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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


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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


Want to read more? Click here for Part I and here for Part II!


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.