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Brandon’s Quenneville speeds to big weekend at Devil’s Bowl

WEST HAVEN — Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. made it two wins in two weeks at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, when he claimed the double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championship event in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Other winners on the night included Robert Bryant Jr., Jimmy Bushey and Chris LaVair.
Quenneville also won the main event at Plattsburgh’s Airborne Speedway in New York on Saturday, making it a three-for-three in his new Troyer chassis.
At Devil’s Bowl on Friday, Quenneville started last in the Bonds Auto Parts Modified field because of his victory the week before. But he made a steady climb through traffic to the back bumper of leader Jimmy Ryan of Whiting by lap 15 of the 35-lap race. Quenneville made several attempts to pass Ryan before finally finding grip in the outside lane and nosing ahead at lap 22. After that, Quenneville was long gone and cruised to the victory.
Ryan was in a fierce fight with Greg Atkins, point leader Ron Proctor and Joey Roberts during the rest of the race, and Proctor eventually made his way into the runner-up spot. Atkins finished third for his seventh consecutive top-five finish, followed by Roberts and Ryan. Proctor, of Charlton, N.Y., holds a 14-point lead in the championship standings over Quenneville (455-441) entering the second half of the season.
Bryant Jr. of Brooklyn, Conn., worked hard for his first win of the season in the 30-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model feature, with Bristol’s Josh Masterson taking second to improve his points lead in the series.
Side-by-side action was the theme of the race, and Bryant ran in close quarters with Steve Miller of Vergennes for several laps near the halfway point before taking over at lap 18. Bryant led a group of seven cars in the lead pack that took turns swapping positions throughout the final laps, and Masterson came on strong to finish as the runner-up. Ferrisburgh’s Jamie Aube finished third, followed by Miller and Bobby Therrien.
Masterson’s good finish in the double-points race, combined with chief rival and Middlebury driver Todd Stone’s hard crash on the opening lap, gives Masterson a sizeable lead in the championship standings. Bryant moved up to second place with his win, but trails Masterson by 44 points (365-321). Stone entered the event five points off Masterson’s lead but dropped to third place, 61 points behind.
Bushey captured a popular victory in the 20-lap Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegade feature. Bushey lost his Mooers Forks, N.Y., home in a fire on June 13 while he was competing at Airborne Park and had been out of action for three weeks, but rebounded with a dominant win in the Mid-Season Championship race — his first win at Devil’s Bowl.
Rookie Matt Monaghan finished second for the best result of his young career in the class, followed by Robert Gordon, Jim McKiernan, and Scott FitzGerald. Gordon, of Milton, holds a 30-point advantage on FitzGerald (409-379) in the title chase.
Chris LaVair of Gabriels, N.Y., made it five consecutive wins in the Portland Glass Mini Stocks, sweeping both halves of a two-segment race. LaVair extended his lead in the division’s all-time win list to 14, and also equaled the Devil’s Bowl Speedway modern-era asphalt record of five consecutive wins, a mark set in 2010 by Renegade racer Jon Miller.
Addison’s Chuck Bradford finished second, followed by Harold LaVair, the winner’s father. Chris LaVair has a comfortable 64-point lead in the standings over Harold LaVair (408-344).
The Devils’ Bowl winners and local finishers this past Friday were:
•  Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature (35 laps): 1. Quenneville; 5. Ryan; 9. Dave Snow, Brandon.
•  Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model Feature (30 laps): 1. Bryant; 2. Masterson; 3. Aube; 4. Miller; 12. Tommy Eriksen Jr., Ferrisburgh; 15. Stone.
•  Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegade Feature (20 laps): 1. Bushey.
•  Portland Glass Mini Stock Feature (10 laps x2): 1. LaVair; 2. Bradford. 6. Bradley Bertrand, Ferrisburgh.

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