Thunder Road Hits Home Stretch with WDEV/Calkins Night

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Thunder Road Hits Home Stretch with WDEV/Calkins Night

Barre, VT – Barre’s own Thunder Road International Speedbowl hits the home stretch for its 2014 season this Thursday, July 31 with WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets night. Thursday night will close out the month of July leaving just four more Thursdays plus the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic in August to decide the 2014 Late Model “King of the Road.”

Two-time Late Model Champion and 2014 Vermont Governor’s Cup winner Nick Sweet of Barre currently sits atop the standings by a slim three-point lead over another two-time “King of the Road” Dave Pembroke. Pembroke is looking toward this Thursday to claim his first win of the season and erase the three-point deficit. Defending Thunder Road track champion Derrick O’Donnell and this year’s Times-Argus Mid-Season Champion Trampas Demers ride just eight points behind Pembroke, while outstanding rookie driver Eric Badore holds the final top five spot.
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Adam Pierson Wins Elliott Beveridge Memorial Race at Vermont’s Bear Ridge Speedway

Adam Pierson Wins Elliott Beveridge Memorial
USAC Dirt Midget Association
Race at Vermont’s Bear Ridge Speedway

Ellington, CT: In what was the biggest race of the year for the USAC Dirt Midget Association it was only fitting that driver Adam Pierson win the race that was in honor of his past mechanic. In total twenty one teams came to Bear Ridge Speedway to compete but only nineteen took the green flag in the feature.

For heat race one the 78 driven by Stanley Otterman was to be on pole but mechanical issues prevented him from starting so the 11R of Alex Rose was awarded the pole for this heat race. Once the green flag came out it did not take long before the 11V of Vincent Lucca took the lead with the 76X of Jeff Champagne moving into second and the pole sitter 11R of Rose was now in third place. Just before the half way point, Amanda Habel in the 09 spun which brought out the caution and grouped the field back together. The race went back to green but was brought back under caution in two laps as the 09 of Habel spun. Back to green with the 11V of Lucca charging out front and holding the lead. On lap six the 24T of Tom Thompson went off track but kept running and back onto the track without any issues. As the checkered flag flew it would be Lucca in the 11V taking down the heat race win. The 76X of Champagne was to have finished second but was moved back to fourth for jumping the restart on the last caution. With that change it now moved the 11R of Rose to second and Dylan Rock in the 49 to third. Champagne was driving for Frank Manafort Racing this night in the number 76X Elliott Beveridge Memorial tribute USAC midget.
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Rookie TC Forward is the 8th different winner in the DIRTcar Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds

Rookie TC Forward is the 8th different winner in the DIRTcar Bond Auto Parts Sportsman Modifieds.
Thomas Placey in the DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes and Hunter Garduno in the Hornets claim their 2nd wins.

BRADFORD, VT – Two rookies make it to victory lane in the DIRTcar Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds, as Forward comes home with the win and his best finish of the season, and DJ Robinson finishes third with his second victory lane appearance of the season on Perry Oil Service night.

Tyler Austin and DJ Robinson brought the full field of cars to the green for their 40 lap main event Saturday Perry Oil Service night. Austin would be unable to hold on to his prime starting position as the laps ticked off. Robinson on the other hand was able to hold off most of the challenges he encountered leading the first half of the race. He would find himself having to give up his pole position to Rookie TC Forward. Forward who worked his way from mid pack to the front found himself right where he has wanted to be all season as the laps ticked off, in no other position but first. Jason Gray coming from deep in the pack worked his way to second place, the only veteran driver in victory lane. Robinson was able to hold on for third when the checkers finally waved. Josh Currier and points leader Donnelly completed the top five.
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Gonyo, Quenneville Split Northern Modified Challenge Wins at Airborne Park

Gonyo, Quenneville Split Northern Modified Challenge Wins at Airborne Park
Veterans win in series debut at historic New York track

SOUTH PLATTSBUGH, NY – The Northern Modified Challenge Series made an entertaining first appearance at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, July 26, running a pair of 30-lap feature races. Veteran drivers Leon Gonyo and Vince Quenneville, Jr., scored the victories, each posting his first victory on the Northern Modified Challenge Series.

Gonyo, of Chazy, NY, started on the pole position by virtue of a random draw in the opening feature. He led every lap, but found himself under nearly constant pressure from Jessey Mueller during the race. Mueller, who won the opening NMCS event of the season at Thunder Road in Barre, VT, made multiple attempts for the lead on the outside lane, settled for the runner-up position. Travis Bruno took third place, followed by Jason Durgan.
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Jason Corliss Takes Second Thunder Road Late Model Win

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Jason Corliss Takes Second Thunder Road Late Model Win

Barre, VT – Barre’s Jason Corliss claimed his second career Thunder Road Late Model win and became the first repeat winner in the division for 2014 during Safelite Auto Glass night on Thursday, July 24. Corliss came from the ninth starting spot and got under Lt. Governor Phil Scott late in the 50 lap event to gain the lead and eventually the win.

