Stock car driver Craig Bushey defended his home track's honor by winning the "I Am Vermont Strong 100" – the second round of the four-race Vermont State Late Model Championship Series, postponed one week by rain after qualifying was completed on June 8 – at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Friday night. Bushey held off a late charge from Brent Dragon, and later Brian Hoar, to take the popular win before a packed grandstand crowd.
Twenty-three of 29 drivers returned following the June 8 postponement to take the green flag in the "I Am Vermont Strong 100." Fairfax, VT driver Bushey started fourth on the 23-car grid and jumped to the top spot in the early going. He battled with outside polesitter Dragon, of Milton, VT, in the early going but set a blistering pace during a 60-lap green flag run that allowed him to lap all but the top five cars.
Two late caution periods bunched the field and allowed Dragon and Hoar to reel Bushey in. Bushey's No. 05 Vermont Life Safety/Miller Auto Group Chevrolet was too strong, though, and held on for its third win in five Devil's Bowl starts in 2012. Hoar, of Williston, VT, slipped by Dragon by a nose for the runner-up spot. Maine's Ricky Rolfe finished fourth, with Dave Pembroke of Middlesex, VT fifth as the final car on the lead lap. The unofficial top ten was completed by Joey Becker, Phil Scott, Brooks Clark, Bryan Town, and Jamie Fisher.
Alex Bell earned his first win in two years in the 35-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bond Auto Parts Modified feature. The Cambridge, NY youngster's No. 23 Carmody Ford/Bell Excavating-sponsored mount came from eighth starting position to outduel defending track champion Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY for the win. The race ended under caution as a final-lap crash took out top-five drivers Jessey Mueller and Joey Roberts. Hunter Bates of Middlebury, VT finished third with Vince Quenneville, Jr., fourth and Leon Gonyo fifth.
Bill Duprey of Hydeville, VT earned his first win of the season in the 15-lap Renegade shootout. The division's defending champion won a tight race over Leicester, VT's Jeremy Jones, who nipped Ryan Keith of Pittsford, VT at the line for the runner-up spot. Robert Gordon and Frank Monroe completed the top five.
Rookie Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT made it 5-for-7 in the Bomber division, but did so only after running 20 laps in the opposite direction. The Bomber class made right-hand turns for its wacky feature event, but the Masterson was up for the challenge. Garrett Given of Cornwall, VT posted his best finish of the year in second place, followed by Gabriels, NY racer Bobby LaVair. Ray Germain, Jr., and rookie Gerald LaFlam were next in line.
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