Barre, VT – Northfield’s Evan Hallstrom added his name to the list of Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model winners at Thunder Road at Premium Mortgage Night on Thursday, August 16. The 16-year-old withstood everything the field had to offer for his first victory on the high banks while Milton’s Scott Dragon gained the upper hand in the “King of the Road” chase.

 

Hallstrom started on the pole of the 50-lap feature after some tough luck in recent weeks and quickly jumped out in front. South Barre’s Mike “Beetle” Bailey gave Hallstrom a brief challenge following a lap-9 caution, but slipped up and allowed Barre’s Jim “Boomer” Morris to get underneath for second.

 

The caution came out again on lap 12 when South Burlington’s Trampas Demers, who entered the event as the point leader, made contact with Christopher Pelkey that resulted in a flat left front tire. On the restart, Hallstrom and Morris steadily drove away from the field. Morris stayed close enough to keep Hallstrom honest, but could not mount a serious charge.

 

The third and final caution with seven laps remaining for Darrell Morin’s spin gave Morris one last crack at Hallstrom. But the first-year Thunder Road competitor was undaunted and sailed across the finish line for the victory.

 

Morris had to fend off a late charge from Stephen Donahue to take the second spot. Dragon and Barre’s Jason Corliss made moves late on the outside to take fourth and fifth, respectively. Bailey, Cody Blake, Marcel J. Gravel, Christopher Pelkey, and Matt White finished sixth through 10th.

 

Unofficially, Dragon’s effort makes him the new point leader by eight over Corliss with just one point-counting event remaining. Demers unofficially falls back to third in points, 10 behind Dragon, after he could only manage a 14th in the final rundown.

 

East Calais’s Tyler Austin came out on top of a multi-way battle to take his second Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger win of the season. Austin came from 13th on the starting grid in the 40-lap feature and was running second to rookie Brandon Lanphear of Morrisville when the race’s fifth caution flew on lap 21 for Cameron Ouellette’s spin.

 

The sophomore driver had the nose up for the top spot four laps later when the final caution came out after Micheal MacAskill got turned around on the backstretch. A 15-lap barnburner followed, with both Lanphear and point leader Joel Hodgdon of Craftsbury Common breathing down Austin’s neck. Lanphear was able to poke his bumper back out front on multiple occasions, but Austin regained the lead for good with five laps remaining.

 

Lanphear edged out Hodgdon for second followed by Mike Martin and Kevin Streeter. Kelsea Woodard, Robert Gordon, Joe Steffen, Jason Woodard, and Brett Wood rounded out the top-10.

 

Lyndonville’s Dean Switser Jr. inherited his first win of the year in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks. Switser started ninth in the 25-lap feature and spent much of the event navigating a thrilling battle for second on back while Barre’s Patrick Tibbetts drove away from the field. The veteran had maneuvered up to third when the race’s lone caution flew on lap 16 for Justin Blakely’s spin.

 

Switser got underneath teammate Kasey Beattie for second on the restart and spent the rest of the event applying the pressure to Tibbetts. But while Switser crossed the finish line in second, he would be awarded the victory in post-race technical inspection after Tibbetts was disqualified for using offset wheels.

 

Williamstown’s Tommy Smith moved up to the second spot. Point leader Stephen Martin of Craftsbury Common jumped all the way to third in the final rundown after Jamie Davis, who came across the line fourth, was disqualified for a suspension infraction. Beattie, Will Hennequin, Bryan P. Wall, Jeffrey Martin, Logan Powers, Gary Mullen, and Matthew Smith completed the top-10.

 

Williamstown’s Kyle MacAskill capped the night with his second win of the season in the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors. MacAskill started seventh and flew around the outside of polesitter Ethan Howes as they completed lap six of the 20-lap feature. He then ran away and hid for a dominating victory.

 

Berlin’s Eric Chase recovered from his involvement in a hard crash during practice to take second. Williamstown’s Sean McCarthy completed the podium. Frank Putney, Rodney Campbell, James Dopp, Kylar Davis, Fred Fleury, Josh Vilbrin, and Brian Putney also earned top-10 finishes.

 

The final Thursday night event of the year at Thunder Road takes the green at 7:00pm on August 23 with Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night. The “King of the Road” will be crowned in the final point-counting event of the year for the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will be in action as well.

 

The night will also feature the annual “Run What U Brung” spectator races where fans race their street-legal cars on the high banks. Admission is $12 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12, and $25 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).

 

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit www.thunderroadvt.com.

