Hot And Heavy Times Argus Midseason Championships Builds On Thunder Road Legends

(Press release from Thunder Road International Speedbowl)

An incredibly hot night high atop Quarry Hill in Barre, Vermont set up for one of the most hotly contested Times Argus Midseason Championships on record. All four divisions battled it out to join the wins list along with the FloRacing double purse in store to boot with the intensity as soaring as the temperatures inside their stock cars. Several stars made their mark on Thunder Road’s Midseason Championships for the first time, cementing themselves in the history books at ‘The Nation’s Site of Excitement.’

The rk Miles Street Stocks started off the evening with longtime stalwarts Mike ‘The Biffer’ Gay and Scott Weston leading the charge full song into turn four. Milton’s Trevor Jaques would take the lead quickly leaving William ‘The Weiner’ Henniquin to duke it out with South Hero’s Taylor Hoar. Hoar would make quick work, setting her sights on Jaques as the two would get physical beside each other crossing the line on lap 20. ‘Weiner’ went for the spin cycle in turn one to bring out the first caution on lap 21 leaving the two youngsters to face-off at the front of the pack.

Jaques would go backwards on the outside, leaving Josh Lovely to start battling with Hoar just before the second and final caution would come on lap 30 for the dislodged exhaust off the Paul Rocheleau ride on the start-finish line. Setting up for a final five lap shootout, Hoar and Lovely battled hard side-by-side each and every lap with Lovely squeezing one final lap by just 0.010-seconds over Hoar to take the win. With Josh Lovely’s fourth career Times Argus Midseason Championship, Taylor Hoar would take a birthday runner-up finish with former champion Jamie Davis taking third. 

The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers followed with a stellar flag-to-flag race that had everything! Top rookie Tyler Pepin and Williamstown’s Matt Ballard led the early goings, side-by-side for the first 15 laps of the Times Argus Midseason Championship. After firmly taking the lead, Milton’s Adam Maynard jumped in for some fun, peeking under the #33VT by lap 22. A last ditch move in turn one saw Maynard squeeze between the lapped car of Luke Peters and Ballard to eke out the lead by the end of turn two. While Maynard enjoyed his day in the sun out front, the point leaders were having a wild time in the back of the pack as laps dwindled. Adam Maynard would ride it out under the checkered flag for his first Times Argus Midseason Championship victory followed by Matt Ballard’s first podium finish in second and Kyle Streeter rounding out the podium.  

The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models took to the track following the annual Autograph Night session with rookie Cody Schoolcraft and Cooper Bouchard heading the field. With the top 18 drivers in line behind them, Bouchard would begin to slip back on the outside allowing Justin Prescott, Nick Sweet, and Brandon Lanphear to move up on the inside. The first caution would slow the field on lap 11 with Scott Coburn slipping around in turn one. Now a rookie front row with Prescott outside Schoolcraft under the return to green, Prescott would get a run on the bottom as Sweet followed through.

Schoolcraft spun out of the top three on lap 18 and called out the second caution leaving Sweet, Prescott and Marcel Gravel to make the moves out front. Sweet would steal the lead away, closely stalked by Gravel as Stephen Donahue and defending Midseason Champion Chris Pelkey put the outside groove to good use in the back of the pack. The Sweet and Gravel show out front continued to be hot and heavy before a big caution on lap 43 slowed the field as Kyle Pembroke’s busted rear end spilled grease across the racing surface. In the melee, point leader Tyler Cahoon broke a sway bar mount which ended his Midseason Championship run.

Gravel and Sweet would take off with the restart once again, as Lanphear, Donahue and Pelkey trailed not far off their rear bumpers. The final caution flag would wave on lap 57 with a spinning Cody into the turn one grass as Brandon Lanphear spun ahead of him. Sweet and Gravel dueled it out one last time under the final return to green but it was Donahue and Dragon breathing down their necks from behind that put on the show. On lap 68, Donahue would jump to the outside of Sweet and took the lead with five laps remaining right down to the end. Stephen Donahue took down his first ever Times Argus Midseason Championship followed by Nick Sweet and Scott Dragon to round out victory lane.

The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors wrapped up the Times Argus program with their 25-lap blitzer. First year duo Anderson Boyd and Karsen Murphy led the field to green while Brodie Frazier took the bonsai move under the pair to steal the lead on the backstretch on lap one. Frazier sped away from the crowd with fellow first-year driver David Wilder in tow. Just after the halfway point, early leader Boyd would plow into the backstretch wall with newcomer Corey Martin to call out the only caution. Frazier and Wilder duked it out at the front over the last 9 laps but it was Ben Bushey who flew in at the last minute to come under Frazier for his first ever Road Warrior win. Brodie Frazier would make it two podiums in a row with David Wilder taking his first to round out the top-three.

Up next is the 44th Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 presented by the Vermont Lottery on Thursday, July 13th. The 150-lap midsummer showdown for the Maplewood/Irving Late Models will pit the ‘King of the Road’ championship hopefuls against an onslaught of Northeast invaders alongside NASCAR Cup Series Star Daniel Suarez! The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and rk Miles Street Stocks will also be in action for the annual July bash!

