WEST HAVEN, VT. – Bobby Hackel and Danny Douville rocked the house at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, August 12, as the Sprint Cars of New England (SCoNE) tour invaded Community College of Vermont Night for a special Twin 20s event that produced a pair of exciting finishes. Meanwhile, in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, Joey Scarborough continued his hot streak and Brent Warren, Joey Trudeau, Johnny Bruno, and Jessica Moquin also visited victory lane.
Former Devil’s Bowl Sportsman Modified champion Hackel added another chapter to his “Little Engine That Could” story, winning the first 20-lap SCoNE event with an incredible pass on the last lap. Hackel’s car competes against SCoNE’s regular 360 cubic-inch engines with a smaller 305 motor which lacks horsepower but has sharper handling in the corners.
Hackel tracked down leader Will Hull in heavy lapped traffic and darted underneath him in Turn 2, completing the pass as the checkered flag waved. Lacey Hanson came home in third place followed by Clay Dow and Adam Pierson, who made a surprise appearance with the Sprint Cars.
The second race was also decided late in the going when former series champion Danny Douville of Bridgewater, N.H., swept to the outside lane to drive from third to first after a restart with three laps remaining, snookering leader Peter Dance. Once again, Hackel drove up the inside lane, stealing second place in the final corner. Matt Hoyt had a solid run to take third ahead of Hull and SCoNE newcomer Dance.
Douville will lead Hull in the Devil’s Bowl Sprint Car track championship standings by just two points, 188-186, entering the division’s final race of the season on September 2.
Joey Scarborough of Brandon, Vt., put on an impressive romp on the outside in the 30-lap feature for the Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified division, winning for the third time in the last four races. Veteran Brian Whittemore looked to be headed to victory lane, but the hard-charging Scarborough came from 20th on the starting grid to blow past a battle between Whittemore and Billy Lussier with just four laps remaining.
Whittemore had his first podium finish of the year in second place, with Lussier third. Jimmy Ryan ran strong all night for fourth place with Jake Scarborough – the winner’s twin brother – in fifth. Kenny Tremont Jr. hung in for sixth, followed by top rookie Tanner Siemons, Ron Proctor, Josh Sunn, and rookie Marty Kelly III.
With the win, Scarborough moved into a second-place tie in the point standings with Tim LaDuc, and both drivers trail Tremont by 25 points, 482-457.
Brent Warren of Salisbury, Vt., ran to his third win of the season in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman feature. Young guns Montgomery Tremont and Tanner Forbes took turns leading before Warren took over 11 laps in. Paolo Pascarella made a strong challenge in the final laps, but Warren held him off. Joey Roberts made a late drive through traffic to finish third, while Tremont scored a career-best effort in fourth place. R.J. Germain completed the top five.
The Limited Sportsman race was ended after 17 of 20 laps were completed due to time constraints; the finish is under review and is considered unofficial.
Joey Trudeau earned his first Super Stock win of the season in a 20-lapper. Top drivers Chris Murray and Scott FitzGerald each had a rough outing, which opened the door for everyone else; Trudeau led the early part of the race before Kevin Elliott took over, but Elliott and Murray came together to bring out a yellow flag. Hague, N.Y., racer Trudeau slipped back into the lead and cruised to the checkered flag. Curtis Condon was the runner-up over Josh Bussino, Lou Gancarz, and rookie Andrew FitzGerald.
In spite of a wreck that knocked his car out of the race, Murray holds a commanding 76-point lead in the championship standings over Condon, 648-572.
Fifteen year-old Johnny Bruno of Castleton, Vt., was a first-time winner in the Portland Glass Mini Stock division, taking a 15-lap race. The sophomore driver led every lap, but was under attack first from Shawn Moquin and later from Zach Wood and Kaleb Shepard. Wood finished second for his best run of the year, and Shepard took third driving a car borrowed from Hunter Given. Moquin finished fourth with Mike Lique fifth.
Chris Conroy was uninjured in a spectacular flip which destroyed his car and dropped him from the championship point lead; Shepard jumped ahead for the first time, with a 10-point edge on Conroy, 565-555.
