Thunder Road Late Models Set to Double Down on Casella Night

Thunder Road Late Models Set to Double Down on Casella Night


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<<ATTACHED PHOTO (IMG_7058.JPG): The Thunder Road Late Models will run double features this Thursday, June 15, with their Harvest Equipment make-up feature followed by the regularly scheduled Casella event. (Buzz Fisher photo)>>


Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road is set to kick off a summer of racing with Casella Night this Thursday, June 15. After a trio of Sunday events, the quarter-mile oval opens its traditional Thursday night racing schedule with an action-packed program featuring double features for the Late Models and the annual appearance of the New England Antique Racers (N.E.A.R.).


The Thunder Road Late Models open the program with their Harvest Equipment make-up feature that was originally scheduled for June 4. They will then have a full round of qualifying and semi-feature action before ending the night with the Casella main event. The doubleheader could go a long way toward setting the stage for the 2017 "King of the Road" chase.


"There's definitely a lot on the line, especially for a team like ours," multi-time Late Model winner Matt White said. "We've been so fast all year, but we haven't been able to prove anything yet. Wrecking out of (Memorial Day) put us way behind. It'd be nice to get out of there with a couple of top-five finishes. If we can pull off a win, that'd be awesome, but the main thing is to have a solid night to get set back up for the rest of the season."


Hinesburg's Bobby Therrien has been the man to beat so far this year. After winning the Memorial Day Classic, he copped heat and semi-feature victories prior to the Harvest Equipment feature rain-out, putting himself in position to capture the Maplewood Triple Crown in the make-up feature. After a hard crash while leading Sunday's Community Bank 150, Therrien stated Tuesday that many of the repairs have been completed and the team intends to be at Thunder Road on Thursday.


Vermont Governor Phil Scott has committed to the event as well and will have two chances at becoming the first sitting governor to win a Vermont stock car race. The rest of the weekly Late Model stars are expected, including defending "King of the Road" Scott Dragon along with multi-time winners Jason Corliss, Shawn Fleury, Kyle Pembroke, and Eric Badore.


The Lenny's Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks join the action-packed card. 2015 Tiger Champion Brendan Moodie of Wolcott is on top of the standings after a win and a second-place to open the season, with 1991 Champion Dwayne Lanphear of Morrisville hot on his heels. Trevor Lyman came back from a long hiatus and showed he still has what it takes with a win in Sunday's event. Perennial contenders Mike Martin and Jason Woodard are in the hunt early, while rookie brothers Jaden and Jamon Perry have quickly gotten up to speed.


The Allen Lumber Street Stocks have a family battle atop the standings, with Morrisville's Brandon Lanphear ahead of cousin Reilly Lanphear by just two points. Reilly's sister Peyton led both to the finish line on Sunday, while veterans Alan Maynard, Michael Gay, Will Hennequin, and Gary Mullen are off to strong starts.


Post time for the first Thursday night event of the 2017 Thunder Road season is 7:00pm, with the Late Model Harvest Equipment make-up feature followed by the regularly scheduled Casella Night card featuring the New England Antique Racers. The pits open at 4:00pm with the general admission gates opening at 5:15pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12, and $25 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).


For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com.



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Annual OMRS ‘Test-a-Mod’ Session Provides Open Wheeled Thrill Rides

Annual OMRS 'Test-a-Mod' Session Provides Open Wheeled Thrill Rides

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


As part of its driver development program, the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series – powered by Torque Builders Inc. – hosted its annual open test session prior to the regularly scheduled race night – Saturday, June 10th – at Peterborough Speedway. Rick Warnes – who along with Bill Pickford and Randy Hollingsworth make-up the team of OMRS officials – says it's a great opportunity for racers from other divisions to get the feel for one of the powerful machines.


"Over the years, we've had a few drivers who have acquired a chassis to run with our series. That's been the goal all along," Warnes explained. "Its almost like a motorsports version of 'Field of Dreams'. We have the cars and drivers with enough experience to make it a benefit for everyone involved. Even if it opens the door to just one driver a year, we've accomplished our goal."


