Cody Blake Turns Around Mid-Season Slump With Vermont Tire & Service Win At Thunder Road

(Press release from Thunder Road International Speedbowl)

After starting off with a heavy mist just after opening the pit gates for teams on Thursday, if you can believe it, as teams waited out the showers. After drying the track, the Thunder Road faithful again put on another stellar showcase of auto racing on the Barre highbanks, each vying for the FloRacing double purse on Vermont Tire & Service Night.

To kick-off the night Thomas Peck and Kasey Collins led down the rk Miles Street Stocks to the first green flag in feature racing action on Vermont Tire & Service Night. Collins took charge at the front of the pack with Jamie Davis running him down from a third-place starting spot. As laps wound down Davis began attempting to work the outside groove around Collins but couldn’t make a strong go of it as the two continued to stretch away from the rest of the field. While the battle continued through to the bitter end it would be Berlin’s Kasey Collins taking down his first career rk Miles Street Stock win with two-time track champion Jamie Davis and first-time podium finisher Parker Gagne rounding out the podium.

Young-guns Luke Peters and Cam Gadue brought the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger field to life for their 40-lap main event. Highgate’s Gadue took the lead in the high lane and began to run away from his competition before a lap nine melee in turn three saw Cooper French, Jason Pelkey and others fly across the corner and into the infield. Gadue would keep command under the return to green before the second caution at the halfway point as Jason Woodard’s blown tire sent him spinning off turn four.

While Gadue again led the charge, Brandon Gray set out on the outside lane and chased down the leader. Gray would pull outside Gadue to lead lap 33 at the line but their battle saw Kyle Streeter grow ever closer in third. Brandon Gray kept the pedal down and took his #00VT machine to Thunder Road victory lane for the second time this season with Cam Gadue and Kyle Streeter rounding out the top-three.

Rookie competitors Cody Schoolcraft and Justin Prescott began the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model showdown with Prescott getting the jump on the outside lane. Following Prescott’s outside groove power-move, Darrell Morin made his bid for second around Schoolcraft with Cody Blake and Brandon Lanphear in tow. Blake kept the momentum up in the early stages, enough to steal the lead away from Prescott on lap 15 in the bid for his first win of the season. 

Meanwhile mid-pack, three-wide action in turn three just before the halfway point halted a strong run for Bobby Therrien on the outside lane as he attempted to move into the top-10 while point leader Nick Sweet pitted on lap 34 after slapping the backstretch wall and losing his rear axle in the process. Keeping it green all the way to the end, Cody Blake took down his first win of what has been a trying second-half to his 2023 season followed by Scott Dragon and Brandon Lanphear to round out the podium.

In the final feature event of the night, Brayden Murphy and Nick Copping brought out the fan-favorite Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors for their 20-lap nightcap. Murphy held the lead until lap 6 when Nate ‘Tater’ Brien overtook the greenhorn and set the pace out front. With Tater extending his lead and Murphy holding his own in second, Copping was dead-set on defending his third-place position over ‘Flyin’ Fred Fleury, Jason Kirby, Tyler Wheatley and Neal Foster. With laps winding down in the green-to-checkers event it would be Williamstown’s Nate Brien taking the win followed by a first-time podium for Brayden Murphy and Nick Copping rounding out the winner’s circle.

Thunder Road returns to racing action this Sunday night, August 20th for the rain-rescheduled Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night. Headlined by the championship round of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series with the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers going for 100-laps of heart-pounding action, the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors also return on Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night this Sunday, August 20th. Post Time is set for 7:00pm with adult general admission set at $15, children 12-6 for $5 and kids five and under are free! The Family Four Pack (two adults, two kids) is also available for $30.

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 Feat. FloRacing Double Purse

Thursday, August 17, 2023


Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models – (50 Laps)

