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Masterson wins auto race again, Bertrand claims his first at Bowl

WEST HAVEN — Bristol’s Josh Masterson and Ferrisburgh’s Brad Bertrand both won races on Saturday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
Masterson ran to his third consecutive win to open the season in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model division. Masterson swept both halves of a two-segment, cumulatively scored race. Despite being tangled up in three incidents in the second leg; he scored a perfect two-point low total tally. Ferrisburgh’s Jamie Aube took fifth.
Bertrand claimed the 15-lap Portland Glass Mini Stock race for a career-first victory. Bertrand, the division’s 2015 Rookie of the Year, took the lead from Chris LaVair just after the halfway mark and drove off to the win. Garrett Given of Cornwall took runner-up.
In the 30-lap feature, Joey “Fireball” Roberts outdueled Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified point leader Jason Durgan in the final laps of his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series win of the season. 
The Modifieds raced without roofs in a “topless” event. Roberts, of Fletcher, found the altered body style to his liking and ran up front for most of the race. Several caution periods slowed the race after some spins and a multi-car fracas, and Roberts was forced to contend in the final laps with Morrisonville, N.Y., racer Durgan.
Durgan settled for the runner-up finish. Vince Quenneville Jr. of Brandon, who was penalized for his involvement in one crash, came from the back of the pack to finish fourth.
Scott FitzGerald of West Rutland earned his second win of the season by prevailing in the 20-lap Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Renegade race. Monaghan, of Colchester, Vt., finished a season-best second, with rookie Austin McKiernan of Moriah Center, N.Y., beating his father, Jim McKiernan, for a career-best third-place finish. Ray Germain Jr. of Bristol finished fifth.
The New England Antique Racers club was also on hand for its annual exhibition event, crowning teammates Bill Kemp and Angie Bullock as the co-winners of the 12-lap race; Kemp was scored the winner among the Modified cars, and Bullock took Sportsman honors.
The winners and local finishers at the Devil’s Bowl asphalt track on Saturday were:
•  Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified Feature (30 laps) 1. Roberts; 4. Quenneville; 7. Dave Snow, Brandon; 8. Jimmy Ryan, Whiting; 9. Chuck Bradford, Addison.
•  Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model Feature (20 laps x2). 1. Masterson; 5. Aube, Ferrisburgh; 6. Steve Miller, Vergennes.
•  Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Renegade Feature (20 laps): 1. FitzGerald; 5. Germain. 
•  Portland Glass Mini Stock Feature (15 laps): 1. Bertrand; 2. Given.
In Sunday dirt-track action at Devil’s Bowl, the best local finishes came from Orwell’s Tim Laduc, fifth in the 35-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified “Topless” Feature; Orwell’s James Hanson, 10th in the 30-lap Sprint Cars of New England Feature; and Bridport’s Brian Bishop Jr., fifth in the 15-lap Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Renegade Feature.

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