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

Times Argus Midseason Championships

Thursday, July 6, 2023


Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models – (75 Laps)

1.         31VT    Stephen Donahue       Graniteville, VT

2.         88VT    Nick Sweet                  Williamstown, VT

3.         0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT

4.         86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

5.         18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT

6.         64VT    Chris Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT

7.         99VT    Cody Blake                  Barre, VT

8.         17VT    Darrell Morin              Westford, VT

9.         94VT    Brendan Moodie         Wolcott, VT

10.       01VT    Stephen Martin           Craftsbury Common, VT

11.       9VT      Chip Grenier               Orange, VT

12.       16VT    Brandon Lanphear      Morrisville, VT

13.       14VT    Phil Scott                     Berlin, VT

14.       04VT    #Justin Prescott           Milton, VT

15.       8VT      Chris Roberts   Washington, VT

16.       7VT      Cooper Bouchard        Hinesburg, VT

17.       31KS    #Cody Schoolcraft       Claremont, NH

18.       69VT    Blair Bessett                Barnet, VT

19.       60NH   Derrick O’Donnell       N. Haverhill, NH

20.       38VT    Tyler Cahoon               Danville, VT

21.       27VT    Kyle Pembroke            Montpelier, VT

22.       4VT      Scott Coburn               Barre, VT

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers – (50 Laps)

1.         45VT    Adam Maynard           Milton, VT

2.         33VT    Matt Ballard               Williamstown, VT

3.         37VT    Kyle Streeter               Waterbury Ctr., VT

4.         07VT    Sam Caron                   Milton, VT

5.         00VT    Brandon Gray              E. Thetford, VT

6.         68VT    Jason Woodard           Waterbury Ctr., VT

7.         3VT      Michael MacAskill      Williamstown, VT

8.         56VT    Chris Laforest              Barre, VT

9.         4ME     Cooper French             Northfield, VT

10.       64VT    Jason Pelkey                Barre, VT

11.       67VT    Kevin Streeter             Waitsfield, VT

12.       8NH     Rich Lowrey                 South Hero, VT

13.       20VT    Robert Gordon            Milton, VT

14.       54VT    Colin Cornell               E. Burke, VT

15.       90VT    Cameron Ouellette     Barre, VT

16.       08VT    Phil Potvin                   Underhill, VT

17.       8VT      Mike Billado                Grand Isle, VT

18.       23NY    Cam Gadue                 Highgate, VT

19.       78VT    #Tyler Pepin                Barre, VT

20.       26VT    #Luke Peters               Groton, VT

21.       31VT    Logan Powers              Middlesex, VT

22.       9VT      #Zach Audet                Morrisville, VT

rk Miles Street Stocks – (35 Laps)

1.         54        Josh Lovely                  Williamstown, VT

2.         48        Taylor Hoar                 South Hero, VT

3.         43        Jamie Davis                 Johnson, VT

4.         16        Dean Switser, Jr.         Waterford, VT

5.         57        Trevor Jaques              Milton, VT

6.         7          Kyle MacAskill             Williamstown, VT

7.         08        #Ryan Foster               Waterbury, VT

8.         30        Cameron Powers         E. Montpelier, VT

9.         0          James Dopp                 Northfield, VT

10.       71        Jesse Laquerre             Berlin, VT

11.       24        Todd Raymo                Swanton, VT

12.       22        Eric Johnson                Randolph, VT

13.       5          Kyle Gravel                  Wolcott, VT

14.       34        Patrick Tibbetts           Plainfield, VT

15.       98        Kasey Collins               Berlin, VT

16.       8          Jeffery Martin             Barre, VT

17.       9          #Logan Farrell             Barre, VT

18.       39        Derek Farnham           Bethel, VT

19.       79        Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall   Pittsfield, VT

20.       96        Thomas Peck               Waterbury, VT

21.       50        Eric MacLaughlin        Milton, VT

22.       3          Michael Gay                S. Burlington, VT

23.       04        Scott Weston               Berlin, VT

24.       2          Haidyn Pearce             Chelsea, VT

25.       33        Curtis Franks               Topsham, VT

26.       1          #Shea Wheeler           Waterbury, VT

27.       88        #Paul Rocheleau         Georgia, VT

28.       47        William Hennequin     Morrisville, VT

DNS     73        Paige Whittemore       Graniteville, VT

DNS     69        Christopher Davis       Berlin, VT

DNS     74        Tyler Whittemore       Barre, VT

DNS     13        #Travis Gay                 S. Burlington, VT

Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors – (25 Laps)

1.         07        Benjamin Bushey        Springfield, VT

2.         17        Brodie Frazier             E. Montpelier, VT

3.         18        David Wilder               Barre, VT

4.         31        Tyler Wheatley            Brookfield, VT

5.         19        Neal Foster                  Moretown, VT

6.         16        Nate Brien                   Williamstown, VT

7.         88        Frank Putney               Graniteville, VT

8.         99        Fred Fleury                  Graniteville, VT

9.         42        Karsen Murphy           Northfield, VT

10.       77        Zach Garvey                Milton, VT

11.       71        Jason Kirby                  Milton, VT

12.       74        Keegan Tabor              Williamstown, VT

13.       54        Dan Garrett, Jr.           Berlin, VT

14.       26        Corey Martin               Northfield, VT

15.       23        Jennesta Garrett         Middlesex, VT

16.       50        Nick Copping               Barre, VT

17.       33        Brayden Murphy         Barre, VT

18.       43        Anderson Boyd            Berlin, VT

DNS     54        Dan Garrett, Jr.           Berlin, VT

DNS     44        Chris Couture              Barre, VT

DNS     94        Ryan Sayers                 Barre, VT

DNS     13        Kevin Wheatley           Brookfield, VT

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