Masterson wins big at Devil’s Bowl

WEST HAVEN — Bristol’s Josh Masterson edged Middlebury’s Hunter Bates with a final-lap pass to win a 25-lap Late Model feature and highlight local drivers’ efforts on Friday at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
Masterson also took second in the other 25-lap Late Model feature, moving up from fifth on another final-lap maneuver in which the cars ran four wide and he passed three other drivers, a move that race organizers said drew a loud ovation from the crowd.
Finishing behind Masterson and Bates in the first race were two racers from Claremont, N.H., Chris Bergeron and Luke Hinkley, and early leader Ricky Bly of Sunapee, N.H.
Bergeron won the second Late Model race, with Masterson second, followed by Brandon Atkins of AuSable Forks, N.Y., Bly and Bates.
In two 25-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series features, Jessey Mueller and Joey Roberts split victories. Mueller, 18, of Olmstedville, N.Y., posted his third win of the season in the opening event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division.
At lap 20, a multi-car crash blocked the track and brought out the red flag. Due to the lengthy cleanup and a predetermined time limit, the race was cut to 22 laps. Mueller rocketed past leader Ron Proctor of Charlton, N.Y., on the restart to grab the lead and cruise to the win. Proctor took second for his best result since June, with Leon Gonyo of Chazy, N.Y., third. Vince Quenneville Jr., of Brandon was fourth.
Fletcher’s Joey “Fireball” Roberts won the 25-lap nightcap after rebuilding his car twice from hard wrecks earlier in the season and 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 the second win of his career. Gonyo finished second, ahead of point leader Todd Stone of Middlebury, who crashed twice in the opening feature. Mueller finished fourth, with Proctor close behind.
Chris LaVair of Gabriels, N.Y., took his fourth win of the season in a three-segment, cumulatively scored special event for the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division. Jake Noble of Benson was fourth, and second-segment winner Lacey Hanson of Orwell took fifth.
Eric “Mongo” Messier of Hinesburg won the 50-lap Enduro Series race for his third career victory.
The complete list of local finishers on Friday was:
•  Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature No. 1 (25 laps – shortened to 22 laps): 4. Quenneville; 8. Stone; 9. Bates; 14. Dave Snow, Brandon.
•  Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature No. 2 (25 laps): 3. Stone; 7. Bates; 9. Quenneville; 12. Snow.
•  Late Model Feature No. 1 (25 laps): 1. Masterson; 2. Bates.
•  Late Model Feature No. 2 (25 laps): 2. Masterson; 5. Bates; 11. Lance Masterson, Lincoln.
•  Enduro Series (50 laps): 11. Trevor Sampson, Addison; 12. Ed Shackett Sr., Middlebury; 19. Eddie Shackett Jr.; Middlebury; 20. Brad Disorda, Leicester.

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