Jason Corliss Cashes in For Three-Peat In Vermont Lottery Governor’s Cup 150 At Thunder Road

(Press release from Thunder Road International Speedbowl)

A triumphant Jason Corliss celebrating his third consecutive Vermont Governor’s Cup win at Thunder Road Thursday (Photo: Alan Ward/Thunder Road)

Even after taking a restful partial season in 2022, three-time ‘King of the Road’ Jason Corliss returned to his roots at Barre’s Thunder Road and once again stood victorious before the large crowd on hand for the 43 Vermont Governor’s Cup presented by the Vermont Lottery. Waterbury Center’s Tanner Woodard and Williamstown’s Josh Lovely also made the thrilling trip to Thunder Road victory lane. 

The 43rd Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 presented by the Vermont Lottery brought one of Thunder Road’s largest fields of the season as 28 Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models took to the challenge of battling against NASCAR Champion Brad Keselowski. As the field took off under the green flag, front row starters Derrick O’Donnell and Cody Blake dominantly led the way by upwards of three car lengths. After the first caution flew on lap 16 with Keselowski spinning in turn one, O’Donnell and Blake once again paced the field with a stout lead. 

Their two-car lead once again mired on lap 22 after White Mountain Motorsports Park rookie contender, and former Flying Tiger winner, Bryan Wall Jr. spun into the turn three grass and was unable to refire his Wall’s Ford machine. On the restart, the real story was former track champions Scott Dragon and Jason Corliss battling side-by-side for third with Brendan Moodie in tow. 

By a lap 60 restart, following Keegan Lamson’s spin in turn two, it was O’Donnell on the inside and Corliss on the outside with Corliss finally edging the ‘Dark Knight of the White Mountains’ for the top spot just five laps later. The leaders began to hit lapped traffic by lap 85 but it was lap 111 that brought an audible gasp across the grandstands. Coming out of turn four, with Corliss, O’Donnell and Blake in close quarters, Chris Roberts and Matt White spun sideways and blocked the track. All three front runners slammed the brakes like they’ve never been slammed before, with only O’Donnell sustaining damage to his fender.

Ten laps after the restart, O’Donnell’s rearranged fender and hood caused the Oil Boys 60NH machine to overheat and gave Corliss the cat-bird seat. The last 28 laps certainly weren’t a cakewalk for the defending champ, as Corliss bobbed and weaved through heavy lap traffic with Blake gaining inches with every hold up. Ultimately, Corliss would cross the line first under the checkered flag to gain his third-consecutive Vermont Governor’s Cup presented by the Vermont Lottery. He admitted in victory lane that 2022 was a rest and relaxation season for the team that worked non-stop from 2015 until 2021 and the win proved to him that he still had it.

Starting the Vermont Lottery night’s activities, the rk Miles Street Stocks once again filled the pits with 30 cars, three of them were unable to make repairs after the qualifying rounds. On the start of their 25-lap feature, rookie Cameron Powers took off like a rocket followed by former champion Gary Mullen. Young-gun Jesse Laquerre was set to catch the ‘Flying Farmer’ before ambition and hunger for a podium finish sent his #71 Ford Mustang into the spin cycle in turn three. Following Laquerre’s save to keep the race green, veterans Josh Lovely and Dean Switser began to swarm Mullen. On lap 17, Laquerre spun once again and stalled in the infield bringing out the first caution of the event. On the restart, Lovely and Switser got the jump on Powers and never looked back. Josh Lovely earned his second win of the season followed by Switser and Powers to round out the podium.

Wrapping up the Vermont Lottery program, the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers took the field. Led strongly by Logan Powers after a rough season so far, Tanner Woodard followed close behind with Phil Potvin putting together a strong run for third. By lap 14, second-in-points pilot Justin Prescott nabbed third around Potvin with Woodard testing the outside groove above Powers. Ten laps later, Milton’s Sam Caron sneaked under Potvin to join the top four as they came upon the lap car of rookie Matt Ballard. Caron and Ballard would make contact on the backstretch with the rookie spinning into the infield bringing out the first caution. 

On the restart, Woodard launched on the outside of Powers for a side-by-side top four completely under a two-wide blanket. By lap 33, Woodard took the lead with Caron following him on the open outside groove. Woodard would take his first Thunder Road win of the season followed by the hard-charging Sam Caron and Logan Powers in third. 

Thunder Road returns Thursday, July 21st with the 31st annual Times Argus Midseason Championships. Double Points and Double the Money, courtesy of our streaming partnership with FloRacing, are on the line for all four Thunder Road divisions while the annual Autograph Session on the front stretch is also on the docket for race fans of all ages. Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors are all part of the show to see who can stand tall and be crowned the 2022 Midseason Champion. Post Time is set for 7:00pm with full race day schedule and pricing information to be released the first of the week. 

The Vermont Lottery is responsible for the creation, sale and redemption of lottery tickets, as well as garnering education funding and advocating for responsible gambling throughout the State of Vermont.  In 2021 alone, the Vermont Lottery contributed $31.9 million to the Education Fund with over half-a-billion-dollars being contributed to Education since 1999. Official Vermont Lottery tickets and games are easily accessible at your local convenience stores and outlets across the State. Every time you buy a VT Lottery ticket, the students of Vermont win.

