Stones dominate at Devil’s Bowl
WEST HAVEN — “Legends Night” lived up to the hype at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday as an event that was created to bring back old memories ended up creating some new moments that will forever stand the test of time. A group of local superstars were saluted by the crowd, a legend-in-the-making defeated his three-time champion father, and an all-time favorite added an incredible chapter to the track’s history book.
Third-generation driver Justin Stone of Middlebury emerged as a force in the special 67-lap, $2,500-to-win race for the headline Sportsman Modified division, beating his legendary father, Todd, in the process. Other winners at the event included divisional point leaders Austin Comes of Middlebury, Chris Murray, Ripton’s Chris Sumner, and Orwell’s Ray Hanson.
Prior to the feature races for the evening, a group of more than 30 former champions and star drivers were assembled before the grandstand crowd for an entertaining Legends Night ceremony at intermission. The appreciative crowd welcomed and cheered drivers from Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s past, present, and apparent future, ranging in age from 80 to 15.
In the main event, the Stone family had its work cut out, with Justin Stone starting 17th on the field and Todd Stone starting 20th. Underdog Jason Bruno appeared to be headed for an upset win when his engine expired on lap 17. Adam Piper led the next handful of laps before Frankie Hoard III and Tim LaDuc arrived up front.
LaDuc seemed to be in control, but Justin Stone ripped through the field in the second half of the race. He arrived quickly at LaDuc’s back bumper, and then swung past him with just nine laps remaining to get out front. Todd Stone, making only his third start of the year, caught LaDuc in the final five laps and won the battle for the runner-up spot for an overwhelmingly popular 1-2 family sweep.
LaDuc settled for third.
In the 25-lap feature, Comes shrugged off the memories of a tough Mid-Season Championship outing at the previous race to score his third win of the season and rebuild his point lead.
The Summit Up Construction Mini Stock division had another huge turnout with 34 entries, but that proved to be of little concern to Sumner, who earned his fifth win of the year. Sumner started 16th on the field and took the lead just before the halfway point before storming off to the victory.
Hanson continued his remarkable season in the Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint division, winning the 15-lap feature for his eighth score of the summer. Kamden Duffy finished second ahead of John Smith, Kaidin White, and Kevin Smith.
Winners and local finishers on Saturday were:
SPORTSMAN MODIFIED FEATURE (67 LAPS)
1. Justin Stone, Middlebury
2. Todd Stone, Middlebury
3. LaDuc, Orwell
6. Justin Comes, Middlebury
8. Vince Quenneville, Brandon
10. Mike Palmer, Salisbury
16. James Hanson, Orwell
18. Adam Piper, Leicester
19. Rookie Anthony Warren, Shoreham
20. Joey Scarborough, Brandon
21. Jimmy Ryan, Shoreham
O’REILLY AUTO PARTS LIMITED SPORTSMAN FEATURE (25 LAPS)
1. Austin Comes, Middlebury
8. Troy Audet, Bridport
12. Alex Layn, New Haven
15. Randy Ryan, Orwell
16. Kyle Kerr, Shoreham
20. Gary English, Salisbury
SUPER STOCK FEATURE (20 LAPS)
1. Chris Murray, Fair Haven
6. Rookie Chuck Bradford, Addison
10. Ronnie Alger, Orwell
SUMMIT UP CONSTRUCTION MINI STOCK FEATURE (15 LAPS)
1. Sumner, Ripton
3. Brian Blake, Cornwall
4. Rookie Daryl Gebo, Orwell
12. Griff Mahoney, Bristol
15. Jake Barrows, Middlebury
20. Rookie Jakobee Alger, Orwell
23. Rookie Jason Kerr, Shoreham
25. Rookie Hunter Clark, Salisbury
FRIEND CONSTRUCTION 500CC MINI SPRINT FEATURE (15 LAPS)
1. Ray Hanson, Orwell
4. Kaidin White, Monkton
5. Kevin Smith, Brandon
6. Roger LaDuc, Orwell
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