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Corliss Continues Historic Run with Third Triumph in Vermont Milk Bowl

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Barre, VT — Barre’s Jason Corliss ended the 2020 Thunder Road racing season on the highest of highs by winning the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, October 4. Corliss won the first 50-lap segment and never looked back en route to his third victory in the last four years at Thunder Road’s flagship event for the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models.

In the process, Corliss accomplished multiple deeds rarely seen in the Milk Bowl’s long history. The hometown racer became only the fourth driver to win the Milk Bowl three times in a four-year span after previously triumphing in 2017 and 2018. Corliss also is the first driver since 2004 to be the “King of the Road” and the Milk Bowl champion in the same year.

The veteran wasted little time getting to the front. After taking the Segment 1 green flag in fourth, Corliss sliced past his competition, going around the outside of 2019 Milk Bowl winner Bobby Therrien on lap 13. Corliss and Therrien drove away from the field before the second caution for Brendan Moodie’s spin on lap 33.

The biggest challenge for Corliss in the segment came after Therrien and Donahue tangled racing for second with four laps to go, earning both a spot at the rear of the pack. Shelburne’s Trampas Demers got the jump on the initial restart, but Corliss powered back past him with two laps to get the segment win.

Corliss then survived a major scare early in Segment 2. Entered turn two on the 10th circuit, Alby Ovitt and Andy Hill got together mid-pack, sending Hill hard into the outside wall. With nowhere to go, several other top-10 finishers piled in and sustained major damage, including Matthew Smith, Marcel J. Gravel, Joel Hodgdon, and Matt White. Partway through the yellow, Corliss was forced to pit as well due to rear end damage, putting him at the back for the restart.

However, he showed just why he’s the track champion, flying back through the field. Corliss was up to eighth in the segment when he dodged another bullet, with Scott Dragon flying into the turn-one tire barrier right in front of him on lap 31. After another incident on lap 36, Corliss continued his march, taking fourth from Cody Blake on the final lap — which turned into a third-place after apparent Segment 2 winner Bobby Therrien was disqualified for being too low.

Corliss thus entered the final segment with four total points, six ahead of a tie for second between Demers and polesitter Ryan Kuhn. He steadily picked his way through the field and was already in front of both challengers by halfway. Then on lap 26, something broke on Kuhn’s left front exiting turn four, sending the East Bridgewater, MA racer hard in the turn-one wall and putting him on his roof. Kuhn was not injured in the incident.

With one of his closest challengers now eliminated, Corliss could now focus on making history. He continued his march forward and ultimately finished the third segment in fourth. His final score of eight points was nine more than the runner-up and marked the third straight year that eight points won the overall.

Barre’s Blake appeared to have won a tiebreaker with Demers for second overall. However, Blake was subsequently disqualified for a suspension infraction. Demers thus second with segment finishes of second, eighth, and seventh. Dragon inherited the third position overall for a remarkable comeback after his segment 2 mishap.

Donahue finished fourth overall and inherited the segment 2 win. Tyler Cahoon, Christopher Pelkey, and Ovitt came fifth through seventh. Despite his frightening crash, Kuhn took eighth in the overall. Gravel bounced back to win the final segment flag-to-flag and finish ninth. Joel Hodgdon rounded out the top-10.

Colchester’s Sam Caron ended the season with his second win of the year in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers Mini Milk Bowl. Caron won the first 40-lap segment on Saturday, putting him shotgun on the 26-car starting field for Sunday’s segment 2.

After dodging a lap-16 incident that collected Stephen Martin and Kasey Beattie, Caron followed Barre’s Cameron Ouellette and Waterbury Center’s Jason Woodard through the field. By the checkered flag, Caron has motored his way to sixth in the segment, giving him the overall win with seven total points.

Ouellette finished second overall with a pair of fourth-place segment finishes. Reigning Flying Tiger champion Woodard came in fifth both days to take third overall. Michael Martin, Colin Cornell, Bryan Wall Jr., Derrick Calkins, Rich Lowrey, Cooper Bouchard, and Kelsea Woodard completed the top-10. Hardwick’s Jaden Perry won the second segment.

Former Allen Lumber Street Stock champion Jeffrey Martin of Barre ended a tough year on a high note by capturing the two-segment Mini Milk Bowl. Martin had finished second in Saturday’s 25-lap first segment sandwiched between youngsters Kaiden Fisher and Tanner Woodard.

The trio was running together in fifth through seventh with five laps to go in Sunday’s Segment 2 when Fisher tried a three-wide move in turn four. The bold attempt resulted in contact with Woodard and sent Fisher spinning for the second time in the race.

