Run-What-U-Brung Thrills as Dwindling Point Season Delivers Hard-Nosed Racing

Press Release from the ACT Tour

Photo By: Alan Ward

Barre, VT — The final Thursday night of the 2022 Thunder Road season was certainly one to remember as the championship point battles begin to come down just inches of fiberglass and seconds on the clock. Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night brought the Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors their second first-time winner in two weeks, a rookie that led a flag-to-flag rk Miles Street Stock sprint and two stories of determination and time spent in the shop to get their respective mounts back on top at Thunder Road.

Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warrior veteran ‘No-Look’ Nick Copping took off like a rocket with the early lead over Worcester’s Rodney Campbell in their 20-lap main event. Barre’s Ryan Sayers stalked and followed before engaging the sling-shot around Copping on the backstretch with just five laps remaining. The charge was short lived with a huge lap-15 pile up in turn three taking down veteran ‘Flyin’ Fred Fleury and newbies Tyler Wheatley and Conner Noyes. On the restart, Ryan Sayers took the jump of his life and never looked back, taking his first Thunder Road win followed by Nick Copping and ‘Barbie Boy’ Frank Putney to round out the first feature event of the night.

The rk Miles Street Stocks were thirty-two cars strong at the start of their 25-lap feature as Williamstown’s Kyle MacAskill missed the shift and plugged up the inside lane. After earning the pole, rookie driver Curtis Franks sped away from number-two-man Thomas Peck as wily veteran Scott Weston stayed hot on his tail. Lap 13 would see Haiden Pearce dive into the front stretch grass as his Cavalier lost all power with Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall similarly heading his Neon into the infield with a flat right-rear on Lap 22.

Impressively, Franks held off all challengers in the green to checkers event as the remainder of the thirty-two car field jumped and jolted around each other with both lanes of highway in rush hour. After easily twenty wrecks that could’ve happened, but didn’t, the final lap turned things sour. A gaggle of top-10 cars went haywire in turn three as they stared down the checkered flag just three hundred feet ahead. Top point chasers Jeffrey Martin, Josh Lovely and Kyler Davis were all involved as rookie Curtis Franks took down his first rk Miles Street Stock win followed by Scott Weston and Mekaylah Bowen. Bowen would be disqualified in post-race technical inspection for a weight infraction, giving third to Johnson’s Jamie Davis.

The annual Run-What-U-Brung tradition was far from a calming intermission with over twenty amateurs ready to duke it out at their favorite hometrack. Four door pickups, four-cylinder sedans, Dodge Durango’s and Chevy Camaros battled hard for the final Thursday Night crowd knowing only one victor would reign supreme. After Peter Childs earned the four-cylinder top honors and Nathan Felch took down the V-8 top spot, the crowd demanded an overall championship match.

While the two were evenly matched through turns one-and-two, the Camaro showed its superior handling, powering into turn three until the ol’ girl kicked sidewise. Felch would overcorrect his 1988 Chevy and slammed hard into the Widowmaker front stretch wall with Childs taking the overall win. At press time, we still can’t decide if the wreck itself or Felch climbing triumphantly through the window had the larger, louder applause.

The 40-lap Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers took the field, attempting to follow-up the act of a lifetime with the crashing crunch of an ‘80’s vintage Camaro. Adam Maynard took the early lead through the first five laps from the pole as a side-by-side battle with Mike MacAskill began in earnest. MacAskill, using the outside lane, methodically got around the #45VT of Maynard on lap 10 with another short-lived run. The first caution of the night would fly on lap 11 for the spinning machines of Matt Ballard, Kevin Streeter, Eric Johnson and Phil Potvin in turn two.

On the restart, it was Tanner Woodard and MacAskill with last-week’s winner Mike Billado and Myers Triple Crown Champion Derrick Calkins stalking the leaders. After making a valiant effort on the outside, MacAskill’s #3VT got loose coming out of turn four on lap, allowing Woodard an open raceway ahead. As Woodard stretched his lead, the battle for 8th became the highlight of the field as rookie contender Kaiden Fisher duked it out side-by-side with Maynard, bottlenecking the rest of the field. With Woodard just inches away from lapping the back end of the field, he took down the double-checkers on Jet Service/Accura Printing Night followed by Mike Billado and Derrick Calkins.