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit www.thunderroadvt.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ThunderRoadVT.

Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT

43rd Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 presented by the Vermont Lottery

Thursday, July 14, 2022


Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model VT Governor’s Cup – 150 Laps

1.         66VT    Jason Corliss               Barre, VT

2.         99VT    Cody Blake                  Barre, VT

3.         94VT    Brendan Moodie         Wolcott, VT

4.         86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

5.         4NH     #Jamie Swallow Jr.      Stark, NH

6.         0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT

7.         2VT      Stephen Donahue       Graniteville, VT

8.         27VT    Kyle Pembroke            Montpelier, VT

9.         16VT    Brandon Lanphear      Morrisville, VT

10.       5VT      Bobby Therrien           Hinesburg, VT

11.       04NH   Shawn Swallow           Groveton, NH

12.       17VT    Darrell Morin              Westford, VT

13.       64VT    Chris Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT

14.       68VT    Brooks Clark                Fayston, VT

15.       9VT      Chip Grenier               Orange, VT

16.       42VT    Matt White                 Northfield, VT

17.       7VT      Cooper Bouchard        Hinesburg, VT

18.       6MI      Brad Keselowski          Rochester Mills, MI

19.       55VT    #Keegan Lamson         Berlin, VT

20.       3VT      Chris Roberts               Washington, VT

21.       38VT    Tyler Cahoon               Danville, VT

22.       04VT    Matthew Smith           Fairfax, VT

23.       14VT    Phil Scott         

24.       40VT    Eric Chase                   Milton, VT

25.       48QC   Raphael Lessard          Quebec, Canada

26.       01VT    #Stephen Martin         Craftsbury Common, VT

27.       60NH   Derrick O’Donnell       N. Haverhill, NH

28.       77NH   #Bryan Wall Jr.            E. Kingston, NH

29.       8VT      Anthony Hill                Waterford, VT

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers – 40 Laps

1          68NH   Tanner Woodard         Waterbury Ctr., VT

2          07VT    Sam Caron                   Milton, VT

3          31VT    Logan Powers              Middlesex, VT

4          44VT    Justin Prescott             Williston, VT

5          08VT    Phil Potvin                   Underhill, VT

6          15VT    Derrick Calkins             Hinesburg, VT

7          64VT    Jason Pelkey                Barre, VT

8          67VT    Kevin Streeter             Waitsfield, VT

9          01VT    Michael Martin           Craftsbury, Common, VT

10        8NH     Rich Lowrey                 South Hero, VT

11        18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT

12        20VT    Robert Gordon            Milton, VT

13        90VT    Cameron Ouellette     Barre, VT

14        8VT      Mike Billado                Grand Isle, VT

15        45VT    Adam Maynard           Milton, VT

16        35DG   Colin Cornell               E. Burke, VT

17        2VT      Eric Johnson                Randolph Ctr., VT

18        25VT    Kevin Boutin Jr.           Fairfax, VT

19        56VT    Chris Laforest              Barre, VT

20        3VT      Michael MacAskill      Williamstown,VT

21        33VT    #Matt Ballard             Williamstown,VT

22        11VT    #Jacob Roy                  Danville, VT

23        5VT      Tyler Austin                 East Calais, VT

DNS     92VT    Jaden Perry                 Hardwick, VT

rk Miles Street Stocks – 25 Laps

1.         54        Josh Lovely                  Williamstown, VT

2.         16        Dean Switser, Jr.         Waterford, VT

3.         30        #Cameron Powers       E. Montpelier, VT

4.         29        Gary Mullen                Tunbridge, VT

5.         68        Kyler Davis                  Berlin, VT

6.         47        William Hennequin     Morrisville, VT

7.         74        Tyler Whittemore       Barre, VT

8.         9          #Zachary Audet           Morrisville, VT

9.         43        Jamie Davis                 Johnson, VT

10.       26        Luke Peters                 Groton, VT

11.       2          Haidyn Pearce             Chelsea, VT

12.       17        Justin Blakely              Graniteville, VT

13.       8          Jeffery Martin             Barre, VT

14.       48        Taylor Hoar                 South Hero, VT

15.       7          Kyle MacAskill             Williamstown, VT

16.       79        Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall   Pittsfield, VT

17.       04        Scott Weston               Berlin, VT

18.       96        Thomas Peck               Waterbury, VT

19.       5          Derek Farnham           Bethel, VT

20.       3          Michael Gay                S. Burlington, VT

21.       73        #Paige Whittemore     Graniteville, VT

22.       33        #Curtis Franks             Williamstown, VT

23.       55        Parker Gagne              Fairfax, VT

24.       6          Eric MacLaughlin        Milton, VT

25.       71        Jesse Laquerre             Berlin, VT

26.       0          James Dopp                 Northfield, VT

27.       24        Todd Raymo                Swanton, VT

DNS     34        Patrick Tibbetts           Plainfield, VT

DNS     98        Kasey Collins               Berlin, VT

DNS     69        Christopher Davis       Berlin, VT

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