Perrego comes out victorious at Devil's Bowl

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WEST HAVEN - Anthony Perrego of Montgomery, N.Y. took home the checkered flag at the second annual "Battle of the Bowl" Big Block/Small Block Modified Challenge main event on Sunday at Devil's Bowl Speedway, the challenge race, along with the $7,500 check.

The event was put on by Bennington resident Hunter Stratton, along with Devil's Bowl Speedway owner Mike Bruno and media coordinator Justin St. Louis.

Stratton, who also promotes basketball events, comes from a racing family. His brother Neil, and father Hector, were two of many local drivers racing competing at the track over the weekend.

Other local drivers included; Bennington residents Scott Duell and Marty Kelly III, Dick Bisson of Pownal, Frank Hoard III of Manchester, and Scott Huber of Cambridge, N.Y.

Home-track favorite Jessey Mueller struck first, winning the 25-lap feature race for the Big Block Modifieds. The Chestertown, N.Y., racer - who started his career at Devil's Bowl as a teenager - was good from the outset, winning his qualifying heat, starting on the pole of the feature, and leading every lap on his way to the 13th win of his career at the Vermont track. Mueller won $1,500 with his victory.

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The King of Dirt Racing Crate Modified Series race, a 40-lap event, was won by Kevin Root of Geneva, N.Y.

Perrego came out of the Pole Shuffle victorious.

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A total of just under 100 cars took part in last years event. The 2020 event saw 112 cars compete.

Devil's Bowl was sold out for the event, 750 fans across five different sections of bleachers.

The racing venue added infield tickets this year to accommodate more fans in a safe way. Around 100 cars parked in the infield of the racetrack and watched the event from their car, making the grand total of spectators approximately 1,150.

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The March Madness comparison holds true in another aspect, too. The race featured professional drivers like Stewart Friesen, who compete in the NASCAR Truck Series. It also had lots of local drivers who race as a hobby on the weekend.

Stratton was happy with the way the race turned out this year.

"It was unbelievable, great atmosphere." Stratton said.

Devil's Bowl Speedway returns to action on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., with a full card of Pepsi Sportsman Modifieds, O'Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsmen, Pro Stocks, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprints, as well as the Champlain Valley Vintage Dirt Modifieds.

Advance sale tickets will be available online, and Vermont State COVID-19 pandemic guidelines remain in place. Grandstand seats are $15 (all ages) and Infield Drive-In tickets are $20, with kids age 12 and under free in the infield. Tickets are for sale online or at the speedway on race night.


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