Devil's Bowl Speedway holds season opener

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WEST HAVEN — Devil's Bowl Speedway kicked off their season for the 54th time on Monday night. These season opening races felt a little different though, as no fans were in attendance.

They called it the "COVID Crusher" event, which was streamed on Facebook live with more than 600 viewers turning into watch Vermont racing for the first time this year. A total of five races taking place, although the "mini stock feature" race, which was supposed to be a total of 19 laps, lasted a total of six before it was called off because of a time limit.

Adam Pierson, of East Corinth, won the 29 lap Pepsi Sportsman Modified Feature race. Pierson led from start to finish, drawing the pole position and never surrendering the lead. Marty Kelly III, of North Bennington, finished fourth in the event. Frank Hoard III, of Manchester Center, finished sixth.

Dakota Green, a Cambridge, N.Y resident, was the winner of the Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint Feature. It was Green's first win in two years.

Johnny Bruno, a Castleton resident, took home the checkered flag in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature, a 19 lap race.

Andrew FitzGerald, a West Rutland resident, won the Super Stock Feature division, also a 19 lap race.

Chris Conroy of Newport, N.H. won the shortened Mini Stock Feature.

Devil's Bowl Speedway will return to action this Saturday with the annual "Topless" Father's Day event for the Sportsman Modified and Limited Sportsman divisions in which cars race without roofs. The Super Stock, Mini Stock, and 500cc Mini Sprint classes will be in action along with the Champlain Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds. The general admission grandstand will remain closed until pandemic restrictions are lifted.

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