Barre, VT — Hometown racer and defending “King of the Road” Jason Corliss crushed the competition at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road to take the Community Bank N.A. 150 for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) on Sunday, July 26. Corliss put on a high-banked clinic to lead all but one lap en route to his third straight victory in the event.
A near-perfect day for the 2019 track champion began in qualifying as Corliss earned the pole with a +4 under ACT’s “plus-minus” system. Starting alongside a fellow reigning titlist in 2019 ACT Champion Rich Dubeau of Plainfield, NH, Corliss quickly asserted himself at the front with Fayston, VT’s Brooks Clark moving into the number-two spot.
The first of four cautions on lap 15 for David MacDonald’s stalled automobile proved to be Clark’s best shot. The former Governor’s Cup winner got a good restart and led the 16th circuit by half a car length. However, Corliss took the top position right back the following lap with Clark dropping back in line.
Three more yellow flags slowed the event, including back-to-back cautions on the 92nd lap for spins by Nick Sweet and Reilly Lanphear, respectively. The slow-downs allowed Clark and Milton’s Scott Dragon, who triumphed in Thunder Road’s Midseason Championships just two days before, to close the gap.
But Corliss was simply too strong, pulling away each time. After dodging a couple of close calls in lapped traffic, Corliss went on cruise control. While the action was hot back in the pack, it was all Corliss at the front as he rolled to his third win of the season at Thunder Road and 18th of his career.
Clark finished second with Dragon third. Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien took fourth, placing the last three Thunder Road track champions all in the top-four. Stephen Donahue made a late move on fellow Graniteville, VT racer Christopher Pelkey for fifth. Defending Pro All Stars Series Champion D.J. Shaw, Dubeau, ACT point leader Jimmy Hebert, and Derrick O’Donnell rounded out the top-10.
Colchester, VT’s Sam Caron blasted his way through the Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel Flying Tiger field for his first win of the season and the second of his career. Caron started 11th in the 40-lap feature, and after dodging an accident coming to the initial green flag, set out on a mission to the front. He was up to third when the second yellow flew with 17 laps complete for Bryan Wall’s spin.
On the restart, Caron went inside Milton, VT’s Adam Maynard, then outside E. Calais, VT’s Tyler Austin, taking the lead on lap 23 and flying away from the pack. A final yellow with five laps to go for polesitter Keegan Lamson’s spin gave Craftsbury, VT’s Michael Martin a shot at Caron. But instead, Martin got into a duel with Barre, VT’s Jason Pelkey for second, allowing Caron to escape for the win.
Pelkey beat Martin in a photo finish for the runner-up position. Hinesburg, VT’s Derrick Calkins finished fourth to complete a torrid weekend that has put him back in the championship hunt. Logan Powers, Maynard, Cameron Ouellette, Brandon Lanphear, and Kelsea Woodard completed the top-10.
Pittsfield, VT’s Juan “Paco” Marshall earned an emotional first career win in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks. Marshall, whose partner was injured in a traffic accident this past Friday, started on the pole of the 25-lap feature after his crew chief subbed for him at Friday’s event.
The third-year racer had to deal with an initial challenge from Derby, VT’s Tim Hunt. Then, as the laps wound down, Shelburne, VT’s Kaiden Fisher — the 13-year-old son of former “King of the Road” Jamie Fisher — was all over Marshall’s rear bumper as part of a six-car pack. However, a determined Paco held them off to join the first-time winner’s club.
Fisher and Hunt finished second and third. Jamie Davis, Tanner Woodard, Josh Lovely, point leader Brandon Gray, defending champion Jeffrey Martin, Michael “Biffer” Gay, and Cooper French also earned top-10 finishes.
Graniteville, VT’s Frank Putney only led about 10 feet of the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warrior feature — but it was the right 10 feet. After starting eighth in the 20-lap event, Putney got underneath Williamstown, VT’s Sean McCarthy for second with three to go as McCarthy attempted to challenge polesitter Tyler Whittemore for the top spot.
As the field exited the final corner, Whittemore slid up the track maybe a foot. That was more than enough for Putney, who stayed glued to the bottom, put the gas pedal to the floorboard, and beat Whittemore to the checkered flag by a bumper for his fourth career victory.