Milton, Vt.’s Jessica Moquin, Shawn’s better half, scored her first win in the Ladies Mini Stock division after an intense race with Morgan Ballard, who came inches from hitting the wall as she tried to steal the win in the final lap. Jill Simonds finished third ahead of Mary Gardner and Emily Cram.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s next event is on Sunday, August 19, as the Fabian Earth Moving presents the third annual Charlie LaDuc Memorial 54 for the Sportsman Modifieds. Also on the card are the Limited Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock, and 500cc Mini Sprint divisions, the Bandit Youth Mini Stocks, and pit area tours at intermission. General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for teens (13-17), and free for kids age 12 and under. Racing starts at 7:00 p.m.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of U.S. Route 4, Exit 2, and just 20 minutes from Rutland, Vt. For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Community College of Vermont Night
Devil’s Bowl Speedway – West Haven, Vt.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Sprint Cars of New England Feature #1 (20 laps)
1. (10) Bobby Hackel, Rensselaer, N.Y.
2. (4) Will Hull, Plainfield, Vt.
3. (6) Lacey Hanson, Orwell, Vt.
4. (8) Clay Dow, Barnstead, N.H.
5. (11) Adam Pierson, East Corinth, Vt.
6. (5) Matt Hoyt, Campton, N.H.
7. (9) Dan Douville, Bridgewater, N.H.
8. (13) Peter Dance, Warren, Conn.
9. (15) Mike Kondrat, Freedom, N.H.
10. (3) Jake Williams, Center Tuftonboro, N.H.
11. (2) Dennis McLeod, Concord, N.H.
12. (12) Luke Klob, Rensselaerville, N.Y.
13. (7) Rick Stone, Cornwall, Conn.
14. (14) Sean Durand, Brossard, Que.
15. (1) Christine Boesch, Concord, N.H.
Sprint Cars of New England Feature #2 (20 laps)
1. (7) Dan Douville, Bridgewater, N.H.
2. (13) Bobby Hackel, Rensselaer, N.Y.
3. (8) Matt Hoyt, Campton, N.H.
4. (12) Will Hull, Plainfield, Vt.
5. (6) Peter Dance, Warren, Conn.
6. (4) Jake Williams, Center Tuftonboro, N.H.
7. (9) Adam Pierson, East Corinth, Vt.
8. (11) Lacey Hanson, Orwell, Vt.
9. (3) Dennis McLeod, Concord, N.H.
10. (2) Luke Klob, Rensselaerville, N.Y.
11. (5) Mike Kondrat, Freedom, N.H.
12. (14) Sean Durand, Brossard, Que.
13. (1) Rick Stone, Cornwall, Conn.
14. (10) Clay Dow, Barnstead, N.H.
Did Not Start: Christine Boesch, Concord, N.H.
Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified Feature (30 laps)
# – denotes rookie
1. (20) Joey Scarborough, Brandon, Vt.
2. (2) Brian Whittemore, Pittsford, Vt.
3. (8) Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, Vt.
4. (6) Jimmy Ryan, Shoreham, Vt.
5. (16) Jake Scarborough, Brandon, Vt.
6. (15) Kenny Tremont Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y.
7. (1) # Tanner Siemons, Orford, N.H.
8. (3) Ron Proctor, Charlton, N.Y.
9. (7) Josh Sunn, White River Junction, Vt.
10. (9) # Marty Kelly III, North Bennington, Vt.
11. (11) John St. Germain Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y.
12. (4) # Jeff Washburn, Benson, Vt.
13. (12) Vince Quenneville Jr., Brandon, Vt.
14. (17) Adam Pierson, East Corinth, Vt.
15. (14) Tim LaDuc, Orwell, Vt.
16. (18) Walter J. Hammond, Canaan, N.H.
17. (5) James Fadden, Plainfield, N.H.
18. (19) Justin Comes, Middlebury, Vt.
19. (13) Allan Hammond, Canaan, N.H.
20. (22) Travis Bruno, Morrisonville, N.Y.
21. (21) Alex Bell, Cambridge, N.Y.
22. (10) Mike Palmer, Salisbury, Vt.
