout contest with an impressive smoke show.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway hosts the family-fun “Monster Truck Mania” event on Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m., with four high-flying, car-crushing machines including Monster Jam World Freestyle Champion “Overkill Evolution” and the “Higher Education” monster school bus. Four “Motor Madness” races will also be on the card, open to all drivers and all vehicles. General admission is $15 for adults and only $5 for kids age 12 and under. Rules and entry forms for the Motor Madness races are available at www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com.
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; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championships
Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, VT
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere
Friday, July 10, 2015
Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature (35 laps)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (11) Vince Quenneville Jr., Brandon, VT
2. (9) Ron Proctor, Charlton, NY
3. (4) Greg Atkins, Clintonville, NY
4. (8) Joey Roberts, Fletcher, VT
5. (2) Jimmy Ryan, Whiting, VT
6. (10) Jason Durgan, Morrisonville, NY
7. (3) Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, VT
8. (1) # Bob Kilburn, Fair Haven, VT
9. (6) Dave Snow, Brandon, VT
10. (5) # Allan Hammond, Canaan, NH
11. (7) Leon Gonyo, Chazy, NY
Heat Winners: Leon Gonyo; Joey Roberts
Shiley Fabrication Hard Charger Award: Vince Quenneville Jr.
Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award: Leon Gonyo
Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model Feature (30 laps)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (4) Robert Bryant Jr., Brooklyn, CT
2. (9) Josh Masterson, Bristol, VT
3. (14) Jamie Aube, North Ferrisburgh, VT
4. (3) Steve Miller, Vergennes, VT
5. (15) Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT
6. (11) Chris Bergeron, Claremont, NH
7. (5) Robert Hagar, Windsor, VT
8. (13) Brandon Atkins, Au Sable Forks, NY
9. (1) Walter J. Hammond, Canaan, NH
10. (2) Seth Bridge, Mendon, VT
11. (6) Walt Hammond Jr., Canaan, NH
12. (8) Tommy Eriksen Jr., Ferrisburgh, VT
13. (7) Brad Bushey, Cambridge, VT
14. (12) Mark Norris, Benson, VT
15. (10) Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT
Heat Winners: Chris Bergeron; Josh Masterson
Crazy Horse Racing Winners Circle Challenge: Robert Bryant Jr.
Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegade Feature (20 laps)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (4) Jimmy Bushey, Mooers Forks, NY
2. (2) # Matt Monaghan, Colchester, VT
3. (8) Robert Gordon, Milton, VT
4. (9) Jim McKiernan, Moriah Center, NY
5. (3) Scott FitzGerald, West Rutland, VT
6. (5) Don Franklin, Milton, VT
7. (6) Jared Blake, North Hero, VT
8. (1) # Shawn Franklin, Waitsfield, VT
9. (7) # Tony Salerno, Mineville, NY
Heat Winner: Matt Monaghan
Bond Auto Parts Hard Charger Award: Robert Gordon
Portland Glass Mini Stock Feature (10 laps x2)
(# – denotes rookie)
1. (8) Chris LaVair, Gabriels, NY
2. (7) Chuck Bradford, Addison, VT
3. (3) Harold LaVair Jr., Gabriels, NY
4. (6) Kyle Watrous, Bomoseen, VT
5. (2) # Tanner Crary, Saranac Lake, NY
6. (5) # Bradley Bertrand, Ferrisburgh, VT
7. (1) Kyle Sorensen, Ballston Spa, NY
8. (4) Andrew FitzGerald, West Rutland, VT
Segment Winners: Chris LaVair (2)
Bond Auto Parts Hard Charger Award: Chris LaVair