Whittemore settled for a career-best second with McCarthy in third. Josh Vilbrin, Brian Putney, Trevor Jaques, Steve Reno, Fred Fleury, Justin Prescott, and Clay Badger finished fourth through 10th.
Thunder Road wraps up the month of racing this Thursday, July 30 at 7:00pm with WDEV Radio/Calkins Portable Toilets Night. All four divisions will be in action with the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors running double features to make up their rained-out Vermont Governor’s Cup event.
Admission is $15 for adults and $3 for kids ages 12 and under. Advance tickets are available at https://happsnow.com/event/Thunder-Road-Speedbowl with limited attendance.. Northeast Sports Network will have a $15 live pay-per-view broadcast at www.NSNsports.net/sponsors/racing.
The ACT Late Model Tour is returning to North Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, August 8 at 5:30pm for the Midsummer Classic. The 250-lap, $10,000-to-win event is the longest, richest point-counting ACT event this summer as part of a doubleheader weekend with the Pro All Star Series. Saturday admission is $25 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under with advance ticket sales and camping reservations available at https://happsnow.com/event/White-Mountain-Motorsports-Park.
For more information, contact the ACT or Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit www.acttour.com or www.thunderroadvt.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour or @ThunderRoadVT.
For more about the Northeast Sports Network, visit www.NSNsports.net or follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @NSNsports.
THUNDER ROAD SPEEDBOWL
COMMUNITY BANK N.A. 150
SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2020
ACT LATE MODEL TOUR
Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps
- ( 1 ) Jason Corliss ( 66VT ) , Barre, VT , 150 Laps
- ( 3 ) Brooks Clark ( 68VT ) , Waitsfield, VT , 150 Laps
- ( 13 ) Scott Dragon ( 16VT ) , Milton, VT , 150 Laps
- ( 7 ) Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 150 Laps
- ( 9 ) Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 150 Laps
- ( 10 ) Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 150 Laps
- ( 8 ) D.J. Shaw ( 04VT ) , Center Conway, NH , 150 Laps
- ( 2 ) Rich Dubeau ( 30NH ) , Plainfield, NH , 150 Laps
- ( 11 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 150 Laps
- ( 6 ) Derrick O’Donnell ( 60NH ) , N. Haverhill, NH , 149 Laps
- ( 5 ) Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA ) , E.Bridgewater, MA , 149 Laps
- ( 4 ) Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT ) , Wolcott, VT , 149 Laps
- ( 14 ) Alby Ovitt ( 35NH ) , Candia, NH , 149 Laps
- ( 12 ) Jesse Switser ( 25NH ) , W. Burke, VT , 148 Laps
- ( 19 ) Dylan Payea ( 7NH ) , Milton, VT , 148 Laps
- ( 21 ) #Tom Carey III ( 5MA ) , New Salem, MA , 148 Laps
- ( 17 ) Bryan Kruczek ( 19NH ) , Newmarket, NH , 148 Laps
- ( 20 ) #Derek Gluchacki ( 03MA ) , Dartmouth, MA , 147 Laps
- ( 23 ) Walter Sutcliffe ( 78CT ) , East Haven, CT , 147 Laps
- ( 22 ) Matt Anderson ( 49NH ) , Andover, NH , 144 Laps
- ( 15 ) Reilly Lanphear ( 21VT ) , Waterbury, VT , 144 Laps
- ( 18 ) Nick Sweet ( 40VT ) , Barre, VT , 90 Laps
- ( 16 ) Peyton Lanphear ( 22VT ) , Waterbury, VT , 90 Laps