Rounding out the night, a stout field of Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models entered the track for the final Thursday Night of the season. Waterford’s Andy Hill took the early lead as Marcel Gravel, Tyler Cahoon and Keegan Lamson started taking it three-wide on lap two. By lap-10, Brandon Lanphear gained some steam under the hood and took to Hill’s outside, making his #16VT work hard to gain inches on Hill. The first caution flag would wave on lap 22 for the flat front and broken front end of Chris Roberts.

On the restart, with Hill low and Lanphear high, the field took off again until Darrell Morin tried to get to the bottom coming off turn two and into the backstretch under Hill. The chain reaction caused Hill to sweep up the track into Lamson with Lamson taking Lanphear hard into the turn three wall, the reverberating thud felt throughout the crowd and ending his strong run. Once again it was Hill down low and now Morin up high with championship contenders Chris Pelkey, Scott Dragon and Kyle Pembroke close behind the two-by-two rows.

Following the final caution with eight-to-go for the spinning Cooper Bouchard in turn four, it was Morin versus Lamson with the side-by-side battle quickly giving way to a hard charging Marcel Gravel. Gravel quickly dispatched a loosening Lamson, jumping to the outside of Morin with three-to-go. Gravel would take the lead by a bumper shroud under the white flag, finally leading by a fender to take his second win of the season. Darrell Morin took home second with Keegan Lamson earning third.

Thunder Road roars back to life on Sunday, September 4th for the 44th New England Federal Credit Union Labor Day Classic. The Stars and Cars of the American-Canadian Tour return to their home track high atop Quarry Hill in Barre, Vermont for the $5,000-to-Win, 200 lap nightcap on the summer racing season. Alongside the Tour will be the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors. Full schedule and race day information will soon be available online at

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963,, or visit You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ThunderRoadVT.

Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT

Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night

Thursday, August 25, 2022


Run-What-U-Brung Champion –

Overall & Four-Cylinder Class –

#14      Peter Childs                 Orange, VT                  2007 Honda Fit

Eight-Cylinder Class –

#5        Nathan Felch               Barre, VT                     1988 Chevrolet Camaro

Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models – 50 Laps

  1. 86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT
  2. 17VT    Darrell Morin              Westford, VT
  3. 55VT    #Keegan Lamson         Berlin, VT
  4. 64VT    Chris Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT
  5. 8VT      Anthony Hill                Waterford, VT
  6. 0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT
  7. 27VT    Kyle Pembroke            Montpelier, VT
  8. 40VT    Eric Chase                   Milton, VT
  9. 2VT      Stephen Donahue       Graniteville, VT
  10. 04VT    Matthew Smith           Fairfax, VT
  11. 38VT    Tyler Cahoon               Danville, VT
  12. 9VT      Chip Grenier               Orange, VT
  13. 01VT    #Stephen Martin         Craftsbury Common, VT
  14. 4VT      Scott Coburn               Barre, VT
  15. 7VT      Cooper Bouchard        Hinesburg, VT
  16. 55TL    Blair Bessett                Barnet, VT
  17. 16VT    Brandon Lanphear      Morrisville, VT
  18. 3VT      Chris Roberts               Washington, VT
  19. 94VT    Brendan Moodie         Wolcott, VT
  20. 14VT    Phil Scott

