July 30, 2018 (Fair Haven, VT) – Sunday night the Elmo’s Speed Supply King Of Dirt Racing 358 Modified Series Presented By Palmer’s Service Center traveled to the Green Mountain state for the 67-lap CJ Richards Memorial, which saw Demetrios Drellos claim victory in one of the most hard fought and best Modified races of the season anywhere on dirt.
Jeremy Wilder and defending 358 King Of Dirt Marc Johnson led the 29 car field to the green flag with Wilder storming to the early race lead. Varin would begin battling Johnson for the 2nd position, while Frank Hoard III, Demetrios Drellos, and Rocky Warner had their own battle for position shaping up.
Behind those drivers a pleasant surprise was shaping into a fierce battle, as Brett ‘the threat’ Haas, who timed in the Burt’s Tree Service Super Six, had his hands full the mean machine of Randy Green. Just behind them Kenny Tremont Jr., Allison Ricci, Matt Pupello, and Jessey Mueller were all battling for positions inside the top 10.
The early stages of the 67 lap CJ Richards Memorial were action packed with Bobby Varin challenging for the lead and Jeremy Wilder running the outside. It was a movie that had played out before in the green mountain state and for a number of laps these two talented wheelmen engaged in a race pleasing to eye.
Varin would eventually take the top spot leaving Wilder to fend off Marc Johnson, but he had his hands full with the hard charging Jake Spraker Racing 1J of Rocky Warner. The ‘flying squirrel’ had worked his way up from his 6th starting spot to challenge the ‘white knight’ for the runner up spot. He’ secure the position and set his sights on Bobby Varin.
And early race caution slowed the field and on the restart Warner would make his move trying the outside to get by the seven-time champion. The number one spot would elude him for the time being, but he’d have his hands full with a hard charging Demetrios Drellos who patiently waited for his opportunity.
At the mid-way point of the race Varin was leading, but a new player emerged in Randy Green who had worked his way up to fight for 3rd with Warner and Johnson. His strong run would end after inadvertently clipping the inside retaining wall spinning him down to the infield. He’d restart at the tail and recover for a 7th place finish respectively.
Defending 358 King Of Dirt Marc Johnson had a solid run going battling inside the top five going until a late race restart where he made a high side move only to find inadvertent contact with the right rear of a fellow competitor that landed the Boss Mechanical/Lebanon Springs Excavating 3J facing the wrong direction off turn one. He’d rejoin the tail end of the field for a short time before retiring to the pit area on lap 59.
Allison Ricci, Brett Haas, and Jessey Mueller had a battle of their own going on for positions inside the top 10. Ricci was using the high side of the speedway and making progress, while Mueller muscled the low side. Haas very impressive in his debut at Devil’s Bowl was strong on the low side as well. Mueller suffered a flat front tire, but rejoined the field and rallied for a respective 8th place finish. Haas finished 6th and Ricci 9th by the end of the event.
Back up front Varin, who fought off Wilder for a spell, then held off the challenges of Warner, had relinquished the top spot to Demetrios Drellos. Drellos had no time to relax however, as Rocky Warner began his assault on the top spot once again. The flying’ squirrel used the outside to his liking and continued to hound the Gatorworks 111 until the final lap narrowly missing out on his first big time Modified win.
Drellos would roll to the win followed by the aforementioned Warner. Bobby Varin held on for an impressive 3rd place finish despite running 30+ laps with a flat left front. CG Morey rebounded from a tangle with the turn four wall in time trails to his best finish in recent memory in 4th. Kenny Tremont Jr. displayed patience and persevered to a 5th place finish with his W-16 powered race rod.
Brett Haas, Randy Green, Jessey Mueller, Allison Ricci, and Tim Laduc rounded out the top 10. Tim Laduc was the first Crate small block across the line and as a Devil’s Bowl regular received a $225 bonus from the track.
“This is great. That was some of the most fun and hard racing I’ve had in a long time. Rocky and Bobby are great and it means a lot to get my first KOD win racing with them,” said Demetrios Drellos after his first career King Of Dirt Racing victory.
