Sumner’s first win is highlight at Devil’s Bowl

ROOKIE CHRIS SUMNER of Ripton celebrates his first win in the Mini Stock division at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday. Racing returns to the dirt tack this Sunday. Photo by Jeremy McGaffin

WEST HAVEN — In double-barreled action at Devil’s Bowl Speedway over the extended holiday weekend, local drivers were shut out of the winners’ circle on July 2, but Ripton rookie Chris Sumner broke through for his first victory on Sunday at the West Haven dirt track. 
Action returns to Devil’s Bowl this coming Sunday.

New York driver Bobby Hackel won the 50-lap main event on Thursday, July 2, at the Devil’s Bowl. The evening saw Addison County and Brandon-area drivers shut out of the winners’ circle, but two posted top-three performances.
They were Orwell’s Tim LaDuc, who finished third behind Hackel in the Independence Day “Firecracker 50” in the 50-lap Pepsi Sportsman Modified feature, and Middlebury’s Austin Comes, who was second in the 20-lap O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman race.
Hackel, a former track champion, took the victory by going high on the outside to pass LaDuc, who led for much of the early going, on Lap 31 and cruising home. New York driver Demetrios Drellos overtook LaDuc for second. 
Defending champ Johnny Bruno of Castleton won the 20-lap Limited Sportsman division race for the second time this season in four outings. A restart with three laps to go allowed both Bruno and Comes to overtake the leaders, and Bruno held off Comes in the final lap. Shoreham’s Anthony Warren finished fifth.
East Corinth’s Adam Pierson dominated the 25-lap Sprint Cars of New England race, which opened the 2020 season for the traveling tour; he led the final 24 laps. Orwell’s Lacey Hanson finished eighth to post the top local result.
Former Devil’s Bowl asphalt champion Jim McKiernan picked up his first Super Stock win of the season in a 20-lap drive. The New York veteran led all but the opening lap. Orwell’s Ronnie Alger was fifth.
New York’s Gilligan Daniels earned his first career Devil’s Bowl win in the 20-lap Mini Stock race. Brandon’s Griff Mahoney took fourth.
Austin Chaves coasted in the Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint division for his second win of the season. Bridport rookie Troy Audet finished third.

Sumner picked up his first victory in a Mini Stock race cut short from 15 laps eight when rain began to fall. The Ripton driver drove from fifth to the lead in just three laps, and he was holding off challenges when the race was called.
Adam Pierson romped to his second win of the weekend in the 30-lap Pepsi Sportsman Modified feature. Pierson took the lead two laps past the halfway mark and ran away from the field for his second Sportsman win of the year and third overall at the track.
The race began with polesitter James Hanson of Orwell getting turned around in the first corner and taking out eight other cars with him. Brandon’s Jake Scarborough and Bristol’s Josh Masterson avoided the mess and ended up third and fifth, respectively.
Fletcher teen Evan Roberts won the 20-lap Limited Sportsman race, with Orwell’s Garrett Given taking third in that race. 
Fair Haven’s Chris Murray edged Bill Duprey by three feet to win the 20-lap Super Stock feature. Orwell’s Alger ran a good race to take fifth.
Springfield’s Cody O’Brien won the Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprints 15-lap feature.

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