Three local drivers win at Devil’s Bowl
WEST HAVEN — Three local drivers won races at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, and one set a record while doing so.
Monkton’s Kaidin White became the youngest driver ever to win a Devil’s Bowl feature event, former track champion Todd Stone of Middlebury picked up his first win since 2015, and Shoreham’s Anthony Warren earned his third victory of the season.
New York driver Demetrios Drellos — a.k.a. “The Greek Streak” — won the main event, picking up his fourth straight victory in the process.
Monkton’s White made history when he won the 20-lap race in the Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint division. White checked in at 11 years, two months and two days old, and he outlasted previous record holder Kamden Duffy for the victory. Duffy, 12, previously set the age record in July.
Stone’s victory came in the season’s second Sportsman Modified “Draw Race,” which provided an alternative, non-points event for outside drivers to compete without the disadvantage of the weekly handicapping system placing them in the back of the starting order.
Stone had pulled the Small Block 358 engine out of his car during the week and installed a Sportsman-legal GM 602 crate powerplant to enter the race. He took a big lead in the 25-lap feature before the race’s lone caution with seven circuits remaining.
After the restart Brian Calabrese took the lead on the backstretch, but Stone powered around Calabrese to reclaim the lead and sail to the win, the 42nd of his Devil’s Bowl career.
Warren got back on the winning track in the 20-lap feature for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman division. The Shoreham racer made three-wide moves in the early laps before taking the lead, and then held off Larry Gallipo after the midway point for his third win of the season. Gallipo settled for second.
Point leader Johnny Bruno of Castleton finished third. Orwell’s Lacey Hanson, Middlebury’s Austin Comes and Brandon’s Matt Bilodeau ran 5-6-7.
Drellos scored his win in the 30-lap feature for the Pepsi Sportsman Modified division, pulling away over the final laps for the win. Middlebury’s Justin Comes nipped third-place finisher Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald by three feet for second place. Middlebury’s Justin Stone, Todd Stone’s son, drove to fifth place.
Highgate driver Cam Gadue scored a popular first win in the Super Stock division, leading every step of the way in a 25-lap feature. Orwell’s Ronnie Alger was eighth in the event.
Clarendon’s Tim Simonds won a Mini Stock feature cut from 20 to 15 laps after a slew of yellow flags meant it hit its time limit. Brandon’s Griff Mahoney was fifth, and Cornwall’s Brian Blake took eighth.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday holds its Championship Night, when title winners will be crowned in all five weekly divisions.
Also, the Addison County Benefit Pull comes to Devil’s Bowl on Oct. 2 and 3 with two full days of truck, tractor, and garden tractor pulls, and the 2020 stock car racing season closes on Oct. 3 with “run what you brung” open races for all divisions, plus mechanic races and a 50-lap Enduro.
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