Drellos continues to dominate the Bowl | Sports
WEST HAVEN – Demetrios Drellos won again at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, but credit may have to go back to his notebook.
Drellos easily admitted in the victory lane after the special Mother’s Day event that he initially missed the setup on the fast, sticky track surface, so he delved into his notes of a run in 2018 in search of a cure. It worked, and the “Greek streak” notched their sixth victory in their last seven Sportsman Modified starts at the Vermont track, dating back to August of last year.
Austin Comes, Josh LeClaire, rookie Daryl Gebo and Kamden Duffy, as well as Jamie Mahoney, who won the women-only spectator races, also visited the winner’s circle during the event.
The first half of the 30-lap Sportsman race was marked by an excellent rocking fight for the lead between Robert Bublak Jr. and Pat Jones. The pair have only traded first place officially twice at the start and finish line, but many more times in the corners. A bump in Turn 1 and another in Turn 3, left behind by two weeks of rain, made things interesting all over the course, as several riders had great races in traffic.
Drellos, from Queensbury, New York, started 19th and sliced through traffic to fight for the lead halfway. He swept Jones and Bublak after a restart to lead Round 19, then survived five late restarts to win. Veteran Jimmy Ryan had his best performance in years, passing Jones and Bublak to finish second and challenge Drellos. Accidental contact with a hard-charging Don Mattison left Ryan in the wall with just three laps to go, ending his training.
Mattison retained second place, scoring his best result since a victory in 2010 on the former asphalt surface. Adam Pierson battled an evil race car to finish third. Vince Quenneville came in 15th at the start for his second consecutive place in the top five to open the year. Justin Comes had a good night in fifth place.
Austin Comes won the 25-lap race without bail for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman division, but his race was anything but trouble-free. The young Middlebury was pointed skyward with around 10 laps remaining in the race as he made contact with a car that slowed down, hopped on a wheel and left the track. When it landed, however, it crushed the gas and chased down Chief John Gosselin.
He held Gosselin for a handful of laps, but passed him to take command of the final four home runs. Gosselin finished second, scoring his third top five in the first six races of his career. Larry Gallipo and Evan Roberts each passed numerous cars en route to finish third and fourth respectively. Pole Gary English led six laps and finished fifth.
Comes’ payday for Limited Sportsman’s victory totaled $ 550, including a $ 300 bonus from CRM Specialties in memory of Jim Gill.
Josh LeClaire entered the Devil’s Bowl Speedway record books as a first-time winner in the Super Stock division, scoring a well-trained 20-lap race that was slowed down by a single warning period in the third lap. but never had more than a two-car lead as Andrew FitzGerald, Paul Braymer, Mark Norris and LeClaire each took a shot.
Plattsburgh driver LeClaire finally got through on lap 9 and led the rest of the course, edging out FitzGerald, Braymer, Murray and Norris in that order.
The Summit Up Construction Mini Stocks provided the craziest run of the evening. A field of 25 unique characters provided a 20 rounds full of thrilling passes, mechanical chess, and other interesting moments. It wasn’t until the checkered flag waved that he was certain rookie Daryl Gebo had won the race, making Orwell’s rookie the perfect two-for-two to start his racing career; Gebo started 16th and took the lead on lap 8.
Aaron Bunker rebounded from a mid-race penalty for skipping a restart to finish in second place. Lynn Denton posted her career-best third place finish ahead of Craig Kirby and Jake Barrows.
Kamden Duffy, 12, claimed his first win of the season in the Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprints, winning the 15-lap feature. Duffy, of Richmond, New Hampshire, took the lead on round 4 and then fended off opening night winner Ray Hanson for the popular victory. First leader Kaidin White recovered from an incredible save to take third place ahead of fellow 11-year-old Gage Provencher, making only his second start.
Jamie Mahoney of Bristol was the star of the women-only Street-Legal spectator races. By setting up head-to-head match races, Mahoney won the final on a Saturn, beating Jess Lussier’s Honda. Mahoney received a trophy, a lovely basket of flowers and applause from the very entertained crowd.
Devil’s Bowl Speedway returns to action Saturday at 6 p.m. with the five weekly divisions.