Jason Pelkey Takes Emotional Myers Container Flying Tiger Win At Thunder Road

(Press release from Thunder Road International Speedbowl)

Kaiden Fisher Brings 18VT S.D. Ireland Late Model Back to Victory Lane

In true Thunder Road fashion, M&T Bank presented a wild night filled with nostalgic entertainment and modern thrills at the Nation’s Site of Excitement. For the second-consecutive week, a first-time winner has carried on a strong family name to Thunder Road victory lane while high-speed two and three-wide moves wowed the crowd at hand. More than a few drivers went home with ear-to-ear grins, while others will have to wait to settle their scores.

M&T Bank Night began with the rk Miles Street Stock 25-lap feature led to green by Mike ‘The Biffer’ Gay and Chris Davis. The Biffer would spin on the backstretch just two laps in following contact from third-place runner Todd Raymo with both restarting at the tail of the field. Now under the command of hardluck campaigners Davis and defending champion Dean Switser Jr., the field took off once again. Youngsters Taylor Hoar and Trevor Jaques made their way into third and fourth as the second caution flag would fly on lap 15 for the spinning rookie Logan Farrell on the frontstretch. 

With just ten-laps remaining and Davis and Switser at the helm, Jeffrey Martin began to make waves at the front. By utilizing the outside groove, Martin made his way into third before taking second around Switser with just three laps remaining. Although he would jump to the outside under the white flag, time ran out for the former champion as he got the best seat in the house for teammate Chris Davis’ second career victory at The Road. Defending champion Dean Switser Jr. took home third to round out victory lane.

The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model was led to green by the winningest driver in Thunder Road history and a greenhorn rookie on the front row for the first time. Phil Scott would take the quick lead over Claremont, New Hampshire’s Cody Schoolcraft at the onset as the field began to stretch under the long green flag period. Fellow rookie Kaiden Fisher would take the initiative from the fourth starting position as Schoolcraft backtracked on the outside lane. The yellow lights would flash on lap 39 for the spinning Chris Pelkey in turn four leading to a duel between Scott and Fisher. 

‘Tropical Storm’ would get the jump on Scott as the all-time wins leader slid back until a daring three wide move wedged between Nick Sweet and Scott Dragon sent Scott twirling in turn one to call out the second and final caution on lap 42. This time Fisher would best Brandon Lanphear at the line and take his lead all the way to the end. Kaiden Fisher would follow in father Jamie Fisher’s footsteps, bringing the S.D. Ireland Concrete 18VT Late Model back into Thunder Road victory lane. Brandon Lanphear turned a horrible week around to take second followed by Kyle Pembroke to round out the podium.

Cooper French and Kevin Streeter would lead the second round of the Myers Container Triple Crown Series for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, each carrying a +4 handicap from their respective heats. The two would continue to battle at the front following the lap 6 caution for the spinning Chris Laforest in turn two with Jason Pelkey and Brandon Gray joining the picture. Pelkey would use French’s ill-handling machine sliding off turn four to sneak under and steal the lead with Gray in tow before the lap 16 caution for a spinning Colin Cornell off the bumper of Mike Billado.

Pelkey and Gray would lead off the pack under the restart green while Mike MacAskill would capitalize on a backtracking Gray to steal second with Logan Powers, point leader Joel Hodgdon and Sam Caron in hot pursuit. Three blown right front tires would follow for the Kyle Streeter, Trevor Jaques and Adam Maynard machines each calling out the yellow with only Jaques unable to rejoin the field. One common denominator would follow as Pelkey and MacAskill continued to duke it out at the front of the field with Pelkey getting the edge on the bottom by MacAskill hanging tough on the top. While Pelkey led the way, MacAskill battled doorhandle-to-doorhandle with Logan Powers as Caron and Gray looked on. The lapped car of Luke Peters would reshuffle the top guns in the end but it would be Jason Pelkey fist-pumping his way across the start/finish line to claim his first Myers Container Triple Crown win. Sam Caron rebounded from last week’s disappointments to claim second followed by a hard-charging Mike MacAskill who used all the real estate on the outside groove to come home third.

The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors put up a lightning-fast 20-lap feature event to round out the night. While Frank Putney brough the unofficial Thunder Road pace car to the infield on lap one, Ryan Sayers would show the way from the onset in the five minute and thirty second feature. While Brodie Frazier fought through a fogged-over windshield to run second for 75% of the race, Tyler Wheatley used the cross-over to move into second with four laps remaining to move up from his often third-place finish.

It’s a quick turn-around for the Thunder Road-faithful as Barre, Vermont roars back to life on Sunday, July 2nd for the Preston’s KIA Independence Night Spectacular with Central Vermont’s largest fireworks display! All four divisions are back in action including the Maplewood/Irving Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors just before Northstar Fireworks mega display of patriot power! Post Time is set for 7:00pm with Adult Admission set for $15, kids 6-12 for $5 and children 5 and under free! A Family Four Pass, two adults and two children, is also available for $30.

