Contributed by: ACT Staff
2015 Thunder Road Season in Review – Part 3
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.