Fan Favorites Return To Thunder Road Victory Lane On Preston’s Kia Night

(Press release from Thunder Road International Speedbowl)

After the last month Vermonters have faced, Thunder Road finally got a break in the form of a perfect day for racing. Partly cloudy, minimal humidity and a comfortable breeze made many a crew-member happy in the pit area and the filled grandstands certainly proved the same sentiment was felt on the other side of the fence. When all the dust settled, several fan-favorite drivers made the trip to Thunder Road victory lane, with the Thunder Road legend continuing in year 64.

All-time wins leader Tommy ‘Thunder’ Smith alongside Scott Weston brought the thirty-two car rk Miles Street Stock field to green and kicked off feature racing action on Preston’s Kia Night. While Thunder took off with the lead, he did so with a rear-view mirror full of Tyler Whittemore. As the field stretched out with both Smith and Whittemore catching lap-traffic, the first real action would come on lap 17 with Jesse Laquerre broadside on the start/finish line, collecting Taylor Hoar and Kasey Collins as the field went berserk around the wreck. 

Restarting the restacked field, Tommy Smith took charge on the bottom lane. While looking to ride it out to the checkered flags, Weston and Kyle MacAskill tangled on the frontstretch, skidded along the grass and collected a gaggle of cars in turn one to call out the final caution with four laps remaining. Although Whittemore kept his foot in the firewall, it was Tommy Smith taking his 37th career rk Miles Street Stock victory followed by Tyler Whittemore and a first podium finish for Todd Raymo in third.

Under the leadership of top rookies Luke Peters and Tyler Pepin, the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers thundered off into their 40-lap feature event. The white-knuckle battle at the front kept the twenty-four car field side-by-side behind them with just the bumper cover deciding who led which lap until Pepin confidently took over on lap 10. At the halfway point, Colin Cornell cleared himself a spot in second and began to hunt down Pepin’s lead. After smacking the widowmaker frontstretch wall in the middle of the pack, Mike MacAskill slammed hard into the turn one wall at the pit road entrance before coming to a stop against the tire barrier. After bringing out the red flag on lap 23, MacAskill was able to climb out of his machine under his own power while his ride could not say the same as it took a trip behind the Paul’s Sunoco wrecker. 

Side-by-side at the restart, veteran Cornell would take it high, wide and handsome up top to claim the lead as Cameron Ouellette followed him around Pepin. As the laps weaned off, Ouellette took to the outside lane over Cornell and drew up alongside under the white flag. In a drag-race to the line, Colin Cornell took down his fourth career Thunder Road win followed by Ouellette in his second-consecutive runner-up finish and Tyler Pepin in his first winner’s circle visit. 

With Scott Coburn and Cody Schoolcraft at the helm, the Maplewood/Irving Late Models took the green flag following their fan-fare driver introductions and wave-off to the large Sunday crowd on hand. After Coburn catapulted to the lead, everyone else could only follow as point leaders made the most of the race ahead. Coming from 13 on the grid, Nick Sweet found his way to the battle for fifth within the opening 10 laps. At the halfway point, Sweet, Cody Blake and Cooper Bouchard began hot-potatoing the third-place position just before Chris Roberts’ spin on the backstretch called out the first caution.

Coburn held onto the lead under the restart green, but Schoolcraft battled back up on the outside to lead lap 30 with Nick Sweet in tow before Keegan Lamson, Scott Dragon and Tyler Cahoon went sliding into the infield. For the first time on the night, Coburn would restart on the outside and dropped back quickly, allowing Nick Sweet to fly around Cody Schoolcraft to lead lap 34. Now with pressure from Marcel Gravel and Stephen Donahue, Sweet kept up the momentum on the outside groove and rode it all the way to his second win of the season followed by Gravel and Donahue to round out the Preston’s Kia podium.

The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors finished off the evening’s racing activity with Corey Martin and Keegan Tabor leading the insanity. Karsen Murphy would overtake Martin at the line to lead lap 7 as the field continued to stretch before a pile-up including newcomer John Prentice, David Wilder and Ryan Sayers in the turn one tire barrier brought out the first caution. Murphy looked to be shot from a cannon on the restart as both Martin and Brodie Frazier could only watch as the kid from Northfield grew his lead. 

Although Murphy was declared the winner in victory lane, post-race technical inspection eliminated the win for Karsen Murphy and the third-place finish for Brodie Frazier with the discovery of illegal suspension components. Corey Martin would earn his first Thunder Road victory with Nate ‘Tater’ Brien and Neal Foster moving up to complete the podium.

The Thunder and Lightning of New England’s greatest stock car racing spectacle returns to Quarry Hill on Thursday, August 3rd for Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night featuring the championship finale for the Myers Container Service Flying Tiger Triple Crown Series. With 100 laps on tap for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers in the chase for the first Thunder Road championship of the season. The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors join the night’s festivities.

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. 

