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A Sweet State Champion

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WEST HAVEN, V.t. -

Nick Sweet captured the 2013 Vermont State Late Model Championship on Sunday at Devil's Bowl Speedway in the Vermont 200.  This was an odd year for Sweet.  The 2012 King of the Road at Thunder Road won two of the four races in the State Championship Series, but both of those races were at Devil's Bowl.  Chris Bergeron, who finished third, is the Devils Bowl Late Model Champion.

Sweet headed into the race with a 17 point lead on Graniteville's Chip Grenier.  The 88 car started on the poll and dominated for the first 86 laps, until caution flags forced him back to the pack for the final few laps.  On the restart, the 16-car of Travis Stearns made a run, but  Sweet was able to hold him by the nose of his car.

It was also a big day for Middlebury's Todd Stone. The 25-year racing veteran capped off a remarkable 2013 season in West Haven by winning the first of two 50-lap modified features. The victory was Stone's 17th this season, a career best.  He also wins the 2013 Devils Bowl Modified Championship to go with the Airborne title he picked up last month.   He also earned NASCAR Wheelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year honors.  Jesse Mueller, the 18 year old from Olmstedville, N.Y., won the second modified feature. 

Plattsburgh's Michael Whalen Jr. wins the 25-Lap Mini Stock Feature.  Benson's Jacob Noble is the Mini Stock Champ at Devil's Bowl.  Bristol's Ray Germain Jr. wins the Renegade feature, but it's Fairfax's Richie Turner that finishes second claiming the Devils Bowl track championship.

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