Contributed by: ACT Staff
2015 Thunder Road Season in Review – Part 4
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.