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ALLEN LUMBER STREET STOCK PROFILE. MEET: JASON CORLISS
Jason Corliss is your average teenager; he enjoys music, cars and hanging out with his friends. The 18 year-old (HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASON 5/30), Twinfield Union School senior from Plainfield, Vermont has been a regular at Thunder Road since he was a toddler. Parent’s Jim and Annette would bring Jason and his two older siblings to the ¼ mile oval religiously every Thursday night. As a child Jason would sit in the grandstands with neighbor (and fellow Allen Lumber Street Stock competitor) Tim Potter and play with their matchboxes while watching Tim’s uncle, Mike (Potter) race in the “Tiger” Sportsman division (current day Late Models). When Jason was seven-years old his father joined the Allen Lumber Street Stock division for one season of competition. Two years later, his father joined the crew of then rookie Late Model driver, Cris Michaud. When Jason was old enough to enter the pits, he joined his father and sister on the #6 crew. However, after being involved in two of Michaud’s championship ventures, Jason decided that he had the racing bug and wanted to be behind the wheel.

“Cris is such an incredible guy and driver, I was able to learn a lot about racing from observing him and being a part of his pit crew. We still meet up in the pits and he gives me tips on how to get around this place.”
In 2005, Corliss began racing at Thunder Road in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division. Choosing a number came easily, he took the “6” from Cris Michaud and the “1” from his dad’s #21 Street Stock and came up with 61. The reverse of his number is also the age at which he started competing in the Street Stock division. Jason enjoyed some success in his rookie season with a 2nd and a 3rd place finish. His favorite competitor is neighbor, Tim Potter, “We have lived across the road from each other my entire life; we grew up together. Tim is like a brother to me; he is always competitive but willing to help me if I need anything.”
Corliss hasn’t tossed aside Late Models all together he occasionally helps on Jamie Fisher’s team when the American Canadian Tour is in action. Jamie’s parents, (R&J Trucking) are a sponsor for Corliss, so he enjoys helping when his schedule permits. “Everyone in Street Stock heaven is really nice, my dad and I walked in there not really knowing anyone, we had spent all of our time in the Late Model pit area. I have a small pit crew, it’s just my dad and I, but most of the teams in the pits are like that. The first time I got into a wreck there were so many people helping us get the car back together, I didn’t even know half of the people.” Racing is a shared pleasure in Jason’s family as, his grandfather; James Corliss is the announcer at the Bear Ridge Speedway and great-grandfather Harold, has missed only a handful of events at the Bradford dirt track since the track opened.
Jason is as passionate about basketball as he is about racing. Jason started playing when he was eight years old; the youngsters love for the sport grew after sitting on the bench with older brother Greg’s varsity team when they won the Division IV state title in 1996 and 1997. As an elementary student he competed in several free throw competitions all over the state. Jason, a point guard, joined the Twinfield varsity team as a sophomore and was soon leading the team to victories. As a senior he was recognized for his talent by joining the North All Star team for the North/South All Star game following the regular season. In the fall of 2006, Jason will continue his education at Lyndon State College, in Lyndonville Vermont. He looks forward to a summer of competition in the Street Stock class, and maybe even that first victory at Thunder Road.