Emily Packard Races Into History Books

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Emily Packard celebrates her first Devil's Bowl Speedway late model victory Saturday night. (MemorEvents Photo)
Emily Packard celebrates her first Devil's Bowl Speedway late model victory Saturday night. (MemorEvents Photo)
Emily Packard celebrates her first Devil’s Bowl Speedway late model victory Friday night. (MemorEvents Photo)

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – History was made on Friday night, as Emily Packard found her way to victory lane at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, becoming the first female and youngest driver to win a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event in the late model division.

“The guys had the car set-up perfectly tonight and I was able to drive it to the front,” said Packard, who has finished second the week before at the half-mile asphalt oval.

Packard had started third in her heat race and won, giving her the outside pole for the feature. When the green waved, Packard wasted no time driving to the lead and never looked back. Packard dominated, leading all 30 laps and winning by three quarters of a straight away over the runner up.

“This win means a lot to me,” Packard said. “Devil’s Bowl is my favorite track and we finally were able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and win here. It feels amazing.”

Packard was greeted in victory lane with a pink checkered flag to commemorate her being the first female to win in the late model division.

“Alayne (Bruno) has been joking with me that if I won a feature race she would have a pink checkered flag for me in victory lane, and she was true to her word,” Packard said.

Packard is also racing full-time with American Canadian Tour, where she is currently third in the championship standings behind Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and Jimmy Hebert.