Barre, Vt. – Barre’s Thunder Road enters the home stretch of the summer racing season this Thursday, August 10with Cody Chevrolet Cadillac Night. The Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series finale for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers headlines the four-division card as the track awards the first championship of the 2017 season.
Craftbury Common’s Mike Martin enters the extra-distance event holding a 13-point lead over Waterbury Center’s Jason Woodard. The pair each has a victory in the first two legs of the Triple Crown with Martin’s fourth-place finish in the opener giving him the overall edge.
“It’d feel pretty nice to win the Triple Crown championship, especially the way our year’s gone,” Martin said. “We’ve had a pretty up-and-down season, and there’s been a lot of down lately. We’ve gone through the car and gone through it again after the hard wreck we had at Mid-Season, so we can only hope we’ve got the speed on Thursday. We’ve just got to be consistent – if we can finish at least top-five in the feature and do well in the heat race to boot, we should be in good shape.”
Joel Hodgdon and Dwayne Lanphear are tied for third in the Triple Crown standings 18 points back of Martin with Brendan Moodie completing the top-five. Three-time 2017 feature winner Trevor Lyman and former Tiger Champion Joe Steffen are among the other drivers who will likely be a factor on Thursday.
Weekly Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger points are also on the line in the midst of a tight championship battle. Wolcott’s Moodie has stood at the top wire-to-wire so far, but the 2015 Champion’s margin has shrunk considerably in the past two weeks. Woodard, the 2014 Tiger Champion, earned his third win of the season last Thursday to move into second in the standings and close within nine points of Moodie. 1991 “King of the Road” Lanphear rides 21 points back of Moodie in third. Lyman and Jaden Perry sit fourth and fifth.
The Thunder Road Late Models, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors join the Tigers on the jam-packed card. With four point-counting events remaining, the Late Model point battle is shaping up to be a two-man dance. Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien held steady this past Thursday, earning his eighth top-10 finish of the season to maintain a 13-point edge over South Burlington’s Trampas Demers.
Barre’s Jason Corliss and defending “King of the Road” Scott Dragon of Milton sit 60 and 71 points back of first, respectively, and will need both Therrien and Demers to stumble to get back into the championship hunt. Milton’s Eric Chase leads a closely-matched pack of cars later in the top-10 that includes Marcel J. Gravel, Kyle Pembroke, and Cody Blake.
In the Allen Lumber Street Stocks, Hinesburg’s Cooper Bouchard and Wolcott’s Jamie Davis have put some distance on the rest of the field, with sophomore driver Bouchard leading 2015 Champion Davis by 23 points. The standings from third on back remain closely contested with Brandon Lanphear, Alan Maynard, Kevin Streeter, and Kelsea Woodard among the drivers who could vault back into title contention should Bouchard and Davis have a subpar outing.
All the exciting action of Cody Chevrolet Cadillac Night begins at 7:00pm this Thursday, August 10. The pits open at 3:30pm and the front gates open at 5:15pm. Admission is just $12 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12, and $25 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).