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Warren has another winning weekend at Devil’s Bowl

SHOREHAM’S ANTHONY WARREN celebrated his second O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman win of the season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday evening. Photo by Bill McGaffin

WEST HAVEN — The 20-lap O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature proved to be the most successful race for Addison County drivers at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past weekend.
Shoreham’s Anthony Warren came out tops in that feature, and local drivers took four of the next six places in the race.
And three local rookies — Justin Stone of Middlebury, James Hanson of Orwell and Troy Audet of Bridport — claimed second-place finishes in other races that night at the West Haven track.
Warren rebounded from a tough outing last week to grab his second victory of the season in the 20-lap feature. He started on the front row and led every lap, despite a pair of restarts. Point leader Johnny Bruno, who also had trouble last week, finished second, and Austin Comes of Middlebury came from 11th to take third place.
Gary English of Salisbury was a career-best fourth, and Brandon’s Matt Bilodeau drove from the back of the pack after an early jumble to complete the top five. Randy Ryan of Orwell was seventh. Bruno leads Warren, unofficially, by nine points in the standings, 316-307. Bilodeau is third at 304, and Comes and Anthony Ryan are tied in fourth at 292 each.
In the 30-lap Pepsi Sportsman Modified Feature, New Yorker Bobby Hackel used an authoritative drive to capture his third feature win of the season. Rookie Justin Stone of Middlebury almost stole the show, however, taking the lead at lap 6 from veteran Alex Bell and pacing the field for four laps. Stone might have made a bid for the upset were it not for a restart, at which point Hackel zoomed up to the front and never looked back. Stone held on during a long green-flag run to finish second. 
James Hanson earned second place in the Pepsi Sportsman Modified B-Feature (12 laps); and Troy Audet was runner-up in the Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint Feature (15 laps).
Winners and local drivers in Sunday’s racing were:
Pepsi Sportsman Modified Feature (30 laps): 1., Bobby Hackel, Rensselaer, N.Y.; 2., Justin Stone, Middlebury; 3., Jimmy Ryan, Whiting; 4., Justin Comes, Middlebury; 9., Tim LaDuc, Orwell; 12., Brent Warren, Salisbury; and 13., Joey Scarborough, Brandon.
Pepsi Sportsman Modified B-Feature (12 laps): 1., Jack Speshock, Malta, N.Y.; 2., James Hanson, Orwell.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature (20 laps): 1., Anthony Warren, Shoreham; 3., Austin Comes, Middlebury; 4., Gary English, Salisbury; 5., Matt Bilodeau, Brandon; 7., Randy Ryan, Orwell; 11., Lacey Hanson, Orwell; and 12., Garrett Given, Orwell.
O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature (15 laps): 1., Andrew FitzGerald, West Rutland; 6., Ronnie Alger, Orwell.
Mini Stock Feature (20 laps): 7., Jake Barrows, Middlebury; 9., Brian Blake, Cornwall; and 12., Joe Malzac, East Middlebury.
Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint Feature (15 laps): 1., Kamden Duffy, Richmond, N.H.; 2., Troy Audet, Bridport; 5., Kaidin White, Monkton; 8., Roger LaDuc, Orwell; and 12., Hunter Given, Orwell.

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