Using the #95 machine of former series champion Rob Warnes as the rabbit, a pack of hungry hounds from a variety of different genre strapped-in behind the controls of an OMRS machine for a few laps, followed by a debriefing session with family, friends and tour officials. Rick Warnes says that as in years past, around 10 drivers took the opportunity to hit the track. Its been a stepping stone for runners like Willow Barberstock and Connor James, who currently run full-time with modifieds tour.


"Willow and Connor moved into our program shortly after one of the sessions," Warnes said. "Brandon Feeney – who this year switched from the 4Fun division to the Thunder Car class – also participated in the practice day and looked at running with OMRS full-time, before picking-up the new car. Colborne, Ontario's Linc Brown ran some laps last year and made his debut with the series Saturday, June 10th."


Ontario Modifieds Racing Series 'Test-a-Mod' Notebook: Some of the drivers on the track at this year's practice included Nathan Brooks, Owen Brooks, Austin Brown, Alex Cazzilla, Andrew Druzdzowski and Patrick Ripley. Mark Griffin, who runs with the Eastern Ontario Legends Series and makes selected starts with the 4Fun division at Peterborough. 4Fun regular Sean Kennedy was on hand for the test and followed-up his time in the Modified with a feature win in his own car. Graham Brown also ran some laps. It was his first time behind the wheel of an open-wheeled machine in more than 15 years.


Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Shortly after running the 2017 edition of the Ontario Modifieds Racing Series 'Test-a-Mod' practice – Saturday, June 10th – at Peterborough Speedway, participants gathered for the annual class picture.


Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

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Local Favourites Will Chase APC Pro Late Model Glory at Peterborough Speedway

Local Favourites Will Chase APC Pro Late Model Glory at Peterborough Speedway

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


One of the most anticipated events on the 50th Anniversary schedule is about to take the green flag at Peterborough Speedway. Saturday, June 17th, the APC Pro Late Model Series is slated to make its 3rd appearance at Canada's Toughest 3rd of a Mile Paved Oval, with support from the home track Battlefield Equipment Rental 4Fun, Thunder Car and Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck divisions.


Former OSCAAR Super Late Model Series champion Brandon Watson holds the hot hand on the travelling road show, having taken the win at events run at Sunset and Flamboro Speedways so far this season. Despite Watson's success, there will be a few familiar faces for fans of the tight, tricky bullring on Mount Pleasant Road, west of the Liftlock City to support.


Cavan, Ontario's Dan McHattie is taking some time this week to convert his regular Saturday night ride over to the APC specs. He says he's enjoying running the weekly shows in front of his family, friends and fans at Peterborough and looks forward to being in the line-up against some different competition this weekend. Chris Mitchell – who won the Autumn Colours Classic in 2011 – is focusing his efforts on the Pro Late Model tour this year and finished 10th and 11threspectively at Sunset and Flamboro. He says he's working with a car that's new to him and is still working to see what it wants.


In addition to McHattie and Mitchell, reigning Peterborough Speedway Late Model champion Rick Spencer-Walt has also run the first 2 shows on the Pro Late Model tour and is expected to compete during this weekend's stop. Track owner and promoter J.P. Josiasse says its great news to have some of the venue's top runners in the line-up for this special event.


"There have been so many talented racers come through our gates over the years, its great to see some of top Late Model teams signed-up for this event," Josiasse said. "They've all been big winners during their events here and it would be quite possible to see one of them take the checkered flag Saturdaynight."


For the Saturday, June 17th event pit gates will open at 2:00 and the general admission grandstands unlocked at 4:00. Racing takes the green flag at 6:00. Looking ahead on the schedule finds the annual Autism Awareness Night Saturday, June 24th. Race action includes the Can Am TQ Midget, Jiffy Lube Mini Stock, Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Renegade Truck, Trailers Plus Eastern Ontario Legend and Ontario Modifieds Racing Series divisions, with kid's barrel races at intermission.


Full schedule details and the latest news can always be found by logging onto www.peterboroughspeedway.com, liking the Peterborough Speedway page on Facebook or following the track on Twitter. Fans can also download the free app on your Smartphone.


Photo attachment: Jim Clarke – Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media


Cavan, Ontario's Dan McHattie will be part of a group of home track favourites to compete in the APC Pro Late Model event – Saturday, June 17th – at Peterborough Speedway.


