Brandon Gray Wows For Three-Peat In Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Flying Tiger 100 Win At Thunder Road

(Press release from Thunder Road International Speedbowl)

Both racers and fans were greeted to another beautiful day high atop Quarry Hill on Sunday evening for the rain-date make-up Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night. In this game, winning races doesn’t always equate to winning championships and Sunday at Thunder Road proved it. Consistency is, and always will be, key and drivers in every division proved that as the 2023 championship season begins its descent. 

The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors started off the evening’s activities with Brayden Murphy and Nick Copping leading the field to green. Murphy took from the veteran Copping with Karsen Murphy in tow as longtime veteran Frank Putney sliced through the top ten to steal third by lap three. With thirteen laps remaining Karsen pulled up alongside Brayden to begin a forward charge on the outside groove as Putney grew ever closer to the young-guns. With desperation setting in and a rear-view full of Putney’s ‘Unofficial Thunder Road Pacecar,’ Brayden came down on Karsen’s front fender and went careening into the infield leaving the drive open for Karsen Murphy to take down his first career win after starting out on Thunder Road’s infield go-kart track with Putney and Tyler Wheatley rounding out the podium.

After earning the pole position, Scott Weston brought out the first caution during the first lap of the rk Miles Street Stock feature with a leaking fuel cell to reshuffle the starting grid. Back under green, Jamie Davis made quick use of the outside groove to round Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall and steal the lead. With smoke rising from the rear-end of Patrick Tibbet’s machine, he slowly began to lose position on the inside lane to top rookie Ryan Foster, Jesse Laquerre, Kyle MacAskill and others. Jamie Davis kept the foot in the throttle all the way to victory lane, dedicating the win to longtime crew member Ellis after suffering devastating damage during July’s historic flooding in Johnson. Fan-favorite Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall took home second with Jesse Laquerre coming home third.

Cooper Bouchard and Tyler Cahoon brought the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model field to green with Bouchard getting the inside-row advantage. With Cahoon jumping to the bottom to chase Bouchard, former top rookie candidate Keegan Lamson took the high road to steal second in a side-by-side battle. Dead-even in their battle for second, the rest of the field ran two abreast behind them as Bouchard only increased his lead out front. Cahoon finally got away to firmly take hold of second with Justin Prescott, Nick Sweet and Scott Dragon following as Lamson fell back. Prescott with a strong mount pulled out alongside Cahoon to take second away at lap 31 with Sweet and Dragon opting to follow the rookie.

Side-by-side again, Cahoon and Prescott have the top point chasers plugged up behind their hot and heavy battle for second as Sweet, Dragon, Fisher and Blake began to lose patience. Sweet pulled up alongside Prescott but a quick show out of turn four shot Sweet sideways across the frontstretch allowing Dragon to jump under Prescott with three-to-go. With laps winding down, drivers flew in and out of the lanes in close combat A wild green-to-checkers Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model showdown would be decided in post-race technical inspection where apparent winner Cooper Bouchard was disqualified for a tread width infraction. 

After qualifying for the Myers Container Service Flying Tiger Championship 100 on Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac’s originally scheduled date, the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers returned to finish unfinished business. By virtue of his +5 earned, Colchester’s Sam Caron led the field to green but it was South Hero’s Rich Lowrey who quickly set the pace. With Lowrey growing his lead out front, Brandon Gray set out on the hunt and began to chase down his goal of a three-peat week after claiming Thursday’s normal 40-lap main event and Saturday’s Triple Crown win at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

Gray pulled up alongside Lowrey on lap 18 with Gray leading by a bumper on lap 19 as the two battled side-by-side. The first caution would fly on lap 22 as Phil Potvin and Trevor Jaques got together and blocked turn four. After two no-starts, both Lowrey and Gray finally pulled off an even restart with Gray leading on the outside back at the start-finish line. Lowrey certainly didn’t let Gray out of his sights, staying right on his rear bumper and making moves both high and low to remind the 00VT he wasn’t off Scott-free quite yet.

The caution on lap 57 for a blown-right-front-hub on the Jason Woodard machine re-racked the stretched out field to give Rich Lowrey, Kyle Streeter and Sam Caron another chance on Gray. Once again under full power, Gray took off with the lead as both Kyle and Kevin Streeter charged in before disaster struck for Triple Crown point leader Joel Hodgdon after his right front failed, sending him into the turn four wall and ending his championship run.

Kyle Streeter would pull away with the restart lead before Gray throttled back the outside groove to steal it back on lap 65. Not making it easy on him, Streeter kept his 37VT Chevy Camaro at Gray’s inside door lap in and lap out before the red flag came out for a hard hit on the backstretch with fire under the hood of Mike MacAskill’s machine. An even restart between Streeter and Gray saw Streeter lead lap 74 at the line as Lowrey kept pace in third. The spectacular duel continued to the very end as championship implications sat just behind the leaders in fourth. Brandon Gray would pick up his third consecutive win in four days over Kyle Streeter by 0.020-seconds with apparent third-place finisher Rich Lowrey disqualified for a tread width infraction in post-race technical inspection.

By virtue of his third-place finish, two spots ahead of Sam Caron, Middlesex’s Logan Powers took down the 2023 Myers Container Service Triple Crown championship. Without winning a single Triple Crown extra-distance event, Powers has unofficially become the seventh different Myers Container champion at The Road.

Thunder Road is back in action for the fan-favorite Run-What-U-Brung festivities as part of Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night on Thursday, August 24th! Everyone’s favorite collection of green spectators take on the Thunder Road highbanks in side-by-side action aboard their daily drivers to see who can tame both The Road and their competition! The Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors also return on Jet Service Envelope/ Accura Printing Night this Thursday, August 24th.