Martin then made his move, getting the second spot on the track with two to go. Coming to the white flag, Michael Gay and Scott Weston got together racing for third, and the chain reaction ended with Josh Lovely on his door in turn two. The red flag came out, and by rule, the second-segment finish reverted to how the field was running at the completion of lap 24. Martin’s two runner-up finishes on the weekend gave him the win with four total points.

Northfield’s James Dopp took full advantage of the late havoc, winning the second segment and beating Woodard in a tiebreaker for second. Fisher, Kyler Davis, Justin Blakely, Weston, Tommy Campbell, Gay, and Lovely completed the overall top-10.

St. Johnsbury’s Colby Bourgeois was utterly perfect on his way to the 7-Eleven Dwarf Car Mini Milk Bowl win. Bourgeois sat on the pole by random draw and went flag-to-flag to win the first 20-lap segment.

The second segment was more of the same. Bourgeois cut through the field like a hot knife through butter. He was already up to fourth when the segment’s only caution came out on lap four when Tim Sherman Jr. went for a spin. Just a few circuits later, Bourgeois grabbed the lead and never looked back. It was his sixth total win of the year after five victories at New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Littleton, NH’s Chad Dufour finished second in both segments to take second overall. Jeff Ainsworth won a tiebreaker with Dave Gyger for third. Howie Switser rounded out the top-5.

The Thunder Road racing season is now complete. The first annual Thunder Road swapped meet is scheduled for Saturday, October 24 at the track. More information will be released shortly on whether a Banquet of Champions will be held based on state health and safety requirements.

The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models and Flying Tigers each have one final event of the year at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, October 17. The ACT Late Model Tour crowns its 2020 champion in a 150-lap event while the Flying Tigers go 75 laps in the second annual Oxford Open. They join the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models, PASS Modifieds, and Honey Badger Bar & Grill Street Stock Series with a 1:00pm post time.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com or www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ThunderRoadVT.

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THUNDER ROAD SPEEDBOWL

58TH VERMONT MILK BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHFIELD SAVINGS BANK

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2020

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

MAPLEWOOD/IRVING OIL LATE MODELS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Segment 1, Segment 2, Segment 3, Total

1. ( 4 ) Jason Corliss ( 66VT ) , Barre, VT , 1 , 3 , 4 , 8

2. ( 6 ) Trampas Demers ( 85VT ) , Shelburne, VT , 2 , 8 , 7 , 17

3. ( 17 ) Scott Dragon ( 16VT ) , Milton, VT , 7 , 15 , 2 , 24

4. ( 2 ) Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 17 , 1 , 8 , 26

5. ( 10 ) Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT ) , St. Johnsbury, VT , 5 , 9 , 14 , 28

6. ( 13 ) Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT ) , Graniteville, VT , 12 , 11 , 6 , 29

7. ( 22 ) Alby Ovitt ( 35NH ) , Candia, NH , 15 , 5 , 9 , 29

8. ( 1 ) Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA ) , E. Bridgewater, MA , 3 , 7 , 20 , 30

9. ( 7 ) Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT ) , Wolcott, VT , 9 , 23 , 1 , 33

10. ( 21 ) Joel Hodgdon ( 36VT ) , Craftsbury, VT , 8 , 19 , 10 , 37

11. ( 9 ) Brendan Moodie ( 94VT ) , Wolcott, VT , 24 , 2 , 11 , 37

12. ( 19 ) Boomer Morris ( 13VT ) , Barre, VT , 22 , 13 , 5 , 40

13. ( 12 ) Kyle Pembroke ( 27VT ) , Montpelier, VT , 16 , 12 , 12 , 40

14. ( 25 ) Craig Bushey ( 15NH ) , Fairfax, VT , 11 , 14 , 17 , 42

15. ( 8 ) Matt White ( 42VT ) , Northfield, VT , 6 , 22 , 15 , 43

16. ( 23 ) Brandon Lanphear ( 11VT ) , Morrisville, VT , 18 , 10 , 16 , 44

17. ( 5 ) Dillon Moltz ( 5ME ) , New Sharon, ME , 23 , 6 , 19 , 48

18. ( 11 ) #Matthew Smith ( 04VT ) , Essex Jct., VT , 4 , 18 , 27 , 49

19. ( 15 ) Brooks Clark ( 68VT ) , Waitsfield, VT , 14 , 16 , 21 , 51

20. ( 20 ) Eric Chase ( 40VT ) , Milton, VT , 13 , 17 , 27 , 57

21. ( 3 ) Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 20 , 27 , 13 , 60

22. ( 24 ) Shawn Fleury ( 5NY ) , Middlesex, VT , 19 , 21 , 27 , 67

23. ( 26 ) #Anthony Hill ( 8VT ) , Waterford, VT , 21 , 20 , 27 , 68

24. ( 27 ) Mike Benevides ( 50RI ) , Westerly, RI , 27 , 27 , 18 , 72

25. ( 14 ) Derrick O’Donnell ( 60NH ) , N. Haverhill, NH , 25 , 27 , 27 , 79

26. ( 18 ) Ben Rowe ( 4ME ) , Turner, ME , 26 , 27 , 27 , 80

DSQ       Cody Blake ( 99VT ) , Barre, VT                

LENNY’S SHOE & APPAREL FLYING TIGERS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Segment 1, Segment 2, Total