 

-Thunder Road Press Release

-Photo credit: Alan Ward

 

PREMIUM MORTGAGE NIGHT UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

MAPLEWOOD/IRVING OIL LATE MODELS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. #Evan Hallstrom ( 1VT ) Northfield, VT

2. Boomer Morris ( 13VT ) Barre, VT

3. Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) Graniteville, VT

4. Scott Dragon ( 16VT ) Milton, VT

5. Jason Corliss ( 66VT ) Barre, VT

6. Mike Bailey ( 00VT ) S. Barre, VT

7. Cody Blake ( 99VT ) Barre, VT

8. Marcel Gravel ( 86VT ) Wolcott, VT

9. Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT ) Barre, VT

10. Matt White ( 42VT ) Northfield, VT

11. Eric Chase ( 40VT ) Milton, VT

12. Kyle Pembroke ( 27VT ) Montpelier, VT

13. Phil Scott ( 14VT ) Middlesex, VT

14. Trampas Demers ( 85VT ) Shelburne, VT

15. Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT ) Danville, VT

16. Darrell Morin ( 17VT ) Richmond, VT

17. #Brendan Moodie ( 94VT ) Wolcott, VT

18. Scott Coburn ( 72VT ) Barre, VT

19. Mike Foster ( 7VT ) Montpelier, VT

LENNY’S SHOE & APPAREL FLYING TIGERS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Tyler Austin ( 5 ) East Calias, VT

2. #Brandon Lanphear ( 11 ) Morrisville, VT

3. Joel Hodgdon ( 36 ) Craftsbury Common, VT

4. Michael Martin ( 01 ) Craftsbury Common, VT

5. #Kevin Streeter ( 67 ) Waitsfield, VT

6. #Kelsea Woodard ( 55 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

7. Robert Gordon ( 20 ) Milton, VT

8. Joe Steffen ( 00 ) Grand Isle, VT

9. Jason Woodard ( 68 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

10. Brett Wood ( 29 ) Georgia, VT

11. Sam Caron ( 07 ) Milton, VT

12. Sid Sweet Jr. ( 51 ) Williamstown, VT

13. Mike Potter ( 28 ) Marshfield, VT

14. Michael MacAskill ( 33 ) Williamstown, VT

15. Jason Pelkey ( 64 ) Barre, VT

16. Kyle Streeter ( 37 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

17. Cameron Ouellette ( 90 ) Barre, VT

18. Mike Billado ( 8 ) Essex, VT

19. Adam Maynard ( 57 ) Milton, VT

20. #Cooper Bouchard ( 7 ) Hinesburg, VT

21. Colin Cornell ( 54 ) E. Burke, VT

22. Matthew Potter ( 23 ) Marshfield, VT

ALLEN LUMBER STREET STOCKS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Dean Switser Jr. ( 16 ) Lyndonville, VT

2. Tom Smith ( 50 ) Williamstown, VT

3. Stephen Martin ( 01 ) Craftsbury Common, VT

4. Kasey Beattie ( 45 ) St. Johnsbury, VT

5. William Hennequin ( 47 ) Hardwick, VT

6. #Bryan P. Wall ( 77 ) E. Kingston, NH

7. Jeffrey Martin ( 8 ) Barre, VT

8. Logan Powers ( 31 ) Middlesex, VT

9. Gary Mullen ( 29 ) Tunbridge, VT

10. Matthew Smith ( 44 ) Essex Jct., VT

11. Alan Maynard ( 18 ) Fairfax, VT

12. #Juan Marshall ( 79 ) Pittsfield, VT

13. Reg Theroux ( 93 ) Derby, VT

14. #Trevor Rossi ( 54 ) Washington, VT

15. #Royce Lussier ( 95 ) Berlin, VT

16. Justin Blakely ( 17 ) Graniteville, VT

17. Hunter King ( 64 ) E. Calais, VT

18. #J.T. Blanchard ( 66 ) Graniteville, VT

19. Issac Spaulding ( 9 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

20. Thomas Peck ( 96 ) Barre, VT

21. Jacob Roy ( 11 ) Danville, VT

22. Tanner Woodard ( 68 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

23. Scott Weston ( 04 ) Berlin, VT

DSQ Patrick Tibbetts ( 48 ) Barre, VT

DSQ Jamie Davis ( 43 ) Wolcott, VT

BURNETT SCRAP METALS ROAD WARRIORS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Kyle MacAskill ( 07 ) Williamstown, VT

2. Eric Chase ( 13 ) Berlin, VT

3. Sean McCarthy ( 86 ) Williamstown, VT

4. Frank Putney ( 88 ) Graniteville, VT

5. Rodney Campbell ( 10 ) Worcester, VT

6. James Dopp ( 0 ) Northfield, VT

7. Kylar Davis ( 68 ) Berlin, VT

8. Fred Fleury ( 98 ) Graniteville, VT

9. Josh Vilbrin ( 77 ) Northfield, VT

10. Brian Putney ( 87 ) E. Corinth, VT

11. Todd Raymo ( 26 ) Swanton, VT

12. Mike Mitchell ( 1 ) Essex, VT

13. Patrick Lacasse ( 96 ) Wolcott, VT

14. Nate Brien ( 16 ) Brookfield, VT

15. Ethan Howes ( 24 ) Fayston, VT

16. Brodie Frazier ( 17 ) E. Montpelier, VT

17. Haidyn Pearce ( 4 ) Berlin, VT

18. Jacob Hall-Larson ( 42 ) Northfield, VT

19. Edward Bowen ( 12 ) Morrisville, VT

Teenager Scores First Late Model Victory at Thunder Road