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

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night feat. Myers Container Service Triple Crown Championship


Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers – (100 Laps)

1.         00VT    Brandon Gray              E. Thetford, VT

2.         37VT    Kyle Streeter               Waterbury Ctr., VT

3.         31VT    Logan Powers              Middlesex, VT

4.         54VT    Colin Cornell               E. Burke, VT

5.         90VT    Cameron Ouellette     Barre, VT

6.         07VT    Sam Caron                   Milton, VT

7.         21VT    Derrick Calkins             Hinesburg, VT

8.         64VT    Jason Pelkey                Barre, VT

9.         20VT    Robert Gordon            Milton, VT

10.       08VT    Phil Potvin                   Underhill, VT

11.       23NY    Cam Gadue                 Highgate, VT

12.       45VT    Adam Maynard           Milton, VT

13.       13VT    Ty Delphia                   Duxbury, VT

14.       56VT    Chris Laforest              Barre, VT

15.       57VT    Trevor Jaques              Milton, VT

16.       67VT    Kevin Streeter             Waitsfield, VT

17.       3VT      Michael MacAskill      Williamstown, VT

18.       8VT      Mike Billado                Grand Isle, VT

19.       78VT    #Tyler Pepin                Barre, VT

20.       36VT    Joel Hodgdon              Craftsbury Common, VT

21.       68VT    Jason Woodard           Waterbury Ctr., VT

22.       26VT    #Luke Peters               Groton, VT

DNS     33VT    Matt Ballard               Williamstown, VT

DNS     4ME     Cooper French             Northfield, VT

DNS     22VT    Travis Patnoe              Wolcott, VT

DSQ     8NH     Rich Lowrey*               South Hero, VT

*Disqualified for Tread Width Infraction

Myers Container Service Triple Crown Champion – Logan Powers 31VT

Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models – (50 Laps)

1.         0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT

2.         04VT    #Justin Prescott           Milton, VT

3.         99VT    Cody Blake                  Barre, VT

4.         88VT    Nick Sweet                  Williamstown, VT

5.         18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT

6.         38VT    Tyler Cahoon               Danville, VT

7.         86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

8.         8VT      Chris Roberts               Washington, VT

9.         16VT    Brandon Lanphear      Morrisville, VT

10.       9VT      Chip Grenier               Orange, VT

11.       31VT    Stephen Donahue       Graniteville, VT

12.       27VT    Kyle Pembroke            Montpelier, VT

13.       64VT    Chris Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT

14.       14VT    Bobby Therrien*         Hinesburg, VT

15.       01VT    Stephen Martin           Craftsbury Common, VT

16.       17VT    Darrell Morin              Westford, VT

17.       31KS    #Cody Schoolcraft       Claremont, NH

18.       55VT    #Keegan Lamson         Berlin, VT

19.       4VT      Scott Coburn               Barre, VT

DSQ     7VT      Cooper Bouchard**    Hinesburg, VT

*Sub Driver for Phil Scott

**Disqualified for Tread Width Infraction

rk Miles Street Stocks – (25 Laps)

1.         43        Jamie Davis                 Johnson, VT

2.         79        Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall   Pittsfield, VT

3.         71        Jesse Laquerre             Berlin, VT

4.         7          Kyle MacAskill             Williamstown, VT

5.         08        #Ryan Foster               Waterbury, VT

6.         74        Tyler Whittemore       Barre, VT

7.         68        Kyler Davis                  Berlin, VT

8.         98        Kasey Collins               Berlin, VT

9.         8          Jeffery Martin             Barre, VT

10.       9          #Logan Farrell             Barre, VT

11.       39        Derek Farnham           Bethel, VT

12.       16        Dean Switser, Jr.         Waterford, VT

13.       57        Trevor Jaques              Milton, VT

14.       30        Cameron Powers         E. Montpelier, VT

15.       0          James Dopp                 Northfield, VT

16.       5          Kyle Gravel                  Wolcott, VT

17.       34        Patrick Tibbetts           Plainfield, VT

18.       2          Haidyn Pearce             Chelsea, VT

19.       3          Michael Gay                S. Burlington, VT

20.       48        Taylor Hoar                 South Hero, VT

21.       24        Todd Raymo                Swanton, VT

22.       50        Eric MacLaughlin        Milton, VT

23.       33        Curtis Franks               Topsham, VT

24.       88        #Paul Rocheleau         Georgia, VT

25.       04        Scott Weston               Berlin, VT

26.       96        Thomas Peck               Waterbury, VT

27.       73        Paige Whittemore       Graniteville, VT

28.       13        #Travis Gay                 S. Burlington, VT

Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors – (20 Laps)

1.         42        Karsen Murphy           Northfield, VT

2.         88        Frank Putney               Graniteville, VT

3.         31        Tyler Wheatley            Brookfield, VT

4.         26        Corey Martin               Northfield, VT

5.         81        Mike Slingerland         Fairfax, VT

6.         74        Keegan Tabor              Williamstown, VT

7.         75        Bert Duffy                    Milton, VT

8.         71        Jason Kirby                  Milton, VT

9.         99        Fred Fleury                  Graniteville, VT

10.       33        Brayden Murphy         Barre, VT

11.       50        Nick Copping               Barre, VT

12.       17        Brodie Frazier             E. Montpelier, VT

13.       77        Zach Garvey                Milton, VT

14.       13        Kevin Wheatley           Brookfield, VT

15.       16        Nate Brien                   Williamstown, VT

16.       03        Robert Catchapaw      Waterbury, VT

17.       27        Kyle Chapin                 Marshfield, VT

18.       83        Gavin Hodgdon           Hyde Park, VT

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