Bertrand earns Devil’s Bowl win
WEST HAVEN — In Saturday’s local highlights on Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s half-mile asphalt track, Ferrisburgh’s Brad Bertrand won the entry-level Portland Glass Mini Stock division’s annual three-segment special event, Brandon’s Vince Quenneville finished second in the 30-lap main event in the Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division, and Bristol’s Josh Masterson took second in the 30-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model feature.
Bertrand took his second victory of the season Portland Glass Mini Stock division, this one coming in its annual three-segment special event. Bertrand won each of the race’s first two 10-lap segments of the race, then survived an eighth-place finish in the third round for a total low score of 10 points and the overall victory.
Eric Messier and Harold LaVair each scored 11 points. Messier finished third, third, and fifth, with LaVair second, second, and seventh. Messier’s better finish in the last segment gave him the tiebreaker for second place.
In the Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division, New York driver Alex Bell left the field in his wake to earn his first win at Devil’s Bowl since May 2013.
Quenneville escaped from a bump in a lap 25 incident to finish second after lots of position-shuffling and bent sheet metal in the final five laps. Championship point leader Jason Durgan was one of the drivers caught up in the late carnage and dropped out on lap 26 to finish 13th. Quenneville finished better in both the feature race and the qualifying heat and sliced Durgan’s point lead from 28 points down to just three (590-587) with three weeks remaining in the season.
Former track champion Chris Bergeron of Claremont, N.H., won the 30-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model feature for his first win of the season. Masterson reeled Bergeron in but ran out of time and settled for the runner-up position. Ferrisburgh’s Jamie Aube finished third, and former track champion Todd Stone of Middlebury took fourth.
With points challenger Robert Bryant Jr. finishing eighth, Masterson opened up his point lead in the division from two points to 17 (506-489).
Scott FitzGerald of West Rutland won the 15-lap feature in the Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Renegade division to take a one-point lead over Jim McKiernan, who finished fourth.
Sunday’s dirt-track slate at Devil’s Bowl was rained out.
Saturday’s winners and local finishers were:
• Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified Feature (30 laps): 1. Bell; 2. Quenneville; 8. Dave Snow, Brandon; 9. Chuck Bradford, Addison; 12. Jimmy Ryan, Whiting.
• Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model Feature (30 laps): 1. Bergeron; 2. Masterson; 3. Aube; 4. Stone; 6. Steve Miller, Vergennes.
• Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Renegade Feature (15 laps): 1. Fitzgerald; 5. R.J. Germain, Bristol.
• Portland Glass Mini Stock Feature (10 laps x 3): 1. Bertrand; 4. Garrett Given Sr., Cornwall; 9. Kaleb Shepard, New Haven.
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