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers – 40 Laps

  1. 68NH   Tanner Woodard         Waterbury Ctr., VT
  2. 8VT      Mike Billado                Grand Isle, VT
  3. 15VT    Derrick Calkins             Hinesburg, VT
  4. 64VT    Jason Pelkey                Barre, VT
  5. 01VT    Michael Martin           Craftsbury, Common, VT
  6. 20VT    Robert Gordon            Milton, VT
  7. 3VT      Michael MacAskill      Williamstown,VT
  8. 07VT    Sam Caron                   Milton, VT
  9. 35DG   Colin Cornell               E. Burke, VT
  10. 18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT
  11. 45VT    Adam Maynard           Milton, VT
  12. 31VT    Logan Powers              Middlesex, VT
  13. 67VT    Kevin Streeter             Waitsfield, VT
  14. 56VT    Chris Laforest              Barre, VT
  15. 44VT    Justin Prescott             Williston, VT
  16. 2VT      Eric Johnson                Randolph Ctr., VT
  17. 90VT    Cameron Ouellette     Barre, VT
  18. 25VT    Kevin Boutin Jr.           Fairfax, VT
  19. 08VT    Phil Potvin                   Underhill, VT
  20. 5VT      Tyler Austin                 East Calais, VT
  21. 23NY    Cam Gadue                 Highgate, VT
  22. 13VT    Ty Delphia                   Duxbury, VT
  23. 33VT    #Matt Ballard             Williamstown, VT

DNS     37VT    Kyle Streeter               Waterbury Ctr., VT

rk Miles Street Stocks – 25 Laps

  1. 33        #Curtis Franks             Topsham, VT
  2. 04        Scott Weston               Berlin, VT
  3. 43        Jamie Davis                 Johnson, VT
  4. 73        #Paige Whittemore     Graniteville, VT
  5. 48        Taylor Hoar                 South Hero, VT
  6. 5VT      Derek Farnham           Bethel, VT
  7. 7          Kyle MacAskill             Williamstown, VT
  8. 47        William Hennequin     Morrisville, VT
  9. 34        Patrick Tibbetts           Plainfield, VT
  10. 26        Luke Peters                 Groton, VT
  11. 16        Dean Switser, Jr.         Waterford, VT
  12. 8          Jeffery Martin             Barre, VT
  13. 29        Gary Mullen                Tunbridge, VT
  14. 54        Josh Lovely                  Williamstown, VT
  15. 68        Kyler Davis                  Berlin, VT
  16. 69        Christopher Davis       Berlin, VT
  17. 71        Jesse Laquerre             Berlin, VT
  18. 17        Justin Blakely              Graniteville, VT
  19. 74        Tyler Whittemore       Barre, VT
  20. 9          #Zachary Audet           Morrisville, VT
  21. 0          James Dopp                 Northfield, VT
  22. 98        Kasey Collins               Berlin, VT
  23. 3          Michael Gay                S. Burlington, VT
  24. 30        #Cameron Powers       E. Montpelier, VT
  25. 77        Bert Duffy                    Milton, VT
  26. 24        Todd Raymo                Swanton, VT
  27. 6          Eric MacLaughlin        Milton, VT
  28. 96        Thomas Peck               Waterbury, VT
  29. 55        Parker Gagne              Fairfax, VT
  30. 79        Juan ‘Paco’ Marshall   Pittsfield, VT
  31. 2          Haidyn Pearce             Chelsea, VT

DSQ     12        Mekaylah Bowen        Morrisville, VT*

*Disqualified for Weight Infraction

Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors – 20 Laps

  1. 94        Ryan Sayers                 Barre, VT
  2. 50        Nick Copping               Barre, VT
  3. 88        Frank Putney               Graniteville, VT
  4. 31        Tyler Wheatley            Brookfield, VT
  5. 8          Ryan Foster                 Waterbury, VT
  6. 95        Taylor Sayers               Barre, VT
  7. 16        Nate Brien                   Williamstown, VT
  8. 68        Jamie York                   Graniteville, VT
  9. 44        Chris Couture              Barre, VT
  10. 10        Rodney Campbell       Worcester, VT
  11. 14        Sean McCarthy           Williamstown, VT
  12. 66        James Burnett
  13. 99        Fred Fleury                  Graniteville, VT
  14. 74        Bert Duffy                    Milton, VT
  15. 65        Connor Noyes              E. Montpelier, VT
  16. 71        Jason Kirby                  Milton, VT
  17. R2R

DNS     77        Josh Vilbrin                 Northfield, VT

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