Stone gets 6th Devil’s Bowl win, Masterson 8th in 150-lapper

WEST HAVEN — Rookie Josh Masterson of Bristol led the local contingent on Sunday in the big 150-lap St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 150 stock car race at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway, which drew a number of American-Canadian Tour drivers.
Middlebury’s Todd Stone continued his winning ways this season by capturing the checkered flag in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race. A number of other Addison County drivers had good showings on the day.
Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, N.H., started at the pole position and also led at the finish to capture his third consecutive race at the Devil’s Bowl in West Haven.
Masterson of Bristol led the local Devil’s Bowl contingent in eighth place after starting in eighth position. The first-year racer won a heat, too. Middlebury racer Hunter Bates claimed 25th place in the 150.
Stone dominated the 35-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified feature, cruising to his sixth victory of the year. He drove from 11th place to second, then capitalized on the race’s lone restart at lap nine to take the lead.  Stone also won his qualifying heat and the bonus-points Sunoco Race Fuels Semi-Feature for a rare “triple crown” victory.
Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. roared to fifth place; Bates raced in this event, too, capturing seventh; and Brandon’s Dave Snow (a heat winner) was 18th in the final.
Rookie Ray Germain Jr. of Bristol started in the pole position in the Renegade Feature, which runs 12 laps two times. But he could only manage a fifth-place finish.
The 15-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Feature, won by Chris LaVair of Gabriels, N.Y., featured many local faces. Rookie Chuck Bradford of Addison was fourth, followed in sixth place by Garry Bashaw of Lincoln. Rookie Lance Masterson of Lincoln earned 11th place.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Route 22A is back in action on Friday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. with the second annual C.J. Richards Memorial 67 presented by Carrara Masonry & Concrete, the second round of the new Northern Modified Challenge Series. The event also includes twin 20-lap Late Model features and the Mini Stock division. Regular general admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and free for children 12 and under.

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