Drellos also picked up a $500 winners bonus courtesy of Palmer’s Service Center. Special thanks to Alton & Carole Palmer for their support of the KOD 358 Modified Series.
The next stop for the Elmo’s Speed Supply King Of Dirt Racing 358 Modified Series is at the track of champions, Fonda Speedway on Wednesday August 15th along with the Adirondac Leather Grand Daddy 602 Championships.
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JULY 29, 2018 ELMO’S SPEED SUPPLY KING OF DIRT RACING 358 MODIFIED SERIES PRESENTED BY PALMER’S SERVICE CENTER A-MAIN FEATURE RESULTS AT DEVIL’S BOWL SPEEDWAY (67 Lap CJ Richards Memorial) – 1) Demetrios Drellos, 2) Rocky Warner, 3) Bobby Varin, 4) CG Morey, 5) Kenny Tremont Jr., 6) Brett Haas, 7) Randy Green, 8)) Jeseey Mueller, 9) Allison Ricci, 10) Tim LaDuc, 11) Billy Lussier, 12) Adam Pierson, 13) Marc Johnson, 14) Roger Henion Jr., 15) Nathan Johnson, 16) Jeremy Wilder, 17) Marty Kelly III, 18) Jimmy Ryan, 19) Don Ronca, 20) Frank Hoard Jr., 21) Jeff Washburn, 22) Floyd Billington, 23) Frank Hoard III, 24) Matt Pupello, 25) Brian Whittemore, 26) Jack Lehner, 27) Vince Quennville, 28) Todd Morey, 29) Ryan McLean.
29 Cars Entered
Burt’s Tree Service Super Six – 1) Demetrios Drellos, 2) Jessey Mueller, 3) Bobby Varin, 4) Jeremy Wilder, 5) Brett Haas, 6) Rocky Warner. (1 Bonus Point)
B-Main Qualifier Finish (12 Laps) – 1) Frank Hoard III, 2) Matt Pupello, 3) Jack Lehner, 4) Brian Whittemore, 5) Floyd Billington, 6) Tim Laduc, 7) Nathan Johnson, 8) Vince Quennville.
C-Main Qualifier Finish (12 Laps) – 1) Marc Johnson, 2) Randy Green, 3) CG Morey, 4) Roger Henion Jr., 5) Adam Pierson, 6) Marty Kelly III, 7) Frank Hoard Jr., 8) Ryan McLean.
D-Main Qualifier Finish (12 Laps) – 1) Kenny Tremont Jr., 2) Allison Ricci, 3) Don Ronca, 4) Jimmy Ryan, 5) Billy Lussier, 6) Todd Morey, 7) Jeff Washburn.
Palmer’s Service Center Bonus ($500) – Demetrios Drellos
Hoosier Tire Hard Charger – CG Morey
Newcomer Of The Race – Rocky Warner
Top Tour Finisher – Demetrios Drellos
Fast Axle ($50 Certificate) – Brett Haas
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Small Block Modified Series Schedule
06/06/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (40 Laps)
07/01/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (40 Laps)
07/29/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (67 Laps)
08/15/18 – Fonda Speedway (40 Laps)
09/14/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (40 Laps)*
09/15/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (35 Laps)
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Sportsman Series Schedule
05/27/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (30 Laps)
07/01/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (30 Laps)
07/06/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (30 Laps)
07/14/18 – Fonda Speedway (30 Laps)
09/01/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (30 Laps)
09/07/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (100 Laps)*
2018 King Of Dirt Racing Pro Stock Series Schedule
07/22/18 – Utica Rome Speedway (30 Laps)
08/01/18 – Fonda Speedway (29 Laps) *
08/10/18 – Albany Saratoga Speedway (30 Laps)
08/25/18 – Lebanon Valley Speedway (30 Laps)
09/16/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (29 Laps)
*= Indicates Championship Point Scale Events
Schedule Subject To Change