1. Sam Caron ( 07VT ) Colchester, VT , 1 , 6 , 7

2. Cameron Ouellette ( 90VT ) Barre, VT , 4 , 4 , 8

3. Jason Woodard ( 68VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT , 5 , 5 , 10

4. Michael Martin ( 01VT ) Craftsbury Common, VT , 7 , 7 , 14

5. Colin Cornell ( 54VT ) E. Burke, VT , 12 , 3 , 15

6. #Bryan Wall Jr. ( 77NH ) East Kingston, NH , 9 , 8 , 17

7. Derrick Calkins ( 15VT ) Hinesburg, VT , 2 , 16 , 18

8. Rich Lowrey ( 8NH ) Charlotte, VT , 3 , 17 , 20

9. Cooper Bouchard ( 7VT ) Hinesburg, VT , 8 , 14 , 22

10. Kelsea Woodard ( 55VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT , 21 , 2 , 23

11. Mike Billado ( 8VT ) Grand Isle, VT , 14 , 10 , 24

12. Jason Pelkey ( 64VT ) Barre, VT , 6 , 21 , 27

13. Jaden Perry ( 62NH ) Hardwick, VT , 27 , 1 , 28

14. Robert Gordon ( 20VT ) Milton, VT , 15 , 13 , 28

15. Matthew Potter ( 23VT ) Marshfield, VT , 10 , 18 , 28

16. Adam Maynard ( 45VT ) Milton, VT , 16 , 15 , 31

17. Brandon Gray ( 00VT ) E. Thetford, VT , 23 , 11 , 34

18. Tyler Austin ( 5VT ) East Calais, VT , 26 , 9 , 35

19. Micheal MacAskill ( 33VT ) Williamstown, VT , 24 , 12 , 36

20. Eric Messier ( 88NY ) Hinesburg, VT , 13 , 23 , 36

21. Eric Johnson ( 20ME ) Randolph Ctr., VT , 19 , 19 , 38

22. #Keegan Lamson ( 55NH ) Berlin, VT , 17 , 22 , 39

23. #Phil Potvin ( 08VT ) Underhill, VT , 11 , 28 , 39

24. Stephen Martin ( 9VT ) Craftsbury Common, VT , 20 , 20 , 40

25. #Kasey Beattie ( 45NH ) St.Johnsbury, VT , 18 , 26 , 44

26. Kris Grout ( 51NH ) Waterbury, VT , 22 , 24 , 46

27. Jared Blake ( 9NY ) Franklin, VT , 25 , 25 , 50

ALLEN LUMBER STREET STOCKS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Segment 1, Segment 2, Total

1. Jeffrey Martin ( 8 ) Barre, VT , 2 , 2 , 4

2. James Dopp ( 0 ) Northfield, VT , 7 , 1 , 8

3. Tanner Woodard ( 68 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT , 3 , 5 , 8

4. #Kaiden Fisher ( 18 ) Shelburne, VT , 1 , 9 , 10

5. #Kyler Davis ( 69 ) Berlin, VT , 6 , 6 , 12

6. Justin Blakey ( 17 ) Graniteville, VT , 4 , 8 , 12

7. Scott Weston ( 04 ) Berlin, VT , 11 , 4 , 15

8. Tommy Campbell ( 85 ) Middlesex, VT , 9 , 7 , 16

9. Michael Gay ( 3 ) So. Burlington, VT , 14 , 3 , 17

10. Josh Lovely ( 54 ) Williamstown, VT , 5 , 13 , 18

11. Jared Rouleau ( 60 ) Warren, VT , 12 , 11 , 23

12. Kyle MacAskill ( 7 ) Williamstown, VT , 8 , 17 , 25

13. Tyler Whittemore ( 74 ) Barre, VT , 10 , 16 , 26

14. Eric MacLaughlin ( 6 ) Milton, VT , 17 , 10 , 27

15. Thomas Peck ( 96 ) Waterbury, VT , 16 , 12 , 28

16. Zach Audet ( 9 ) Morrisville, VT , 15 , 15 , 30

17. Haidyn Pearce ( 40 ) Berlin, VT , 18 , 14 , 32

18. Thomas Smith ( 66 ) Williamstown, VT , 13 , 20 , 33

19. Joshua Poirier ( 15 ) Fairfield, VT , 19 , 20 , 39

7-ELEVEN DWARF CARS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Segment 1, Segment 2, Total

