Stone posts victory at Devil’s Bowl
WEST HAVEN — On Sunday, defending champion in the Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature Todd Stone of Middlebury landed in victory lane for the first time this season at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway after fending off multiple late-race challenges from Jessey Mueller.
Stone was part of a four-way battle for the lead in the early laps with Leon Gonyo, Mueller and Ron Proctor. Stone worked the outside lane and grabbed the lead from Gonyo at lap 11, then held off Mueller through heavy lapped traffic as the laps wound down.
In the 30-lap event, Stone was followed by Mueller, Gonyo, Joey Roberts and Proctor. Jason Durgan finished sixth, followed by Jamie LaFountain, Vince Quenneville Jr. of Brandon and Hunter Bates of East Middlebury. Mueller’s finish was later erased due to a technical rules violation, and the other finishers were moved up a place.
In the 114-lap 101.5 The Fox Spring Green 114, Brian Hoar won his 40th American-Canadian Tour Late Model stock car race, tops all-time on that series.
Hoar, of Williston, used the race’s final restart with seven laps remaining to pounce on leader Joey Polewarczyk Jr., and then ran away and hid. Polewarczyk led 46 laps and settled for the runner-up finish among the 34 drivers that entered the event.
Sixteen-year-old Stephen Donahue of Graniteville posted the second win of his career in the Renegade division after a rough 20-lap race that included a collision involving the pace car. Donahue held off challenges from Jon Boutin and Robert Gordon late in the race.
Mike Whalen Jr. of Plattsburgh, N.Y., became the fourth winner in as many events in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division. Whalen earned his third career Devil’s Bowl win by holding off Chris LaVair and Addison’s Chuck Bradford in a 20-lap race.
Veteran driver Todd Patnode of Richmond, N.H., made his first trip to the Devil’s Bowl victory lane in the 20-lap feature race for the SK Light division.
The winners and local finishers in each event were:
• American-Canadian Tour (114 laps): 1. Hoar, Williston, 114 laps; 21. Josh Masterson, Bristol, 112 laps.
• Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature (30 laps): 1. Stone; 7. Quenneville; 8. Bates; 10. Dave Snow, Brandon.
• Renegade Feature (20 laps): 1. Donahue; 9. Ray Germain Jr., Bristol.
• Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Feature (20 laps): 1. Whalen; 3. Bradford; 7. Lacey Hanson, Orwell; 8. Lance Masterson, Lincoln.
• SK Light Feature (20 laps): 1. Patnode.
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