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THE SECOND DIRT ERA
Mostly Up to 1990 - I Have Limited Materials

 

EARLIER SEASONS AFTER THE FIRST PAVEMENT ERA: MODIFIEDS

 
Bob Frazier Photo


 
John Rabideau Collection
Butch Jelley,
No. Pownal, VT
.

Martin Riiska's Falcon.



A. Ainsworth Collection
Butch Jelley

Austin Dickerman's 357.

Bob Frazier Photo
via D Bowl Porgram

Butch Jelley with one of the later Riiska cars.

M. Richards Collection
Rene Charland,
Amsterdam, NY
.


Roerig Bros. Gremlin

Courtesy of
John Grady, Jr
Dave Gaul,
 Altamont, NY 
 
 
Courtesy of Ti-Gaz Genest
Bob Ellis,
West Haven, VT

Mike Richards 75

Courtesy of Ti-Gaz Genest
Bob Ellis,
West Haven, VT


Mike Richards 75

 
Courtesy of Tom Sczaban
1976 pit scene.
 
Mike Anop Photo
Dick Fowler
 
Courtesy of Tom Donahue
Chuck Ely,
 Pownal, VT

Tremont's Gremlin
 
Mike Richards Collection
Joe Johnson at speed.
 
Mike Richards Collection
Joe Johnson a
head of Denny Soltis.
 
Courtesy of John Lutz
 Eddy Foley,
Leicester, VT

With Car owner Clayton Ryan.
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Gene Mangino,
Schenectady, NY
 
Courtesy of Jim Kelly
Joe Johnson,
Schenectady, NY

Congratulated by legendary brother Jack.

 
Courtesy of Rick Roginski
Nick Ronca,
Clifton Park, NY
 
Courtesy of Andy Hickock
Ray Dalmata,
Johnstownk, NY
 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Ray Sitterly,
Amsterdam, NY
   
Courtesy of Bud Dunham via Marty Kelly Jr.
After the famous Camaro was wrecked, Charlie Brown got into this modified.
 
Dick Britain Photo
Ron Pigeon,
Bristol, VT

Ron gave this coupe setup a real try but it would have worked better at Bear Ridge.
 
Bob Fraziere Photo
via Chip Gauthier

Roger Gauthier,
Fort Edward, NY

The Tremont Falcon.

Courtesy of Arnie Ainsworth
Russ Blake's win is signalled by Jim Frye.
 



EARLIER SEASONS AFTER THE FIRST PAVEMENT ERA: LATE MODELS / PROSTOCKS


Courtesy of Cliff Haynes


 
Bruce Loomis Collection
Bruce Loomis,,
Granville, NY

The color and number
recall the family's red 11 driven by Nelson Moore
at Fairmont in 1964.

Ladabouche Photo
Butch Rogers,
Castleton, VT

The 1st of his famed Camaros. This one ended up with friend and neighbor Charlie Brown.


Ladabouche Photo
Butch Rogers,
Castleton, VT

The 2nd of his famed Camaros. This one ended up with Lee Nutting.

LaFond Family  Collection
Carl Valadyka,
Hampton, NY.


A much later Pro Stock.

Courtesy of John Fleres
Late model crash sequence: Things look normal here, although three abreast seldom works out.

Courtesy of John Fleres

 Car 84 goes in too hot and takes out Charlie Brown with the former Butch Rogers Camaro.
  
 
 
Courtesy of Jon Fleres
84 finishes the removal of 17  as Reggie Lussier enters the picture. 
 

Courtesy of John Fleres
Charlie now finds himself facing Reggie Lussier.



Bob Frazier Photo
Courtesy of Jon Fleres

Charlie Brown with that Camaro.

From a very odd angle.

 
Courtesy of Tom Sczaban
Charlie Brown, with a later car, leads Johnny Bruno [22] and a Ford.
 
Via Kristina Olsen Kilburn
Chris Lussier,
Fair Haven, VT.
 
Via Jay Fitzgerald
Conrad Carey,
Galway, NY.
 
Courtesy of Tom Sczaban
David Towns, with columnists Joanne and Don Davies.
 
Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
Jay Brown,
Bomoseen, VT

 
Courtesy of John Fleres
Action sequence: Al Luleck [97] hits somebody. 

Courtesy of John Fleres
All hell breaks loose, as photo donor Fleres gets by in #50.
 


