Quenneville’s wins at Devil’s Bowl are a first

WEST HAVEN — Veteran Brandon driver Vince Quenneville Jr. made history at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past weekend by becoming the first racecar driver to pick up back-to-back wins in the track’s Saturday night asphalt and Sunday night dirt-track action.
Quenneville won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature race on the 0.03-mile dirt track at on Sunday and one of two Sportsman Modified races on the half-mile asphalt track on Saturday.
Quenneville, who has raced for 30 years at Devil’s Bowl, posted a dominant win in Sunday’s 35-lap Sportsman Modified feature race. Three earlier races gave Quenneville a low handicap and the pole starting position for the race, and a quick car and Quenneville’s trademark flashy driving style in the corners did the rest of the work.
Seven cautions in the first half of the race gave the field plenty of opportunities to take the lead away from Quenneville, but he withstood every challenge and cruised to his first dirt win of the season. It is possible that Quenneville’s new two-surface weekend record may never be broken, as there is only one event left in the history of the asphalt track before it is covered with clay for the 2018 season.
Orwell’s Tim LaDuc came from the back of the pack twice to finish fourth. Whiting’s Jimmy Ryan took fifth, and Middlebury’s Justin Comes was eighth.
New York’s Kenny Tremont, who was third, enters the Stove Depot 100 championship finale on Sunday with a five-point lead on LaDuc (663-658). Tremont also holds the unofficial lead on Quenneville for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Vermont State Championship title.
On Saturday, Quenneville and Ron Proctor of Charlton, N.Y., split the two 20-lap Sportsman Modified races. Proctor held on for his fifth win of the season in the opening race, with Quenneville in third. In the second race, Quenneville dominated for his fourth win, with Proctor in third.
Entering the season finale on Saturday, Quenneville has an eight-point lead on Proctor for the final Sportsman Modified asphalt track championship at Devil’s Bowl.
In other results on Sunday, Bill Duprey of Hydeville claimed his 49th career Devil’s Bowl win in the 20-lap Super Stock feature for the Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock division. Fair Haven’s Chris Murray was second. Murray enters the final event of the year with a lead 15 points over Duprey (594-579). Cornwall’s Garrett Given was fifth.
Chris Conroy of Newport, N.H., won the 15-lap Mini Stock race. Brandon’s Dakota Desabrais finished eighth.
Aaron Mulready of Buskirk, N.Y., took his fourth win of the season in the 15-lap Mini Sprint race. Shoreham’s Colby Beinhaur was third, and his father Sean Beinhaur, was fourth.  Salisbury’s Brent Warren finished eighth. Colby Beinhaur is third in the points race for the series, 22 points behind leader Austin Saves and one point behind Robert Griffin.
Evan Roberts of Fletcher won the eight-lap Bandit Youth Mini Stock Feature, with Nick Austin-Neil of Salisbury in second.
Asphalt action on Saturday saw double features in each division. Connecticut driver Robert Bryant Jr. and Zach Wood of Georgia, Vt., each won twice.
Bryant’s double scores came in 25-lap races in the Late Model division. Mark Norris of Benson was fifth in each race.
Wood scored twin 15-lap victories in the Mini Stock division. In the first race, Panton’s Mike Preston finished seventh and New Haven’s Kaleb Shepard was ninth. Shepard moved up to sixth in the second race.
Swanton’s Dylan Rabtoy won the first of two 20-lap Super Stock races, with Bristol’s R.J. Germain in fourth. New York driver Jim McKiernan won the second race, with Germain moving up to third.

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