Vince Quennevile Jr. got to experience the thrill of victory Sunday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway, while defending track champion Ken Tremont Jr. found out just how bad the agony of defeat can be.
Quenneville came off the front row and dominated the competition to get his first victory of the season in the 30-lap feature at Devil's Bowl.
Quenneville had a little tougher time adjusting to the new asphalt surface this season, and struggled early in the year. But he picked up the pace in July, finishing second to Tremont on July 11 and hitting the top five again a week later.
But on Sunday, no one was going to catch him. The real battle was for second between Mike Bruno and Tim Laduc. Bruno tracked Laduc for most of the feature, and with six laps to go, Bruno thought he had an opening. But when he made his move, Laduc tried to slam the door, causing both cars to slide high. Marc Johnson and Don Scarborough took advantage of the mistake, with Johnson going on to finish second, and Scarborough getting third. Bruno gathered his car in quickly and hung on for fourth, with Laduc fifth.
On the same day that Tiger Woods completed the worst 54-hole score of his professional career at the Bridgestone Invitational, Tremont had one of his worst nights ever at the Bowl. He arrived late because of engine problems, and never got the problem straightened out. By the end of the 30-lap feature, had had been lapped twice and finished ninth.
Don Miller chalked up his seventh win of the season in the sportsman feature. A heat race mishap kept Jared McMahon, Jack Swinton and Joey Trudeau in the pits for the rest of the night, depleting the field for the feature. Josh Joseph had the early lead, but had his hands full with Hunter Bates. The complexion of the race changed midway through the feature, as Miller used a three-wide move on a restart to get around Bates. Three laps later, Miller had the lead and he went on to record his fourth straight win. Bates was second, while Andy Durie, who had made an early pit stop, charged back up to third.
Jon Miller was also on top of his game, overpowering the field in the Renegade feature for his sixth win of the season, and Chad Brown came away with win No. 7 in the Bomber Warrior feature.
Devil's Bowl also had an enduro on Sunday, with Brett Wood taking the checkered flag ahead of Charles Bradford and Adam Sears in a wild finish in the 60-lapper.
Devil's Bowl will return to action Aug. 15., with Kids' Night No. 2 The highlight of the racing program will be the 50-lap Renegade Roundup, a challenge race for drivers from Devil's Bowl, Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Airborne Speedway that will pay $500 to win. Rules for the Roundup can be found on the Champlain Valley Racing Association Web site at www.cvra.com.
The racing card will also include the fourth race of the Pro-Stock/Super Street Challenge, and there will also be a drivers' autograph session as part on Kids' Night. The kiddie rides will begin at 5:30 p.m., wih racing starting at 6
MODIFIEDS: VINCE QUENNEVILLE JR., Marc Johnson, Don Scarborough, Mike Bruno, Tim Laduc, Leon Gonyo, Jim Ryan, Don Mattison, Ken Tremont Jr., Matt Depew, Adam Bartemy.
SPORTSMAN: DON MILLER, Hunter Bates, Andy Durie, Josh Joseph, Ron Wanamaker, Paul Draymer, Kevin Wright, Carl Vladyka, Tom Lilly, Matt Atwood.
RENEGADES: JON MILLER, David Emigh, Frank Monroe, Chris Murray, Randy Alger, Bill Duprey, Andy Smith, Jeremy Jones, Jon Hayes, Brian Rogers, Joe Ladd.
BOMBER WARRIORS: CHAD BROWN, Eddie Bruno, Nate Woodworth, Kayla Bryant, Tyler Lescord, Justin Lilly, David Tomczek, Kalob Gagnon, Jason Barrett, Mark Lindblade.