Justin Prescott Nabs Big Career First In Front Of Packed Holiday Crowd At Thunder Road

(Press release from Thunder Road International Speedbowl)

A hot night awaited the Thunder Road faithful for a jam-packed Fourth of July tradition on Quarry Hill. The Preston’s Kia Independence Day Spectacular was just that, some of the best racing of the season so far capped off by the huge annual Northstar Fireworks display under the stars!

Mike Billado and Luke Peters led the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers to the line with a full head of steam to start feature racing in the Preston’s Kia Independence Day Spectacular! Peters’ growing confidence found him in the lead around Billado until lap 14 with Cameron Ouellette beating him by a bumper-cover at the line. The two-by-two field continued to battle over inches gained and lost with defending champion Kyle Streeter also working around Peters to begin pursuit of Ouellette. 

Deeper in the pack, stacked up with no room to run saw title hopefuls Brandon Gray and Sam Caron mired in traffic. Streeter would nab the lead on lap 21 and never looked back, going from last place one week ago to the winner’s circle followed by Ouellette and Cooper French in a 0.018-seconds over Cam Gadue at the line for third. French’s finish would later be disqualified in post-race technical inspection for an unapproved pitman arm in his steering system, giving Gadue the official third-place finish. 

The rk Miles Street Stocks charged onto the field for their 25-lap main event led by ‘The Biffer’ Mike Gay and Derek Farnham under the green flag. While Biffer got the jump, Farnham patiently gained on the outside before overtaking the lead with ‘The Mailman’ Patrick Tibbetts also working around to take second. Tibbetts would lose his momentum on the frontstretch, leading to a mid-pack melee resulting in the first caution flag of the evening. The bad luck continued on lap 16 with Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall going for the spin cycle off turn two collecting Todd Raymo, Dean Switser and Jamie Davis among the casualties. With Josh Lovely in command at the front of the field he would remain so for his second consecutive win. Apparent second-place finisher Derek Farnham was also relieved of his finish in post-race inspection for an unapproved lower control arm, giving Mike Gay second and Trevor Jaques third. 

After mechanical woes continued for outside polesitter Chris Roberts, Cooper Bouchard and Kyle Pembroke brought the Maplefield/Irving Oil Late Model field to the line. The ‘Thunder and Lightning’ of Barre’s Thunder Road saw another incredible run of side-by-side racing throughout the early circuits. After the Bouchard/Pembroke battle lost steam, Justin Prescott and multi-time track champion Nick Sweet made the jump to the top spot before Sweet’s flat right front ended his bid for the lead. Justin Prescott led on the restart and never looked back, powering all the way through to his first career Maplefield/Irving Late Model victory in front of the packed July Fourth crowd with Chip Grenier and Cooper Bouchard rounding out the podium.

The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors finished the evening’s racing activities just prior to the Northstar Fireworks display. Benjamin Bushey stole the lead away from polesitter Brayden Murphy on lap one to face mounting pressure from the Bobby Dragon-themed ride of Jason Kirby. Fighting Anderson Boyd for third, Neal Foster wheel-hopped the lap car of Steven Corbett and went careening into the turn one wall to end his night. Bushey and Kirby faced off on the restart with Ben Bushey putting the hammer down, taking the win over Nate ‘Tater’ Brien and Tyler Wheatley. 

Thunder Road continues a busy holiday stretch in just three days with the Jack Daniels Ready to Drink Cocktails 100 this Sunday, July 7. The 100-lap showdown for the Maplefield/Irving Oil Late Models also serves as Round #2 in the inaugural Squier Cup Late Model Triple Crown plus continued action from the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors. Sunday’s Post Time is set for 5:00pm with grandstands opening at 3:00pm. Adult General Admission is $15, kids 12-6 for $5 with children 5 and under free plus the Family Four Pack (Two Adults, Two Kids) 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

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Preston’s Kia Independence Day Spectacular


Maplefield/Irving Late Models – (50 Laps)

