Stone Unbeatable At Devil’s Bowl
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – NASCAR Whelen All-American Series stock car driver Todd Stone got one for the thumb on Friday, dominating the Bond Auto Parts Modified feature at the double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championships at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
Stone needed just six laps to shoot from his 10th starting position nto the lead and easily distanced himself from the field. He withstood three restarts alongside Hunter Bates en route to the win. Bates was second at the finish. Leon Gonyo won a heated battle for third place, besting Jessey Mueller and Vince Quenneville Jr.
With point values doubled for all preliminary and feature races on the night, Stone earned 100 points for his feature victory but stretched his overall championship lead by only six points. Bates made a major gain by winning the Sunoco Race Fuels Semi-Feature – a race which Stone failed to qualify for – taking 20 bonus points for that victory. Bates now trails Stone by only 35 points (591-556), cutting his previous deficit by nearly half.
Joey Roberts finished sixth in the feature race, followed by Jeff Haskins, Jim Introne, Jr., Dave Snow, and Ron Proctor. Two-time defending track champion Proctor recovered from two crashes to finish 10th – his worst finish in three seasons – and dropped from second to fifth in the standings. Proctor had previously not finished worse than seventh since the start of the 2011 season.
Rookie sensation Josh Masterson scored a memorable career-first Late Model victory in that division’s 30-lap main event. Masterson raced door-to-door with fellow freshman Brandon Atkins in second place for several laps, then took the lead from Robert Bryant Jr. near the halfway point. Chris Bergeron chased Masterson down in the final laps but settled for second.