Thunder Road SpeedBowl
The high banks of Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre once again welcomed the headlining American Canadian Tour (ACT) Tiger Sportsman Series on Thursday, June 22nd. (For Sportsman Series story and information visit The Sportsmen were joined for the WDEV Twin 75s by the track’s Late Model, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Power Shift Junkyard Warriors.

Phil Scott of Montpelier, Vermont was victorious in an exciting Late Model feature where the faces of the front row changed within a matter of seconds due to a caution on lap 24 (of 50), when leader, Pete Fecteau and defending champion, Cris Michaud tangled on the front stretch and were unable to return. Resulting in a new front row for the restart.

Scott took the lead from Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier on lap 27 and never looked back. Trampas Demers of South Burlington made a move on the outside to challenge the lead. Demers was unable to make it stick on the high groove and filed in behind Scott to finish second. Chad Wheeler of Waterbury Center joined the pair in the winners circle. Wheeler's third place finish keeps him atop the point standings.

The multi-time champion was excited to return to victory lane as hard luck has chased the veteran driver in '06. “We caught a big break with Michaud and Fecteau getting together.” The Washington County Senator continued, “Those were some tough restarts but Trampas ran us well. I thought he had me for a bit but I wasn’t about to leave anything out there on the track. I gave it all I had.”

Demers returned to victory lane only one spot out of where he left it last week. The second generation driver captured his third career victory at the Hannaford Supermarket/Pelletier & Sons Quick Lube event. “I love racing with Phil, he ran an incredible race tonight.”

Wheeler, thought he had something for Demers during the final laps, “We were close, I couldn’t quite catch him (Demers) after the restart. I gave it everything I had, it was a lot of fun.” John Donahue of Graniteville was fourth and Dennis Demers of Shelburne rounded out the top five.

Jason Corliss of Plainfield captured his first career Allen Lumber Street Stock victory on Thursday. Corliss who won a special “Mama’s Boy” race on Sunday was joined in victory lane by Joel Hodgdon of Craftsbury and Kyle Tatro of Hyde Park. The podium was compiled of recent high school graduates as Corliss will graduate from Twinfield Union School on Saturday (June 24th), Hodgdon graduated Friday (June 16th) from Craftsbury High School and Tatro graduated from Lamoille Union High School on Saturday (June 17th).

The youngsters proved that the future of stock car racing at Thunder Road is secure. As Corliss emerged from the car he banged his fists on the roof of his Ford Mustang. “I can’t believe it!" The sophomore driver exclaimed. "Joel is a great driver, I saw him in my rear view mirror and knew that he was coming on fast. I had a lot of fun racing for the win with these guys.”

Hodgdon commented on Corliss' performance, “Jason was really fast tonight, I thought I could have had him. I’m really glad he got his first victory though.”

Jeff Martin Jr. of Moretown captured his second Power Shift Junkyard Warrior feature win. Martin Jr. arrived at the track with a new car and left the track with a trophy and a big smile on his face. The youngster was joined in the winners circle by Montpelier resident, James Dopp and Jamie Davis of Wolcott.

The point chase for the Late Models, NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Power Shift Junkyard Warriors will continue on Thursday, June 29th for the Sanel Parts Plus event. The pit gate opens at 4:00pm, spectator gates open at 5:00pm, and post time is 7:00pm. Ticket prices are $9.00 for adults, $3.00 for children (ages 6-12) and a family of four (two adults and two children) is just $18.00.

(Image 1) Trampas Demers tries the high groove at Thunder Road but Phil Scott hangs on for the win.
(Image 2) Youngster Jason Corliss as he emerged from his Street Stock car following his first career victory.
(Image 3) Three wide action for the Warriors.