Having the advice of the other nearby pavement promoters has been invaluable. Richards noted, "In working together, we hope to maintain and even strengthen local short track racing. It's a tough business, seasonal and dependent on weather and you have to have a certain amount of backbone to be in it year after year. Having grown up with it, it's in our blood and none of us can really imagine doing anything else, so this is a big gamble for us, but one we feel will really pay off going forward."
The season opener is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, and will feature the Thunder Road late models in a 100 lap race to christen the new pavement. Devil's Bowl has also been fortunate to have some very important partners sign on to support local racing in 2010. Coca-Cola Products has been instrumental in helping with schedule distribution, and will provide all beverages this year at the speedway.
The first two events on May 23 and May 30 are $15 adult tickets, while adult admission for regular shows remains only $10, and this year all children 12 and under will be admitted free. Racing will begin an hour earlier with a 6 p.m. start time. Up-to-date information and the complete racing schedule can be found on the internet at devilsbowlspeedwayvt.com and the speedway telephone is 802-265-3112.
See a photo of the new Devil's Speedway in this week's Addison Eagle and next week's Rutland Tribune.