Inaugural Northern Modified Challenge Championship up for Grabs at Canaan

PHOTO: Northern Modified Challenge Series point leader Vince Quenneville, Jr. (#78) will bring a narrow one-point lead into the season finale at Canaan Dirt Speedway on Saturday. (Buzz Fisher/Creative Outbursts photo)

Top five drivers only 11 points apart entering 100-lap dirt track finale

CANAAN, NH – The inaugural Northern Modified Challenge Series stock car champion will emerge from a crowded group of star open-wheel short track drivers at Canaan Dirt Speedway on Saturday, October 19. The first-year series heads to its season finale with five drivers separated by only 11 points.

The Northern Modified Challenge Series, sanctioned by Devil’s Bowl Speedway, is unlike any other championship tour, utilizing center-seat, dirt-style Modified cars on both asphalt and dirt tracks. Three feature events have been contested on the series’ home track in West Haven, VT, an asphalt half-mile, with additional asphalt races at Thunder Road in Barre, VT in May and Canaan Fair Speedway in August. The finale will be run at Canaan Dirt Speedway – a flat, quarter-mile clay oval adjacent to the asphalt track.

Vince Quenneville, Jr., of Brandon, VT carries a microscopic one-point championship advantage entering the 100-lap Charlie Elliott Memorial Canaan Cup during the “OctoberFast” event on October 19. Quenneville has been preparing for the Challenge finale by racing on dirt at Canaan and Bear Ridge Speedways in recent weeks, earning podium finishes at both tracks. Quenneville has finished eighth or better in all five NMCS races, registering a runner-up showing on the Canaan asphalt.

With Challenge victories at Thunder Road and Devil’s Bowl, 18 year-old Jessey Mueller of Olmstedville, NY trails Quenneville by only one point. An asphalt specialist, Mueller has run dirt races at Legion and Albany-Saratoga speedways to prepare for the Canaan finale. Joe Williams of Scotia, NY ranks third only three points out of the lead, aided by podium finishes in both halves of the NMCS Twin 50 event at Devil’s Bowl on September 15.

Hunter Bates of Middlebury, VT is fourth in points, only seven markers behind Quenneville, and began his Modified career on dirt; he recently raced at Utica-Rome and Albany-Saratoga in advance of the Canaan race. Two-time Devil’s Bowl champion Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY – who raced successfully on dirt for 30 years – sits fifth overall, just 11 points out of the lead. Veteran driver Leon Gonyo, two-time NMCS winner Todd Stone, and Canaan asphalt winner Kenny Tremont, Jr., are all in contention as well.

The OctoberFast event will operate under the Canaan Dirt Speedway rulebook, and will award Northern Modified Challenge Series points to the series’ current Top 20 drivers who attempt to qualify. The event is scheduled to be the final race ever held at the historic two-track Canaan Fairgrounds complex. Racing begins at 1:30pm on Saturday, October 19. For event information, call (603) 523-4502 or visit www.canaanspeedways.com. For more information on the Northern Modified Challenge Series, call (802) 265-3112, visit www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com, or follow @NorthernModCS on Twitter.

NORTHERN MODIFIED CHALLENGE SERIES
Season Finale: Saturday, October 19 – Canaan Dirt Speedway, Canaan, NH

Official Driver’s Championship Standings
Pos.-(Car No.)-Driver-Hometown-Points
1. (78) Vince Quenneville, Jr., Brandon, VT – 223 pts.
2. (19) Jessey Mueller, Olmstedville, NY – 222 pts. (2 wins)
3. (55L) Joe Williams, Scotia, NY – 220 pts.
4. (69) Hunter Bates, Middlebury, VT – 216 pts.
5. (27) Ron Proctor, Charlton, NY – 212 pts.
6. (4) Leon Gonyo, Chazy, NY – 204 pts.
7. (1X) Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT – 196 pts. (2 wins)
8. (115) Kenny Tremont, Jr., West Sand Lake, NY – 194 pts. (1 win)
9. (55) Cody Sargen, Greenfield Center, NY – 149 pts.
10. (5VT) Dave Snow, Brandon, VT – 144 pts.
11. (20) Jamie LaFountain, Keeseville, NY – 126 pts.
12. (33) Travis Bruno, Morrisonville, NY – 121 pts.
13. (69D) Jason Durgan, Morrisonville, NY – 106 pts.
14. (50X) Joey Roberts, Fletcher, VT – 93 pts.
15. (95) Jeff Haskins, Wells, VT – 88 pts.
16. (29) Nick Heywood, Morrisonville, NY – 73 pts.
17. (08) Jack Speshock, Malta, NY – 59 pts.
18. (X) Adam Bartemy, Sheldon, VT – 58 pts.
19. (9J) Jim Introne, Jr., Queensbury, NY – 50 pts.
20. (23) Alex Bell, Cambridge, NY – 46 pts.

Official Owner’s Championship Standings
Pos.-(Car No.)-Owner-Hometown-Points
1. (78) John Danyow – 223 pts.
2. (19) Billy Mueller – 222 pts. (2 wins)
3. (55L) Joe Williams – 220 pts.
4. (69) Marc Bates – 216 pts.
5. (27) Debbie Eddy – 212 pts.
6. (4) Leon Gonyo – 204 pts.
7. (1X) G. Stone Motors – 196 pts. (2 wins)
8. (115) Ken Tremont, Sr. – 194 pts. (1 win)
9. (20) Shawn LaFountain – 167 pts.
10. (55) Matt Sargen – 149 pts.
11. (5VT) Dave Snow – 144 pts.
12. (33) Travis Bruno – 121 pts.
13. (69D) Cory McCoy – 106 pts.
14. (50X) Joey Roberts – 93 pts.
15. (95) Jeff Haskins – 88 pts.
16. (29) Nick Heywood – 73 pts.
17. (X1) G. Stone Motors – 61 pts.
18. (08) Paul Speshock – 59 pts.
19. (X) Lynn Bartemy – 58 pts.
20. (9J) Jim Introne, Jr. – 50 pts.

Event Winners:
1. Mon., May 27 – Jessey Mueller – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, Barre, VT
2. Fri., Aug. 2 – Todd Stone – Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, VT
3. Sun., Aug. 11 – Kenny Tremont, Jr. – Canaan Fair Speedway, Canaan, NH
4. Sun., Sept. 15 – Todd Stone – Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, VT
5. Sun., Sept. 15 – Jessey Mueller – Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, VT

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