WEST HAVEN - Devil's Bowl Speedway reached out to Vermonters
affected by Tropical Storm Irene in a ceremony on Sunday, Sept.
15. Prior to the start of the season's final championship
stock car racing events on Vermont 200 Weekend, Devil's Bowl
Speedway - through the NASCAR Green "Clean Air Project" -
celebrated the donation of 90 trees to long-term recovery
committees and other beneficiaries across Vermont, where they will
be used to repair some of the damage still remaining from the
August 2011 storm.
Devil's Bowl Speedway was one of five NASCAR-sanctioned speedways
selected to participate in the NASCAR Green Clean Air Project in
2013 - a program striving to improve environmental sustainability
through recycling, tree planting, and alternative energy
programs. The Clean Air Project, which also involves the
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, captures 100% of the emissions created by
race vehicles through tree planting.
The trees donated through Devil's Bowl Speedway, which are
scheduled for distribution in October, will serve a dual purpose -
reducing the track's carbon footprint while helping to replenish
the devastated landscape. Andrea Varney, representing the
Rutland County Long Term Recovery Committee and other
beneficiaries, was key in organizing the allocations of many of the
trees throughout Central Vermont.
"I thought it might be tough to find homes for 90 trees.
In fact, they were spoken for within minutes," recalled
Varney, Volunteer and Resource Coordinator for the Rutland County
Long Term Recovery Committee. "We had a great need for trees
to provide stabilization for a riverbank in Mendon that was washed
away during Irene. The Central Vermont and Northfield-Roxbury Long
Term Recovery Committees also quickly identified sites where tree
plantings would contribute to the region's Irene recovery. This
donation has been a wonderful resource to share across the state
and is very much appreciated by all those benefitting from it."
The tree donations through NASCAR Green mark Devil's Bowl
Speedway's second major community outreach effort for Tropical
Storm Irene survivors in Vermont; in June 2012, the track hosted
the "I Am Vermont Strong 100" race event which included a donation
drive for the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.
The Vermont 200 Championship Weekend is Devil's Bowl Speedway's
final event of the year.