WEST HAVEN—Devil’s Bowl Speedway, located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., already has its first “win” in the 2017 stock car racing season. At a conference at the Plaza Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla., Feb. 18, it was announced that NASCAR has awarded a $10,000 grant to the speedway for capital improvements and facility upgrades.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway enters its 51st season of stock car racing in 2017 and its seventh consecutive year under NASCAR sanction. The venue has the unique distinction as the only facility in North America with two weekly short tracks — a half-mile asphalt track and a three-tenths-mile dirt track — competing in the grassroots NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.
The $10,000 grant has been earmarked to help complete two projects. Once finished, a technical inspection building — the shell of which was erected in 2015 — will provide officials and race teams with a pit area garage to perform pre-race and post-race work. In addition, a large section of pavement in the pit area that has been damaged by weather and erosion will be excavated and replaced.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway was one of 10 tracks in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series selected to receive the capital improvement grant, along with Alaska Raceway Park near Anchorage, Michigan’s Berlin Raceway, East Carolina Motor Speedway in North Carolina, New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway, Meridian Speedway in Idaho, Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia, Wisconsin’s Spring Lake Speedway, Tucson Speedway in Arizona, and Canada’s Eastbound International Speedway in Newfoundland. Devil’s Bowl Speedway previously received a NASCAR grant in 2012.
“It’s an honor to receive the capital improvement funding again,” Devil’s Bowl promoter Mike Bruno said. “We are fully committed to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and programs like this are why. NASCAR treats our race teams incredibly well, and it’s great that they’re reinvesting in the tracks, too. We are always trying to improve at Devil’s Bowl, and the grant money is a huge help.”
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