Month: August 2010

Eleven Races, Ten Winners At Devil’s Bowl

Eleven Races, Ten Winners At Devil’s Bowl

PHOTO: Don Miller brought this AMC Gremlin-bodied Sportsman Modified to victory lane at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday night. (Justin St. Louis/VMM photo) LaDuc, Ryan Modified winners; Miller’s Gremlin wins; Brown repeats in Bombers WEST HAVEN — Victory Lane was a turnstile place at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, as ten different drivers celebrated wins in eleven feature events. Back-to-back rainouts prompted officials to hold double features for five of the track’s six divisions on Heritage Family Credit Union Night. Tim LaDuc of Orwell earned the first asphalt win of his career in the opening 30-lap Modified event. LaDuc...

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Pierson Dominant Again At Bear Ridge

Father-son team trying to make history BRADFORD — The season is far from over at Bear Ridge Speedway. That doesn’t mean it’s not in the bag for Adam Pierson. The Fairlee driver earned his seventh Sportsman Modified victory of the year in a dominating performance in the 30-lap Sabil & Sons Towing feature on Saturday night. Pierson started seventh on the 18-car grid and benefitted from the misfortunes of leaders Justin Comes and Bryan King one lap apart in the early going. Jason Gray, Pierson’s closest pursuer in the championship chase, inherited the lead after King’s car shut down and Comes spun out on lap 9, but Pierson passed Gray on the high side three laps later. From there he ran uncontested to the win, despite a restart with ten laps remaining. “I’m having a pretty good year,” Pierson said in the understatement of the summer. “At the beginning of the season I was getting banged up a little bit but now I’ve got the car going real good. My dad works on it every week and he kind of does whatever I want to it. I’ve had a real good year. Guys have been running me clean and a lot of the new guys are getting better, so it’s been making it better racing, too.” Pierson, 27, has won seven of the sixteen features run thus far at...

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Good Night, Sweet King: Nick Sweet Steals Thunder Road Title

Good Night, Sweet King: Nick Sweet Steals Thunder Road Title

BARRE — Nick Sweet had a good feeling about Thursday. He clicked off three consecutive practice laps faster than the speed he posted to win the pole position at the Milk Bowl last September. At around 5:00pm, he smiled and said, “If we don’t get destroyed it’s gonna be a good night.” The hometown driver, 25, had a chance to win his first Late Model “King of the Road” championship at Thunder Road. He entered the Aubuchon Hardware season finale just two points behind Dave Pembroke and six points ahead of Phil Scott, both drivers he grew up in...

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Donahue, Christman Tie Thunder Road Records

Sweet is “King of the Road” BARRE — Thunder Road fans saw a night of record-setting performances Thursday as John Donahue tied a record 13 years old, Ken Christman tied one 49 years old, and Nick Sweet set his own record by becoming the track champion. Donahue, of Graniteville, posted his third consecutive Late Model victory in the Aubuchon Hardware 75-lap regular season finale to become only the second driver in the division’s history to achieve the three-peat. Phil Scott won three straight Late Model features in August 1997. The last driver in any division to win three straight features at Thunder Road was Street Stock driver Kevin Campbell in 1999. “I want two more,” Donahue said, referring to the Labor Day Classic and Milk Bowl events in September. “I can go for it, it’s stress-free.” Donahue entered the Aubuchon event as a long shot for the championship, an almost insurmountable 42 points behind leader Dave Pembroke, but had won the last two features at the track. The Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 is part of the American-Canadian Tour schedule — a series in which Donahue sits third overall but is a distant 177 points out of the championship — and the Milk Bowl is a special non-points event. “I told these guys today, I was talking to Nick [Sweet], I said, ‘It’s stress-free for me, I’m here...

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THE JUICE: Time For A Late-Summer Rant (Or Three)

THE JUICE: Time For A Late-Summer Rant (Or Three)

PHOTO: These NASCAR Modifieds earn a heck of a lot more money up north than they do down south. So tell me, NASCAR, what gives? (Leif Tillotson photo) -by Justin St. Louis VMM Editor It’s championship week at Thunder Road, so there’s been a lot on my mind. So much so that I can’t figure out which topic to focus on. And there’s other stuff, too, naturally, so here it all is in big ol’ pile of Juice. That sounded weird. Sorry. This’ll be random, I assure you. It’ll be maddening for some, delightful for others. It’ll be absolutely...

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ACT Late Model Tour: Scott Payea

Sportsman Modified: Kevin Chaffee
Sportsman Coupe: Melvin Pierson
USAC Dirt Midget: Jason Goff
Limited Late Model: Ryan Christian
Four Cylinder: Jason Porter

Sportsman Modified: Kenny Tremont Jr.
Limited Sportsman: Brent Warren
Super Stock: Chris Murray
Mini Stock: Kaleb Shepard
500cc Mini Sprint: Cody O'Brien

500cc Mini Sprint: Tom Chaffee
600cc Mini Sprint: Zach Herbert

360 Sprint Car: Will Hull

Late Model: Scott Dragon
Flying Tiger: Joel Hodgdon
Street Stock: Stephen Martin

360 Wingless Sprint Car: Jamie Glidden

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