Tim Laduc made his way to victory lane for the first time this season, and Jim Ryan picked up in No. 2 in the twin modified features Sunday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway.
After two weeks of inactivity, dating back to Aug. 15, when the features were rained out, the action was fast and furious, and sometimes outrageous, on a long night of racing at the bowl.
Laduc added his name to the win list in the first modified feature. After starting third, Laduc had the lead by lap three, but had to survive some heavy pressure from Mike Bruno to win the 30-lap feature. Laduc crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Bruno, with Ken Tremont Jr coming across the line third.
Ryan started on the pole and went flag to flag in the second feature, which still was filled with drama. First, the front end of Don Scarborough's car let go, sending him to the pits early. On lap 12, something broke in the front end of Tremont's car and he drove straight off the track in turn one, past the pit entrance at high speed. He was OK, but the yellow came out again.
Under caution, a few drivers complained of vision problems, blaming the smoking car of Leon Gonyo. But officials checked the car and found no fluids leaking, and restarted the race.
Vince Quenneville brought out another yellow with eight to go, when he suffered a flat tire, and on the restart, Ryan protected the low side while Gonyo and Bruno were trading paint behind him.
With two to go, Bruno had a tire go down, bringing out the last caution, and Ryan pulled away from Gonyo, who was still smoking, to get the victory. Quenneville got back up for third with his new tire.