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2015 Thunder Road Season in Review

2015 Thunder Road Season in Review – Part 4

 

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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.


2015 Thunder Road Season in Review

2015 Thunder Road Season in Review – Part 3

 

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The second half of the 2015 Thunder Road season kicked off Thursday, July 30 with WDEV/Radio Calkins Portable Toilets Night. The event also saw the return of the Late Model semi-feature for the first time since 2008 and with it the “Triple Crown”, featuring a progressive cash bonus for any Late Model driver who could win their heat, the semi-feature, and the 50-lap main event. Montpelier, VT’s Josh Demers had first crack at the Triple Crown after winning his heat and the semi, but it was polesitter Matt White setting the early pace in the feature. Barre’s Jason Allen got underneath Demers for second following the race’s only caution on lap 11 for point leader Derrick O’Donnell’s slide off turn 1, and Allen immediately started pressuring White for the top spot.

 

Demers fell off following the restart, but began to move back up in the middle stages, prompting Allen to swing to the outside and get around White on lap 28. Allen then pulled away for his first career Late Model victory. The win came after a crash-filled first half of the season for the sophomore driver, and he jubilantly danced on the roof of his car in Victory Lane. Jason Corliss made a late charge for second while Demers edged White at the line for third. Brett Gervais, Trampas Demers, Cody Blake, Kyle Pembroke, Nick Sweet, and Eric Badore completed the top-10. O’Donnell finished 14th and saw his lead over Sweet reduced to 19 points.


2015 Thunder Road Season in Review

2015 Thunder Road Season in Review – Part II

 

Want to read more about the 2015 season? Click here for Part I!

 

Thunder Road kicked off a busy month of July with its annual Independence Day weekend doubleheader. The weekend began on Thursday, July 2 with Aubuchon Hardware Night featuring fireworks both off and on the track. The tension was high in the closing stages of the Late Model feature as second-place runner John Donahue steadily gained on leader Jim “Boomer” Morris by rim-riding the outside. But with six laps remaining in the 50-lap event, Donahue got too high entering turn 4, sliding broadside into the turn 4 Widowmaker and rolling over.

 

Barre’s Cody Blake inherited second, and after another caution on the first restart attempt, Blake got the break on the second try and pulled away for his second career Thunder Road Late Model win and first since the 2013 Vermont Governor’s Cup. Morris crossed the line second but was subsequently disqualified for an illegal rear end. Barre’s Nick Sweet and N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell inherited the second and third spots. Matt White moved up to fourth after Dave Pembroke was also disqualified for refusing post-race technical inspection. Shawn Fleury, Eric Chase, Jason Corliss, Brett Gervais, Josh Demers, and Kyle Pembroke rounded out the top-10.