Mueller & Stone Rule Devil’s Bowl
WEST HAVEN, Vt. — Stock car drivers Jessey Mueller and Todd Stone won in convincing fashion on Carrara Masonry & Concrete “Hometown Heroes” Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday.
The pair split twin 25-lap features for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division during NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action.
Eighteen year-old Mueller, who graduates from North Warren Central School on Saturday, ran to his first Devil’s Bowl Speedway victory of the season in the first 25-lap race. Mueller worked his way from fifth starting position into the lead then ran away from the field in a dominant showing. Championship point leader Stone drove from 12th to beat Ron Proctor by four-thousandths of a second – about three inches – for the runner-up spot. Hunter Bates and Alex Bell completed the top five.
Stone did one better in the nightcap, taking his third Devil’s Bowl victory in six starts in 2013. Starting 15th on the grid, Stone lead a charge of drivers from outside the top ten at the start to take the lead at lap 12, then withstood two late restarts for the victory. Bates, from 14th, finished second, with Mueller, from 12th, third. Proctor drove from 11th to finish fourth, followed by Joey Roberts, who came from 16th to finish fifth.
Chris Bergeron ran to his first Devil’s Bowl win in the 30-lap late model feature. Bergeron swapped positions at the front of the field with Kevin Elliott Jim “Boomer” Morris and several others for the majority of the race, then used two restarts in the final four laps to help seal his victory. Morris earned a career-best runner-up finish with Elliott third. Chris Curtis finished fourth with rookie Josh Masterson fifth.
Robert Gordon took his second renegade victory of the season after a tie-breaker in a two-segment feature event. Gordon and Richie Turner each posted finishes of first and second in the two 12-lap segments to earn total scores of three points; Gordon’s better final-segment finish gave him the tie-breaker and the overall victory, the ninth of the defending champion’s Devil’s Bowl career.
Rookie Chuck Bradford won the mini stock feature.