GLENS FALLS, NY — A familiar name is headed back to Devil’s Bowl Speedway in 2016. Veteran stock car driver Brent Dragon has teamed up with Chad White to compete in West Haven, Vt., on Saturday nights in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Asphalt Late Model division during the track’s historic 50th season. The team will unveil its entry during the regular season finale for the Adirondack Thunder hockey team at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, N.Y., on Saturday, April 9.
Dragon is part of one of Vermont’s most famous racing families and owns a pair of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victories at Devil’s Bowl. The Milton native will drive the potent No. 8 Northern Truck & Equipment/CV Waste entry that carried Fort Ann, N.Y., driver White to his first career victory last August.
Dragon’s most recent Devil’s Bowl win came in a photo finish at the 2012 Vermont 200. He is tied for sixth on the American-Canadian Tour’s all-time win list and is a former Milk Bowl winner at Thunder Road. His father, Harmon “Beaver” Dragon, and uncle, Bobby Dragon, were winners at Devil’s Bowl in the 1970s. Dragon expects to compete in as many as eight races at Devil’s Bowl while balancing commitments with the Pro All Stars Series and the Granite State Pro Stock Series.
“I’m excited to get back to Devil’s Bowl,” Dragon said. “It’s a great track with a good group of racers. The switch to Saturday nights makes travel easier, and we’re going to try to race there as much as we can. Chad has a good car, so it should be a lot of fun.”
White plans drive in the events that Dragon is not able to attend, and said that his brother Matt White, the 2012 championship runner-up, is also considering a return to the track in his No. 42 White’s Heating car.
“We’re really looking forward to this season,” Chad White said. “We’ve got a lot of momentum after last year, and having Brent Dragon’s help will make us even better as a group. Plus, I can see the Glens Falls Civic Center from my work office, so it’s fun to be doing something at home with the car and the Adirondack Thunder.”
The No. 8 car will be on display at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday, April 9. The Adirondack Thunder – the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) affiliate of National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames – will face off against division rival Manchester Monarchs at 7:00 p.m. to close out the regular season before the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Thunder currently rank fifth in the ECHL’s Eastern Conference standings with a record of 35-25-2-4.
The Adirondack Thunder is offering special discount ticket prices for the April 9 game vs. the Manchester Monarchs via the Devil’s Bowl Speedway website. The discount price is just $15.78 for adults and only $11.77 for youths age 14 and under. Tickets may be ordered online via www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com, directly through tinyurl.com/DB-Speedway, or by calling Adirondack Thunder account executive Bobby Cavelli at (518) 480-3355, ext. 314. For more information, visit www.ECHLThunder.com.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s 50th season of racing will include NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned action for both the half-mile asphalt and the 3/10-mile dirt tracks, totaling 27 scheduled events. The asphalt track will race on Saturday nights, and the dirt track will race on Sunday nights; opening weekend is May 21-22.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of Exit 2 off of U.S. Route 4 and just 20 minutes from Rutland, Vt. For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112. Devil’s Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at facebook.com/DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter and Instagram at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the #DevilsBowl hashtag.
-Devil’s Bowl Speedway Press Release
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