WEST HAVEN - American-Canadian Tour stock car drivers Wayne
Helliwell, Jr. and Brian Hoar brought a full house to its feet for
a photo finish in the Spring Green 113 at Devil's Bowl Speedway on
Sunday afternoon, May 5. Helliwell headlined a list of race
winners to open the 2013 season at the West Haven, Vt. track that
also included Todd Stone, Richie Turner, and Chris LaVair.
Dover, NH driver Helliwell, the defending winner of the race and
the 2012 ACT Late Model Tour champion, dominated the first 92 laps
of the race before giving way to three-time Spring Green winner
Hoar after a restart. Hoar, of Williston, Vt., led the next
16 circuits and appeared to be pulling away before two restarts
with five laps remaining gave Helliwell a chance to regain the
lead. The crowd rose to its feet as the pair ran inches apart in
the final five laps, with Helliwell eventually nosing ahead for the
victory by just .027 seconds - about two feet.
ACT Late Model Tour point leader Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown,
Vt. finished a strong third.
Several Devil's Bowl Speedway regulars tackled the ACT field for
the first time. Masterson, the 2012 Devil's Bowl Speedway Mini
Stock champion, was in contention for a top-ten finish in his
first-ever Late Model start with five laps remaining before a blown
tire caused him to crash. Devil's Bowl 2012 Late Model
champion Craig Bushey of Fairfax, Vt. was running in third place
before a broken rear end component forced him to retire.
Todd Stone of Middlebury, Vt. ran to a convincing victory in the
35-lap Modified feature to open the NASCAR Whelen All-American
Series season. Stone came from 10th on the starting field to grab
the lead from defending champion Ron Proctor on lap 27, then won
the main event going away. The win came in the first
NASCAR-sanctioned race of Stone's long and successful career.
Proctor, of Charlton, NY, survived an early scrape with Vince
Quenneville, Jr. to lead much of the event before succumbing to
Stone, but held on for the runner-up finish. Brandon, VT driver
Quenneville finished third.
Richie Turner of Fairfax, Vt. led every turn of the 15-lap Renegade
feature for his second career Devil's Bowl victory. Defending
champion Robert Gordon of Milton, Vt. made a late charge to take
the runner-up spot, with rookies Brad Bushey of Bolton, Vt., taking
Chris LaVair of Gabriels, NY dominated the 15-lap Central Vermont
Motorcycles Mini Stock feature for his first-ever Devil's Bowl
victory. LaVair drew the pole position and led every lap, beating
his younger brother Bobby LaVair for the win. Jake Noble of Benson,
VT made a final-lap pass to finish in third place.
Devil's Bowl Speedway is back in action on Friday, May 24 at 7
p.m. with the Memorial Day Special. The event will feature twin
25-lap features for the Modified division and holiday fireworks
show, along with regular events for the Late Model, Renegade, and
Mini Stock divisions.
For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or visit
Photo by Eric LaFleche/VLFPhotos.com
With the crowd on its feet, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. (orange car,
outside) beats Brian Hoar (#37) by two feet to win the Spring Green
113 at Devil's Bowl Speedway.