PHOTO: Don Scarborough celebrates his third Devil’s Bowl Speedway victory of the season on Sunday night. (Justin St. Louis/VMM photo)

WEST HAVEN — Don Scarborough ended the Devil’s Bowl Speedway season the same way he started it: In victory lane.

Just as he did on May 30, the “Brandon Bandit” dominated the 50 Tri-Track Modified Series event at the West Haven half-mile on Sunday to close out the season. It was his third Devil’s Bowl win of the year and his fifth overall, combining events at New York speedways Albany-Saratoga and Airborne.

Scarborough’s No. 11 Interstate Batteries/Roger’s Recon 2010 Bicknell chassis jumped from the front row to the early lead and survived to cautions at the midway point of the race to stay out front. Chris Ross of Malta, N.Y., caught and even nudged Scarborough over the final laps.

“We started on the pole and that helped, obviously, but we had a fast car,” said Scarborough. “At the end I was trying to be a little conservative with the tire management, but I guess I was a little too conservative because [Ross] was coming. I was little concerned at the end when I got bumped that he was that close, actually, but we managed a win.”

Ross, in his first Devil’s Bowl start, settled for the runner-up finish over Marc Johnson.

Kenny Tremont, Jr., of West Sand Lake, N.Y., entered the finale with a 23-point lead over Castleton’s Mike Bruno with double points on the line. Tremont avoided the mechanical gremlins and crashes that have recently plagued him, though, and finished fourth — one position better than Bruno — to hold on the championship. It was his fifth Devil’s Bowl title in the last six years.

Tim LaDuc, Jimmy Ryan, Vince Quenneville, Jr., Airborne Speedway champion Patrick Dupree, and Leon Gonyo completed the top ten finishers.

Teenager Hunter Bates of Middlebury inherited the Sportsman victory in the technical inspection line as apparent winner Jack Swinton’s car weighed in under the minimum allowable weight tolerance. Paul Dunham, Jr., moved up to second place with the ruling on Swinton, followed by Ron Wanamaker, Carl Vladyka, and Josh Joseph.

Don Miller of Wells spun out with two laps remaining and finished sixth, but clinched the division championship on the strength of eight feature wins during the season. Miller was also named the Devil’s Bowl Speedway 2010 Driver of the Year in an awards ceremony later in the evening.

The Renegade division provided its share of highlight moments over the weekend, as point leader Jon Miller was stripped of all points earned during the season just two nights before the Devil’s Bowl finale. Technical inspectors from the Champlain Valley Racing Association — which sanctions racing at both Albany-Saratoga and Devil’s Bowl — found Miller’s crate engine to be in blatant violation of the rulebook after Friday night’s event at Albany-Saratoga and assessed him the penalty.

Subsequently, Granville, N.Y., driver Frank Monroe inherited the point lead and responded in kind on Sunday with a popular first career feature victory, clinching the Devil’s Bowl championship in the process. Bill Duprey and Monroe’s teammate, Randy Alger, finished second and third, respectively, in both the race and the point standings.

Eddie Bruno of Fair Haven survived a rough Bomber Warrior feature to take his first win of the season. Nate Woodworth of Essex Junction finished second in the event and clinched his second-straight Devil’s Bowl championship. Kalob Gagnon was third in the race.

Scott Atwood of Castleton won his fourth-straight Duke Stock feature, but came up short to young Erika Lilly, also of Castleton, as she clinched the championship with a third-place finish. Ray Germain was the runner-up in the race.

Jordan Geel dominated a 70-lap Enduro for his first victory of the year to end the evening.

Modified Tri-Track Series — Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, Vt.
Sunday, September 5, 2010


Modified (50 laps)
1. Don Scarborough, Brandon
2. Chris Ross, Malta, N.Y.
3. Marc Johnson, Guilderland, N.Y.
4. Kenny Tremont, Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y. (2010 Champion)
5. Mike Bruno, Castleton
6. Tim LaDuc, Orwell
7. Jimmy Ryan, Whiting
8. Vince Quenneville, Jr., Brandon
9. Patrick Dupree, Saranac Lake, N.Y.
10. Leon Gonyo, Chazy, N.Y.

1. Hunter Bates, Middlebury
2. Paul Dunham, Jr., Indian Lake, N.Y.
3. Ron Wanamaker, Hampton, N.Y.
4. Carl Vladyka, Fair Haven
5. Josh Joseph, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
6. Don Miller, Wells (2010 Champion)
7. Paul Braymer, Granville, N.Y.
8. Andy Durie, Stillwater, N.Y.
9. Joey Trudeau, Hague, N.Y.
10. Matt Atwood

1. Frank Monroe, Granville, N.Y. (2010 Champion)
2. Bill Duprey, Hydeville
3. Randy Alger, Fair Haven
4. Andy Smith, South Glens Falls, N.Y.
5. Jeremy Jones, Leicester

Bomber Warrior
1. Eddie Bruno, Fair Haven
2. Nate Woodworth, Essex Junction (2010 Champion)
3. Kalob Gagnon
4. Matt Monaghan, Colchester
5. Justin Lilly, Castleton

Duke Stock
1. Scott Atwood, Castleton
2. Ray Germain
3. Erika Lilly, Castleton (2010 Champion)
4. Whitney Martel, Granville, N.Y.
5. Brian Bishop, Jr.

1. Jordan Geel