1. Colby Bourgeois ( 82 ) St. Johnsbury, VT , 1 , 1 , 2

2. Chad Dufour ( 52 ) Littleton, NH , 2 , 2 , 4

3. Jeff Ainsworth ( 41 ) Bethlehem, NH , 3 , 4 , 7

4. Dave Gyger ( 93 ) Campton, NH , 4 , 3 , 7

5. Howie Switser ( 3 ) West Burke, VT , 6 , 5 , 11

6. Curtis Sherman ( 68 ) Berlin, VT , 5 , 8 , 13

7. Timothy Sherman, Sr. ( 6 ) Berlin, VT , 7 , 6 , 13

8. Jack Hayes ( 9 ) Littleton, NH , 9 , 7 , 16

9. Jason Wyman ( 88 ) Easton, NH , 8 , 9 , 17

Kuhn Earns Pole for 58th Vermont Milk Bowl

Barre, VT — East Bridgewater, MA’s Ryan Kuhn scored an early blow for the invaders by winning the pole for the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank at Barre’s Thunder Road on Saturday, October 3. The 19-year-old tore around the high banks with a time of 12.423 seconds during time trials and will lead the field to the Segment 1 green flag on Sunday.

Kuhn, the defending American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Rookie of the Year, edged fellow young hotshoe and Tour regular Stephen Donahue by just 0.005 seconds. The duo put themselves in early position as contenders for the overall win with their Saturday efforts.

Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien and Barre’s Jason Corliss, the winners of the last three combined Milk Bowls, showed in the 50-lap qualifying races they’ll be factors once again. Therrien grabbed the lead of the first “Twin 50” on lap two and won going away to lock himself into the third starting position on Sunday.

The race behind Therrien turned into a thriller following the third and final caution flag with 15 laps to go. Twelve cars duked it out for the last seven transfer spots with nobody giving the break. New Sharon, ME’s Dillon Moltz, this year’s Midsummer 250 winner, emerged from the fracas to finish second and will start fifth on Sunday.

Wolcott’s Marcel J. Gravel took third in a Darrell Waltrip Western Auto throwback paint scheme. Brendan Moodie, Matthew Smith, Christopher Pelkey, and Brooks Clark came in fourth through seventh. Despite a right rear tire going down in the final laps, Milton’s Scott Dragon held off Joel Hodgdon for the final transfer spot.

Corliss, meanwhile, roared through the field to capture the second Twin 50. The two-time reigning “King of the Road” started fifth and ran down Shelburne’s Trampas Demers from a long way back to take the lead on lap 35. Corliss sailed away from there to transfer into the Milk Bowl with the fourth starting position.

Demers took second in a caution-free race to earn the sixth starting spot in Segment 1. Northfield’s Matt White withstood some serious pressure from Tyler Cahoon to finish third. Kyle Pembroke and three-time track champion Derrick O’Donnell were fifth and sixth. Cody Blake and Ben Rowe both got underneath Alby Ovitt in the final laps to snag the final two qualifying spots.

Jim “Boomer” Morris, Eric Chase, Hodgdon, and Ovitt were able to fall back on their time trials speeds for starting positions 19-22. The remaining four spots will be filled in Sunday’s Last Chance B-Feature.

The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks both had time trials and Segment 1 of their “Mini Milk Bowls”. Colchester’s Sam Caron sped to victory in the first 40-lap segment for the Flying Tigers. Caron started on the outside pole and got the jump right away over pole winner Jason Woodard.

After surrendering the lead briefly to Hinesburg’s Derrick Calkins for several circuits following a lap-10 caution for Colin Cornell’s spin, Caron took the top spot back on lap 16. Despite constant pressure from Calkins and Barre’s Cameron Ouellette, Caron held on, fending off Calkins in a four-lap sprint to the checkers following a pair of late cautions.

Charlotte’s Rich Lowrey nipped Ouellette at the line for third in a last-lap scrum. Woodard, Jason Pelkey, Michael Martin, Cooper Bouchard, Bryan P. Wall, and Matt Potter completed the top-10.

Newly crowned Street Stock Rookie of the Year Kaiden Fisher of Shelburne triumphed in the first 25-lap Street Stock segment. Fisher time-trialed second behind 2019 champion Jeffrey Martin but caught a lucky break early when Josh Poirier spun on the opening lap. Although Poirer was able to get back going without a caution, the lead duo caught up to him in a hurry, and Fisher used the slower car as a pick to get the lead.

Martin kept the heat on Fisher the rest of the event was able to get to his outside in the final circuits with lapped cars double-file in front of the leaders. Fisher survived the charge, though, and beat Martin to the finish line by half a car length.

