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Unbuckled: Getting to Know Nick Sweet

Unbuckled: Getting to Know Nick Sweet

 

Driver of the #88VT St. J Auto Buick

Hometown: Barre, VT

2015: Finished 2nd in Thunder Road Late Model points; won Milk Bowl, Vermont Governor’s Cup, Labor Day Classic, and ACT International

 

What are your favorite off-season hobbies?

I’ve picked up some new ones. My son and I are big fans of racing those radio-controlled (RC) race cars, and on top of that, my newest hobby is being a hockey dad. I will tell you I do not like the cold at all. My feet are freezing still just thinking about it! Dunkin Donuts loves me, because I drink a lot of their coffee.

 

What do you do for work?

I work for Mad Dog Motorsports. Racing is pretty much my life. I work on race cars summer and winter.

 

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

Getting married to my beautiful wife Kristen and having a really happy family so far.

 


Unbuckled: Getting to Know Christopher Pelkey

Unbuckled: Getting to Know Christopher Pelkey

 

Driver of the #64 Tiger Sportsman

Hometown: Barre, VT

2015: Finished fifth in Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman points (2 wins)

 

What are your favorite off-season hobbies?

I play a lot of hockey. I try to play it a little during the season just to have something to get my mind off the race car for a few hours during the week. I play in a hockey league in Woodstock right now and do pick-up otherwise. Other than that, I do a little hunting and spend some time at my camp on Woodbury Lake.

 

What do you do for work?

I work for New England Precision in Randolph, VT. I’m a Quality Assurance Technician. It’s a metal-stamping company, and I measure the parts and make sure they’re correct before, during, and after we make them.

 

What would you say is your biggest life accomplishment?

Hopefully I’ve got some big ones to come. So far I’ll go with graduating from Clarkson University (class of 2014).


2015 Thunder Road Season in Review

2015 Thunder Road Season in Review – Part 4

 

Miss out on Part I, Part II, or Part III? Click the links to read more!

 

One could feel the end of summer closing in when the Thunder Road regulars showed up for Thursday, August 20 for Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night featuring Run-What-U-Brung. The night would see a rare feat accomplished and a decisive blow dealt in the Late Model championship chase.

 

Milton’s Eric Badore entered the Late Model feature as the fourth driver in as many races to have a shot at the Triple Crown. Badore started on the pole and had Brett Gervais following him like a shadow for much of the caution-free 50-lap event. Point leader Derrick O’Donnell entered the fray with 10 to go and began working Badore’s outside in the final circuits. But the sophomore aggressively held him off to take his first win and become the first Late Model Triple Crown winner since Chip Grenier in July 2007. O’Donnell finished second, and with closest rivals Nick Sweet and Cody Blake unable to do better than 13th and 9th, O’Donnell took a commanding 68-point lead with just two point-counting races left. Gervais finished third followed by Scott Dragon and John Donahue. Phil Scott, Matt White, Jason Corliss, Blake, and Jim Morris rounded out the top-10.