Young Kyle Pembroke led early in the race until relinquishing the lead to Brett Gervais on a restart just past halfway. Gervais then held the lead until losing control on a lap 32 restart handing the lead to Scott. Corliss ran down Scott and took over the lead with under 15 to go. He cruised to the win over the final laps. Derrick O’Donnell also got by Scott to claim second. Kyle Pembroke took fourth and Eric Badore completed the top five.

Nick Sweet, Scott Dragon, Dave Pembroke, Josh Demers and Joey Laquerre rounded out the top ten. The event saw just four cautions.

Dylan Payea of Milton earned his first Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen win of the season and the second of his career. He got by Darrell Morin to take the win and held of a hard charging Mike Martin on the only restart of the 35-lap event with two laps to go. Morin took second and Eric Johnson claimed third in the final two laps. Jeff Bousquet and Martin rounded out the top five. Point leader Jason Woodard, Chris Pelkey, Brendan Moodie, Cameron Ouellette and Mike Billado earned top tens.

Young Jaden Perry of Hardwick, VT came from the tenth starting position to claim his first career Allen Lumber Street Stock win. He was followed across the line by his brother Jamon Perry and Garry Bashaw completing the podium. Tommy Smith and Kevin Dodge earned top fives followed by Jamie Davis, Gary Mullen, Donny Yates, Alan Maynard and Dave Whitcomb.

The LaForest brothers continued their winning ways in the Rough Rider division. This time Chris LaForest of Barre claimed the checkered. The driver’s ed teach Paul Dudley took second and Kevin LaForest came home third in the Milk Bowl style two segment event. Jamie Benneig, Chickey Stevens and Chris Sanborn rounded out the field.

Next Thursday, July 31 is the WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets night featuring Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, Allen Lumber Street Stocks plus the annual Porta-Potty Grand Prix at intermission. Post time will be 6:30pm.

Safelite Auto Glass Night
Thunder Road – Barre, VT
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Late Model Unofficial Results
Pos. Driver (Car #) Hometown
1. Jason Corliss (66vt) Barre, VT
2. Derrick O’Donnell (60vt) N. Haverhill, NH
3. Phil Scott (14vt) Middlesex, VT
4. Kyle Pembroke (27vt) Montpelier, VT
5. #Eric Badore (4vt) Milton, VT
6. Nick Sweet (88vt) Barre, VT
7. Scott Dragon (16vt) Colchester, VT
8. Dave Pembroke (44vt) Middlesex, VT
9. #Josh Demers (10vt) Montpelier, VT
10. Joey Laquerre (15vt) East Montpelier, VT
11. Emily Packard (9me) E. Montpelier, VT
12. Trampas Demers (85vt) S. Burlington, VT
13. Cody Blake (99vt) Barre, VT
14. Brooks Clark (68vt) Fayston, VT
15. #Jason Allen (29vt) Barre, VT
16. John Donahue (26vt) Graniteville, VT
17. Brett Gervais (11nh) Island Pond, VT
18. Kyle Welch (9nh) Newport, NH
19. Shawn Fleury (1vt) Middlesex, VT
20. Ricky Roberts (3vt) E. Barre, VT
21. Mark Norris (22me) Farmington, ME
22. Mike Bailey (17vt) Barre, VT
23. Eric Chase (40vt) Milton, VT
24. Boomer Morris (13vt) Barre, VT

Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Unofficial Results
Pos. Driver (Car #) Hometown
1. Dylan Payea (7) Milton, VT
2. Darrell Morin (17) Burlington, VT
3. Eric Johnson (20) Randolph Ctr. VT
4. Jeff Bousquet (44) Worcester, VT
5. Mike Martin (01) Craftsbury Cmn, VT
6. Jason Woodard (68) Waterbury Ctr., VT
7. Christopher Pelkey (64) S. Barre, VT
8. Brendan Moodie (94) Wolcott, VT
9. Cameron Ouellette (90) Barre, VT
10. Mike Billado (8) Essex, VT
11. Joe Steffen (00) Grand Isle, VT
12. #Derrick Calkins (4) Milton, VT
13. Scott Coburn (1) Barre, VT
14. Doug Crowningshield (14) Barre, VT
15. Mark Barnier (0) Essex Jct., VT
16. Joel Hodgdon (36) Craftsbury, VT
17. #Caleb Nelson (07) Moretown, VT