Waterbury Center’s Tanner Woodard finished a distant third. Justin Blakely, Josh Lovely, Kyler Davis, James Dopp, Kyle MacAskill, Tommy Campbell, and Tyler Whittemore rounded out the top-10. Both the Flying Tigers and Street Stocks will run their second and final segments during Sunday’s program.

East Montpelier’s Clay Badger came within a couple car lengths of a perfect score in the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warrior Mini Milk Bowl. Badger charged from 11th on the starting grid to take the lead on lap 11 of the first 25-lap segment. The quick rise to the front kept him well in front of some mid-segment carnage that put a serious hurting on the 25-car starting field.

In the second 25-lap segment, Badger started shotgun on the grid. The youngster steadily worked his way through the field, moving into the second spot on lap 18 with a three-wide move under Sean McCarthy and Justin Prescott. Badger then ran down leader Josh Vilbrin and was on the doorstep when the checkered flag flew. The runner-up finish in Segment 2 gave him the overall win with a combined score of three points.

Prescott’s finishes of third and fifth netted him second overall after taking the initial green flag in dead last. Berlin’s Dan Garrett Jr. took third on a three-way tiebreaker with Frank Putney and Paige Whittemore. Todd Raymo, Vilbrin, Josh Kennett, Fred Fleury, and Mark Beaulieu came sixth through 10th in the overall.

Thunder Road wraps up its 2020 racing season Sunday, October 4 with the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank. The Last Chance B-Feature for the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models rolls onto the track at 12:15pm. Opening ceremonies will follow with the first of three 50-lap segments going green at 1:30pm.

The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks have the second segment of their Mini Milk Bowls. The 7-Eleven Dwarf Cars of New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park are also making their annual trip to Thunder Road for a two-segment Mini Milk Bowl.

General admission for Sunday’s event is sold out. However, fans can still watch the event via pay-per-view on the Northeast Sports Network. Visit www.NSNsports.net/sponsors/racing to learn more or sign up.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ThunderRoadVT.

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THUNDER ROAD SPEEDBOWL

BOOTH BROS./H.P. HOOD MILK BOWL QUALIFYING DAY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

MAPLEWOOD/IRVING OIL LATE MODELS

MILK BOWL SEGMENT #1 STARTING LINE-UP

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown,

1. Ryan Kuhn ( 72MA ) , E. Bridgewater, MA

2. Stephen Donahue ( 2VT ) , Graniteville, VT

3. Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT

4. Jason Corliss ( 66VT ) , Barre, VT

5. Dillon Moltz ( 5ME ) , New Sharon, ME

6. Trampas Demers ( 85VT ) , Shelburne, VT

7. Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT ) , Wolcott, VT

8. Matt White ( 42VT ) , Northfield, VT

9. Brendan Moodie ( 94VT ) , Wolcott, VT

10. Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT ) , St. Johnsbury, VT

11. #Matthew Smith ( 04VT ) , Essex Jct., VT

12. Kyle Pembroke ( 27VT ) , Montpelier, VT

13. Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT ) , Graniteville, VT

14. Derrick O’Donnell ( 60NH ) , N. Haverhill, NH

15. Brooks Clark ( 68VT ) , Waitsfield, VT

16. Cody Blake ( 99VT ) , Barre, VT

17. Scott Dragon ( 16VT ) , Milton, VT

18. Ben Rowe ( 4ME ) , Turner, ME

19. Boomer Morris ( 13VT ) , Barre, VT

20. Eric Chase ( 40VT ) , Milton, VT

21. Joel Hodgdon ( 36VT ) , Craftsbury, VT

22. Alby Ovitt ( 35NH ) , Candia, NH

23. B-Feature – 1st place finisher

24. B-Feature – 2nd place finisher

25. B-Feature – 3rd place finisher

26. B-Feature – 4th place finisher

LENNY’S SHOE & APPAREL FLYING TIGERS

SEGMENT #1 OF 2

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Sam Caron ( 07VT ) Colchester, VT

