Border Country Sports Report-August 29th

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Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Report, I’m Keith Harrington.

I am back to writing after a week at the Washington County Fair and one morning catching up on my sleep. I put in 16-hour days at the fair as the Gate C attendant. Always fun but exhausting.

Several high school teams will be opening their seasons this week, with football kicking off on both sides of the border Friday and Saturday. The highlight game on the gridiron for opening weekend is the annual Fair Haven vs. Poultney rivalry game at Dean Houghton Field on Saturday.

Devil’s Bowl to Host Vermont 200

A season’s worth of racing at New England’s Fastest Dirt Track has all come down to this: a sensational Labor Day tradition unlike any other. The Vermont 200 is upon us once again.

Two hundred laps in September is nothing new for Devil’s Bowl Speedway, from the ‘Yankee 200’ races of the 1980s and the ‘Vermont 200 weekend’ races on pavement in the 2010s, but since the event was reimagined into a 200-lap race for Sportsman Modifieds in 2018, the race has drawn record car counts, produced great racing and offered an incomparable atmosphere to all attending. The 2023 edition will be no exception, and thanks to Mother Nature, the weekend just grew even bigger!

Starting at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Community College of Vermont presents a 40-lap, Vermont 200 Qualifier Race for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman that will send the winner to Sunday’s $10,000-to-win Vermont 200. Also on the card will be the first 10-lap segment of a two-day race for the Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprints, 9th State Cannabis Crown Vic Racing, Mini Stocks and an optonal, non-points, 30-lap race for the Sunoco Modifieds that will also send the winner to Sunday’s 200. This race was initially a 40-lapper scheduled for August 26th before rain washed it out. This race replaces the traditional Non-winners’ Shootout, which will be made up at a later date. The festivities conclude Saturday night with a 30-minute practice for the Vermont 200 and a party in the camping area with a bonfire, barbecue and music.

Then, on Sunday, racing begins at 4:00 p.m. with time trials for the Fabian Earth Moving Vermont 200 followed by heats for the mighty Sprint Cars of New England. The Hoosier Daddy Racing Novice Sportsman will have a race of their own Sunday, along with the final two segments of Mini Sprint Racing. The final event of the night will be the richest crate sportsman race anywhere, the Vermont 200.

With a $10,000 winner’s share plus lap money and a $2,000 bonus if the winner is a 2023 Devil’s Bowl 100% regular driver, more than $15,000 could be paid out to just the winner alone! The ‘200’ also boasts $325 just to take the green flag and tow money to all non-qualified cars. The list of previous winners is more than just impressive:

2018: Brett Hearn

2019: Rocky Warner

2020: Demetrios Drellos

2021: Zach Sobotka

2022: Kenny Tremont, Jr.

The best way to find out who will join these drivers is to be at New England’s Fastest Dirt Track this Labor Day Weekend!

General Admission is just $25 for the entire weekend and Infield Drive-In parking is available for $40. Kids 12 and under are free. Pit pass fees are $45 for members and non-members for the entire weekend including a voucher for the barbecue.