Petronis wins Late Models; Fountain takes wild
WEST HAVEN - Todd Stone continued his remarkable stock car
racing season with a dominant run in the "Coca-Cola Firecracker"
special at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Friday, July 5. A huge
crowd watched as Stone notched his fourth victory in eight starts
in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division, while Dan Petronis,
rookie Brad Bushey, Jake Noble, "Wild Bill" Fountain, and Andrew
Allen also took victories, and the region's largest fireworks
display was presented by Alonzo Fireworks.
In the special 44-lap Modified event, Middlebury, Vt. veteran
Stone started 10th on the grid and quickly made his way through
traffic into third place by lap 10. Joe Williams of Scotia,
N.Y. held a large lead but crashed in Turn 3 to bring out the
caution flag. Stone jumped ahead of Jim Introne, Jr., and
into the lead on the restart, then survived one final restart
against fellow Middlebury, Vt. resident Hunter Bates to take the
victory. Bates finished second, followed by Ron Proctor of
Charlton, N.Y., Vince Quenneville, Jr., of Brandon, Vt., and Leon
Gonyo of Chazy, N.Y.
Dan Petronis of Mechancville, N.Y. and Chris Bergeron of
Claremont, N.H. fought tooth-and-nail throughout the 44-lap Late
Model main event. Petronis led the early portion of the race
before Bergeron took command on the outside lane, but Petronis
clawed his way back in the final laps to pass Bergeron and score
the second Devil's Bowl victory of his career. Rookie Josh
Masterson of Bristol, Vt. finished third for the second-straight
race, followed by Chris Curtis of Rutland, MA and Robert Bryant,
Jr., of Brooklyn, CT.
Rookie Brad Bushey of Cambridge, Vt. scored his career-first
victory in the two-segment Renegade feature. Bushey finished
second in the opening 12-lap leg, then put on an impressive drive
from the rear to win the final segment. His total low score
of three points was enough to top Richie Turner of Fairfax, Vt. (4
points) and rookie Richard Lowrey, III of Charlotte, Vt. (8
points). Robert Gordon and Stephen Donahue completed the
overall top five.
Teammates Jake Noble of Benson, Vt. and rookie Lacey Hanson of
Orwell, Vt. made it a 1-2 sweep in the 15-lap Central Vermont
Motorcycles Mini Stock feature. Bobby LaVair of Gabriels,
N.Y. was third, followed by Mike Whalen, Jr., and Chuck
"Wild Bill" Fountain of Altona, N.Y. lived up to his billing in the
75-lap Enduro Series event. Fountain was involved in at least
two wall-banging, metal-crunching crashes but drove to his first
win of the year. Eric "Mongo" Messier of Hinesburg, Vt. was
second with Tyler Rhoades of Milton, Vt. third.
The Daredevil "community" racing division made its 2013 debut
with representatives from Coca-Cola taking to the track.
Andrew Allen won the six-lap race ahead of Jamie Zsido and Kelly
Devil's Bowl Speedway is back in action on Friday, July 12 with
the double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championships at 7
p.m. Regular general admission is $12 for adults, $10 for
seniors, and free for children 12 and under. The event also
includes a driver autograph session and kids' racecar rides.
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