2. Derrick Calkins ( 15VT ) Hinesburg, VT

3. Rich Lowrey ( 8NH ) Charlotte, VT

4. Cameron Ouellette ( 90VT ) Barre, VT

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

6. Jason Pelkey ( 64VT ) Barre, VT

7. Michael Martin ( 01VT ) Craftsbury Common, VT

8. Cooper Bouchard ( 7VT ) Hinesburg, VT

9. #Bryan Wall Jr. ( 77NH ) East Kingston, NH

10. Matthew Potter ( 23VT ) Marshfield, VT

11. #Phil Potvin ( 08VT ) Underhill, VT

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

13. Eric Messier ( 88NY ) Hinesburg, VT

14. Mike Billado ( 8VT ) Grand Isle, VT

15. Robert Gordon ( 20VT ) Milton, VT

16. Adam Maynard ( 45VT ) Milton, VT

17. #Keegan Lamson ( 55NH ) Berlin, VT

18. #Kasey Beattie ( 45NH ) St.Johnsbury, VT

19. Eric Johnson ( 20ME ) Randolph Ctr., VT

20. Stephen Martin ( 9VT ) Craftsbury Common, VT

21. Kelsea Woodard ( 55VT ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

22. Kris Grout ( 51NH ) Waterbury, VT

23. Brandon Gray ( 00VT ) E. Thetford, VT

24. Micheal MacAskill ( 33VT ) Williamstown, VT

25. Jared Blake ( 9NY ) Franklin, VT

26. Tyler Austin ( 5VT ) East Calais, VT

27. Jaden Perry ( 62NH ) Hardwick, VT

ALLEN LUMBER STREET STOCKS

SEGMENT #1 OF 2

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. #Kaiden Fisher ( 18 ) Shelburne, VT

2. Jeffrey Martin ( 8 ) Barre, VT

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

4. Justin Blakey ( 17 ) Graniteville, VT

5. Josh Lovely ( 54 ) Williamstown, VT

6. #Kyler Davis ( 69 ) Berlin, VT

7. James Dopp ( 0 ) Northfield, VT

8. Kyle MacAskill ( 7 ) Williamstown, VT

9. Tommy Campbell ( 85 ) Middlesex, VT

10. Tyler Whittemore ( 74 ) Barre, VT

11. Scott Weston ( 04 ) Berlin, VT

12. Jared Rouleau ( 60 ) Warren, VT

13. Thomas Smith ( 66 ) Williamstown, VT

14. Michael Gay ( 3 ) So. Burlington, VT

15. Zach Audet ( 9 ) Morrisville, VT

16. Thomas Peck ( 96 ) Waterbury, VT

17. Eric MacLaughlin ( 6 ) Milton, VT

18. Haidyn Pearce ( 40 ) Berlin, VT

19. Joshua Poirier ( 15 ) Fairfield, VT

BURNETT SCRAP METALS ROAD WARRIORS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Seg. 1, Seg. 2, Total

1. Clay Badger ( 9 ) E. Montpelier, VT , 1 , 2 , 3

2. Justin Prescott ( 44 ) Williston, VT , 3 , 5 , 8

3. Dan Garrett Jr. ( 54 ) Berlin, VT , 7 , 3 , 10

4. Frank Putney ( 78 ) Graniteville, VT , 6 , 4 , 10

5. Paige Whittemore ( 47 ) Graniteville, VT , 2 , 8 , 10

6. Todd Raymo ( 26 ) Swanton, VT , 4 , 11 , 15

7. Josh Vilbrin ( 07 ) Northfield, VT , 17 , 1 , 18

8. Josh Kennett ( 45 ) East Barre, VT , 11 , 7 , 18

9. Fred Fleury ( 99 ) Graniteville, VT , 8 , 10 , 18

10. Mark Beaulieu ( 19 ) Essex Jct., VT , 5 , 13 , 18

11. Sean McCarthy ( 86 ) Williamstown, VT , 15 , 6 , 21

12. Jamie Ball ( 98 ) Passumpsic, VT , 13 , 9 , 22

13. Jason Kirby ( 71 ) Milton, VT , 9 , 16 , 25

14. Neal Foster ( 79 ) Montpelier, VT , 12 , 14 , 26

15. George Hoyt ( 09 ) Randolph, VT , 10 , 18 , 28

16. Jamie Buick ( 38 ) Orange, VT , 16 , 15 , 31

17. Andrea St. Amour ( 20 ) Brookfield, VT , 14 , 17 , 31

18. Mike St. Lawrence ( 14 ) Williamstown, VT , 22 , 14 , 36

19. Matt Ballard ( 33 ) Williamstown, VT , 24 , 19 , 43

20. Gavin McGinnis ( 18 ) St. Johnsbury, VT , 18 , 26 , 44

21. Rodney Campbell ( 10 ) Worcester, VT , 19 , 26 , 45

22. Nick Copping ( 50 ) Barre, VT , 20 , 26 , 46

23. Caleb Tourville ( 24 ) Grand Isle, VT , 21 , 26 , 47

24. Brian Putney ( 87 ) E. Cornith, VT , 23 , 26 , 49

25. Nate Brien ( 16 ) Williamstown, VT , 25 , 26 , 51

Photo: Alan Ward

Sweet King of PASS Once Again on Milk Bowl Friday

Barre, VT — Barre’s Nick Sweet reigned in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Models for the third straight year on Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend as part of Mekkelsen RV Milk Bowl Friday on October 2. Sweet snatched the lead from point leader D.J. Shaw of Center Conway, NH with 29 laps remaining and pulled away late to win the Prelude to the Milk Bowl 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road.

