Many New Devil’s Bowl Novice Winners

WEST HAVEN, VT – They might as well install a turnstile in victory lane at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 2023. The Vermont track is experiencing an unprecedented wave of new feature winners, and two incredible streaks continued at the annual Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night on Sunday, July 30. The event was postponed by one day after rain on Saturday.

Josh Masterson and Justin Comes split a pair of 30-lap features in the headline Sunoco Sportsman Modified class to bring that division to 13 different winners in 13 races, and Derrick Counter was a first-time winner in the Hoosier Daddy Racing Novice Sportsman ranks, bringing that group to 12 winners in as many events. Other feature winners during the night included Jason Quenneville, Ray Hanson, Jake Barrows, Levi Cram, and George Wanner.

Masterson’s win came in the opening race for the top-level Sunoco Sportsman Modified division, in the held-over Fair Haven/Poultney Auto Supply Night feature postponed by rain on June 25. The Bristol, Vt., veteran finally felt the weight lift off his shoulders with a career-first win on dirt after an entertaining duel with Adam Piper. Masterson ran second to Piper for much of the race before taking over late in the going and running away. Masterson was one of the top drivers on the former asphalt half-mile surface at Devil’s Bowl, winning three championships and 25 features, but had only ever taken a non-winner shootout on dirt in 2021.

Piper – who is also a first-time winner in 2023 – held on for the runner-up finish. Walt Hammond Jr. finished third for his best run of the year, outrunning his son, Walter J. Hammond, and Vince Quenneville stole fifth place from Kevin Chaffee late in the race. Behind sixth-place Chaffee were Justin Comes, Tanner Siemons, Frank Hoard III, and Marty Kelly III.

In the regularly scheduled Brown’s Night race, Comes lived up to his “Highside Hustler” nickname with a memorable drive from 14th place through traffic to steal his first win of the season. Longtime racers Jimmy Ryan and Tim LaDuc were the stars of the show for most of the race, but it was Middlebury-native-turned-Fair Haven-resident Comes who powered around the top to challenge LaDuc for the lead in the final five circuits. Comes made his move on LaDuc coming to the white flag, and then drove off in the final half-mile.

LaDuc settled for second with Ryan third. Hoard had a good night with a fourth-place run ahead of rookie Josh LeClaire. Brian Whittemore was sixth followed by Allan Hammond – brother of Walt Jr. – and then Walter J. Hammond, Chaffee, and Billy Lussier.

In the Hoosier Daddy Racing Novice Sportsman class, Salisbury, Vt.’s Derrick Counter scored a wildly popular first win. Mini Stock graduate Counter – whose nickname “Moneybags” is said tongue-in-cheek – scored one for the underdogs and led the whole way in his 20-lap run. Point leader Tyler Travis ran second but was unable to mount a serious challenge and took the runner-up finish. Nick Austin-Neil was third ahead of Mike Clark and Boomer Patterson, with Adam LaFountain, Randy Edson, Aaron Clark, Pat Miner, and Ed Bell completing the top 10.

The middle-tier O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman division reached double digits as Quechee, Vt.’s Jason Quenneville became the 10th different winner in 13 races for that division. “Santa Bob” Kilburn led most of the 25-lapper before Quenneville made up big ground on the outside lane to take the lead late and drive off. Kilburn  finished second with Gary English third, Randy Ryan fourth, and Freddie Little fifth. The balance of the top 10 was completed in order by Steve Miller, Kamden Duffy, Scott Towslee, William Lussier Jr., and William Duprey.

Former champion Ray Hanson scored his second win of the season in the 15-lap Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint feature. The Orwell, Vt., veteran outdrove Gage Provencher as the runner-up, and Raelin Dunham, who finished third driving as a substitute for number-two point driver John Smith. Kevin Smith finished fourth with defending champion Logan Denis fifth. Chayton Young was next in line, followed by Roger LaDuc, Tommie Kasuba, John Carleton, and Ashleigh Kulzer.

