Craig Bushey Is Vermont Strong
WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Craig Bushey dominated the I Am Vermont Strong 100 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday to claim the second round of the Vermont State Late Model Championship.
Bushey, who started fourth, created a sizable lead as he worked his way through heavy lapped traffic and had all but the top five in the field lapped before the third caution of the event came on lap 93.
Brent Dragon had also worked his way through the lapped traffic and reached Bushey’s bumper just before the lap 93 caution. The two appeared to be setup for a final seven lap dash to the checkers.
Bushey got the jump on Dragon to take the lead again before another caution flew on lap 96, bringing eight-time and defending American-Canadian Tour late-mode lchampion Brian Hoar into the picture in third.
Over the final four laps, Bushey had a mirror full of Dragon in the outside lane and Hoar on the inside rail. Bushey held the two off to take the win, while Hoar edged Dragon at the line for second.
Ricky Rolfe and Dave Pembroke were the only other cars remaining on the lead lap to round out the top five.
Nick Sweet, the Vermont State Championship point leader coming into the event after his win at Thunder Road in the Memorial Day Classic, had a tire going down near the halfway mark.
He had to pit under green and lost several laps and finished in the 19th position. Unofficially, Dragon’s third place effort appears to be enough to take over the point lead, but not far behind will be Rolfe and Clark.
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