1.         04VT    Justin Prescott             Williston, VT

2.         9VT      Chip Grenier               E. Barre, VT

3.         7VT      Cooper Bouchard       Hinesburg, VT

4.         18VT    Kaiden Fisher              Shelburne, VT

5.         64VT    Christopher Pelkey     S. Barre, VT

6.         55VT    Keegan Lamson          Berlin, VT

7.         66VT    Jason Corliss               Barre, VT

8.         01VT    Stephen Martin          Craftsbury Common, VT

9.         27VT    Kyle Pembroke           Montpelier, VT

10.       16VT    Brandon Lanphear     Morrisville, VT

11.       0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT

12.       40VT    Nick Sweet                  Williamstown, VT

13.       17VT    Darrell Morin              Westford, VT

14.       99VT    Cody Blake                  Barre, VT

15.       31VT    Stephen Donahue      Graniteville, VT

16.       71VT    #Jesse Laquerre          E. Montpelier, VT

17.       86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

18.       15VT    John Donahue             Graniteville, VT

19.       14VT    Phil Scott                     Montpelier, VT

20.       48VT    #Taylor Hoar               South Hero, VT

21.       21VT    Reilly Lanphear           Waterbury, VT

22.       8VT      Chris Roberts              Washington, VT

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

1.         37VT    Kyle Streeter               Waterbury Ctr., VT

2.         90VT    Cameron Ouellette     Barre, VT

3.         23NY   Cam Gadue                 Highgate, VT

4.         45VT    Adam Maynard           Milton, VT

5.         15NH   Brendan Moodie        Wolcott, VT

6.         00VT    Brandon Gray             E. Thetford, VT

7.         31VT    Logan Powers             Middlesex, VT

8.         67VT    Kevin Streeter             Waitsfield, VT

9.         20VT    Robert Gordon           Milton, VT

10.       07VT    Sam Caron                  Milton, VT

11.       3VT      Michael MacAskill      Williamstown, VT

12.       26VT    Luke Peters                 Groton, VT

13.       8VT      Mike Billado               Grand Isle, VT

14.       64VT    Jason Pelkey                Barre, VT

15.       9VT      #Logan Farrell             Barre, VT

16.       33VT    Matt Ballard               Williamstown, VT

17.       56VT    Chris Laforest              Barre, VT

18.       13VT    Ty Delphia                   Waterbury, VT

19.       22VT    Travis Patnoe              Wolcott, VT

20.       82NH   Frank Sweeney           Belmont, NH

DSQ*   4VT      Cooper French             Northfield, VT

*Unapproved Pitman Arm

rk Miles Street Stocks – (25 Laps)

1.         54        Josh Lovely                  Williamstown, VT

2.         3          Michael Gay                S. Burlington, VT

3.         57        Trevor Jaques             Milton, VT

4.         8          Paul Rocheleau           Georgia, VT

5.         55        Parker Gagne              Fairfax, VT

6.         7          Kyle MacAskill             Williamstown, VT

7.         9          Zach Audet                 Johnson, VT

8.         74        Tyler Whittemore       Barre, VT

9.         98        Kasey Collins               Berlin, VT

10.       33        Curtis Franks               Waitsfield, VT

11.       57NH   Todd Derrington         Littleton, NH

12.       73        Paige Whittemore      Graniteville, VT

13.       50        Eric MacLaughlin        Milton, VT

14.       16        Dean Switser, Jr.         Waterford, VT

15.       29        Gary Mullen                Tunbridge, VT

16.       08        Ryan Foster                 Waterbury, VT

17.       2          Haidyn Pearce             Chelsea, VT

18.       18x      #Walker Fitch             Marshfield, VT

19.       43        Jamie Davis                 Johnson, VT

20.       99        #Fred Fleury                Graniteville, VT

21.       32        #Kylee Potter              Marshfield, VT

22.       04        Scott Weston              Berlin, VT

23.       96        Thomas Peck               Waterbury, VT

24.       34        Patrick Tibbetts          Plainfield, VT

25.       79        Juan Marshall             Pittsfield, VT

26.       24        Todd Raymo               Swanton, VT

27.       92        Jason Goodbout, Jr.    Lincoln, NH

28.       6          Terry Pearce Jr            Chelsea, VT

29.       13        Travis Gay                   S. Burlington, VT

DSQ*   39        Derek Farnham           Bethel, VT

*Unapproved Lower Control Arm

Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors – (20 Laps)

1.         07        Benjamin Bushey        Springfield, VT

2.         16        Nate Brien                  Williamstown, VT

3.         31        Tyler Wheatley           Brookfield, VT

4.         43        Anderson Boyd           Berlin, VT

5.         54        Dan Garrett, Jr.           Berlin, VT

6.         77        Zachary Garvey           Milton, VT

7.         8          Jaiden Del Toro           Barre Town, VT

8.         95        Taylor Sayers              Barre, VT

9.         27        Derrick Mann              Graniteville, VT

10.       97        Eddie Thompson        Colchester, VT

11.       71        Jason Kirby                  Milton, VT

12.       33        Brayden Murphy        Barre, VT

13.       14        Jed Whitcomb            Williamstown, VT

14.       26        Corey Martin              Northfield, VT

15.       34        Steven Corbett           Berlin, VT

16.       05        Brandon Premont       Johnson, VT

17.       19        Neal Foster                 Moretown, VT

DNS     50        Nick Copping              Barre, VT

DNS     15        Ryan Deuso                 Barre, VT

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