Cornwall, Vt.’s Jake Barrows ended a two-year dry spell in the Mini Stock class, winning that division’s 15-lap feature. Barrows led a parade of veteran four-cylinder runners across the finish line, with Jarrod Colburn, Tom Severance, Jake Barrows, and Brian Blake in tow. Rookie Ryan Patch finished sixth ahead of Cody Dion, Craig Kirby, Mark Mahoney, and Austin McKirryher.

The 5 Star Roofing Enduro Series closed the evening with a wild 50-lap race that saw Castleton, Vt.’s George Wanner collect his first win. Wanner had a spirited battle for the lead with Anthony Johnson in the first half of the race before Johnson fell out, and then Wanner blasted away virtually uncontested. Zach Wood finished second as the only other driver on the lead lap. Kevin Pearsall was third after a close fight with Andrew Lopes and Dan Desforges, who completed the top five. The race was stopped twice for big rollovers; no injuries were reported.

Mike’s Fuels of Bridport, Vt., presents the two-day “Prelude to the 200” weekend on August 5-6, with back-to-back nights packed with action. The DIRTcar Xtreme Dirt Midget Association makes its Devil’s Bowl debut on Saturday night and Sunday’s main event is a 67-lap, $5,000-to-win Sportsman Modified blockbuster. Support divisions will race throughout the weekend; check for schedule details and ticket information.

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 or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at, and on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.


OFFICIAL RESULTS – Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night

Devil’s Bowl Speedway – West Haven, Vt.

Sunday, July 30, 2023


Sunoco Sportsman Modified Feature #1 (30 laps)


# – denotes rookie

  1. (1) Josh Masterson, Bristol, Vt.
  2. (2) Adam Piper, Leicester, Vt.
  3. (3) Walt Hammond Jr., Canaan, N.H.
  4. (5) Walter J. Hammond, Canaan, N.H.
  5. (6) Vince Quenneville, Brandon, Vt.
  6. (12) Kevin Chaffee, Bradford, Vt.
  7. (17) Justin Comes, Fair Haven, Vt.
  8. (20) Tanner Siemons, Orford, N.H.
  9. (14) Frank Hoard III, Manchester Center, Vt.
  10. (9) Marty Kelly III, Shaftsbury, Vt.
  11. (13) # Josh LeClaire, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
  12. (22) Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, Vt.
  13. (16) Anthony Warren, Shoreham, Vt.
  14. (15) Tim LaDuc, Orwell, Vt.
  15. (21) Wayne Stearns, Bradford, Vt.
  16. (4) Brian Whittemore, Pittsford, Vt.
  17. (23) Brent Warren, Salisbury, Vt.
  18. (8) James Hanson, Orwell, Vt.
  19. (7) Mike Fisher, Castleton, Vt.
  20. (19) Allan Hammond, Canaan, N.H.
  21. (11) Jimmy Ryan, Shoreham, Vt.
  22. (10) David Boisclair, Watervliet, N.Y.
  23. (18) # Evan Roberts, Fletcher, Vt.

Did Not Start: Austin Comes, South Burlington, Vt.


Sunoco Sportsman Modified Feature #2 (30 laps)


