Williams, Bryant Open Vermont 200 Weekend in Victory Lane

PHOTO: Despite damage from an early incident, Joe Williams was able to hang on to win the Bond Auto Parts Modified Shootout during Vermont 200 Championship Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. (MemorEvents photo)

Germain, McCarron also score in Shootouts; main events Sunday at 1:30pm

WEST HAVEN, VT – Modified stock car driver Joe Williams and Late Model racer Robert Bryant, Jr., highlighted an exciting opening day at the Vermont 200 Championship Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, September 14. Williams and Bryant scored victories in 10-lap “Shootout” races for weekly competitors who had not yet won a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series main event in 2013.

Scotia, NY driver Williams nearly didn’t complete the opening lap in the Bond Auto Parts Modified Shootout. Williams bounced through an opening-lap scrape involving Jamie LaFountain and Vince Quenneville, Jr., but escaped and sped to the win ahead of Ron Proctor and Cody Sargen. Bryant, of Brooklyn, CT, dominated the Late Model Shootout with rookies Seth Bridge and Tom Eriksen in tow.

Sixteen year-old Ray Germain, Jr., of Bristol, VT won a close Shootout in the Renegade division, taking the lead from Robin Cummings with two laps to go. Rookie Richard Lowrey, III, finished third. John McCarron of Rensselaer, NY posted a long-awaited first win in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division, with rookie Scott FitzGerald second and Harold LaVair third.

The Daredevil “community” racing division was busy during the day with seven races. Members of the Green Mountain Water Environment Association took part in the opening race, with GMWEA member Jim Peters of West Hartford, VT taking down the win. Gene Martin was second with Rick Kenney – Second Vice President for GMWEA – in third place. Top point drivers in each weekly division and track officials from Devil’s Bowl Speedway later took part in the first-ever “Super Shootout” Daredevil event. Late Model driver Brandon Atkins, Mini Stock racer Chris LaVair, Renegade point leader Richie Turner, Modified driver Quenneville – who spun Todd Stone out of the lead – and technical inspectors Fred Little and Steve Miller advanced in heat races. Miller, of Vergennes, VT, sped to the feature win over Turner and LaVair.

First-round qualifying was also held, with Sargen, Jessey Mueller, and Stone winning Modified heats, Turner and Robert Gordon taking Renegade qualifiers, and Jake Noble and Chris LaVair winning Mini Stock heats. The New England Antique Racers and Atlantic Coast Old Timers also made laps.

Championship main events for the Vermont 200 Weekend – including the 100-lap Vermont State Late Model Championship finale and twin 50-lap features for the Northern Modified Challenge Series – are on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1:30pm. Adult general admission is $20 and free for kids 12 and under.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, four miles north of Exit 2 on U.S. Route 4. For more information, visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and Twitter at @DevilsBowlSpeed.

PHOTO: Robert Bryant, Jr., and team celebrate their Late Model Shootout win during Vermont 200 Championship Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. (MemorEvents photo)

PHOTO: Ray Germain, Jr., and team celebrate their Renegade Shootout win during Vermont 200 Championship Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. (MemorEvents photo)

PHOTO: John McCarron won the Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Shootout during Vermont 200 Championship Weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. (MemorEvents photo)

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Vermont 200 Championship Weekend “Shootout Saturday”
Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, VT
Saturday, September 14, 2013

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

Bond Auto Parts Modified Shootout (10 laps)
1. (4) Joe Williams, Scotia, NY
2. (6) Ron Proctor, Charlton, NY
3. (2) Cody Sargen, Greenfield Center, NY
4. (8) Leon Gonyo, Chazy, NY
5. (5) Dave Snow, Brandon, VT
6. (3) Vince Quenneville, Jr., Brandon, VT
7. (7) Jeff Haskins, Wells, VT
8. (1) # Jamie LaFountain, Plattsburgh, NY

Late Model Shootout (10 laps)
1. (3) Robert Bryant, Jr., Brooklyn, CT
2. (5) # Seth Bridge, Mendon, VT
3. (4) # Tommy Eriksen, Jr., Ferrisburgh, VT
4. (1) Jesse Carris, Rutland, VT
5. (2) # Carol Parker, Fair Haven, VT

Renegade Shootout (10 laps)
1. (4) # Ray Germain, Jr., Bristol, VT
2. (3) Robin Cummings, Milton, VT
3. (7) # Richard Lowrey, III, Charlotte, VT
4. (2) Randy Howard, Georgia, VT
5. (5) Jimmy Bushey, Mooers Forks, NY
6. (6) Ray Benoit, Milton, VT
7. (1) Tony Putzier, Jericho, VT

Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Shootout (10 laps)
1. (4) John McCarron, Rensselaer, NY
2. (5) # Scott FitzGerald, West Rutland, VT
3. (2) Harold LaVair, Jr., Gabriels, NY
4. (6) Dan Collins, Rensselaer, NY
5. (1) # Kyle Sorensen, Ballston Spa, NY
6. (8) Kyle Watrous, Bomoseen, VT
7. (3) # Lance Masterson, Lincoln, VT
8. (7) Matt Monaghan, Colchester, VT

Daredevil Feature – Green Mountain Water Environment Association (4 laps)
1. Jim Peters, West Hartford, VT
2. Gene Martin, Starksboro, VT
3. Rick Kenney, Norwich, VT
4. Glenn Sorensen, Ballston Spa, NY
5. Adam Stewart, Benson, VT

Daredevil Feature – “Super Shootout” (4 laps)
1. Steve Miller, Vergennes, VT
2. Richie Turner, Fairfax, VT
3. Chris LaVair, Gabriels, NY
4. Brandon Atkins, AuSable Forks, NY
5. Fred Little, Salisbury, VT
6. Vince Quenneville, Jr., Brandon, VT
7. Brad Barrett, Benson, VT

Bond Auto Parts Modified Heat #1 (10 laps)
1. Cody Sargen
2. Vince Quenneville, Jr.
3. Joe Williams
4. # Jamie LaFountain
5. Jack Speshock
6. Travis Bruno
7. Billy Lussier

Bond Auto Parts Modified Heat #2 (10 laps)
1. Jessey Mueller
2. Hunter Bates
3. Joey Roberts
4. Jeff Haskins
5. Jason Durgan
6. Kenny Tremont, Jr.
7. Tyson Drown

Bond Auto Parts Modified Heat #3 (10 laps)
1. Todd Stone
2. Ron Proctor
3. Leon Gonyo
4. Dave Snow
5. Roger Labreche, Jr.
6. Nick Heywood
7. Justin Stone

Reneagde Heat #1 (10 laps)
1. Robert Gordon
2. Jamy Begor
3. Tylor Terry
4. # Brad Bushey
5. Robin Cummings
6. Shawn Duquette
7. Jimmy Bushey
8. Randy Howard
9. Tony Putzier

Renegade Heat #2 (10 laps)
1. Richie Turner
2. # Richard Lowrey, III
3. # Stephen Donahue
4. Andrew Bordeau
5. # Ray Germain, Jr.
6. Scott FitzGerald
7. Danny Doyle
8. Ray Benoit
9. Amber Turner

Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Heat #1 (10 laps)
1. Jake Noble
2. Mike Whalen, Jr.
3. # Chuck Bradford
4. # Scott FitzGerald
5. # Lance Masterson
6. # Kyle Sorensen
7. Bobby LaVair

Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock Heat #2 (10 laps)
1. Chris LaVair
2. Kyle Watrous
3. Matt Monaghan
4. Johnny Bruno
5. Harold LaVair, Jr.
DQ – John McCarron (camber)
DQ – Dan Collins (camber)

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