The Mountain Times

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Reflecting on the season

Dear Editor,
The weekly 2012 racing season has come to a close here at Devil's Bowl Speedway, and now there's some time to finally take a breath and soak it all in.  Racers, fans and friends we want to extend our deepest and most sincere thanks and appreciation to each and every one of you for your belief in and support of our new undertaking at Devil's Bowl Speedway.

To be honest with you, we didn't really know what to expect after our first "town meeting" last October, but the first real indication was when 30 dedicated race teams and a couple dozen die-hard fans showed up for practice on April 22 in a 25-degree wind chill with a touch of snow - that's when we knew we really had a special group behind us.

The racing was outstanding in all four of our weekly divisions all year, and the personalities really shined on both sides of the pit fence all year. There was a feeling of both competitiveness and community every week, and you were all an integral part of it - from the first heat race on opening day to the pancake eating contest to the final checkered flag at the Vermont 200 last weekend.

We thank the officials from the NASCAR Home Tracks and Whelen All-American Series programs, the more than 50 local companies that committed sponsorship and support to Devil's Bowl Speedway and its racers, and the amazing group of people working here behind the scenes keeping things running smoothly and successfully.

Our racers are our backbone, and there would be no racing without the drivers, teams, and families who pour their hearts and souls into this sport. Thanks to you and every one of your sponsors. Likewise, every time our fans cheer for a winner or boo someone who makes a mistake, that's enough of a payoff for us to keep going.  Your passion for this sport and Devil's Bowl Speedway is obvious, and it's why we're here. Thank you all.  

Asphalt racing wasn't supposed to work at Devil's Bowl, right?  We are proud to be the ones who are helping to prove that theory wrong. All it takes is a little work and a lot of belief in what you're trying to accomplish. We believe in our program, and thankfully, so do you. That means everything to us. We're already working on the 2013 racing season, and we can't wait to bring it to you.

Thanks again,
Mike and Alayne Bruno