Information By: JUSTIN ST. LOUIS / DEVIL’S BOWL SPEEDWAY – WEST HAVEN, VT – Devil’s Bowl Speedway Sportsman Modified Championship point leader Demetrios Drellos started 17th and drove through traffic to reach second place before a restart with six laps left.
At the restart, he passed Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald to take the lead and cruised to his fourth consecutive win and fifth of the season at the track.
Justin Comes was second with Wagner-Fitzgerald in third, Adam Pierson fourth and Justin Stone fifth.
Three-time Devil’s Bowl champion Todd Stone put a new GM “crate” engine in his car this week on a whim, entered the special non-points “Draw Race” for the Sportsman Modified division, and won.
Stone had a big lead before the race’s lone caution flag on lap 18, and then fought off a strong challenge from Brian Calabrese for the win.
It was the 42nd feature win of Stone’s Devil’s Bowl career – fourth place on the track’s all-time list.
The Limited Sportsman feature was slowed by several caution periods in the early laps before settling into a good rhythm. Anthony Warren erased some recent bad luck with his third win of the season, fending off a strong mid-race charge by Larry Gallipo.
Cam Gadue led every lap to take a very popular victory and the first of his Super Stock career. Gadue, 21, is one of the most well-liked personalities in the pit area, and was congratulated on the track by many of his fellow drivers.
He dedicated the win to his father, Kevin, who died in an ATV accident in August 2019.
Several caution periods also plagued the Mini Stock feature, which was cut short by a predetermined 20-minute time limit to 15 of 20 scheduled laps. Tim Simonds led from lap 6 to the finish for his second win of the season. Brendan Lauzon was uninjured in a rollover.
Kaidin White set a new all-time record as the youngest winner of a feature event in Devil’s Bowl Speedway history (opened in 1967) at age 11 years, 2 months, 2 days. White led every lap of the Mini Sprint feature and outdistanced Kamden Duffy – who previously set the age record at 12 years old in June.
The division has a wide array of racers young and old; third-place Samantha Mulready is 31 years old, ninth-place Arnie Kasuba is 62.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway – West Haven, VT
The Stove Depot Night – Saturday, September 19
Pepsi Sportsman Modified – 30 laps
1. 111 Demetrios Drellos, Queensbury, NY
2. 51 Justin Comes, Middlebury, VT
3. 88 Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, Gansevoort, NY
4. 15 Adam Pierson, East Corinth, VT
5. 1X Justin Stone, Middlebury, VT
Sportsman Modified “Draw Race” – 25 laps
1. 1X Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT
2. 21C Brian Calabrese, Johnstown, NY
3. 19 Jamy Begor, Mooers Forks, NY
4. 22 Dylan Rabtoy, Swanton, VT
5. 4B Derek Bornt, Poestenkill, NY
O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman – 20 laps
1. 60W Anthony Warren, Shoreham, VT
2. 24 Larry Gallipo, West Rutland, VT
3. 22 Johnny Bruno, Castleton, VT
4. 2B Bryce Breault, Queensbury, NY
5. 36 Lacey Hanson, Orwell, VT
Super Stock – 25 laps
1. 23 Cam Gadue, Highgate, VT
2. 44D Bill Duprey, Hydeville, VT
3. 99 Russ Farr, Granville, NY
4. 91 Matt Mosher, Queensbury, NY
5. 55 Andrew FitzGerald, West Rutland, VT
Mini Stock – 20 laps (cut to 15 laps by time limit)
1. 7 Tim Simonds, Clarendon, VT
2. 78 Chris Conroy, Newport, NH
3. 3 Jarrod Colburn, Rutland, VT
4. 13 Kyle Davis, Jr., Cornish, NH
5. 10 Griff Mahoney, Bristol, VT
Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint – 20 laps
1. 17 Kaidin White, Monkton, VT
2. 42JR Kamden Duffy, Richmond, NH
3. 32 Samantha Mulready, Cambridge, NY
4. 23 Austin Chaves, Chester, VT
5. 10 John Smith, Poultney, VT