PHOTO: Robert Gordon will receive honors for his Renegade division championship at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, along with Modified champion Ron Proctor, Late Model champion Craig Bushey, and Bomber champion Josh Masterson. (MemorEvents photo)
Speedway announces creation of special annual awards
RUTLAND, VT – More than 230 guests will honor the champions and top stock car drivers from the 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Banquet of Champions on Saturday, February 2. The fete will be held at the Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington in Rutland, VT.
Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY and car owners Debbie Eddy and Ron White of Fair Haven, VT will collect their second consecutive championship in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division. J&S Steel Late Model champion Craig Bushey of Fairfax, VT, Renegade champion Robert Gordon of Milton, VT, Bomber champion Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT, and the top drivers from each division will also receive awards.
Masterson will also be honored as the Bomber Rookie of the Year, along with Joey Roberts of Georgia, VT (Modified), Robert Bryant, Jr., of Brooklyn, CT (Late Model), and Robin Cummings of Milton, VT (Renegade). A variety of awards will be given by Five Star Race Car Bodies, Bond Auto Parts, Goodyear Racing Tires, Hoosier Racing Tires, Sunoco Race Fuels, and the University of Northwestern Ohio. A keynote speech will be given by Karl Fredrickson, Editor of Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated magazine, with musical entertainment from popular local band Rick Redington & The Luv.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway has created several awards that will begin an annual tradition of recognizing those who stand out. The John Bruno Award has been established as the track’s highest honor, for a person or group who has dedicated their life to the sport of stock car racing while maintaining high standards of conduct on and off the track. The award is named after the late John Bruno, a Rutland-area businessman and champion race driver and team owner from the 1960s until his passing in 1998. Mr. Bruno was the father of Devil’s Bowl Speedway owner and promoter Mike Bruno.
The Devil’s Bowl Speedway Award of Excellence has also been created to honor a person or group who commits to fostering the prosperity and future growth of the speedway. Sportsmanship Awards have been established to honor a driver from each weekly racing division who displays an equal commitment to fairness and competition. Sportsmanship Award winners are decided by a vote of drivers in each division.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 2013 racing season kicks off on Sunday, May 5 with the 39th annual “Spring Green” for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models and Devil’s Bowl’s weekly NASCAR divisions. General admission season passes are available by visiting www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com or calling (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is also on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter at @DevilsBowlSpeed.