Murray makes it three straight in Super Stocks
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Kenny Tremont Jr. keeps stacking up victories at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The veteran stock car driver put on a clinic at the 3/10-mile Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl on Sunday, July 30, winning his second-straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race on Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night. Other winners during the event included Chris Murray, Chris Conroy, Aaron Mulready, and Bill Putnam.
Tremont, of West Sand Lake, N.Y., started 12th in the 35-lap feature race for the Central Vermont Motorcycles division and quickly moved forward on the smooth, dry-slick track. Hard-luck driver Jimmy Ryan took command at lap 4 after polesitter Tomas Kimball spun out, and ran the best race of his season, but was no match for Tremont and gave way at lap 22.
Tremont blistered the pack over the final 13 circuits to wrap up his second consecutive win at Devil’s Bowl and third on the season. Ryan held on for a season-best runner-up finish, turning his campaign around in fine shape. Tim LaDuc bounced through two crashes but drove a fast car to the front and ended the race in third place. Justin Comes rode the outside lane to fourth place, and Randy Howe completed the top five.
Unofficially, LaDuc and Tremont vaulted past previous championship point leader Vince Quenneville Jr., who crashed early and finished 12th after rejoining the field several laps behind. LaDuc’s 434 points lead Tremont (419) and Quenneville (416).
Chris Murray of Fair Haven, Vt., made it a three-peat to sweep the month of July in the Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock division, winning the overall top prize in an exciting two-segment race. Bill Duprey won the first 15-lap leg to earn one “segment point” in the cumulatively scored race, with Murray taking two points in second place ahead of Curtis Condon, Scott FitzGerald, and Lou Gancarz.
After a full-field invert between segments, Murray and Duprey put on a wild show coming from the back of the pack with several three-wide moves in traffic. Duprey spun out with three laps left, but Murray soldiered on to win the segment over FitzGerald, Josh Bussino, and Matt Mosher; Duprey rebounded quickly to finish fifth.
Murray’s combined low two-segment score of three points (2nd + 1st = 3 pts.) topped all others and gave him the overall victory. FitzGerald (4th + 2nd = 6 pts.) finished second overall, with his better second-round finish breaking a point tie with Duprey (1st + 5th = 6 pts.). Bussino and Mosher, each with 11 points, completed the official top five finishers.
Chris Conroy of Newport, N.H., scored his first win of the season in the 15-lap Portland Glass Mini Stock race. Conroy took the lead from 14 year-old rookie Johnny Bruno on lap 3 and never looked back. Bruno took a career-best runner-up finish, and fellow rookie Dakota Desabrais ran third in only his fourth appearance. Chris Charbonneau extended his championship lead with a fourth-place effort, and Tim St. John was a season-best fifth.
Aaron Mulready of Buskirk, N.Y., wasted little time in earning his first Devil’s Bowl win, taking the 15-lap race for the Catamount Mini Sprints in just his second start at the track. Fresh off a stint in the U.S. Marines, Mulready stole the lead from Austin Chaves with only two laps remaining. Chaves and Colby Beinhaur – each just 15 years old – finished second and third, respectively. Nadine Coates was fourth, and 12 year-old Cody O’Brien was scored in fifth place for his best showing.
Bill Putnam of Chester, Vt., won a fun final round in the annual Street-Legal Spectator Races, driving his 2000 Subaru Impreza to victory over a wild-driving Tim Whitney of Cornwall, Vt.; Whitney was broadsliding his 2003 Pontiac Sunfire through the corners trying to reel Putnam in, which thrilled the grandstand crowd.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway kicks off a busy month of August on Wednesday, August 2, at 7:30 p.m. with the third round of the Wednesday Night Drag Racing Series. The 1/2-mile oval Asphalt Track is in action on Saturday, August 5, at 7:00 p.m. with the sixth annual “C.J. Richards Memorial” event, and the 3/10-mile Dirt Track cranks back up with double features in all divisions on Sunday, August 6, and 6:00 p.m.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of U.S. Route 4, Exit 2. For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at @DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the hashtag #DevilsBowl.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night
Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track – West Haven, Vt.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified Feature (35 laps)
# – denotes rookie
1. (12) Kenny Tremont Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y.
