Bushey tops Late Models, Renegade leaders deadlocked
WEST HAVEN, VT – Defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car racing champion Ron Proctor finds himself atop the Devil’s Bowl Speedway point standings for the first time in 2012 entering Friday’s Carrara Masonry & Concrete Night presented by Mobil 1. The Charlton, NY veteran used a stellar double-feature performance to vault ahead of Jessey Mueller at last week’s People’s United Bank Memorial Day Special.
Proctor’s victory and runner-up finishes in twin 20-lap races came at the right time, as previous leaders Jessey Mueller and Vince Quenneville, Jr., suffered their worst showings of the season in the crash-marred second feature. Proctor now leads Brandon, VT driver Quenneville by 26 points (253-227), while Mueller is part of a three-way tie for third with Alex Bell and rookie Joey Roberts, each with 222 points through the first five feature events.
Craig Bushey of Fairfax, VT has turned back-to-back wins into the point lead in the J&S Steel Late Model division. Bushey took the first Late Model win of his career at the Central Vermont Motorcycles Trophy Dash on Sunday, May 20, then backed it up five days later at the People’s United Bank event. He leads Northfield, VT’s Matt White by 23 points (162-139), with Rutland, VT driver Kevin Elliott third another five points behind. New Hampshire’s Bryan Town and New Yorker Dan Petronis complete the top five.
The Renegade division is in a tie at the top, as Robert Gordon and Frank Monroe find themselves deadlocked at 204 points apiece. Gordon, of Milton, VT, has a pair of wins, while former champion Monroe, of Granville, NY, has a win and two runner-up finishes. People’s United Bank winner Ryan Keith of Pittsford, VT is third (190 points), followed by Jeremy Jones and rookie Robin Cummings.
Bomber rookie Josh Masterson of Bristol, VT is still riding an impressive streak to begin his stock car racing career, and leads his division after three wins in four starts. Harold LaVair, Jr., of Gabriels, NY trails Masterson by 16 points (218-202) and won at the Central Vermont Motorcycles event. Garry Bashaw, John McCarron, and Ray Germain, Jr., run 3-4-5.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway rolls along with its Friday summer schedule with Carrara Masonry & Concrete Night presented by Mobil 1 on Friday, June 1 at 7:30pm. Gates open at 6:00pm, with green flag racing set for 7:30pm. General admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (62+), and free for children 12 and under. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, VT, six miles north of Exit 2 on US Route 4. For more information, call (802) 265-3112 or click www.devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.