Shepard, Scarborough score wins
WEST HAVEN — Two wins by local drivers highlighted the action at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past Sunday. Vergennes driver Kaleb Shepard visited the victory lane for the fourth week in a row by winning the 20-lap Portland Glass Mini Stocks, while Brandon’s Joey Scarborough won the evening’s main event.
Shepard moved from 15th place to take the lead from Johnny Bruno at lap 15, just before Bruno was turned around after contact with Panton’s Mike Preston, a crash that triggered a restart. Shepard then walked away from the field after the restart for the win.
Cornwall’s Jake Barrows finished a career-best second after a hard crash last week, while series point leader Chris Conroy of Newport finished fourth and Leicester’s Derrick Counter was fifth. Preston bounced back from the mishap to take eighth.
Scarborough claimed his second NASCAR Whelen All-American Series win of the season by prevailing in a 30-lap Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified race. Scarborough moved up from 16th to take the lead and then held off a tough challenge from Fair Haven’s Billy Lussier in the final laps.
In race in which area drivers excelled, Jake Scarborough of Brandon, Joey’s twin brother, took third; Tim LaDuc of Orwell was fourth; Shoreham’s Jimmy Ryan, was fifth; Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. came in eighth; and Middlebury’s Justin Comes took 10th.
Point leader Kenny Tremont Jr. finished sixth and holds an eight-point lead on LaDuc (439-431), with Joey Scarborough third, 33 points behind Tremont.
In an event with three separately scored 10-lap segments, Fletcher’s Joey Roberts picked up his third win of the year in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman division. Roberts finished in a three-way tie with two other drivers, but won by virtue of having the best finish in the final segment. Salisbury’s Brent Warren (fifth) and Leicester’s Adam Piper (eighth) cracked the top 10.
Defending champion Chris Murray of Fair Haven picking up his seventh win in 11 Super Stock races. Cornwall’s Garrett Given was fifth in the 20-lap event.
Austin Chaves of Chester made it back-to-back wins in the Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint division with a dominant win in the 15-lap race; it was the third victory of the year for the defending champion. Shoreham’s Colby Beinhaur, who is running a part-time schedule in 2018, finished second with a late charge.
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