Four New Winners Take FloRacing Double Purse On Vermont Tire & Service Night At Thunder Road

(Press release from Thunder Road International Speedbowl)

It felt like Milk Bowl weather on Quarry Hill Thursday night as four divisions of racing took off on Vermont Tire & Service Night at Barre’s Thunder Road. 100 cars took battle on a rare cool August evening as the 2022 season begins its dreaded downhill slope. In the end, four first time winners on the season took home the final FloRacing Double Purse winner’s checks and stood tall among their fellow competitors. 

Following last week’s Road Warrior Challenge, 18 drivers and teams burned the midnight oil all week long to return for the FloRacing Double Purse on Vermont Tire & Service Night. After taking their respective qualifying heat race wins, Neal Foster and Jason Kirby led the field to green, but not for long. On the first lap, Foster got bunched up with Tyler Wheatley on turn one to end his hopeful run. Just four laps later, Kirby had one of the most graceful rollovers in Thunder Road history as his Bobby Dragon-themed machine ended up on its roof in the turn one grass. 

On the restart Neal’s brother Ryan Foster took charge at the front of the pack as Josh ‘The Mayor’ Vilbrin followed closely behind. As Ryan extended his lead, a gaggle of the who’s-who in the Warrior ranks grew into a cluster around the Barre high banks. Vilbrin and ‘Barbie Boy’ Frank Putney were attempting to fend off ‘Flyin’ Fred Fleury, Taylor Sayers and Nate ‘Tater’ Brien, allowing Foster to grow his lead with every lap. Under the twin checkers Neal Foster claimed his first win of the season followed by Josh Vilbrin and Fred Fleury. 

Following the Warriors came 29 Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, all in search of the $600 top prize on Vermont Tire & Service Night. The first 25 laps went caution free as the field slipped and slid in true Tiger fashion all across the Speedbowl until Tanner Woodard went a little too hard into turn three and spun his 68NH around. After late contact with Travis Patnoe, Woodard ended his night early. On the restart it was all about Tyler Austin and Mike Billado up front while Colin Cornell and polesitter Adam Maynard waited in the wings. Maynard had trouble early following the restart leaving Cornell to stalk the leaders.

Lap 32 brought big trouble for the 8NH of Rich Lowrey as a mix-up at the start-finish line sent Lowrey hard into the Widowmaker front-stretch wall, nearly overturning his Chevy Malibu. Following the clean-up, a restart scuffle between Mike MacAskill and ‘The Hammer’ Mark Barnier sent Barnier around in turn one, bringing out the third and final caution. 

On the final restart, the battle began between Billado and Cornell as Cameron Ouellette and defending champion Mike Martin were glued to their back bumpers. Four cars battled side-by-side for the final laps until Billado finally got a full car length lead with Ouellette closing as the checkered flag flew. Mike Billado took down his first win of the season followed by Cameron Ouellette and Colin Cornell.

Twenty-two Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models jumped onto the track for their 50-lap Vermont Tire & Service trophy dash, worth $1,400-to-win courtesy of FloRacing. Tyler Cahoon grabbed the lead early and never looked back as Brandon Lanphear followed the outside groove around Andy Hill. As Lanphear and Hill battled side-by-side, rookie Stephen Martin and veteran Eric Chase followed close behind, looking for any bobble to pounce on. As the majority of the field stuck close to the white line on the inside of the track, Lanphear, Marcel Gravel and Derrick O’Donnell used the high side to their advantage. 

By lap 13, Lanphear had taken second with Gravel and O’Donnell coming from the back. Cahoon led a half-track lead as the rest of the field continued to sort themselves out. As the laps began to wind down, Gravel used the outside lane around Lanphear for second at lap 36. Less than four minutes later, Tyler Cahoon took down his first win in a long, difficult year for the Danville driver followed by Marcel Gravel and Brandon Lanphear in the green-to-checkered feature.

Rounding out the Vermont Tire & Service program was the rk Miles Street Stocks as the field received introductions for the crowd on hand. Under the green, heat race winner Scott Weston took off from the pack followed closely by rookie Cameron Powers. Fellow rookie Zach Audet used the bumper of his Mustang to take over third place from Patrick Tibbetts by lap 5 as Powers continued to gain on Weston. At the halfway point in their 25-lap feature, Audet took the high line around Weston to take the lead. 

Luke Peters would bring out the first caution on lap 18 as his Cavalier spun in turn one and landed on the apron. It was a rookie restart between Audet and Powers at the front while Kyler Davis sat in the catbird seat in third. The second caution flag would wave as the field came around for early leader Scott Weston slamming into the Widowmaker and ending his day. On the short restart, Davis found his way around the two leaders until Bert Duffy spun in turn two for the caution. On the restart, Powers powered down the outside lane but it was too little too late. Kyler Davis nabbed his first win of the season followed by Zach Audet and Kyle MacAskill. 

