Given, LaDuc race to Devil’s Bowl victories
WEST HAVEN — Cornwall’s Garrett Given won for the first time in Saturday asphalt racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, while on Sunday Orwell’s Tim LaDuc and Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. ran one-two in the main event on the dirt track.
On Saturday, Given became the third-straight first-time winner in the Super Stock division, taking the 20-lap main event after fending off a late bid from runner-up Scott FitzGerald. The lead pack had no fewer than six cars in it at all times in a competitive race; Bristol’s R.J. Germain took fourth.
In the next race, the 15-lap Mini Stock feature, Given was a half-lap away from back-to-back wins, but broke a gear while leading on the backstretch on the final lap. Rookie Shawn Moquin of Milton passed Given for his first career win, and Given settled for second, with Andrew FitzGerald third. Ferrisburgh’s Brad Bertrand, who dominated the class early on, took sixth.
In Saturday’s main event, a 50-lap Late Model Feature, New Hampshire’s Chris Bergeron cruised to the win. Steve Miller from Vergennes took fifth after leading the first 16 laps.
Billy Lussier of Fair Haven scored his third career victory in the 20-lap Sportsman Modifieds. Quenneville was fourth.
Swanton’s Maddy Rabtoy picked up her first-ever win in the 10-lap Ladies Mini Stock feature. Bristol’s Sami Sargent took third.
In Sunday dirt-track action LaDuc scored his first career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory and the 48th win of his career at Devil’s Bowl. LaDuc, 10th at the start, took command on lap 13 of the 35-lap Sportsman Modified Feature and never relinquished the lead, but he was tested multiple times by New York’s Bobby Hackel and Quenneville.
Quenneville passed Hackel late for second, and then Quenneville and Hackel made contact coming to the checkered flag, with the front half of Hackel’s car perched atop Quenneville’s rear deck lid; they crossed the finish line in a cloud of smoke, four-wide in traffic, still attached. Middlebury’s Justin Comes was sixth in the race.
The other five races saw first-time winners. Mount Holly’s Josh Bussino won the 20-lap Super Stock Feature. Orwell’s Ronnie Alger was sixth in that field.
New York driver Robert Garney prevailed in the 15-lap Mini Stock Feature. Leicester’s Derrick Counter took fourth in that event.
Chester’s Austin Chaves won the 15-lap Mini Sprint Feature, with Shoreham’s Sean Beinhaur finishing second.
Rob Sanford of New York won the 15-lap Vintage Dirt Modified Series Feature, a race with no local participants.
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