Ryan tops the field at Devil’s Bowl

SPORTSMAN MODIFIED WINNER Jimmy Ryan of Shoreham celebrates his victory at Devil's Bowl Speedway this past Saturday night. Photo by Barry Snelling

WEST HAVEN — Shoreham racer Jimmy Ryan, 59, ended a two-year winless drought at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday when he won the 30-lap Sportsman Modified feature.

Ryan had an early tussle with Gene Pierson and a sensational mid-race battle with Demetrios Drellos.

Ryan escaped damage on lap 7 when he nudged leader Pierson while the pair raced three-wide up front with Joey Scarborough of Brandon. Pierson’s car got pushed into the wall nose-first, ending his bid for an upset win.

Ryan emerged unscathed and was in the lead when Drellos came calling just after the halfway point. The pair thrilled the crowd as they traded slide jobs before Drellos and Scarborough took each other out at lap 20 while chasing Ryan into Turn 1. Ryan ran away in the final 10 laps to score a popular win — the 16th of his long career at Devil’s Bowl. Justin Comes of Middlebury rallied late in the race for the runner-up finish — his best of the year — while Orwell’s Tim LaDuc was third for the third consecutive race.

James Hanson, also of Orwell, ran his best race of the summer with a fourth-place effort, and Justin Stone of Middlebury came from 18th at the start to finish fifth.

Following the race, Devil’s Bowl officials report that Scarborough entered the pit area and intentionally drove his car toward the Drellos pit stall at a high rate of speed, narrowly missing several pedestrians before ramming into the parked racecar of Justin Stone. Scarborough then attempted to reverse his car and change directions before several people including Devil’s Bowl Speedway owner Mike Bruno intervened, stopping Scarborough’s car from moving. Scarborough then exited his car and a scuffle ensued with several bystanders, Devil’s Bowl reported.

The incident resulted in a disqualification and indefinite suspension for Joey Scarborough and several members of his team, and Scarborough has been stripped of all points accumulated in the 2021 season. Drellos was also penalized to last place in the finish order and suspended for one event for hitting Scarborough’s car from behind during the race.

Several other Addison County racers had impressive performances at Devil’s Bowl on Saturday. The winner’s and other county racers placing were:

Sportsman Modified Feature (30 laps)

1. Jimmy Ryan, Shoreham

2. Justin Comes, Middlebury

3. Tim LaDuc, Orwell

4. James Hanson, Orwell

5. Justin Stone, Middlebury

9. Anthony Warren, Shoreham

10. Mike Palmer, Salisbury

12. Adam Piper, Leicester

17. Joey Scarborough, Brandon

18. Vince Quenneville, Brandon

22. Josh Masterson, Bristol

O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature (25 laps – extended to 26 laps by green-white-checkered finish)

1. Beau Reeves, Plattsburgh, N.Y.

3. Austin Comes, Middlebury

4. Troy Audet, Bridport

5. Steve Pope, Shoreham

6. Gary English, Salisbury

17. John Gosselin, Shoreham

24. Randy Ryan, Orwell

Super Stock Feature (25 laps)

1. Mark Norris, Benson

2. Chuck Bradford, Addison

10. Jessie Rule, Middlebury

Summit Up Construction Mini Stock Feature (20 laps – shortened to 11 laps by time constraints)

1. Adam Mahoney, Rutland

2. Daryl Gebo, Orwell

8. Derrick Counter, Leicester

10. Jake Barrows, Middlebury

13. Griff Mahoney, Bristol

14. Brian Blake, Cornwall

18. Jakobee Alger, Orwell

22. Hunter Clark, Salisbury

24. Jason Kerr, Shoreham

28. Chris Sumner, Ripton

29. Willie Rice, Poultney

Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint Feature (15 laps)

1. John Smith, Poultney

2. Kaidin White, Monkton

3. Gage Provencher, Bridport

4. Roger LaDuc, Orwell

5. Ray Hanson, Orwell

7. Kevin Smith, Brandon

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