Bradford, Stone post Devil’s Bowl wins
WEST HAVEN — An action-packed night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing this past Friday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway ended with two Addison County winners, Middlebury’s Todd Stone and Addison’s Chuck Bradford.
Johnny Scarborough and Stone split victories in the top-tier Modifieds, Bradford and Kyle Watrous each won Mini Stock features, and Robert Gordon and Scott MacMichael repeated in the Renegade and SK Light classes, respectively.
Scarborough, from nearby Bomoseen, was a convincing winner in the first of two 25-lap feature races for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division. Scarborough took the lead from rookie Jason Reome on the sixth lap and sailed to the victory in a caution-free race. It was Scarborough’s first win at the track since 1999 and his first in the NASCAR-sanctioned asphalt era.
New Yorkers Leon Gonyo and Jason Durgan took second and third, respectively, with Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr.’s fifth-place the best effort among local drivers.
In the 25-lap nightcap, defending track champion Stone prevailed in a volatile, crash-marred race. Stone spun through the infield on lap 4 and took part in a three-car dust-up on lap 7. He avoided three more wrecks — including one that involved all but four of the cars on the track on lap 14 — to wrestle the lead from runner-up Ron Proctor of New York with eight laps to go. Joey Roberts, Scarborough and Gonyo rounded out the top five once the smoke cleared.
The Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division raced two highly competitive 15-lap events. Bradford, the series points leader, held off number-two Jake Noble in the opening round, with third-place point driver Mike Whalen Jr. third.
The heavy-hitters were stuck in traffic in the finale, however, allowing underdog racers Watrous and Matt Monaghan to shine. Bomoseen’s Watrous snuck ahead of Monaghan for the lead on a restart with three laps remaining, then drove to his first-ever victory. John McCarron took the runner-up spot by inches ahead of Monaghan.
Gordon, of Milton, took his third Renegade win of the season in a 15-lap race, aiding him in a march up the national point standings ladder; Gordon entered the event ranked 15th in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division III national standings. His Milton neighbor Ray Benoit finished a career-best second.
Finally, Scott MacMichael of Newbury, N.H., won his second SK Light Modified race of the year.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is in action on Friday, July 4, at an early 6 p.m. start time, featuring the annual “Firecracker” event with a 100-lap Late Model race; round two of the Enduro Series; events for the Modified, Renegade, Mini Stock and SK Light divisions; and a 30-minute fireworks display. General admission for the special event is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors (age 62-plus), and free for children age 12 and under.
The winners and local finishers last week were:
• Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature No. 1 (25 laps): 1. Scarborough; 5. Quenneville; 8. Stone.
• Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature No. 2 (25 laps): 1. Stone; 10. Quenneville.
• Renegade Feature (15 laps): 1. Gordon.
• Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Feature No. 1: 1. Bradford; 6. Lance Masterson, Lincoln; 8. Lacey Hanson, Orwell.
• Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Feature No. 2 (15 laps): 1. Watrous; 6. Hanson; 9. Bradford; 11. Masterson.
• SK Light Feature (15 laps x 2): 1. MacMichael.
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