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

M&T Bank presents Myers Container Service Triple Crown Round #2

Thursday, June 29, 2023


Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers – Myers Container Triple Crown Round #2 – (75 Laps)

1.         64VT    Jason Pelkey                Barre, VT

2.         07VT    Sam Caron                   Milton, VT

3.         3VT      Michael MacAskill      Williamstown, VT

4.         00VT    Brandon Gray              E. Thetford, VT

5.         36VT    Joel Hodgdon              Craftsbury Common, VT

6.         31VT    Logan Powers              Middlesex, VT

7.         90VT    Cameron Ouellette     Barre, VT

8.         4ME     Cooper French             Northfield, VT

9.         8NH     Rich Lowrey                 South Hero, VT

10.       13VT    Ty Delphia                   Duxbury, VT

11.       93FL     Jeff Oeschger              Dover, FL

12.       37VT    Kyle Streeter               Waterbury Ctr., VT

13.       8VT      Mike Billado                Grand Isle, VT

14.       67VT    Kevin Streeter             Waitsfield, VT

15.       15VT    Derrick Calkins             Hinesburg, VT

16.       68VT    Jason Woodard           Waterbury Ctr., VT

17.       23NY    Cam Gadue                 Highgate, VT

18.       20VT    Robert Gordon            Milton, VT

19.       54VT    Colin Cornell               E. Burke, VT

20.       56VT    Chris Laforest              Barre, VT

21.       45VT    Adam Maynard           Milton, VT

22.       78VT    #Tyler Pepin                Barre, VT

23.       26VT    #Luke Peters               Groton, VT

24.       08VT    Phil Potvin                   Underhill, VT

25.       57VT    Trevor Jaques              Milton, VT

26.       33VT    Matt Ballard               Williamstown, VT

27.       22VT    Travis Patnoe              Wolcott, VT

Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models – (50 Laps)

1.         18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT

2.         16VT    Brandon Lanphear      Morrisville, VT

3.         27VT    Kyle Pembroke            Montpelier, VT

4.         88VT    Nick Sweet                  Williamstown, VT

5.         9VT      Chip Grenier               Orange, VT

6.         99VT    Cody Blake                  Barre, VT

7.         0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT

8.         8VT      Chris Roberts               Washington, VT

9.         01VT    Stephen Martin           Craftsbury Common, VT

10.       64VT    Chris Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT

11.       86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

12.       31KS    #Cody Schoolcraft       Claremont, NH

13.       31VT    Stephen Donahue       Graniteville, VT

14.       38VT    Tyler Cahoon               Danville, VT

15.       7VT      Cooper Bouchard        Hinesburg, VT

16.       04VT    #Justin Prescott           Milton, VT

17.       17VT    Darrell Morin              Westford, VT

18.       4VT      Scott Coburn               Barre, VT

19.       14VT    Phil Scott                     Berlin, VT

20.       69VT    Blair Bessett                Barnet, VT

rk Miles Street Stocks – (25 Laps)

1.         69        Christopher Davis       Berlin, VT

2.         8          Jeffery Martin             Barre, VT

3.         16        Dean Switser, Jr.         Waterford, VT

4.         48        Taylor Hoar                 South Hero, VT

5.         98        Kasey Collins               Berlin, VT

6.         30        Cameron Powers         E. Montpelier, VT

7.         74        Tyler Whittemore       Barre, VT

8.         5          Kyle Gravel                  Wolcott, VT

9.         34        Patrick Tibbetts           Plainfield, VT

10.       71        Jesse Laquerre             Berlin, VT

11.       2          Haidyn Pearce             Chelsea, VT

12.       79        Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall   Pittsfield, VT

13.       54        Josh Lovely                  Williamstown, VT

14.       08        #Ryan Foster               Waterbury, VT

15.       55        Parker Gagne              Fairfax, VT

16.       7          Kyle MacAskill             Williamstown, VT

17.       22        Thomas Smith             Williamstown, VT

18.       39        Derek Farnham           Bethel, VT

19.       57        Trevor Jaques              Milton, VT

20.       0          James Dopp                 Northfield, VT

21.       24        Todd Raymo                Swanton, VT

22.       04        Scott Weston               Berlin, VT

23.       96        Thomas Peck               Waterbury, VT

24.       88        #Paul Rocheleau         Georgia, VT

25.       9          #Logan Farrell             Barre, VT

26.       43        *#Travis Gay               S. Burlington, VT

27.       3          Michael Gay                S. Burlington, VT

28.       33        Curtis Franks               Topsham, VT

29.       47        William Hennequin     Morrisville, VT

30.       73        Paige Whittemore       Graniteville, VT

DNS     1          #Shea Wheeler           Waterbury, VT

*Sub Driver for Jamie Davis

Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors – (20 Laps)

1.         94        Ryan Sayers                 Barre, VT

2.         31        Tyler Wheatley            Brookfield, VT

3.         17        Brodie Frazier             E. Montpelier, VT

4.         19        Neal Foster                  Moretown, VT

5.         99        Fred Fleury                  Graniteville, VT

6.         18        David Wilder               Barre, VT

7.         95        Taylor Sayers               Barre, VT

8.         54        Dan Garrett, Jr.           Berlin, VT

9.         42        Karsen Murphy           Northfield, VT

10.       16        Nate Brien                   Williamstown, VT

11.       44        Chris Couture              Barre, VT

12.       77        Zach Garvey                Milton, VT

13.       50        Nick Copping               Barre, VT

14.       71        Jason Kirby                  Milton, VT

15.       43        Anderson Boyd            Berlin, VT

16.       76        Easton Garvey             Milton, VT

17.       23        Jennesta Garrett         Middlesex, VT

18.       88        Frank Putney               Graniteville, VT

DNS     74        Keegan Tabor              Williamstown, VT

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