WEST HAVEN, Vt.-State Sen. Phil Scott from Middlesex is a three-time Thunder Road champion. Scott is running for the Vermont Lt. Governor's office in the coming election, his first statewide political effort. When the American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced that the Late Model division from Thunder Road would be opening the new Devil's Bowl Speedway in West Haven. Scott was the first to applaud the decision.
An avid outdoorsman and one of the most successful stock car racers in Vermont history, Scott will try and win the first-ever ACT 100 lap feature event at the newly paved 1/2 mile oval that will serve fans from west of the Green Mountains, particularly Rutland County. "I certainly was happy when I learned that we were opening the Thunder Road season at the new Devil's Bowl. I remember the history of the old days when the five track series included the 'Rutland' track. My focus Sunday is to try and win the race, but I suppose shaking a few hands and getting to know some folks in the Rutland/Addison county area would be a great opportunity."
Scott and about a dozen other Thunder Road Late Model teams tested the new asphalt at Devil's Bowl last weekend. The reports were that it is going to be very competitive and very fast. "I thought it was a lot of fun. It was fast, there are definitely a couple of lanes to race in, and I hope race fans in Vermont are really going to like this new look. Give the Richards family credit for making these kinds of improvements during what has obviously been a difficult economic time. I think it indicates that the entrepreneurial business spirit is still alive in Vermont and things are improving", concluded Scott.
Over 25 ACT race teams are expected to attack the new asphalt this Sunday at the opening event. "This is a dream come true for me," said Jerry Richards, managing partner of the family run business. The Richards family have all been involved in racing for decades, but with the conversion of the Devil's Bowl Speedway and the sister track, Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY, management of the two tracks was also divided among the family.
Sunday afternoon post time is 2 p.m. for the grand opening of the new Devil's Bowl Speedway.