Scarborough, Stone Tame Devil’s Bowl
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – An action-packed Friday night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway was capped by an unpredictable finale and two first-time feature winners.
Johnny Scarborough and Todd Stone split victories in the top-tier Modifieds as Chuck Bradford and Kyle Watrous each won Mini Stock features, and Robert Gordon and Scott MacMichael repeated in the Renegade and SK Light classes, respectively
Scarborough was a convincing winner in the first of two 25-lap feature races for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division. Scarborough took the lead from rookie Jason Reome on the sixth lap and sailed to the victory in a caution-free race. It was Scarborough’s first win at the track since June 20, 1999 and his first in the NASCAR-sanctioned asphalt era.
In the 25-lap nightcap, defending track champion Todd Stone was the unlikely winner of a volatile, crash-marred race. Stone spun through the infield on lap four and took part in a three-car jingle on lap seven.
He avoided three more wrecks – including one that involved all but four of the cars on the track on lap 14 – to wrestle the lead from Ron Proctor with eight circuits remaining.
The Central Vermont Motorcycles Mini Stock division raced two highly competitive 15-lap events, each with very different outcomes. Point leader Chuck Bradford held off number-two man Jake Noble in the opening round, with third-place point driver Mike Whalen, Jr. third. The heavy-hitters were stuck in traffic in the finale, however, allowing underdog racers Kyle Watrous and Matt Monaghan to shine. Watrous snuck ahead of Monaghan for the lead on a restart with three laps remaining, then drove to his first-ever victory. John McCarron took the runner-up spot by inches ahead of Monaghan.
Robert Gordon took his third Renegade win of the season in a 15-lap race, aiding him in a march up the national point standings ladder; Gordon entered the event ranked 15th in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division III national standings. Ray Benoit finished a career-best second, with 16 year-old Stephen Donahue third.
Scott MacMichael won his second SK Light Modified race of the year, topping Norm Forest and Bruce Jaycox in a two-segment race.