After starting 11th in the 21-car field, Sweet was content to run mid-pack in the early going. Polesitter Travis Benjamin of Morrill, ME set the early pace but surrendered the lead to Shaw following the first caution at lap 18 for Allan Wilson’s turn-one spin.

Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien then moved to the front, taking the top spot from Shaw on lap 27 after another restart. When the field went green following a lap-39 caution, though, Therrien’s driveshaft failed. Therrien got turned around as he slowed and eventually retired for the night as Shaw re-inherited the lead.

Sweet then made his first big run of the race, moving into the third spot on lap 49. Shaw, Northfield’s Evan Hallstrom, Sweet, and Pittson, ME’s Ben Ashline then rolled away from the field, with Shaw gapping the other three on multiple occasions only for another yellow to close them up once again.

As the race began to wind down, the cards fell into Sweet’s hands. He got around Hallstrom for the second spot just before caution number eight on lap 119 for an incident involving Jason Corliss and Kate Re. Although Shaw led the first lap following the restart, Sweet put the power down and shot around the outside of him. The veteran then survived back-to-back yellows on laps 128 and 129 before saying goodnight for his fifth win of the season.

Shaw went back-and-forth with Hallstrom in the final circuits before securing second. Hallstrom held off Ashline for third. Jeremy Davis, Ryan Kuhn, Kyle Desouza, Benjamin, Ben Rowe, and Anthony Consantino rounded out the top-10.

Gray, ME’s Tyler King moved ever closer to the PASS Modified championship by taking his fifth victory of the season. King started 12th on the grid but quickly cut through the field. A pair of incidents at the front of the pack further helped his cause.

First, on lap 15, Max Cookson got into leader Zach Bowie, bringing out the third caution and sending both the rear. On the restart, new leader Spencer Morse tangled with Justin Larson, with Larson barrel-rolling down the front chute.

When the dust settled, King was restarting second alongside Morse. King stalked him for several laps before the two made contact in turn four on lap 22. Both made great saves with King sliding underneath Morse in the process. The point leader then sped off into the night in an event that was shortened to 40 laps from the scheduled 50 due to the on-track carnage.

North Waterford, ME’s Bill Dixon followed up his win two weeks ago with a second-place finish. Morse, Bobby Nadeau, Jake Madore, Spencer Vaughn, Colby Benjamin, Zach Bowie, Chanler Harrison, and Shawn Night completed the top-10.

Craftsbury Common’s Mike Martin successfully defended his home track in the Honey Badger Bar & Grill Street Stock Series feature. Martin, one of several Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers who entered the event, started third and spent most of the 40-lap feature right in the tire tracks of Jordan Russell

After the race’s only caution on lap 26 when Adam Maynard and Matt Dufault both came to a stop in separate incidents, Martin stalked Russell for several more circuits. The Thunder Road veteran then muscled his way underneath Russell to take the lead.

Russel tried to flex some muscle of his own in return, hounding Martin as the laps wound down. The duo touched multiple times, including in turn two of the final lap. It was Russell getting sideways, though, allowing Martin to escape for the win.

David Greenslit, a Claremont Speedway Street Stock regular and former Thunder Road competitor, made his return worth the trip with a third-place effort. Mark Turner and Devon Mcconologue came home fourth and fifth.

Former North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) champion Cody Leblanc of Berlin, NH bested the field in the 50-lap NEMST feature to close out the night. Leblanc took the green deep on the grid but was up to third when the first caution flew on lap 29 after two cars got together while trying to stay on the lead lap.

The slowdown allowed Leblanc to close the gap on leader Emerson Cayer and runner-up Tim Paquette. When the race resumed, Leblanc immediately ducked below Paquette, then spent several laps sizing up Cayer. He finally went beneath his fellow former champion on lap 33 and completed the pass two laps later. A caution for Eric Banks’ stopped machine with two laps to go gave Cayer a final shot, but Leblanc easily got the best of the two-lap sprint to the checkers.

East Thetford, VT’s Matt Sonnhalter snuck past Contoocook, NH’s Cayer on the last restart for second. Desmond Skillings, Jake Rheaume, Erin Aiken, Paquette, Mike Viens, Dan Morris, and Justin Faford also earned top-10 finishes.

Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend continues Saturday, October 3 at 1:00pm with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day. The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models have time trials and 50-lap qualifying races to help set the field for the 58th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks also have time trials along with segment one of their “Mini Milk Bowls”. A two-segment Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warrior Mini Milk Bowl rounds out the Saturday afternoon card.

Walk-up tickets are available for select seating areas. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under. The event will also be broadcast live on the Northeast Sports Network via pay-per-view at www.NSNsports.net/sponsors/racing.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ThunderRoadVT.

For more about the Northeast Sports Network, visit www.NSNsports.net or follow them on Facebook and Twitter at @NSNsports.

