Vermont State Championship coming to Devil’s Bowl Speedway and Thunder Road
Four-race series posts big money and state title for Late Model teams
Devil's Bowl Speedway PR
Officials from Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT and Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT have announced a Vermont State Late Model Championship Series for the 2012 race season.

Four (4) long distance stock car events for Late Model race teams will determine the Vermont State Late Model Champion. The American Canadian Tour (ACT) type Late Model division is the most popular form of stock car racing in the northeastern US and eastern Canada, serving the needs of racers and fans at fifteen different race tracks and two regional touring divisions.

Thunder Road will present the historic 50th anniversary Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic and annual Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 as part of the Vermont State series. The new owners of Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT, Mike and Alayne Bruno, have joined over a dozen regional tracks by incorporating the ACT Late Model rules as a part of their NASCAR weekly racing program.

Mike Bruno, a former ACT Late Model competitor himself, said, “I know how competitive these cars can be and when Tom (Curley) and I talked about this idea, it just seemed like a good fit for our first year with Devil’s Bowl Speedway, and for the entire Late Model region”.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway will host a 100-lap event on Friday, June 8, 2012. The Vermont State Late Model Champion will be crowned at the Devil’s Bowl season finale on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Both events will be 100 laps in distance. The two tracks will post over $10,000 in point fund money for participating teams.

“The ACT US Tour Late Models have put on a great show at Devil’s Bowl over the past couple years, and the opening event at Devil’s Bowl will once again be the traditional Spring Green 112 lap event.  This combined effort to give the weekly teams around the region an opportunity to have a four race weekly type series and honor the first Vermont State Late Model Champion is a nice balance between tour racing and weekly racing. I think it will be well received by Late Model teams in the region,” said Tom Curley, long time promoter of Thunder Road and the American Canadian Tour.

Sun., May 27              Thunder Road             Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic (100L)
Fri., June 8                  Devil’s Bowl                Devil’s Bowl Speedway (100L)
Thu., July 12               Thunder Road             Vermont Governor’s Cup (150L)
Sun., Sept. 16             Devil’s Bowl                Vermont 200 Weekend (100L)

For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963,, or email; or Devil’s Bowl at (802) 265-3112,, or email

Joey Laquerre (#15), Eric Chase (#40), and Jamie Fisher (#18) battle through the turns at Devil's Bowl Speedway's American-Canadian Tour Spring Green in 2011.  They and other Late Model drivers will have a four-race Vermont State Late Model Championship Series to contend for between Devil's Bowl and Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl in 2012.  (Eric LaFleche photo)