PHOTO: Joe Williams won the first-ever NASCAR Modified event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven on Sunday. (CVRA photo)

(From track press release)

WEST HAVEN — Continuing his domination of the Champlain Valley Racing Association, Joe Williams made his way to victory lane in convincing fashion Sunday in the 50-lap NASCAR Modified feature, sponsored by People’s United Bank, at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Taking advantage of his second place starting spot, Schenectady, N.Y., driver Williams took over first place by lap two and began to run away from the field.

After a green-flag race for 45 laps, a yellow with five laps to go for Hunter Bates’ flat tire saw Williams on point for the restart, followed by Ron Proctor and Alex Bell. Proctor had been gradually reeling in Williams after patiently getting by Don Miller and Bell. He wasn’t able to overtake the lead, but finished in second with a great run. Bell nipped Miller at the line for third, Miller was fourth, and Bobby Hackel fifth.

Chris Wilk of Mendon started the season in victory lane after leading Dan Petronis and Hunter Bates to the finish in the Pro Late Model feature. Petronis closed late but could have used another lap or two, with a final gap of only half a second between him and Wilk.

Bill Duprey notched his second win in a row in the Renegades. Bruce Carmen won the Atlantic Coast Old Timers feature, John Dipietro came out on top in the STAR Antique Racers Sportsmen feature, and James Ferland took home the trophy in the STAR Modified division.

All divisions will be in action on Sunday, June 5, with the Pro Late Models scheduled for a 50-lap feature.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS — People’s United Bank Night
Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, Vt.
Sunday, May 29, 2011


NASCAR Modified
1. Joe Williams, Schenectady, N.Y.
2. Ron Proctor, Clifton Park, N.Y.
3. Alex Bell, Cambridge, N.Y.
4. Don Miller, Wells
5. Bobby Hackel, IV, East Greenbush, N.Y.
6. Kevin Wright, Queensbury, N.Y.
7. Hunter Bates, Pittsford
8. Michael Bush, Hudson Falls, N.Y.
9. Billy Mueller, Pottersville, N.Y.
10. Jessey Mueller, Pottersville, N.Y.

Pro Late Model
1. Chris Wilk, Mendon
2. Dan Petronis, Mechanicville, N.Y.
3. Hunter Bates, Pittsford
4. Kevin Elliot, Rutland
5. David Emigh, Ballston Spa, N.Y.

1. Bill Duprey, Hydeville
2. Jeremy Jones, Leicester
3. Frank Monroe, Granville, N.Y.

Bomber Warrior
1. Ray Germain, Bristol