Masterson, Comes win at Devil’s Bowl raceway
WEST HAVEN — Bristol’s Josh Masterson won his race at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday to take a 20-point Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model division lead with one race to go, while Brandon’s Vince Quenneville finds himself in a tie with New York driver Jason Durgan for the lead in the track’s top series, the Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division, after the evening’s results.
Masterson cruised to the win in a 30-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model race for his fifth Bowl win of the year. Robert Bryant Jr. finished second, while Chris Bergeron held on to third place. Vergennes driver Steve Miller was fourth.
Masterson has a 650-630 series lead over Bryant heading into a 100-lap finale .
Durgan also coasted to victory in a 30-lap the Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified division 30-lap race. Ron Proctor took second, and Whiting’s Jimmy Ryan held off a late challenge from Quenneville to take third, with Quenneville fourth.
Through qualifying heats and the main event on Saturday night, Durgan erased defending champ Quenneville’s seven-point advantage and the two drivers find themselves in an unofficial deadlock at 733 each with twin 50-lap features coming this weekend. Proctor is 42 points back in third and remains an outside threat.
Austin McKiernan of New York and his father, Jim McKiernan, ran 1-2 in the 20-lap Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Renegade feature. Bristol’s R.J. Germain took third. Jim McKiernan has a slim series lead heading into the final weekend.
Georgia driver Zach Wood won the 15-lap race for the Portland Glass Mini Stocks. Wood overtook Cornwall’s Garrett Given with five laps left to take the lead and earn his fourth win. Given tied his season-best effort as the runner-up. Eric Messier took third, and Ferrisburgh’s Brad Bertrand was fourth.
Messier leads the championship standings, 712-681, over Bertrand, with a 25-lap finale to decide the title on Sunday.
Saturday’s winners and local finishers were:
• Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modified Feature (30 laps): 1. Durgan; 3. Ryan; 4. Quenneville; 12. Chuck Bradford, Addison.
• Central Vermont Motorcycles Late Model Feature (30 laps): 1. Masterson; 4. Miller; 7. Jamie Aube, Ferrisburgh.
• Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Renegade Feature (20 laps): 1. McKiernan; 3. Germain; 10. Eric Friend, Bristol.
• Portland Glass Mini Stock Feature (15 laps): 1. Wood; 2. Given; 4. Bertrand; 7. Kaleb Shepard, New Haven.
SUNDAY DIRT TRACK
In Sunday dirt-track racing at Devil’s Bowl, Middlebury’s Justin Comes broke through for his first victory at the track since his 2008 Mini Stock championship season and his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series win.
Comes dominated the first of two 25-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified features that closed the evening. Orwell’s Tim LaDuc took fifth.
In the nightcap for the Sportsman Modifieds, New York driver and division point leader Bobby Hackel prevailed, earning his sixth series victory of the season.
Will Hull of Plainfield won the 25-lap feature for the Sprint Cars of New England tour, and Billy Duprey of Hydeville remained undefeated in the Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Renegade division with his sixth win in as many starts in 2016. Mike Ryan of Chelsea won the Portland Glass Mini Stock feature for his fifth victory in the last six races.
Sunday’s winners and local finishers were:
• Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified Feature No. 1 (25 laps): 1. Comes; 2. LaDuc; 8. Quenneville.
• Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified Feature No. 2 (25 laps): 1. Hackel; 6. Comes; 14. Quenneville; 17. LaDuc.
• Sprint Cars of New England Feature (25 laps): 1. Hull.
• Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Renegade Feature (25 laps): 1. Duprey.
• Portland Glass Mini Stock Feature (20 laps): 1. Ryan; 5. Derrick Counter, Leicester.
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