WEST HAVEN-The battle for the 358-modified track championship at Devil's Bowl Speedway is turning into a real tug of war. Last week, first, Ken Tremont Jr. pulls; then, Todd Stone yanks.
Stone drove to his second win of the year in the second of double features Sunday night, setting up a wild finish on the final night of the season.
Devil's Bowl will conclude its season on Sunday, Sept. 6, with a 50-lapper for 358-modifieds, which offers double points. Unofficially, Tremont will goes into the final night with a 10-point lead.
While Stone won the second feature, Ray Hoard came away with a popular win in the first 30-lapper, which was carried over from a rainout on Aug. 23. The victory was Hoard's first at the Bowl since Sept. 3, 2006.
In the first feature, Hoard, who started fifth, took the lead away from Vince Quenneville Jr. on lap 12 and survived a number of late restarts to post his ninth career win at the Bowl. Hoard is no stranger to success at Devil's Bowl, as he won the 358-modified point title in 2004.
Quenneville continued his outstanding late-season run, crossing the finish line second for his fifth consecutive top-five finish. Tremont was third, followed by Marc Johnson and Tim Laduc, Stone finished seventh, which allowed Tremont to pad his point lead.
But Stone came back with an impressive victory, the 15th of his career, in the second feature. Again, Quenneville was the early leader, but Stone, who started 12th, charged into the lead on lap on lap 16 and destroyed the field, finishing with a 4.5-second margin of victory over Quenneville. Tremont was again third, with Laduc fourth and Hoard fifth.
Frank Hoard III and Derrick McGrew got the wins in the budget sportsman features. McGrew's win, his second of the year, was doubly important because CVRA budget sportsman points were on the line.