- ( 24 ) #David MacDonald ( 69ME ) , New Gloucester, ME , 12 Laps
- ( 25 ) Derek Ming ( 45VT ) , Island Pond, VT , 0 Laps
LENNY’S SHOE & APPAREL FLYING TIGERS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
- Sam Caron ( 07VT ) Colchester, VT
- Jason Pelkey ( 64VT ) Barre, VT
- Michael Martin ( 01VT ) Craftsbury Common, VT
- Derrick Calkins ( 15VT ) Hinesburg, VT
- Logan Powers ( 31VT ) Middlesex, VT
- Adam Maynard ( 45VT ) Milton, VT
- Cameron Ouellette ( 90VT ) Barre, VT
- Brandon Lanphear ( 11VT ) Morrisville, VT
- Chris Laforest ( 56VT ) Barre, VT
- Kelsea Woodard ( 55VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT
- Cooper Bouchard ( 7VT ) Hinesburg, VT
- Jaden Perry ( 92VT ) Hardwick, VT
- Tyler Austin ( 5VT ) East Calais, VT
- Stephen Martin ( 9VT ) Craftsbury Common, VT
- Jason Woodard ( 68VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT
- Eric Messier ( 88NY ) Hinesburg, VT
- Mike Billado ( 8VT ) Grand Isle, VT
- Robert Gordon ( 20VT ) Milton, VT
- #Bryan Wall Jr. ( 77NH ) East Kingston, NH
- Bunker Hodgdon ( 83VT ) Wolcott, VT
- Danny Doyle ( 51VT ) Randolph Ctr., VT
- #Phil Potvin ( 08VT ) Underhill, VT
- Brett Wood ( 29VT ) Georgia, VT
- #Keegan Lamson ( 55NH ) Berlin, VT
- #Kasey Beattie ( 45NH ) St.Johnsbury, VT
- Rich Lowrey ( 8NH ) Charlotte, VT
- Kyle Streeter ( 37VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT
- Colin Cornell ( 54VT ) E. Burke, VT
- Trevor Lyman ( 17VT ) Hinesburg, VT
ALLEN LUMBER STREET STOCKS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
- Juan Marshall ( 79 ) Pittfield, VT
- #Kaiden Fisher ( 18 ) Shelburne, VT
- Tim Hunt ( 93 ) Derby, VT
- Jamie Davis ( 43 ) Wolcott, VT
- Tanner Woodard ( 68 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT
- Josh Lovely ( 54 ) Williamstown, VT
- Brandon Gray ( 00 ) E. Thetford, VT
- Jeffrey Martin ( 8 ) Morrisville, VT
- Michael Gay ( 3 ) So. Burlington, VT
- Cooper French ( 4 ) Northfield, VT
- #Luke Peters ( 26 ) Groton, VT
- Justin Blakey ( 17 ) Graniteville, VT
- James Dopp ( 0 ) Northfield, VT
- Scott Weston ( 04 ) Berlin, VT
- Kyle MacAskill ( 7 ) Williamstown, VT
- Thomas Peck ( 96 ) Waterbury, VT
- #Brodie Frasier ( 71 ) E. Montpelier,VT
- JT Blanchard ( 66 ) Graniteville, VT
- Joshua Poirier ( 15 ) Fairfield, VT
- #Kyler Davis ( 69 ) Berlin, VT
BURNETT SCRAP METALS ROAD WARRIORS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
- Frank Putney ( 78 ) Graniteville, VT
- Tyler Whittemore ( 74 ) Barre, VT
- Sean McCarthy ( 86 ) Williamstown, VT
- Josh Vilbrin ( 07 ) Northfield, VT
- Brian Putney ( 87 ) E. Cornith, VT
- Trevor Jaques ( 57 ) Milton, VT
- Steven Reno ( 00 ) Barre, VT
- Nate Brien ( 16 ) Williamstown, VT
- Justin Prescott ( 44 ) Williston, VT
- Clay Badger ( 9 ) E. Montpelier, VT
- Kendall Zeno ( 21 ) Middlesex, VT
- Bernie Roy ( 2 )
- Dan Garrett Jr. ( 54 ) Berlin, VT
- Jason Porter ( 13 ) Freeport, ME
- Paige Whittemore ( 47 ) Graniteville, VT
- Josh Erwin ( 06 ) Waterbury Ctr.,VT
- Todd Raymo ( 26 ) Swanton, VT
- Haidyn Pearce ( 4 ) Middlesex, VT
DNS Fred Fleury ( 99 ) Graniteville, VT
DNS Kyle Chapin ( 27 ) Hardwick, VT
DNS Luke Marcheski ( 65 ) Boston, MA
DNS Jeremy Vorce ( 0 ) Marshfield, VT
DNS Jamie York ( 68 ) Barre, VT
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