Devil’s Bowl Speedway to host Firecracker Weekend

Courtesy of Devil’s Bowl Speedway

A firework caps off the night at a past event.

WEST HAVEN – Devil’s Bowl Speedway promises to be the site of Southern Vermont’s biggest, loudest, and most exciting holiday celebrations during the annual “ Firecracker Weekend ” on July 2-3.  The two-night spectacle will keep Rutland County rumbling on both Saturday and Sunday with NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing on asphalt and dirt, kids’ bicycle giveaways, a pair of smash-‘n’-crash Enduro races, and the region’s biggest Independence Day weekend fireworks shows.

Both events have new start times of 7 p.m. in order to give fans and racers a little more time to relax during the day and enjoy holiday weekend activities. The change also allows the sun to set a bit lower and will let temperatures cool off some before the racing begins.

Firecracker Weekend racing action begins with Coca-Cola Night on the half-mile Asphalt Track on Saturday, July 2. The ground-pounding Sportsman Modified and the sleek and modern Late Model divisions will each run special 44-lap feature races. The old-school Renegades and the entry-level Mini Stocks will also be on the bill.

On Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m., racing on the 3/10-mile Dirt Track will feature Sportsman Modified, Renegade, and Mini Stock classes.  The winged, alcohol-burning, lightning-fast Sprint Cars of New England will also be on hand for their second appearance of the year.

Both nights will see the Enduro Series in all of its wild-and-crazy glory, featuring not-quite-street-legal vehicles with only safety modifications, and amateur drivers racing in 50-lap “survival of the fittest” events that always produce plenty of bent metal. Races are run without caution periods and are only red-flagged in emergency situations – otherwise disabled cars are left wherever they come to rest.

The finishing touch on each night, of course, will be Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s massive annual holiday fireworks show.

Admission at is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (62+) and students (13-17), and free for kids age 12 and under.  Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. both nights. For more info., visit

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