Stone and Bates win at Devil’s Bowl
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury drivers Hunter Bates and Todd Stone each won 25-lap feature races on Friday, June 14, at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
Recent high school graduate Bates continued his strong start to the season by winning the first of two 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bond Auto Parts features.
Bates, who won a 30-lap Late Model feature at Devil’s Bowl on May 31, was ahead of the field on lap 12 when contact between second-place Jamie Proctor and third-place Jessey Mueller triggered a massive crash that involved half of the 20-car field and necessitated a red flag period. Several cars were forced out with damage.
Ron Proctor of Charlton, N.Y., finished second, with Vince Quenneville Jr. of Brandon in third. Stone rebounded from the lap-12 crash to finish fourth after winning his qualifying heat and the Sunoco Race Fuels Semi-Feature.
Stone finished what he started in the second 25-lap feature, driving from the 17th starting position to pass Jamie Proctor with seven laps remaining to take the lead and sail to his second victory of the season. Proctor, of Schuylerville, N.Y., finished a season-best second, followed by Leon Gonyo of Chazy, N.Y., Mueller, of Olmstedville, N.Y., and Bates.
Matt Frahm of Salem, N.H., dominated the inaugural Carmody Ford “Slate Valley 100” for the Granite State Pro Stock Series. Frahm, a part-time competitor on the NASCAR Nationwide Series, led every lap of the evening’s main event in the Granite State Pro Stock Series’ first appearance at a Vermont racetrack.
Bobby LaVair of Gabriels, N.Y., posted his second-straight win in the 15-lap feature race for the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division. Like the first Modified event, the Mini Stock race also saw a major pileup that eliminated several cars; no drivers were injured. Garry Bashaw of Lincoln took second place in the event.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway returns to action on June 21 with the annual “Hometown Heroes Night” presented by Carrara Masonry and Concrete, featuring another “Twin 25” event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division, along with the Late Models, Renegades and Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stocks.
All military, veterans, police, fire, and rescue workers will be admitted free with valid identification; general admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Full results for local drivers were;
• Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature No. 1 (25 laps):
1. Bates, Middlebury; 3. Quenneville, Brandon; 4. Stone, Middlebury; 12. Dave Snow, Brandon.
• Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature No. 2 (25 laps):
1. Stone, Middlebury; 5. Bates, Middlebury; 7. Quenneville, Brandon; 14. Snow, Brandon.
• Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock (15 laps) 2. Bashaw, Lincoln; 7. Lance Masterson, Lincoln; 8. Chuck Bradford, Addison; 12. Jason Sabourin, Vergennes; 13. Lacey Hanson, Orwell.
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