Wed, Aug 21, 2013 01:42 PM
Masterson, Bergeron take Late Model thrillers; LaVair wins Mini
WEST HAVEN - NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers Jessey
Mueller and Joey Roberts highlighted an exciting night of stock car
racing at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Friday, Aug. 16, splitting
victories in twin 25-lap features on Brown's Quarried Slate/Brown's
Orchard & Farm Stand Night. Feature winners also included Josh
Masterson, Chris Bergeron, Chris LaVair, Eric "Mongo" Messier, and
event sponsor Charlie Brown.
18-year-old Mueller, of Olmstedville, NY, posted his third win of
the season in the opening event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified
division. Mueller started 11th on the grid and patiently made his
way through traffic to enter the top five at lap 15. He took second
place from Cody Sargen at lap 20, just before a multi-car crash
blocked the track and brought out the red flag.
Due to the lengthy cleanup period and a predetermined time limit of
20 minutes, the race was cut to 22 laps with a
green-white-checkered finish. Mueller rocketed past leader Ron
Proctor of Charlton, NY on the restart to grab the lead and cruise
to the win. Proctor took the runner-up finish for his best result
since June, with Leon Gonyo of Chazy, NY third. Vince Quenneville,
Jr., of Brandon, VT and Joe Williams of Scotia, NY were next in
Fletcher, Vt. driver Joey "Fireball" Roberts turned a frustrating
season around with an emotional victory in the 25-lap nightcap.
After rebuilding his car twice from hard wrecks earlier in the
season, Roberts crashed in his qualifying heat but his team
repaired the front end of his car in time for feature racing.
Once he took the lead at lap 8, Roberts sailed to an uncontested
and popular victory, the second of his career. Gonyo finished
a strong night as the runner-up, ahead of point leader Todd Stone
of Middlebury, VT, who crashed twice in the opening feature.
Mueller finished fourth with Proctor close behind.
The Late Model division ran two thrilling 25-lap features, each
decided by final-lap passes. In the first race, rookie Josh
Masterson of Bristol, Vt. outgunned fellow youngster Hunter Bates
of Middlebury, Vt. in a side-by-side duel. Chris Bergeron of
Claremont, NH finished third ahead of first-time Devil's Bowl racer
Luke Hinkley, also of Claremont, NH, and early leader Ricky Bly of
Bergeron won the second 25-lap race after a breathtaking pass on
the final lap that saw the lead cars race four-wide on the
backstretch. Masterson went from fifth place to second in the
maneuver to take the runner-up finish. Rookie Brandon Atkins of
AuSable Forks, NY finished third with Bly fourth and Bates
The large grandstand crowd gave the podium finishers a loud ovation
after the race.
Chris LaVair of Gabriels, NY took his fourth win of the season in a
three-segment, cumulatively scored special event for the Central
Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division. LaVair posted
finishes of second, fourth, and first in the three 10-lap rounds to
post low total score of 7 points for the overall win. Mike
Whalen, Jr., of Plattsburgh, NY tied LaVair's 7-point score with
finishes of first, third, and third, but lost the tiebreaker due to
LaVair's better final-segment finish. Bobby LaVair, the
winner's brother, finished third overall with 13 points. Jake
Noble of Benson, VT (14 points) and second-segment winner Lacey
Hanson of Orwell, VT (15 points) completed the overall top
Eric "Mongo" Messier of Hinesburg, VT won the 50-lap Enduro Series
race for his third career victory. Messier held off teammate
Brett "Woody" Wood of Georgia, VT and "Wild Bill" Fountain of
Altona, NY for the win; the podium finishers were the only drivers
to complete all 50 laps of the race. Kevin Sorel of
Plattsburgh, NY and Ethan White of Hinesburg, VT were next in line,
each two laps behind.
Former Devil's Bowl Speedway competitor Charlie Brown of Brown's
Quarried Slate and Brown's Orchard & Farm Stand won a special
four-lap race in the Daredevil "community" division. Brown
bested Joe Howard, Doug Senecal, and Robbie Thornton for the
The Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club made a
special appearance at beginning of the event, bringing over 200
bikes and several fire trucks and rescue vehicles for a rousing
parade around the Devil's Bowl half-mile oval. More than
$2,000 was raised toward the Club's charity drive to find a cure
for blood cancers.
Devil's Bowl Speedway's final Friday night summer event is on
Friday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. with the second annual Great North
American Pancake Eating Championship presented by Sugar & Spice
Restaurant of Mendon, Vt. Double features for the Modified, Late
Model, Renegade, and Mini Stock divisions are on the schedule along
with "Spectator Races" for race fans with street-legal vehicles.
Regular general admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and
free for children 12 and under.
For more info, visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com
Photos by MemorEvents
Joey "Fireball" Roberts celebrates his first Bond Auto Parts
Modified victory of the season at Devil's Bowl Speedway.
Photos by MemorEvents
Bond Auto Parts Modified winner Jessey Mueller (center) in victory
late with runner-up Ron Proctor (right) and third-place finisher
Leon Gonyo (left) at Devil's Bowl Speedway.