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Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models – (50 Laps)

1.         88VT    Nick Sweet                  Williamstown, VT

2.         86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

3.         31VT    Stephen Donahue       Graniteville, VT

4.         18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT

5.         31KS    #Cody Schoolcraft       Claremont, NH

6.         4VT      Scott Coburn               Barre, VT

7.         01VT    Stephen Martin           Craftsbury Common, VT

8.         14VT    *Bobby Therrien         Hinesburg, VT

9.         64VT    Chris Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT

10.       8VT      Chris Roberts               Washington, VT

11.       99VT    Cody Blake                  Barre, VT

12.       7VT      Cooper Bouchard        Hinesburg, VT

13.       16VT    Brandon Lanphear      Morrisville, VT

14.       0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT

15.       17VT    Darrell Morin              Westford, VT

16.       55VT    Keegan Lamson           Berlin, VT

17.       38VT    Tyler Cahoon               Danville, VT

18.       04VT    #Justin Prescott           Milton, VT

19.       17NH   #Kyle Goodbout           N. Woodstock, NH

20.       9VT      Chip Grenier               Orange, VT

*Sub Driver for Phil Scott

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers – (40 Laps)

1.         54VT    Colin Cornell               E. Burke, VT

2.         90VT    Cameron Ouellette     Barre, VT

3.         78VT    #Tyler Pepin                Barre, VT

4.         8VT      Mike Billado                Grand Isle, VT

5.         31VT    Logan Powers              Middlesex, VT

6.         4ME     Cooper French             Northfield, VT

7.         26VT    #Luke Peters               Groton, VT

8.         45VT    Adam Maynard           Milton, VT

9.         20VT    Robert Gordon            Milton, VT

10.       37VT    Kyle Streeter               Waterbury Ctr., VT

11.       33VT    Matt Ballard               Williamstown, VT

12.       07VT    Sam Caron                   Milton, VT

13.       64VT    Jason Pelkey                Barre, VT

14.       8NH     Rich Lowrey                 South Hero, VT

15.       00VT    Brandon Gray              E. Thetford, VT

16.       56VT    Chris Laforest              Barre, VT

17.       68VT    Jason Woodard           Waterbury Ctr., VT

18.       23NY    Cam Gadue                 Highgate, VT

19.       67VT    Kevin Streeter             Waitsfield, VT

20.       08VT    Phil Potvin                   Underhill, VT

21.       23ME   Ethan Tyrell                 Worcester, VT

22.       13VT    Ty Delphia                   Duxbury, VT

23.       22VT    Travis Patnoe              Wolcott, VT

24.       3VT      Michael MacAskill      Williamstown, VT

rk Miles Street Stocks – (25 Laps)

1.         22        Thomas Smith             Williamstown, VT

2.         74        Tyler Whittemore       Barre, VT

3.         24        Todd Raymo                Swanton, VT

4.         30        Cameron Powers         E. Montpelier, VT

5.         8          Jeffery Martin             Barre, VT

6.         57        Trevor Jaques              Milton, VT

7.         16        Dean Switser, Jr.         Waterford, VT

8.         0          James Dopp                 Northfield, VT

9.         08        #Ryan Foster               Waterbury, VT

10.       39        Derek Farnham           Bethel, VT

11.       2          Haidyn Pearce             Chelsea, VT

12.       50        Eric MacLaughlin        Milton, VT

13.       55        Parker Gagne              Fairfax, VT

14.       54        *Michael Gay  S. Burlington, VT

15.       71        Jesse Laquerre             Berlin, VT

16.       9          **Curtis Franks           Topsham, VT

17.       48        Taylor Hoar                 South Hero, VT

18.       88        #Paul Rocheleau         Georgia, VT

19.       7          Kyle MacAskill             Williamstown, VT

20.       68        Kyler Davis                  Berlin, VT

21.       73        Paige Whittemore       Graniteville, VT

22.       92        Jason Goodbout, Jr.    N. Woodstock, NH

23.       13        #Travis Gay                 S. Burlington, VT

24.       34        Patrick Tibbetts           Plainfield, VT

25.       96        Thomas Peck               Waterbury, VT

26.       43        Jamie Davis                 Johnson, VT

27.       66        Robert Audet               Morrisville, VT

28.       5          Kyle Gravel                  Wolcott, VT

29.       04        Scott Weston               Berlin, VT

30.       98        Kasey Collins               Berlin, VT

31.       79        Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall   Pittsfield, VT

DNS     12        Mekaylah Bowen        Morrisville, VT

*Sub Driver for Josh Lovely

**Sub Driver for Logan Farrell

Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors – (20 Laps)

1.         26        Corey Martin               Northfield, VT

2.         16        Nate Brien                   Williamstown, VT

3.         19        Neal Foster                  Moretown, VT

4.         74        Keegan Tabor              Williamstown, VT

5.         99        Fred Fleury                  Graniteville, VT

6.         27        Kyle Chapin                 Marshfield, VT

7.         77        Zach Garvey                Milton, VT

8.         31        Tyler Wheatley            Brookfield, VT

9.         75        Bert Duffy                    Milton, VT

10.       71        Jason Kirby                  Milton, VT

11.       96        Bill O’Connor               S. Washington, VT

12.       43        Anderson Boyd            Berlin, VT

13.       88        Frank Putney               Graniteville, VT

14.       50        Nick Copping               Barre, VT

15.       33        Brayden Murphy         Barre, VT

16.       18        David Wilder               Barre, VT

17.       22        Jason Stewart              Williamstown, VT

18.       94        Ryan Sayers                 Barre, VT

19.       87        John Prentice

DSQ     *42      Karsen Murphy           Northfield, VT

DSQ     *17      Brodie Frazier             E. Montpelier, VT

DSQ     **82    Jacob Hall-Larson        Northfield, VT

*Disqualified for Illegal Suspension Components

**Disqualified for Contact After the Checkered

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