Locals, teen post wins at Devil’s Bowl
WEST HAVEN — July 11 action at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway saw three local winners and an East Montpelier teen make history.
Middlebury’s Todd Stone and Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. each won one of the two Bond Auto Parts Modified features, while Addison’s Chuck Bradford claimed his third Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock win of the season. Stone, the defending Modified series champion, extended his 2014 lead, while Bradford did the same in the Mini Stock series as he seeks his first track title.
Meanwhile, East Montpelier’s Emily Packard made stock car racing history. Packard, who will enter her senior year at Union-32 High School this fall, set two records on Friday: She became the youngest driver to win a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event in the Late Model division at 17 years, six months, 10 days, and became the first woman to win in the division.
Packard had been on the cusp of the landmark win all season, earning top-five finishes in all five previous races. Her No. 9 Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels Ford led 62 laps and finished second one week earlier in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 100.
Packard’s Friday night drive was a 30-lap, flag-to-flag romp, as she beat former Thunder Road champion and Devil’s Bowl feature winner Jamie Fisher of Shelburne for the win, with Bristol’s Josh Masterson third.
Masterson retained his lead in the Late Model Series, but only by a point over Packard, with Jamie Fisher just nine points back.
In the twin feature races for the Modified division, Stone notched his third victory of the season in the opener, then Quenneville ended a losing skid of nearly two years in the nightcap.
After struggling in a handful of races earlier in the year, Stone’s No. 1X G. Stone Motors team seems to have hit its stride in the Modified ranks. He won the opening 25-lap race for his third victory in the last six starts, extending his point lead in the division. Keeseville, N.Y., driver Jamie LaFountain took second, with Quenneville third.
Quenneville saw his dry spell come to an end with a win in the second 25-lapper. After five wins in 2012, Quenneville went scoreless last season despite racking up the inaugural Northern Modified Challenge Series championship in his No. 78 Black Diamond Builders/Green Mountain Feeds entry. Stone completed a solid night in second place.
Bradford is beginning to threaten the Mini Stock division with a runaway to the championship in his No. 18 A&H Signs/Jackman Fuels Subaru. Number-two point man and defending champion Jake Noble of Benson finished second.
Rufus Garrett of Plattsburgh, N.Y., won in the Daredevil “community” racing division, taking down the first run of the year for fans drawn at random to race a set of track-owned racecars.
Addison County Sheriff’s Deputy Gerald Grant remained undefeated in the street-legal Spectator Races, driving his potent 2013 Toyota Tundra pickup to the win.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway returns to action on July 18 with the annual Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championships. All four weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions — Modified, Late Model, Renegade, and Mini Stock — will be on the card, along with the SK Light class and the annual driver autograph session.
The July 11 winners and local competitors were:
• Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature #1 (25 laps): 1. Stone;3. Quenneville.
•Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature #2 (25 laps): 1.Quenneville; 2. Stone.
• Late Model Feature (30 laps): 1.Packard; 3.Masterson.
•Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Feature (20 laps): 1. Bradford;13. Lance Masterson, Lincoln.
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