Jerry Richards has consulted with promoter Tom Curley of Thunder Road in Barre who is pleased to see the Bowl returning to asphalt and has inked a deal for his Thunder Road late models to open the new era with a 100-lap feature event, Thunder at the Bowl, on May 23rd. "We hope this will be just the beginning of a new relationship between Devil's Bowl and Thunder Road," commented Richards.
Management has also laid the foundation for a new Modified Tri-Track Series in conjunction with Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Albany-Saratoga is located in Malta NY and is also owned and operated by the Richards family. Airborne Park promoter Mike Perrotte has shared his knowledge to help with the transition of the modified-type cars from dirt to asphalt. His facility in Plattsburgh has seen great success in racing dirt-style open wheel cars on a paved surface.
"We are excited to offer this Tri-Track Series which will see our modifieds from both Albany-Saratoga and Devil's Bowl traveling to Plattsburgh and vice versa in a series of 50- and even 100-lap races at all three facilities, the first of which is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend at the Bowl. There will be six races in total with $6,000 in point money up for grabs. It should make for some great competition for the fans," said Richards.
Devil's Bowl will still race on Sundays, but will be able to start an hour earlier because the sun won't dry the track out like it can when the surface is clay. The earlier start should appeal to race teams and fans by enabling them to get home at a more reasonable hour. Admission pricing for adults will remain at $10 for a regular show, and new this year all children 12 and under will be admitted free. This should make a night at the races affordable for any family.
Devil's Bowl will continue its tradition of great entertainment for everyone, offering several free admission nights for seniors, students, and veterans, among others.
The first practice on the new surface is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, followed by another practice session on Saturday May 22, with the Thunder at the Bowl event on Sunday May 23. For a complete schedule of events and up-to-date information visit the website at www.cvra.com or call the speedway at 802-265-3112.