PHOTO: Vince Quenneville, Jr., scored his second straight Bond Auto Parts Modified feature win during the Mother’s Day Special at Devil’s Bowl. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)

Quenneville, Proctor view incident differently; Dragon takes first career Devil’s Bowl win

–by T.J. Ingerson

WEST HAVEN — Vince Quenneville, Jr., may have left Devil’s Bowl Speedway for a short period of time, but he definitely hasn’t forgotten how to get around the West Haven half-mile. The Brandon driver took his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series win with his Mother’s Day Special victory.

“[The car] was as good as last week, maybe even a touch better,” Quenneville said. “We still have a little work to do. That little skirmish we had took out some good car. But I look forward to the competition. It looks like it’s going to be a fun year.”

It appeared early on that the race would once again be settled between Quenneville and defending Modified champion Ron Proctor. A lap two restart changed that appearance, however.

As the duo entered turn one, they made contact. Proctor would end up turned around with the field piling in, and Quenneville’s car would jump in the air before continuing relatively unscathed. Both drivers, however, had differing opinions of what happened.

“From my car, he tried to turn down on me,” Quenneville said about the incident with Proctor. “I don’t know why. It started in turn three when he tried to run me into the rumble strips. Then we went down the straightaway and he had about a quarter-car advantage and he tried to get to the bottom. We ran so good last week side-by-side. We had a clean race [last week]. I don’t know why he did that.”

“We came in there side-by-side and [Quenneville] came up and we touched,” Proctor explained. “My car started going into a slide and we touched again. Our wheels locked and it sucked us right together and pulled us around.”

Asked if he thought the move was an intentional, Proctor was unsure.

“I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but it sure felt like it,” Proctor said. “You never know until you talk to the guy. I may not go talk to him tonight, but we will [talk].”

After the incident, Quenneville drove away and took a convincing victory in the 35-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified feature.

Veteran racer Leon Gonyo, of Chazy, N.Y., claimed the second position, while Olmstedville, N.Y.’s Jessey Mueller finished third for the second straight week. Rookie Modified racer Joey Roberts, of Georgia, finished an impressive fourth place, while Alex Bell, of Cambridge, N.Y., came home fifth.

Former Devil’s Bowl champion Don Scarborough came home sixth, while Proctor rebounded to finish seventh. Hunter Bates was eighth, while rookies Jeff Haskins and Andy Smith completed the top ten.

While Quenneville would take three straight victories, he has the bigger picture in mind.

“I’m not looking for three-for-three. I’m looking for top-five finishes,” Quenneville said. “We’re striving for a championship. That’s where the money is and that’s how you make money in racing, consistent top five [finishes]. That’s what we’re trying to do, have a little fun and maybe pay for some of this expense.”

Veteran Late Model driver Brent Dragon scored his first career Devil’s Bowl win in the 30-lap J&S Steel Late Model feature. The Milton racer took the lead after a lap eight restart and then held off Craig Bushey on multiple restarts, first on lap 16 and then again on lap 28. The win was Dragon’s first feature event win in Late Models since late 2009.

Bushey, of Fairfax, took home second, while Northfield’s Matt White was third. Early race leader and polesitter Kevin Elliott, of Rutland, was fourth and Dennis Demers, of Shelburne, was fifth.

Rookie Robert Bryant, Jr., Norm Andrews, rookies Dan Petronis, II, and Jesse Carris, and Bryan Town completed the top ten.

Frank Monroe of Granville, N.Y., narrowly won the 25-lap Renegade feature over Milton’s Robert Gordon. Monroe and Gordon crossed the finish line virtually even, with the ever-so-slight advantage belonging to Monroe. Polesitter Jeremy Jones, of Leicester, led the first ten laps and finished third. Bill Duprey and rookie Robin Cummings completed the top five.

Rookie racer Josh Masterson took his second straight Bomber feature win in his second career start, ever. Masterson, of Bristol, took the lead on lap six of the 20-lap main event, holding off numerous challenges over the remainder of the race. Lincoln’s Garry Bashaw was second with Bristol’s Ray Germain third. Harold LaVair and his son, Bobby, completed the top five finishers.

Devil’s Bowl returns to action on Sunday, May 20, with the Central Vermont Motorcycles Trophy Dash. Post time is 1:30pm.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS — Mother’s Day Special
Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven
Sunday, May 13, 2012

Pos.-Driver-Hometown
(# – denotes rookie)

Bond Auto Parts Modifieds (35 laps)
1. Vince Quenneville, Jr., Brandon
2. Leon Gonyo, Chazy, N.Y.
3. Jessey Mueller, Olmstedville, N.Y.
4. # Joey Roberts, Georgia
5. Alex Bell, Cambridge, N.Y.
6. Don Scarborough, Brandon
7. Ron Proctor, Charlton, N.Y.
8. Hunter Bates, Middlebury
9. # Jeff Haskins, Wells
10. # Andy Smith, South Glens Falls, N.Y.

J&S Steel Late Models (30 laps)
1. Brent Dragon, Milton
2. Craig Bushey, Fairfax
3. Matt White, Northfield
4. Kevin Elliott, Rutland
5. Dennis Demers, Shelburne
6. # Robert Bryant, Jr., Brooklyn, Conn.
7. Norm Andrews, Northfield
8. # Dan Petronis, II, Mechanicville, N.Y.
9. # Jesse Carris, Rutland
10. Bryan Town, Charlestown, N.H.

Renegades (25 laps)
1. Frank Monroe, Granville, N.Y.
2. Robert Gordon, Milton
3. Jeremy Jones, Leicester
4. Bill Duprey, Hydeville
5. # Robin Cummings, Milton

Bombers (20 laps)
1. # Josh Masterson, Bristol
2. Garry Bashaw, Lincoln
3. Ray Germain, Jr., Bristol
4. Harold LaVair, Gabriels, N.Y.
5. Bobby LaVair, Gabriels, N.Y.