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L'Autodrome Montmagny présentait samedi dernier sa 1ière course de trois pour le titre de MONSIEUR ORICOM 2017. Dix-sept (17) ont pris la piste d'assaut pour 2 finales de 30 tours. C'est le meilleur <car count> de la saison pour la classe Sport Compact élite au Québec.


Avec 17 voitures en piste, vous avez comblé de joie et de satisfaction la direction et le personnel de l'Autodrome Montmagny, le commanditaire ORICON INTERNET et moi-même et nous vous disons 
MERCI. Nous sommes fiers de vous et très heureux de vous accueillir en nos murs. Je sais que plusieurs d'entre vous ont fait des sacrifices et mis des heures de travail pour venir nous visiter! 

MERCI à vos conjointes qui ont surveillé les enfants soit dans les puits ou à la maison et qui vous ont apporté leur support…MERCI à tous vos équipiers qui vous permettent de mettre en piste la meilleure voiture possible… MERCI à tous ceux qui vous aident de près ou de loin…MERCI à vos supporteurs et commanditaires…

MERCI À VOUS TOUS et c'est tous ensemble que nous allons augmenter la participation ailleurs au Québec.


Prochain rendez-vous à Montmagny pour la deuxième course pour le titre de MONSIEUR ORICOM 2017, c'est SAMEDI LE 24 JUIN avec deux autres finales de 30 tours. Il faut dépasser la vingtaine! Vous êtes capables!

Après avoir remporté sa qualification Robin Harrisson en a fait autant lors des deux finales pour prendre la tête pour le titre de MONSIEUR ORICOM avec 200 points. Il ne l'a pas eu facile, car les Maxime Gagné et Steve Godbout l'on talonné de près pour terminer à égalité au 2ième rang avec chacun 187 points.Ils sont suivi d'Olivier Labbé Pelletier avec 174 points et de Jeff Côté de Beauceville qui a sa première présence à Montmagny a d'abord remporté sa qualification et termine 5ième au classement avec 170 points. 

Lauzier, Blanchette, Livernoche Éric, Caron et Levasseur complètent le <BIG TEN>.Soulignons également la performance de Samuel Boyer, qui termine 11ième et domine pour le titre de recrue de l'année.

Deux belles finales rapides avec discipline et respect qui ont enchanté autant les pilotes que les amateurs. Ça promet pour le 24 juin. Une réunion de pilotes est prévue pour discuter de la saison 2018... Détails à suivre.

André Gagnon
Directeur Adjoint et relationniste
Autodrome Montmagny

P/S Classement de la saison sur le site de l'Autodrome au autodromemontmagnyspeedway.com et sur guideauto.com/forum sur les post de classement.

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Howe Perfect in Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track Win

ATTACHED PHOTOS (credit Barry Snelling/Devil's Bowl Speedway):

Bell.jpg: Alex Bell (right) of Cambridge, N.Y., with car owner and fellow driver Lou Torres (left) in victory lane after Bell's win in the Lucas Oil POWRi Outlaw Midget Series at Devil's Bowl Speedway.

Griffin.jpg: Bob Griffin of Sunapee, N.H., etched his name in the record book as the first-ever winner in the new Catamount Mini Sprint club at Devil's Bowl Speedway.

Howe Perfect in Devil's Bowl Speedway Dirt Track Win

Bell wins tough Midget race


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WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Randy Howe was picture perfect at The Dirt Track at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Sunday, June 11.  The Lebanon, N.H., veteran hit every mark, led every lap, and earned his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series victory on Whelen Engineering Night.  Howe topped a six-division show that also saw Bill Duprey, Jason Porter, Sami Sargent, Alex Bell, and Robert Griffin all make stops in victory lane.

Howe had some good luck to go along with a strong car in the Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified division.  He drew the number-one starting position for both his qualifying heat race and the 35-lap main event and was able to stay there the entire night.  A rash of early caution flags in the feature race gave the rest of the field several attempts at taking Howe's lead away, but the former Devil's Bowl 358-Modified winner and multi-time champion in his native New Hampshire never faltered.

