Comes, Sumner post wins at Devil’s Bowl
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury’s Austin Comes and Ripton’s Chris Sumner won races on Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s dirt track on Sunday night.
Comes scored the second win of his career and the season in the 20-lap feature for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman division. He took over at lap 13 and sailed off for the victory, and then he handed his car over to his brother, Justin, to run as a backup in the Sportsman Modified race.
Shoreham’s Anthony Warren came from 10th place to take the runner-up finish on the outside lane. Salisbury’s Gary English was a career-best third, and Brandon’s Matt Bilodeau finished seventh.
Sumner, a rookie, dominated the 15-lap Mini Stock race for his second win. He quickly worked from fifth place at the start to lead every lap.
New York driver Jack Speshock led every circuit of Sunday’s main event, a 30-lap Pepsi Sportsman Modified feature, on his way to victory, but then saw his engine seize up in his cool-down lap. His car lasted long enough to hold off Orwell’s Tim LaDuc, who finished second.
Brandon’s Joey Scarborough finished fourth, and twin brother Jake Scarborough was seventh. Fellow Brandon driver Vince Quenneville took eighth, and Middlebury’s Justin Stone was ninth.
In the 20-lap combined feature for the Pro Stock and Super Stock divisions, New York driver Josh Coonradt and West Rutland’s Andrew FitzGerald picked up the class wins, respectively. Orwell’s Ronnie Alger took third in the Super Stock division.
New Hampshire driver Kamden Duffy won the Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint feature, which was halted after eight laps of a scheduled 15 were completed. The race reached a time limit after several crashes and yellow flags. Bridport’s Troy Audet finished third, and Monkton’s Kaidin White was fifth.
The night also included a Champlain Valley Vintage Dirt Modified Series, which offered a three-division, 15-lap race that combined the Modified, Sportsman, and Antique classes.
Action returns to Devil’s Bowl on Sunday at 7 p.m.
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