THUNDER ROAD SPEEDBOWL

MEKKELSEN RV MILK BOWL FRIDAY

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

PASS SUPER LATE MODELS

PRELUDE TO THE MILK BOWL 150

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. Nick Sweet  ( 40VT ) , Barre, VT , 150 Laps

2. D.J. Shaw ( 60 ) , Center Conway, NH , 150 Laps

3. Evan Hallstrom ( 1VT ) , Northfield, VT , 150 Laps

4. Ben Ashline ( 99 ) , Pittson, ME , 150 Laps

5. Jeremy Davis ( 09 ) , Tamworth, NH , 150 Laps

6. Ryan Kuhn ( 72 ) , E. Bridgewater, ME , 150 Laps

7. Kyle Desouza ( 1 ) , Turner, ME , 150 Laps

8. Travis Benjamin ( 7 ) , Belfast, ME , 150 Laps

9. Ben Rowe ( 4 ) , Turner, ME , 150 Laps

10. Anthony Consantino ( 14C ) , Auburn, ME , 150 Laps

11. Jason Corliss ( 66VT ) , Barre, VT , 149 Laps

12. Gabe Brown ( 47B ) , Center Conway, NH , 149 Laps

13. Dan Winter ( 81 ) , Windham ME , 149 Laps

14. Scott McDaniel ( 14 ) , Livermore, ME , 145 Laps

15. Johnny Clark ( 54 ) , Farmington ME , 126 Laps

16. Kate Re ( 10 ) , Lovell, ME , 124 Laps

17. #N/A ( 07 ) , #N/A , 50 Laps

18. Bobby Therrien ( 5X ) , Hinesburg, VT , 39 Laps

19. Allan Wilson ( 53W ) , Hebron, ME , 37 Laps

20. Logan Melcher ( 41 ) , Fayette, ME , 25 Laps

21. Jerry Gomarlo ( 76 ) , Bernardston, MA , 3 Laps

PASS MODIFIEDS

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Tyler King ( 11 ) , Gray, ME

2. Bill Dixon ( 33 ) , North Waterford, ME

3. Spencer Morse ( 34 ) , Waterford, ME

4. Bobby Nadeau ( 35 ) , Buxton, ME

5. Jake Madore ( 66 ) , Arundel, ME

6. Spencer Vaughn ( 7 ) , Canton, ME

7. Colby Benjamin ( 52 ) , Belmont, ME

8. Zach Bowie ( 00 ) , Greene, ME

9. Chanler Harrison ( 6 ) , Freeport, ME

10. Shawn Knight ( 13 ) , South Paris, ME

11. Justin Larson ( 18 ) , Peru, ME

12. A.J. Cates ( 2 ) , Lyman, ME

13. Max Cookson ( 41 ) , Pittsfield, ME

14. Kevin Durgin ( 12 ) , Scarborough, ME

15. Troy Morse ( 21 ) , Bridgeton, ME

16. Ashley Beyea ( 44 ) , Old Orchard Beach, ME

HONEY BADGER BAR & GRILL STREET STOCK SERIES

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Michael Martin ( 01 ) , Craftsbury Common, VT

2. Jordan Russell ( 4 ) , Norway, ME

3. David Greenslit ( 20 ) , Langdon, NH

4. Mark Turner ( 09 ) , South Paris, ME

5. Devon Mcconologue ( 18 ) , West Newfield, ME

6. Adam Maynard ( 45 ) , Milton, VT

7. Mike Mayberry ( 62 ) , Naples, ME

8. Michael Haynes ( 67 ) , Livermore Falls, ME

9. Matt Dufault ( 61D ) , Naples, ME

10. Lucas Wheeler ( 21 ) , Bradford, VT

11. Kasey Beattie ( 5 ) , St. Johnsbury, VT

DNS Stephen Martin ( 9 ) , Craftsbury Common, VT

NORTH EAST MINIT STOCK TOUR

Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

2. Matt Sonnhalter ( 33VT ) , East Thetford, VT

3. Emerson Cayer ( 88 ) , Contoocook, NH

4. Desmond Skillings ( 90 ) , Antrim, NH

5. Jake Rheaume ( 18NH ) , Rochester, NH

6. Erin Aiken ( 33NH ) , Claremont, NH

7. Tim Paquette ( 93 ) , Bennington, NH

8. Mike Viens ( 85 ) , Seekonk, MA

9. Dan Morris ( 33ME ) , Auburn, ME

10. Justin Faford ( 04 ) , Westminster, MA

11. Louis Maher ( 69Z ) , Spencer, MA

12. Dana Shepard ( 43VT ) , Putney, VT

13. Eric Banks ( 5 )

14. Gordon Farnum ( 46NH )

DNS Roger Ducharme ( 34 ) , Foster, RI