Defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing champion Ron Proctor made a statement that he's in the running for a second title at Devil's Bowl Speedway. The Charlton, NY veteran posted a victory and a second-place finish in twin 20-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified features at the People's United Bank Memorial Day Special on Friday night.
Proctor's No. 27 Timco Towing & Transportation/Charlton Oil-sponsored Teo Pro Car came from 11th starting position to win the first 20-lap run, earning one point toward his overall total in the cumulatively scored two-segment race, beating Vince Quenneville, Jr., nephew Jamie Proctor, Cody Sargen, and rookie Joey Roberts in convincing fashion. Leon Gonyo of Chazy, NY put on a similarly impressive performance in the second segment, driving through traffic from ninth place to win, but Proctor came from 14th to finish second. Jason Bruno, Hunter Bates, and Roberts completed the top five in the segment.
Proctor's total score of three points was good enough for the overall victory. Georgia, VT drivers Roberts' ten points (5th, 5th = 10) gave him his best finish of his young Modified career, while Gonyo's second-segment win broke a three-way tie (11 points) with Sargen and Jamie Proctor for third place overall. Alex Bell, Quenneville, Bruno, Bates, and Andy Smith completed the unofficial overall top ten.
Craig Bushey of Fairfax, VT posted his second-straight win in the 30-lap J&S Steel Late Model feature. Rookie Johnny Chesnut made a bid for an upset win but was passed by Bryan Town, and soon after Bushey, following a mid-race restart. Town, of Charlestown, NH, ran to a runner-up showing with Rutland, VT's Kevin Elliott third – each a career-best finish. Norm Andrews, Dan Petronis, Dave Wilcox, rookie Robert Bryant, Jr., and Matt White were next in line, followed by Chesnut, who was involved in two late incidents. Rookie Jesse Carris was tenth, unofficially.
Ryan Keith of Pittsford, VT posted his first Devil's Bowl victory in 18 years, winning the 20-lap Renegade feature despite constant challenges from Frank Monroe. Granville, NY driver Monroe was second ahead of Leicester, VT's Jeremy Jones. Robert Gordon and rookie Robin Cummings were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Bristol, VT rookies Josh Masterson continued an outstanding start to his career in the 20-lap Bomber feature, picking up his third win in four starts. Bobby LaVair of Gabriels, NY finished second with John McCarron of Rennselaer, NY third. Harold LaVair and Ray Germain, Jr., completed the top five.
Devil's Bowl Speedway is back in action on Friday, June 1 at 7:30pm with Carrara Masonry & Concrete Night presented by Mobil 1.
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