Heat Winners: Jeff Washburn, Brian Whittemore, Ron Proctor
Shiley Fabrication Hard Charger Award: Joey Scarborough (+19 positions)
Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award: Mike Palmer
O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature (20 laps – shortened to 17 laps by time limit)
(NOTE: Limited Sportsman finish is unofficial and under review as of 8/13/18)
1. (8) Brent Warren, Salisbury, Vt.
2. (7) Paolo Pascarella, Troy, N.Y.
3. (9) Joey Roberts, Fletcher, Vt.
4. (1) Montgomery Tremont, West Sand Lake, N.Y.
5. (14) R.J. Germain, Bristol, Vt.
6. (5) Mike Parodi, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
7. (16) Josh Payea, Georgia, Vt.
8. (11) Larry Gallipo, Rutland, Vt.
9. (12) James Hanson, Orwell, Vt.
10. (6) Matt Bilodeau, Pittsford, Vt.
11. (2) Adam Piper, Leicester, Vt.
12. (15) Travis Billington, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
13. (3) Tanner Forbes, Jay, N.Y.
14. (4) Mike Ryan, Chelsea, Vt.
15. (10) Jason Baker, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
16. (13) Sean Broe, Middlebury, Vt.
Heat Winners: Paolo Pascarella, Joey Roberts
Shiley Fabrication Hard Charger Award: R.J. Germain (+9 positions)
Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award: Travis Billington
Super Stock Feature (20 laps)
# – denotes rookie
1. (3) Joey Trudeau, Hague, N.Y.
2. (7) Curtis Condon, Queensbury, N.Y.
3. (6) Josh Bussino, Mount Holly, Vt.
4. (2) Lou Gancarz, North Adams, Mass.
5. (1) # Andrew FitzGerald, West Rutland, Vt.
6. (5) Kevin Elliott, Rutland, Vt.
7. (4) Matt Mosher, Queensbury, N.Y.
8. (13) Ronnie Alger, Orwell, Vt.
9. (12) Chris Murray, Fair Haven, Vt.
10. (10) Larry Bristol, Rutland, Vt.
11. (8) Garrett Given, Cornwall, Vt.
12. (9) # Dustin Stevenson, Lake George, N.Y.
13. (11) Trevor Hurlburt, Bomoseen, Vt.
Did Not Start: Scott FitzGerald, West Rutland, Vt.
Heat Winners: Garrett Given, Joey Trudeau
Portland Glass Mini Stock Feature (15 laps)
# – denotes rookie
1. (2) Johnny Bruno, Castleton, Vt.
2. (13) Zach Wood, Georgia, Vt.
3. (16) Kaleb Shepard, Vergennes, Vt.
4. (3) Shawn Moquin, Milton, Vt.
5. (12) Mike Lique, West Lebanon, N.H.
6. (6) Jake Barrows, Cornwall, Vt.
7. (9) # Craig Kirby, Winooski, Vt.
8. (8) # Lynn Denton, Milton, Vt.
9. (1) Willie Rice, Poultney, Vt.
10. (14) Kyle Rogers, Fair Haven, Vt.
11. (17) Sean Lantas, Newport, N.H.
12. (4) # Chris Guyette, North Clarendon, Vt.
13. (7) Dakota Desabrais, Whitehall, N.Y.
14. (15) Cameron Kennedy, Rochester, Vt.
15. (5) # Tanner Lunt, Fort Ann, N.Y.
16. (10) Tim Simonds, Clarendon, Vt.
17. (11) Chris Conroy, Newport, N.H.
Did Not Start: Russ Farr, Middle Granville, N.Y.; Josh Kennedy, Rochester, Vt.; Mike Preston, Panton, Vt.; # Shawn Rogers, Fair Haven, Vt
Ladies Mini Stock Feature (8 laps)
1. (2) Jessica Moquin, Milton, Vt.
2. (8) Morgan Ballard, Fair Haven, Vt.
3. (6) Jill Simonds, Clarendon, Vt.
4. (5) Mary Gardner, Granville, N.Y.
5. (4) Emily Cram, Whitehall, N.Y.
6. (1) Karissa Macomber, Winooski, Vt.
7. (3) Connor McKee
8. (7) Stephanie Roberts, Fletcher, Vt.