2. (3) Jimmy Ryan, Whiting, Vt.
3. (11) Tim LaDuc, Orwell, Vt.
4. (9) Justin Comes, Middlebury, Vt.
5. (4) Randy Howe, Lebanon, N.H.
6. (6) Justin Severance, Pittsford, Vt.
7. (1) # Tomas Kimball, White River Junction, Vt.
8. (2) Codie Aubin, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
9. (13) Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, Vt.
10. (7) Joey Scarborough, Brandon, Vt.
11. (8) Brian Whittemore, Pittsford, Vt.
12. (10) Vince Quenneville Jr., Brandon, Vt.
13. (14) Chad Miller, White River Junction, Vt.
14. (5) # James Fadden, Plainfield, N.H.
Heat Winners: Jimmy Ryan, Joey Scarborough
Shiley Fabrication Hard Charger Award: Kenny Tremont Jr.
Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award: Chad Miller
Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock Feature (15 laps x 2)
# – denotes rookie
1. (10) Chris Murray, Fair Haven, Vt.
2. (11) Scott FitzGerald, West Rutland, Vt.
3. (1) Bill Duprey, Hydeville, Vt.
4. (9) Josh Bussino, Mouth Holly, Vt.
5. (2) Matt Mosher, Queensbury, N.Y.
6. (3) Lou Gancarz, North Adams, Mass.
7. (4) Curtis Condon, Queensbury, N.Y.
8. (12) # Garrett Given, Cornwall, Vt.
9. (5) Larry Bristol, Rutland, Vt.
10. (14) Cassidy Wilson, West Rupert, Vt.
11. (8) Erwin Smith Jr., South Glens Falls, N.Y.
12. (7) # Brian Rogers, Castleton, Vt.
13. (6) Ronnie Alger, Orwell, Vt.
14. (13) Mike Bradley, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
Segment Winners: Bill Duprey, Chris Murray
Portland Glass Mini Stock Feature (15 laps)
# – denotes rookie
1. (5) Chris Conroy, Newport, N.H.
2. (2) # Johnny Bruno, Castleton, Vt.
3. (8) # Dakota Desabrais, Brandon, Vt.
4. (6) Chris Charbonneau, Rutland, Vt.
5. (15) Tim St. John, Claremont, N.H.
6. (9) Joe Malzac, Middlebury, Vt.
7. (1) Cameron Kennedy, Rochester, Vt.
8. (11) Roo Forrest, West Rutland, Vt.
9. (7) # Tré McCoy, Rutland, Vt.
10. (10) Jason Porter, Freeport, Maine
11. (14) Erika Lilly, Castleton, Vt.
12. (13) # Josh Kennedy, Rochester, Vt.
13. (12) Robert Garney, Fort Edward, N.Y.
14. (3) # Jake Barrows, Cornwall, Vt.
15. (4) # Willie Rice, Poultney, Vt.
Did Not Start: Kayla Given, Cornwall, Vt.
Heat Winners: Jason Porter, Johnny Bruno
Catamount Mini Sprint Feature (15 laps)
1. (4) Aaron Mulready, Buskirk, N.Y.
2. (2) Austin Chaves, Chester, Vt.
3. (1) Colby Beinhaur, Shoreham, Vt.
4. (5) Nadine Coates, Newport, N.H.
5. (10) Cody O’Brien, Springfield, Vt.
6. (9) Josh Mulready, Buskirk, N.Y.
7. (8) Robert Griffin, Sunapee, N.H.
8. (6) Erick Mulready, Buskirk, N.Y.
9. (3) Robert Hagar, Windsor, Vt.
10. (7) Sean Beinhaur, Shoreham, Vt.
Heat Winner: Aaron Mulready