1.         99VT    Cody Blake                  Barre, VT

2.         0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT

3.         16VT    Brandon Lanphear      Morrisville, VT

4.         27VT    Kyle Pembroke            Montpelier, VT

5.         64VT    Chris Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT

6.         04VT    #Justin Prescott           Milton, VT

7.         17VT    Darrell Morin              Westford, VT

8.         31VT    Stephen Donahue       Graniteville, VT

9.         86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

10.       5VT      Bobby Therrien           Hinesburg, VT

11.       18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT

12.       9VT      Chip Grenier               Orange , VT

13.       66VT    Jason Corliss               Barre, VT

14.       31KS    #Cody Schoolcraft       Claremont, NH

15.       38VT    Tyler Cahoon               Danville, VT

16.       01VT    Stephen Martin           Craftsbury Common, VT

17.       8VT      Chris Roberts               Washington, VT

18.       7VT      Cooper Bouchard        Hinesburg, VT

19.       4VT      Scott Coburn               Barre, VT

20.       55VT    #Keegan Lamson         Berlin, VT

21.       88VT    Nick Sweet                  Williamstown, VT

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

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

1.         00VT    Brandon Gray              E. Thetford, VT

2.         23NY    Cam Gadue                 Highgate, VT

3.         37VT    Kyle Streeter               Waterbury Ctr., VT

4.         07VT    Sam Caron                   Milton, VT

5.         8NH     Rich Lowrey                 South Hero, VT

6.         67VT    Kevin Streeter             Waitsfield, VT

7.         56VT    Chris Laforest              Barre, VT

8.         08VT    Phil Potvin                   Underhill, VT

9.         90VT    Cameron Ouellette     Barre, VT

10.       3VT      Michael MacAskill      Williamstown, VT

11.       31VT    Logan Powers              Middlesex, VT

12.       64VT    Jason Pelkey                Barre, VT

13.       68VT    Jason Woodard           Waterbury Ctr., VT

14.       45VT    Adam Maynard           Milton, VT

15.       54VT    Colin Cornell               E. Burke, VT

16.       8VT      Mike Billado                Grand Isle, VT

17.       20VT    Robert Gordon            Milton, VT

18.       78VT    #Tyler Pepin                Barre, VT

19.       22VT    Travis Patnoe              Wolcott, VT

20.       26VT    #Luke Peters               Groton, VT

21.       13VT    Ty Delphia                   Duxbury, VT

22.       4ME     Cooper French             Northfield, VT

DNS     33VT    Matt Ballard               Williamstown, VT

rk Miles Street Stocks – (25 Laps)

1.         98        Kasey Collins               Berlin, VT

2.         43        Jamie Davis                 Johnson, VT

3.         55        Parker Gagne              Fairfax, VT

4.         7          Kyle MacAskill             Williamstown, VT

5.         16        Dean Switser, Jr.         Waterford, VT

6.         68        Kyler Davis                  Berlin, VT

7.         48        Taylor Hoar                 South Hero, VT

8.         74        Tyler Whittemore       Barre, VT

9.         0          James Dopp                 Northfield, VT

10.       08        #Ryan Foster               Waterbury, VT

11.       71        Jesse Laquerre             Berlin, VT

12.       04        Scott Weston               Berlin, VT

13.       30*      Jeffery Martin             Barre, VT

14.       79        Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall   Pittsfield, VT

15.       9          #Logan Farrell             Barre, VT

16.       2          Haidyn Pearce             Chelsea, VT

17.       5          Kyle Gravel                  Wolcott, VT

18.       34        Patrick Tibbetts           Plainfield, VT

19.       24        Todd Raymo                Swanton, VT

20.       3          Michael Gay                S. Burlington, VT

21.       39        Derek Farnham           Bethel, VT

22.       50        Eric MacLaughlin        Milton, VT

23.       88        #Paul Rocheleau         Georgia, VT

24.       96        Thomas Peck               Waterbury, VT

25.       57        Trevor Jaques              Milton, VT

DNS     1          #Shea Wheeler           Waterbury, VT

*Sub Driver for Cam Powers

Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors – (20 Laps)

1.         16        Nate Brien                   Williamstown, VT

2.         33        Brayden Murphy         Barre, VT

3.         50        Nick Copping               Barre, VT

4.         99        Fred Fleury                  Graniteville, VT

5.         71        Jason Kirby                  Milton, VT

6.         31        Tyler Wheatley            Brookfield, VT

7.         19        Neal Foster                  Moretown, VT

8.         75        Bert Duffy                    Milton, VT

9.         88        Frank Putney               Graniteville, VT

10.       26        Corey Martin               Northfield, VT

11.       42        Karsen Murphy           Northfield, VT

12.       07        Benjamin Bushey        Springfield, VT

13.       74        Keegan Tabor              Williamstown, VT

14.       17        Brodie Frazier             E. Montpelier, VT

15.       13        Kevin Wheatley           Brookfield, VT

16.       43        Anderson Boyd            Berlin, VT

17.       03        Robert Catchapaw      Waterbury, VT

18.       83        Gavin Hodgdon           Hyde Park, VT

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