Only Kenny Tremont Jr., after working his way from the 10th starting spot, was able to mount a serious challenge for Howe, but could not find a way past Howe on the dry slick track.  Tremont took runner-up honors with Vince Quenneville Jr. a solid third.  Jackie Brown Jr. rebounded from an early crash to finish fourth, while Bobby Hackel charged from 14th to fifth place.  Chad Miller, Justin Severance, and Justin Comes were next in line, and Mike Block drove from 21st to finish ninth.  Billy Lussier completed the top 10 runners.

Bill Duprey of Hydeville, Vt., collected his 45th career Devil's Bowl win in the Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock division, taking a 15-lap main event.  Duprey started sixth and battled early with Matt Mosher before stretching out to a 10 car-length margin of victory.  Chris Murray and Josh Bussino – Duprey's teammates and close friends – finished second and third, respectively, setting up a jubilant victory lane celebration.  Frank Monroe and Larry Bristol rounded out the top five.

Long-hauler Jason Porter of Freeport, Maine, made it a two-for-two start to the season in the 15-lap Portland Glass Mini Stock feature.  The opening night winner drove from 10th place at the start for his second-straight victory.  Sophomore driver Chris Charbonneau collected his career-best finish as the runner-up after leading several laps.  Robert Garney – who traveled home to Fort Edward, N.Y., to get a backup car after qualifying – finished third ahead of rookies Willie Rice and Josh Kennedy.

Sami Sargent of Bristol, Vt., became the first winner on the 3/10-mile Dirt Track at Devil's Bowl in the new Ladies Mini Stock division.  After a fourth-place finish on the 1/2-mile Asphalt Track a week ago, Sargent passed both Lynn Denton and Megen Bradley to take the win.  Denton was the runner-up with early leader Bradley third.

Alex Bell of Cambridge, N.Y., made a triumphant return to his home track with the visiting Lucas Oil POWRi Outlaw Midget Series.  A former Sportsman Modified winner on both dirt and asphalt at Devil's Bowl, Bell survived a carnage-filled race for the wingless Midget cars.  Multiple incidents left several cars damaged and one crash sent Andy Barrows flipping over end-over-end; he was uninjured.

The race was trimmed from 20 laps to 15, but Bell didn't need the help as he had a fast car and won going away.  Veteran racer Rick Stone, 68, finished as the runner-up.  Tyler Rivard, who crashed out of the lead in the incident with Barrows, passed several cars in the final laps to take third place.  D.J. Moniz and Nate Furman completed the top five.

The brand-new Catamount Mini Sprint club debuted with a competitive 15-lap feature that saw good racing through the field.  Nadine Coates led the first 10 laps before Robert Hagar crashed in lapped traffic, flipping his car onto its top wing; he walked away uninjured.  At the restart, Sunapee, N.H.'s Bob Griffin – driving his son's car after having mechanical problems with his own car in the heat race – took the lead and sailed to the win.  Coates finished second with 15 year-old Colby Beinhaur third.  Mark Mulready and Sean Beinhaur were next in line.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is back in action on The Dirt Track with a special Tuesday night event on June 13 at 7:00 p.m., as the King of Dirt Series comes to town for the first Small Block 358-Modified race at Devil's Bowl in three years.  A-Verdi Storage & Office Solutions presents the 40-lap, $3,000-to-win "Vermont Modified Mayhem" event, which is expected to draw star drivers Matt Sheppard, Tim Fuller, Ronnie Johnson, Matt DeLorenzo, and many more.  Also on the card is the inaugural "Ron Casey Memorial" 20-lap shootout for Sportsman Modified non-winners, paying $500 to win.

General admission for Tuesday's special event is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $5 for teenagers, and free for kids age 12 and under.  Pit gates open at 4:00 p.m., grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., and racing starts at7:00 p.m.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is located on Route 22A in West Haven, Vt., four miles north of U.S. Route 4, Exit 2.  For more information, visit www.DevilsBowlSpeedwayVT.com or call (802) 265-3112.  Devil's Bowl Speedway is on Facebook at @DevilsBowlSpeedway and on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat at @DevilsBowlSpeed; follow the action using the hashtag #DevilsBowl.