Courtesy of Rick Parry
Fast Eddy Keenan,
Warrensburgh, NY
 
 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Dick Tracy
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr
Fast Eddy Keenan,
Warrensburgh, NY


The Dave Coonradt - powered Camaro - probably at Fonda in this shot.

 
Courtesy of LaFond Family
Gardiner Stone,
Middlebury, VT
 
Courtesy of Andy Hickcok
Jack Cottrell,
Rock City Falls, NY

Courtesy of Mike Budka
Jay Bleser,
Schenectady, NY

Courtesy of Jennifer Brown
Jay Brown,
Bomoseen, VT
 
Courtesy of Jennifer Brown
Jay Brown,
Bomoseen, VT

Pulling in during practice.
 
Courtesy of John Fleres
John Fleres,
Albany, NY
 
Courtesy of John Fleres
John Fleres win.

 
Courtesy of John Fleres
John Fleres

Later entry.
 
Courtesy of John Fleres
Classic battle: John Fleres and Kim Duell.
 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Johnny Bruno,
Castleton, VT
 
Ladabouche Photo
John Proctor,
Clifton Park, NY.

The legendary Narrow Camaro was made from a Ken Canestrari pavement
modified.

 


Courtesy of Kristine Olsen Kilburn
"The boys are back in town! Boys are back in town !" Chris, Yogi, Mike, and Reggie Reggie Lussier. Families like this are the backbone of Devil's Bowl Speedway.


 
via Mike Cranston
Tim Richards,
Fair Haven, VT


Courtesy of Arnie Trudeau
Arnie Trudeau,
former Vermont resident,
who now sponsored a class at Airborne.
 


Lebanon Valley Classics
Jay Brown,
Castleton, VT

Problems at the
Valley.


Courtesy of LaFond Family
Dave Wood,
Fair Haven, VT
 

Eastern Racing Chatter  Photo
Jay Bleser,
Schenectady, NY
 
 
CVRA Archives Photo
Lori Carey
 
Courtesy of Mike Newhouse
Kim Duell,
Porter Corners, NY
 
Courtesy of Mike Paquin
Mike Paquin,
Ballston Spa, NY
 
Courtesy of Mike Newhouse
Phil Clark,
Granville, NY

A lower support class car. He went on to modifieds.
 
Courtesy of Ringer Family
Ray Ringer,
Vergennes, VT

Former Milton Speedway drag racer and Catamount Hurricane driver.

Courtesy of Kristine Olsen Kilburn
Reggie Lussier,
Benson, VT

One of the storied Camaros that ran with Butch Rogers, Charlie Brown, and more.

Courtesy of Kristine Olsen Kilburn
Yogi Lussier,
Benson, VT

One of the four brothers.
 
Courtesy of John Lutz
The wild and woolly Robert "Bucky" Dragon, with sponsor John McDonough - in Brandon.
 
Courtesy of John Lutz

Bucky and McDonough - acquired a Fred Rosner - built 67 Ford from John Rosati and gave it a run on the dirt. That's putting it politely.
 
Courtesy of Fred Little
Fast Freddie Little with an early four cylinder win.

Courtesy of Bruce Brown 
This shot of Jay Brown [01] also reveals Reggie Lussier's Butch Rogers - style Camaro [24].
 
Courtesy of Matt Grenier
Mark Grenier with what was called a hobby stock.
 
Courtesy of John Fleres.
John Fleres, from the Albany, NY area, always had good - looking cars.

Courtesy of John Fleres.
Popular Kim Duell [14 outside Fleres] was a figure during this era.  
  
Ladabouche Collection
Wild Warren Pease's
1986 late model.

       

EARLIER SEASONS AFTER THE FIRST PAVEMENT ERA: MANUFACTURED CARS


Richard Pratt Photo


 
Ladabouche Photos
Super C.D. Coville,
Scotia, NY


Jerry Barnowski 61
Likely 1983




Ladabouche Photos
More C.D. Coville,

Richard Pratt Photo

Chris Depew,
Argyle, NY.

Richard Pratt Photo
Bob Savoie, in Mike Richards' 75 dices with Leon Gonyo.

Courtesy of
King Collection
Bob Savoie,
Broadalbin, NY


Mike Richards' 75
 
Courtesy of Mike Bruno
Bob Savoie with a later Richards mod.
 