# – denotes rookie

  1. (14) Justin Comes, Fair Haven, Vt.
  2. (5) Tim LaDuc, Orwell, Vt.
  3. (1) Jimmy Ryan, Shoreham, Vt.
  4. (9) Frank Hoard III, Manchester Center, Vt.
  5. (6) # Josh LeClaire, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
  6. (2) Brian Whittemore, Pittsford, Vt.
  7. (3) Allan Hammond, Canaan, N.H.
  8. (11) Walter J. Hammond, Canaan, N.H.
  9. (13) Kevin Chaffee, Bradford, Vt.
  10. (10) Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, Vt.
  11. (18) Josh Sunn, White River Junction, Vt.
  12. (16) Vince Quenneville, Brandon, Vt.
  13. (15) Tanner Siemons, Orford, N.H.
  14. (4) James Hanson, Orwell, Vt.
  15. (12) Walt Hammond Jr., Canaan, N.H.
  16. (20) Josh Masterson, Bristol, Vt.
  17. (19) Marty Kelly III, Shaftsbury, Vt.
  18. (21) Anthony Warren, Shoreham, Vt.
  19. (17) Mike Fisher, Castleton, Vt.
  20. (7) Wayne Stearns, Bradford, Vt.
  21. (21) Mike Palmer, Salisbury, Vt.
  22. (24) Max Dolliver, Londonderry, N.H.
  23. (22) Adam Piper, Leicester, Vt.
  24. (23) Brent Warren, Salisbury, Vt.

Did Not Start: David Boisclair, Watervliet, N.Y.; # Evan Roberts, Fletcher, Vt.

Heat Winners: Brian Whittemore, Tim LaDuc, Mike Fisher


O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature (25 laps)


# – denotes rookie

  1. (4) Jason Quenneville, Quechee, Vt.
  2. (2) Bob Kilburn, Fair Haven, Vt.
  3. (3) Gary English, Salisbury, Vt.
  4. (12) Randy Ryan, Orwell, Vt.
  5. (14) Freddie Little, Salisbury, Vt.
  6. (5) Steve Miller, New Haven, Vt.
  7. (7) # Kamden Duffy, Richmond, N.H.
  8. (8) Scott Towslee, Manchester, Vt.
  9. (1) # William Lussier Jr., Fair Haven, Vt.
  10. (12) William Duprey, Hydeville, Vt.
  11. (17) Alex Layn, New Haven, Vt.
  12. (10) Hunter Nutter, Orford, N.H.
  13. (13) Katrina Bean, Benson, Vt.
  14. (15) Justin Lilly, Castleton, Vt.
  15. (16) Kyle Kerr, Shoreham, Vt.
  16. (9) Anthony Ryan, Benson, Vt.
  17. (6) A.J. Munger, Benson Landing, Vt.

Heat Winners: A.J. Munger, William Lussier Jr.


Hoosier Daddy Racing Novice Sportsman Feature (20 laps)


  1. (2) Derrick Counter, Salisbury, Vt.
  2. (4) Tyler Travis, Hartland, Vt.
  3. (10) Nick Austin-Neil, Salisbury, Vt.
  4. (6) Michael Clark Jr., Salisbury, Vt.
  5. (8) Boomer Patterson, Milton, Vt.
  6. (7) Adam LaFountain, Starksboro, Vt.
  7. (9) Randy Edson, Orwell, Vt.
  8. (15) Aaron Clark, Bristol, Vt.
  9. (12) Pat Miner, Monkton, Vt.
  10. (5) Ed Bell, Queensbury, N.Y.
  11. (1) Matt Wade, Fair Haven, Vt.
  12. (11) Donald Williams, Ripton, Vt.
  13. (17) Bobbi Jo Hults, Benson, Vt.
  14. (13) Russ Farr, Granville, N.Y.
  15. (16) Jeff Haskins, Wells, Vt.
  16. (18) Jason Kerr, Shoreham, Vt.
  17. (3) Eric Shaw, Wells, Vt.
  18. (14) Allen Hewitt, Rutland, Vt.

Heat Winners: Ed Bell, Matt Wade


Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint Feature (15 laps)


# – denotes rookie

  1. (4) Ray Hanson, Orwell, Vt.
  2. (6) Gage Provencher, Bridport, Vt.
  3. (8) Raelin Dunham, Queensbury, N.Y. (substitute for John Smith)
  4. (2) Kevin Smith, Brandon, Vt.
  5. (9) Logan Denis, Whiting, Vt.
  6. (3) Chayton Young, Wynantskill, N.Y.
  7. (7) Roger LaDuc, Castleton, Vt.
  8. (1) Tommie Kasuba, Castleton, Vt.
  9. (5) # John Carleton, Chittenden, Vt.
  10. (10) Ashleigh Kulzer, Johnstown, N.Y.
  11. (11) # Quinn Quenneville, Brandon, Vt.

