Devil’s Bowl season kicks off this weekend

D evil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vt. starts its 48th season off with a bang this weekend as they host the Spring Green weekend in Rutland County with festivities on both Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday at 9 a.m., the speedway kicks off its third annual Downtown fan festival in Rutland with a car show. Centre Street will be lined with racecars from the American-Canadian tour and the NASCAR Whelen All-American series.
Then at 11 a.m. there will be a pit stop challenge where crews compete for bragging rights to see who can change two tires and simulate changing fuel the fastest. At noon, they fire up the engines and cruise down Centre Street for everyone to see.
“It’s a really awesome and fun event for everyone involved,” Devil’s Bowl spokesman Justin St. Louis said. “We try and get everyone involved and make it more about the cars and pit crews instead of just the drivers. Fans like to see the other angle of racing.”
On Sunday, the day gets started with an introduction of last year’s champions and an awards ceremony before the racing gets started at 1:30 p.m.
There will be five different divisions of racing at the track including Modified, Renegade, Mini stock, SK light, and the American-Canadian tour.
“The American-Canadian tour is the headliner, these guys race all over New England, New York and Eastern Canada,” St. Louis said. “A tour record could be beaten if three-time defending champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. wins again for a fourth time. Two other guys have won three but never got the fourth.”
After the weekend, the track will be open every Friday night, except for June 13 and July 25, offering Vermont’s fastest family fun.
“We want to get everyone involved and make it affordable for everyone to go,” St. Louis said. “Kids 12 and under are free, we have good, inexpensive food, and on specific nights we offer free admission for people from different towns across Vermont and New York.”
The track also offers a “fun bus” for kids who pack into a school bus and take laps around the track and pit stop allowing them to get the whole experience of the race track.
The Friday night circuit season will go on until Aug. 22 and after the track shuts down until it reopens on Sept. 13 and 14 for the Vermont 200 weekend. They will also be bringing back the dirt tracks for three weekends in late September and early October.
For more information on this weekend’s events and events in the future, visit devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com.

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