Orwell residents rule in Bowl demo, pulling

WEST HAVEN — Orwell residents Hunter Given and Tim LaDuc dominated when Devil’s Bowl Speedway took a break from traditional Saturday night asphalt track racing and staged a demolition derby and tractor pulls. 
Given took the $1,000 top prize by prevailing in the 25-car demo derby, while LaDuc swept the triple crown in the Altered Farm Tractor class of the four-division Truck & Tractor Pulls.
Given, 17, a rookie driver in the weekly Mini Stock division on most Devil’s Bowl Saturdays, drove a 2002 Chevrolet Prizm that his parents bought for him on Friday evening. Given’s Prizm was the last car running, beating out Mark Billings Jr. of Swanton in a cat-and-mouse run in the finale.
Given was one of two winners in the four-cylinder qualifying heat, joining Tim Frederick of Rutland. The winners of the six-cylinder heat were Ashlie Bodington of Addison and Brian Blake of Cornwall, two of the most popular drivers in the field. New York’s Brad Hathaway and Brandon’s Greg Whitney were the consolation winners, although though Whitney’s car had just rolled onto its roof at the finish. Billings won the “Roughest Rumbler” heat for heavy hitters.
LaDuc, a former track champion at Devil’s Bowl and the current point leader in the Sportsman Modified division on the Dirt Track on Sunday nights, swept all three hooks in the Altered Farm Tractor division of the Truck & Tractor Pulls. 
LaDuc’s 1973 International Harvester 1066 tractor — named the “Orwell Express Unleashed” — pulled the “Dirt Commander” sled 324.93 feet in the 9,500-pound class, 295.04 feet in the 11,000-pound class, and 311.57 feet in the 12,000-pound class.
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Ferrisburgh’s Tim Van De Weert was fourth and Addison’s Nate Fleming was fifth at 9,500 pounds, and Ferrisburgh’s Jason Van De Weert was second at both 11,000 and 12,000 pounds.

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