Richard Pratt Photo
Bob Savoie, in Mike Richards' 75 dices with C.D. Coville [61] and Maynard Forrette.
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr
Bruce Milo,
Castleton, VT

A homemade car in the
manufactured car era.
 
Ladabouche Photo
Denny Soltis,
Torrington, CT

Son, Chris working
around the car.
 
Courtesy of Tom Donahue
Work on the Dalmata cars

Ray's was 643. 645 was not driven by a Dalmata brother.
 
Courtesy of Tom Donahue
The Ray Dalmata car 643 on the track.

 
Courtesy of Tom Donahue
CJ's Superbird pacing a mod field in turn one.

 
Courtesy of Tom Donahue
A full field of mods goes by the stands.
 
Mike Richards Collection
Don Ronca,
Clifton Park, NY

Dexter Dorr - built car.
 
Dick Britian Photo
Don Ronca [07] and maybe brother, Mike.
 
Richard Pratt Photo
Don Ronca and C.D. Coville.
 
Ladabouche Collection
Don "The Brandon Bandit" Scarborough,
Bradon, VT.

Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr
Gene "The Flying Farmer" Munger,
Benson, VT

Another homemade car in the
manufactured car era.
 
 
Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr
George Morse,
Hudson Falls, NY


Ladabouche Photo
"The Long Hauler"
Gibby Fountain,
West Kingston, RI



Courtesy of Cliff Haynes
More Gibby

A later car.

Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr
Gibby, winning a CVRA feature - with starter Kenny Marshall.


Courtesy of Marty Kelly, Jr
Gibby, at speed.

After the Interstate sponsorship has changed to Miller.

Ladabouche Photo
Jack Cottrell,
Rock City Falls, NY.
 
RIchard Pratt Photo
Kim Duell,
POrter Corners, NY

Richard Pratt Photo
Charlie Wilbur,
Duxbury, VT.
 
 
Dick Britain Photo
John Proctor's 352
battles Bob Savoie.
 
Dick Britain Photo
Ken Hanson,
Tribes Hill, NY
 
Rob Davis Photo
Ken Tremont, Jr.
West Sand Lake, NY.
 
The Old D Bowl Site
Leon Gonyo,
Chazy, NY
 
Richard Pratt Photo
More Leon

Older Car
 
Richard Pratt Photo
Lester Dieterle holds off Mike Romano [outside].
 
Dick Britain Photo
Matt Waite [01]
and Lee Nutting.
 
Ladabouche Photo
Mike Perrotte,
Morrisonville, NY

The future champion, track promoter, and DIRT divison driector works on his first [an older] dirt modified.

 
Richard Pratt Photo
Mike Perrotte,
Morrisonville, NY
 
Richard Pratt Photo
Matt Waite leads
former national champion Dick Nephew.

 


Courtesy of Gary Yurgans
Jim Senzio

 
John Gallant Photo
Courtesy of LVC

Art Stromberg, Valley regular, may have tried the Bowl occasionally.
 

Courtesy of Judy Fitch

Ron Proctor
 Charlton, VT

Another homemade car in the
manufactured car era. Second generation driver and future track champion.
 

 
Via Norman Loubier
Scott Noel,
 Waterford, NY
 
 
Ladabouche Photo
Rick Miller,
Ellenburgh Depot, NY

One of the first Troyer Mud Buss car
 
 
Richard Pratt Photo
Mike Perrotte,
Morrisonville, NY
 
 
Courtesy of Tom Herbert
Johnny Kollar, with his own car at Fonda.
 
   
Courtesy of Marty Kelly Jr
Phil Clark,
Granville, NY
 
       

 

EARLIER SEASONS AFTER THE FIRST PAVEMENT ERA: MINI MODIFIEDS


 
MIke Richards Collection
Bill Gonyea's VW body
mini mod.

Mike Richards Collection
UNK mini mod at speed.

Mike Richards Collection
Mini modifieds at speed.

The 2 looks like Dickie Myers' Catamount mini stock.

Wabbit Photo
Otto Graham Collection

Bob Hackel not only raced at the Bowl but built other minis that also raced there..

Courtesy of
King Collection
Getting a push from the Louie Bruno wrecker. This is prophetic of Bruno wreckers to come in future years.
  
 
Courtesy of Bruce Brown
Some weeks there are nights like this. 

 

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