Todd Stone wins race track season title, earns national honor

WEST HAVEN — Middlebury driver Todd Stone on Sunday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway finished a dominant Modified stock car campaign by taking his 10th NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory of the year. In the process Stone not only locked up the track championship, but as a first-year NASCAR member he also unofficially clinched the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Rookie of the Year crown.
In the first of two 50-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified division races, Stone ran from the 12th starting position to track down leader and 2012 series champion Ron Proctor after halfway, then rocketed into the top spot following a restart with 13 laps remaining.
Veteran driver Proctor of Charlton, N.Y., held on for the runner-up finish, while Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. took fifth.
Stone wasn’t as lucky in the second Whelen race, getting collected in a Lap 2 wreck and finishing 18th. That opened the race for 18-year-old Jessey Mueller of Olmstedville, N.Y., to drive to his fourth Devil’s Bowl win of the year. Middlebury’s Hunter Bates was third.
Both races also awarded points toward the Northern Modified Challenge Series championship, and Quenneville has a one-point lead over Mueller entering the final event at Canaan Dirt Speedway in Canaan, N.H., on Oct. 19.
In the 100-lap finale for the Late Model division on Sunday, Nick Sweet of Barre edged Travis Stearns of Auburn, Maine, by less than two feet for the win.
Behind them Chris Bergeron of Claremont, N.H., fought tooth-and-nail with Brandon Atkins, Bristol rookie Josh Masterson and Boomer Morris for third position. Bergeron and Masterson were also dueling for the track title in the series. Bergeron won the race, and when Masterson took sixth, Bergeron nipped Masterson for the Late Model title by four points.
In the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division, Jake Noble of Benson finished second behind Plattsburgh’s Mike Whalen, but edged Addison’s Chuck Bradford for the season’s title when Bradford’s engine died on Lap 6.
Jake Noble of Benson survived a roller-coaster 25-lap Mini-Stock race to win his first track championship. Noble trailed title rival Chuck Bradford early in the race, but took the lead when Bradford’s engine expired at Lap 6. Noble bobbled on a restart, however, and dropped to seventh on the track before rebounding to a runner-up finish behind winner Mike Whalen Jr. of Plattsburgh, N.Y. Lincoln’s Lance Masterson posted a career-best fourth in the race.
Complete Sunday results for local drivers were as follows:
Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature No. 1 (50 laps):
1. Stone, Middlebury, Track Champion; 5. Quenneville, Brandon; 7. Bates, Middlebury; 11. Dave Snow, Brandon; 15. Justin Stone, Middlebury.
Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature No. 2 (50 laps): 3. Bates, Middlebury; 8. Quenneville, Brandon; 16. Snow, Brandon; 18. T. Stone, Middlebury; 19. J. Stone, Middlebury.
Late Model Feature (100 laps): 6. J. Masterson, Bristol; 16. Tommy Eriksen Jr., Ferrisburgh; 19. Bates, Middlebury.
Renegade Feature (20 laps x 2): 17. Ray Germain Jr., Bristol.
Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Feature (25 laps): 4. L. Masterson, Lincoln; 10. Lacey Hanson, Orwell; 13. Bradford, Addison.
Enduro Series Feature (50 laps): 11. Eddie Shackett Jr., Middlebury; 15. Ed Shackett Sr., Middlebury; 22. Trevor Sampson, Addison; 26. Brad Disorda, Leicester; 29. Aaron Desabrais, Bristol; 34. Steve Miller, Vergennes.
On Saturday, the track hosted 10-lap “Shootout” races for competitors who had yet to win a race in 2013.
Sixteen year-old Ray Germain Jr. of Bristol won a close Shootout in the Renegade division; and in the Late Model shootout, Ferrisburgh’s Tommy Eriksen took third. Vergennes’ Steve Miller claimed the feature win in the Community Daredevil series.
The Vermont 200 Championship Weekend brought the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway to a close. 

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