Did Not Start: Aiden Benoure, Salisbury, Vt.

Heat Winners: Kevin Smith, Ray Hanson


Mini Stock A-Feature (15 laps)


# – denotes rookie

  1. (6) Jake Barrows, Cornwall, Vt.
  2. (5) Jarrod Colburn, Rutland, Vt.
  3. (3) Tom Severance, Fair Haven, Vt.
  4. (4) Jake Mallory, Granville, N.Y.
  5. (15) Brian Blake, Cornwall, Vt.
  6. (10) # Ryan Patch, Rutland, Vt.
  7. (9) Cody Dion, Rutland, Vt.
  8. (11) Craig Kirby, St. Albans, Vt.
  9. (19) Mark Mahoney, Brandon, Vt.
  10. (16) Austin McKirryher, Proctor, Vt.
  11. (11) Ronnie Alger, Orwell, Vt.
  12. (17) Luke Fellows, Swanton, Vt.
  13. (21) Willie Rice, Poultney, Vt.
  14. (7) Jakobee Alger, Orwell, Vt.
  15. (14) Griff Mahoney, Benson, Vt.
  16. (2) Donald Olden, Poultney, Vt.
  17. (1) Tim Robinson, Center Rutland, Vt.
  18. (12) T.J. Knight, Wells, Vt.
  19. (18) Chase Allen, Fair Haven, Vt.
  20. (20) Adam Mahoney, Whitehall, N.Y.
  21. (8) Nick Melotti, Mendon, Vt.

Heat Winners: Chase Allen, Donald Olden, Jakobee Alger


Mini Stock B-Feature (6 laps)


# – denotes rookie

  1. (5) Levi Cram, Leicester, Vt.
  2. (2) Damian Olden, Rutland, Vt.
  3. (4) Kaydan Rice, Poultney, Vt.
  4. (1) Royal Harrison Jr., Poultney, Vt.
  5. (3) Andrea Noble, Wells, Vt.

Did Not Start: Niclaus Clark, Salisbury, Vt.; Jacob Demgard, Hubbardton, Vt.


5 Star Roofing Enduro Series Feature (50 laps)

Pos.-(Car No.)-Driver

Enduro Series Feature (50 laps)

Pos.-(Car No.)-Driver

  1. (331) George Wanner
  2. (20VT) Zach Wood
  3. (10X) Kevin Pearsall
  4. (33X) Andrew Lopes
  5. (30X) Dan Desforges
  6. (54) Tim LaDuc
  7. (00B) Brent Wilbur
  8. (13) Tim Dunster
  9. (91) Eric Friend
  10. (802) Shane Wood
  11. (10B) Chad McAlpine
  12. (51) Bubba McPhee
  13. (188) Kenny Torrey
  14. (827) Bruce Poirier
  15. (C8) Rich Rose
  16. (5) Walter Miller
  17. (55) Kyle Botala
  18. (00E) Eric Leno
  19. (51X) Lukas Longtin
  20. (21) Scott Richner
  21. (119) Chris Sumner
  22. (43) Evan Lathrop
  23. (556) Lucas Condon
  24. (1) James Carmichael
  25. (70) Anthony Johnson
  26. (735) Shawn Johnson
  27. (88X) Eric Messier
  28. (25) Michael Pope
  29. (19) Owen Ball
  30. (11) Aaron Johnson
  31. (80H) Hunter Given
  32. (4) Erwin Pinney
  33. (623) George Sheldrick
  34. (69) Bobby Sprague
  35. (98) Landon Lathrop