Thunder Road closes out the summer racing season with the final Thursday night event of 2022 on Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night on Thursday, August 25th. All four divisions will be in action including the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors. Jet Service/Accura Printing Night also includes the annual fan-favorite Run-What-U-Brung spectator drags! Full schedule and race day information will soon be available online at

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

Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT

Vermont Tire & Service Night

Thursday, August 18, 2022


Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models – 50 Laps

1.         38VT    Tyler Cahoon               Danville, VT

2.         86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

3.         16VT    Brandon Lanphear      Morrisville, VT

4.         60NH   Derrick O’Donnell       N. Haverhill, NH

5.         0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT

6.         8VT      Anthony Hill                Waterford, VT

7.         55VT    #Keegan Lamson         Berlin, VT

8.         01VT    #Stephen Martin         Craftsbury Common, VT

9.         9VT      Chip Grenier               Orange, VT

10.       2VT      Stephen Donahue       Graniteville, VT

11.       17VT    Darrell Morin              Westford, VT

12.       27VT    Kyle Pembroke            Montpelier, VT

13.       04VT    Matt Smith                  Fairfax, VT

14.       64VT    Chris Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT

15.       7VT      Cooper Bouchard        Hinesburg, VT

16.       14VT    Phil Scott         

17.       55TL    Blair Bessett                Barnet, VT

18.       40VT    Eric Chase                   Milton, VT

19.       3VT      Chris Roberts               Washington, VT

20.       99VT    Cody Blake                  Barre, VT

21.       42VT    Matt White                 Northfield, VT

22.       4VT      Scott Coburn               Barre, VT

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers – 40 Laps

1.         8VT      Mike Billado                Grand Isle, VT

2.         90VT    Cameron Ouellette     Barre, VT

3.         35DG   Colin Cornell               E. Burke, VT

4.         01VT    Michael Martin           Craftsbury, Common, VT

5.         5VT      Tyler Austin                 East Calais, VT

6.         67VT    Kevin Streeter             Waitsfield, VT

7.         20VT    Robert Gordon            Milton, VT

8.         07VT    Sam Caron                   Milton, VT

9.         64VT    Jason Pelkey                Barre, VT

10.       31VT    Logan Powers              Middlesex, VT

11.       15VT    Derrick Calkins             Hinesburg, VT

12.       56VT    Chris Laforest              Barre, VT

13.       44VT    Justin Prescott             Williston, VT

14.       18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT

15.       25VT    Kevin Boutin Jr.           Fairfax, VT

16.       4ME     Cooper French             Northfield, VT

17.       58VT    Brendan Moodie         Wolcott, VT

18.       45VT    Adam Maynard           Milton, VT

19.       2VT      Eric Johnson                Randolph Ctr., VT

20.       3VT      Michael MacAskill      Williamstown, VT

21.       23NY    Cam Gadue                 Highgate, VT

22.       33VT    #Matt Ballard             Williamstown, VT

23.       0VT      Mark Barnier              Essex Jct., VT

24.       37VT    Kyle Streeter               Waterbury Ctr., VT

25.       22VT    Travis Patnoe              Wolcott, VT

26.       36VT    Joel Hodgdon              Craftsbury Common, VT

27.       8NH     Rich Lowrey                 South Hero, VT

28.       68NH   Tanner Woodard         Waterbury Ctr., VT

29.       08VT    Phil Potvin                   Underhill, VT

rk Miles Street Stocks – 25 Laps

1.         68        Kyler Davis                  Berlin, VT

2.         9          #Zachary Audet           Morrisville, VT

3.         7          Kyle MacAskill             Williamstown, VT

4.         17        Justin Blakely              Graniteville, VT

5.         8          Jeffery Martin             Barre, VT

6.         48        Taylor Hoar                 South Hero, VT

7.         47        William Hennequin     Morrisville, VT

8.         54        Josh Lovely                  Williamstown, VT

9.         3          Michael Gay                S. Burlington, VT

10.       30        #Cameron Powers       E. Montpelier, VT

11.       16        Dean Switser, Jr.         Waterford, VT

12.       74        Tyler Whittemore       Barre, VT

13.       2          Haidyn Pearce             Chelsea, VT

14.       79        Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall   Pittsfield, VT

15.       29        Gary Mullen                Tunbridge, VT

16.       34        Patrick Tibbetts           Plainfield, VT

17.       69        Christopher Davis       Berlin, VT

18.       71        Jesse Laquerre             Berlin, VT

19.       5VT      Derek Farnham           Bethel, VT

20.       73        #Paige Whittemore     Graniteville, VT

21.       12        Mekaylah Bowen        Morrisville, VT

22.       96        Thomas Peck               Waterbury, VT

23.       6          Eric MacLaughlin        Milton, VT

24.       77        Bert Duffy                    Milton, VT

25.       0          James Dopp                 Northfield, VT

26.       04        Scott Weston               Berlin, VT

27.       43        Jamie Davis                 Johnson, VT

28.       26        Luke Peters                 Groton, VT

29.       55        Parker Gagne              Fairfax, VT

DNS     33        #Curtis Franks             Topsham, VT

DNS     11        #Mark Beaulieu          Essex Jct., VT

Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors – 20 Laps

1.         8          Ryan Foster                 Waterbury, VT

2.         77        Josh Vilbrin                 Northfield, VT

3.         99        Fred Fleury                  Graniteville, VT

4.         88        Frank Putney               Graniteville, VT

5.         95        Taylor Sayers               Barre, VT

6.         16        Nate Brien                   Williamstown, VT

7.         44        Chris Couture              Barre, VT

8.         50        Nick Copping               Barre, VT

9.         07        Benjamin Bushey        Springfield, VT

10.       10        Rodney Campbell       Worcester, VT

11.       31        Tyler Wheatley            Brookfield, VT

12.       94        Ryan Sayers                 Barre, VT

13.       13        Troy Reynolds             Waterville, VT

14.       74        Keegan Taber              Williamstown, VT

15.       65        Connor Noyes              E. Montpelier, VT

16.       71        Jason Kirby                  Milton, VT

17.       19        Neal Foster                  Moretown, VT

18.       R2R      John Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT

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