Allen Lumber Street Stocks Unofficial Results
Pos. Driver (Car #) Hometown
1. Jaden Perry (92) Hardwick, VT
2. Jamon Perry (62) Hardwick, VT
3. Garry Bashaw (4) Lincoln, VT
4. Tommy Smith (50) Williamstown, VT
5. Kevin Dodge (8) Barre, VT
6. Jamie Davis (43) Wolcott, VT
7. Gary Mullen (29) Tunbridge, VT
8. Donny Yates (05) N. Montpelier, VT
9. Alan Maynard (10) Fairfax, VT
10. Dave Whitcomb (77) Morrisville, VT
11. Bunker Hodgdon (83) Hardwick, VT
12. Tyler Austin (5) E. Calais, VT
13. Marcel J. Gravel (86) Wolcott, VT
14. Patrick Tibbetts (48) Barre, VT
15. Jeremy Colson (44) S. Royalton, VT
16. Jennifer Getty (25) Cambridge, VT
17. Keith Fortier (35) Hinesburg, VT
18. Mike Gay (3) So. Burlington, VT
19. #Steve Bennett (76) Bethel, VT
20. Ken Stridsberg (6) Berlin, VT
21. Jason LaHue (66) Milton, VT
22. #Travis Streeter (61) Waitsfield, VT
23. Justin Blakely (17) Barre, VT
24. Will Hennequin (47) Morrisville, VT
25. Kyle Streeter (37) Waitsfield, VT

Rough Rider Unofficial Results
Pos. (Car) Driver, Hometown, Seg #1, Seg #2, Total
1. (56) Chris LaForest, Barre, VT, 3, 1, 4
2. (42) Paul Dudley, Waitsfield, VT, 2, 2, 4
3. (49) Kevin LaForest, Barre, VT, 1, 3, 4
4. (98) Jamie Benneig, St. Albans, VT, 4, 4, 8
5. (Bee) Chickey Stevens, Barre, VT, 5, 5, 10
6. (Sunshine) Chris Sanborn, Barre, VT, 6, 6, 12

From Saturday night,07/19/14, Dennis Preston Builders night, at Bear Ridge Speedway (all credit Alan Ward)


Proctor Ends Winless Streak at Devil’s Bowl Mid-Season Championship

Proctor Ends Winless Streak at Devil’s Bowl Mid-Season Championship
Branham wins wild Late Model show; Begor, LaVair take double-point victories

WEST HAVEN, VT – Ron Proctor waited nearly two years to carry a checkered flag at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, but the wait became worth it as the veteran driver won the double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championship in dominant fashion on Friday, July 18. Proctor headlined a list of winners that also included Bucko Branham, Jamy Begor, and Chris LaVair.

The outcome of the 25-lap main event for the Bond Auto Parts Modified division was never in question, as Proctor’s No. 27 Charlton Oil/Timco Transportation Teo Pro car jumped from its outside-pole starting position to lead the opening lap, and was never challenged. It was the Charlton, NY driver’s first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory since August 2012.
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Trampas Demers Snags Times Argus Mid-Season Championship

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Trampas Demers Snags Times Argus Mid-Season Championship

Barre, VT – South Burlington’s Trampas Demers snagged the Late Model win during the double-point Times Argus Mid-Season Championships at Thunder Road on Thursday, July 17. Demers came from deep in the field to beat Scott Dragon in the closing laps of the 75 lap event. Demers came from the 14th starting position to claim his seventh career feature win.

Dragon led most of the second half of the event but had to settle for second as Demers beat him by half a car length at the checkered flag. Lance Allen completed the podium. Dave Pembroke and Nick Sweet worked their way from the back of the field through heavy traffic to complete the top five. Josh Demers, Eric Badore, Derrick O’Donnell, Kyle Pembroke and Emily Packard completed the top ten.
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Stone Back On Top Entering Devil’s Bowl Mid-Season Championships

Todd Stone of Middlebury, VT is back on top of the Bond Auto Parts Modified standings heading into Friday's Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championships at Devil's Bowl Speedway.  (Alan Ward photo)Late Model, Renegade leaders ahead by only one point; Driver autograph session scheduled

WEST HAVEN, VT – Stock car racer Todd Stone is in a familiar position entering Friday’s Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championships at Devil’s Bowl Speedway: Out front.  The Middlebury, VT driver dominated the Bond Auto Parts Modified division in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action last season and though he holds the lead again this summer, his climb to the top hasn’t been as easy as it was a year ago.

In contrast to 2013 – when Stone won 10 of 17 races and only four other drivers carried the checkered flag during the season – parity has been the name of the game this year with seven different winners in the first 10 events. Stone’s 33-point lead on Leon Gonyo is far from safe with double points on the line at the Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championships; the main event pays a whopping 100 points for the victory, setting the stage for a potentially huge momentum shift.  Joey Roberts, Vince Quenneville, Jr., and Ron Proctor are also well within striking distance of Stone’s lead. [Read more...]

BEAR RIDGE SPEEDWAY PRESS:Mid-Season Championship Photos-07/12/14