Three locals post wins at Devil’s Bowl
WEST HAVEN — Veteran Brandon driver Vince Quenneville sailed to his third Devil’s Bowl Speedway victory of the season on Aug. 21 and tightened an already-close championship battle in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
Other winners at the event included Ferrisburgh’s Jamie Aube, Addison’s Chuck Bradford, and Scott FitzGerald of West Rutland.
In the Modified race, Cody Aubin of Plattsburgh, N.Y., looked like he would be a first-time winner by leading the caution-free 30-lap race by a substantial margin, but Quenneville reeled him and passed for the lead with eight laps remaining.
Aubin held on for the runner-up finish. Ron Proctor of Charlton, N.Y., finished third in spite of mid-race contact between his car and Quenneville’s. Brandon’s Dave Snow matched his career-best finish in fourth place.
Proctor and Quenneville entered the event separated by just four points atop the championship standings. In qualifying, Proctor extended his lead to six points, but Quenneville chopped the gap down to just two points (655-653) – the difference of a single on-track position in a feature race.
Aube ended a winless skid a week shy of its 22nd anniversary with his first victory in the 30-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model feature.
The three-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (formerly Busch North Series) champion sparred with Seth Bridge for the first half of the race, often trading the lead twice or more per lap. Aube took the lead over at lap 12 and was out front the rest of the way. His most recent victory had been in a Busch North race on Aug. 28, 1993, at the former Riverside Park Speedway in Agawam, Mass.
Walter J. Hammond of Canaan, N.H., took second. Todd Stone of Middlebury held off a charging Robert Bryant Jr. for the final podium spot. Bryant took fourth and trimmed Josh Masterson’s series lead to 33 points (507-474).
Bradford made it three consecutive wins in the Portland Glass Mini Stock division by taking the 15-lap race. Bradford passed early leader Kyle Sorensen of New York to take command at lap 7, then held Sorensen off in the final laps for the win. Sorensen took second, and points leader Chris LaVair of Gabriels, N.Y., finished third.
Scott FitzGerald won the 15-lap Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegade feature. Like Aube, the West Rutland racer ended a long drought with his first win on asphalt; his last victory came on the former dirt half-mile at Devil’s Bowl in 1994. FitzGerald led every step of the way; Robert Gordon and Don Franklin, each of Milton, completed the podium finishers.
The winners and local finishers from this past Friday were:
• Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature (30 laps): 1. Quenneville; 4. Snow; 7. Jimmy Ryan, Whiting;
• Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model Feature (30 laps): 1. Aube; 3. Stone; 7. Steve Miller, Vergennes; 10. Masterson.
• Brileya’s Chrysler-Jeep Renegade Feature (15 laps): 1. Fitzgerald.
• Portland Glass Mini Stock Feature (15 laps): 1. Bradford; 5. Bradley Bertrand, Ferrisburgh.
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