By RUSSELL JONES
Two races at Devil’s Bowl this past week yielded similar results in the Pepsi Modified Sportsman division as Kenny Tremont Jr. picked up his third and fourth wins of the season.
One local driver, Adam Piper of Leicester, turned his luck around after blowing an engine in the July 4 race to win on Sunday night in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman division. In the Super Stock division, a local racer found his way back to victory lane once again.
The 100-lap main event on Wednesday brought Tremont Jr., of West Sand Lake, N.Y., to the winner’s circle for his 85th career victory at the track and 375th overall career win.
“We’ve been doing this a long time, and I’ve got a great team and we’re still running well,” Tremont told fans after his victory. “If the breaks keep coming our way, I’d really like to get to 100 wins here at Devil’s Bowl.”
Tremont started in 18th position and took 50 laps before he made his way to the front of the pack. Justin Comes, of Middlebury, brought home a 10th place finish while Vince Quinneville, of Brandon, came in 15th in the Wednesday night event. Brian Whittemore, of Pittsford, finished in 21st position.
On Sunday, Tremont again made his way to the victory lane after starting 18th and overtaking several of the leaders who suffered car troubles. Joey Roberts, of Fletcher, Vt., inherited the lead when Walter Hammond, of Canaan, N.H., came down with a stuck throttle that sent his car through a tire barrier in Turn 1. But Roberts left the inside lane open with four laps to go and Tremont jumped down to the bottom of the track and drove on to victory.
Local racers in action were Quinneville, who finished in 17th, Mike Palmer, of Salisbury, who brought home 19th, and Whittemore, who came in 22nd.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman
Wednesday night action saw 16-year-old Johnny Bruno, of Castleton, take home the checkered flag barely edging out Brandon’s Matt Bilodeau, who came in second. Dave Snow, of Brandon came in fifth place.
Adam Piper, of Leicester, blew an engine during a heat on Wednesday and didn’t make the feature, but Piper turned his luck around on Sunday night when he led the pack across the finish line in a 25-lap feature for his first win of the season and second of his career.
Larry Galipo, of West Rutland, came in fifth after an 18th place start and Bilodeau and Snow finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Scott FitzGerald, of West Rutland, once again outraced his son to take home first place while Andrew finished a close second in the Super Stock action on Independence Day. Roo Forrest, also of West Rutland, came home in eighth after starting on the pole.
On Sunday, the FitzGerald’s again came in one after the other when Scott finished third and Andrew came in fourth. Forrest finished in 15th place on Sunday.
Friends Construction 500cc Mini Sprint
In Mini Sprint action on Wednesday, Kevin Smith of Brandon, finished in sixth position and West Rutland’s Gordon Sheehan finished ninth. Alyza McKeighan, of Brandon, came home in 11th place.
On Sunday, McKeighan finished in ninth just ahead of Sheehan’s tenth place. Smith did not start the race.