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Young race fans present Modified driver Jimmy Ryan with a cake during the Thomas Dairy Kids Club “Bake a Cake” event at Devil’s Bowl. Quenneville tightens Devil’s Bowl standings with third Modified win
WEST HAVEN – Vince Quenneville Jr. is keeping things interesting at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The veteran stock car driver sailed to his third victory of the season on Friday, Aug. 21 and tightened an already-close championship battle. Other winners at the event included Jamie Aube, Scott FitzGerald, and Chuck Bradford.
Quenneville’s win came in the Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Codie Aubin of Plattsburgh, N.Y., looked the part of a first-time winner by leading the caution-free 30-lap race by a substantial margin, but Brandon, Vt., racer Quenneville reeled him and completed the pass for the lead with eight laps remaining.
Aubin held on for the runner-up finish, the best result of his career at Devil’s Bowl. Ron Proctor of Charlton, N.Y., finished third in spite of mid-race contact between his car and Quenneville’s. Dave Snow matched his career-best finish in fourth place, while Greg Atkins finished fifth.
Proctor and Quenneville entered the event separated by just four points atop the championship standings; Proctor extended his narrow lead through qualifying to six points, but Quenneville chopped the gap down to just two points (655-653) unofficially – the difference of a single on-track position in a feature race.
North Ferrisburgh, Vt., native Jamie Aube ended a winless skid exactly one week shy of its 22nd anniversary with his first Devil’s Bowl victory in the 30-lap Late Model feature. The three-time champion sparred with Seth Bridge for the first half of the race, with the pair often trading the lead two or more times per lap. Aube officially took the lead over at lap 12 and was out front for the balance of the race. His most recent victory had been in a Aug. 28, 1993 race at the former Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam, Mass.
A group of young race fans also presented their favorite drivers with tasty treats at intermission for the Thomas Dairy Kids Club “Bake a Cake” event.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is back in action on Friday, Aug. 28 with the annual “Double Stack Night” presented by Sugar & Spice Restaurant and Jones’ Donuts. All four weekly NASCAR divisions will run double features, and the event also hosts the fourth annual Great North American Pancake Eating Championship at intermission. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., For more info, DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com.