OFFICIAL RESULTS – Whelen Engineering Night

Devil's Bowl Speedway Dirt Track – West Haven, VT

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Central Vermont Motorcycles Sportsman Modified Feature (35 laps)


# - denotes rookie

1.       (1) Randy Howe, Lebanon, N.H.

2.       (10) Kenny Tremont Jr., West Sand Lake, N.Y.

3.       (4) Vince Quenneville Jr., Brandon, Vt.

4.       (8) Jackie Brown Jr., Hurley, N.Y.

5.       (14) Bobby Hackel, Rensselaer, N.Y.

6.       (11) Chad Miller, White River Junction, Vt.

7.       (6) Justin Severance, Pittsford, Vt.

8.       (15) Justin Comes, Middlebury, Vt.

9.       (21) Mike Block, Ballston Spa, N.Y.

10.   (17) Billy Lussier, Fair Haven, Vt.

11.   (2) Brian Whittemore, Pittsford, Vt.

12.   (18) # James Fadden, Plainfield, N.H.

13.   (13) Lenny Pillsbury, Cornish, N.H.

14.   (9) Wayne Stearns, Bradford, Vt.

15.   (7) Ricky Sanville, Canaan, N.H.

16.   (19) # Tomas Kimball, White River Junction, Vt.

17.   (20) # Marty Kelly III, North Bennington, Vt.

18.   (12) Tim LaDuc, Orwell, Vt.

19.   (3) Joey Scarborough, Brandon, Vt.

20.   (16) Jimmy Ryan, Whiting, Vt.

21.   (5) Rob Maxon, Pownal, Vt.

Heat Winners: Jackie Brown Jr., Randy Howe, Brian Whittemore

Shiley Fabrication Hard Charger Award: Mike Block

Shiley Fabrication Hard Luck Award: Joey Scarborough


Rosen & Berger Auto Recyclers Super Stock Feature (15 laps)


# - denotes rookie

1.       (6) Bill Duprey, Hydeville, Vt.

2.       (11) Chris Murray, Fair Haven, Vt.

3.       (4) Josh Bussino, Mount Holly, Vt.

4.       (1) Frank Monroe, Granville, N.Y.

5.       (7) Larry Bristol, Rutland, Vt.

6.       (9) # Kyle Watrous, Bomoseen, Vt.

7.       (3) Lou Gancarz, North Adams, Mass.

8.       (8) Erwin Smith Jr., South Glens Falls, N.Y.

9.       (2) Matt Mosher, Queensbury, N.Y.

10.   (10) Ronnie Alger, Orwell, Vt.

11.   (5) Curtis Condon, Queensbury, N.Y.

Did Not Start: # Brian Rogers, Castleton, Vt.

Heat Winners: Bill Duprey, Frank Monroe


Portland Glass Mini Stock Feature (15 laps)


# - denotes rookie

1.       (9) Jason Porter, Freeport, Maine

2.       (3) Chris Charbonneau, Rutland, Vt.

3.       (10) Robert Garney, Fort Edward, N.Y.

4.       (4) # Willie Rice, Poultney, Vt.

5.       (8) # Josh Kennedy, Rochester, Vt.

6.       (5) Shawn Martin, Newport, N.H.

7.       (2) Cameron Kennedy, Rochester, Vt.

8.       (7) # Johnny Bruno, Castleton, Vt.

9.       (1) Chris Conroy, Newport, N.H.

10.   (6) # Hunter Given, Orwell, Vt.

Did Not Start: # Kyle Rogers, Fair Haven, Vt.

Heat Winner: Chris Conroy


Lucas Oil POWRi Outlaw Midget Series Feature (15 laps)


1.       (2) Alex Bell, Cambridge, N.Y.

2.       (5) Rick Stone, Cornwall, Conn.

3.       (3) Tyler Rivard, Woonsocket, R.I.

4.       (6) D.J. Moniz, Fairhaven, Mass.

5.       (9) Nate Furman, Amsterdam, N.Y.

6.       (7) Alex Adamsky, Bridgewater, Mass.

7.       (8) Jimmy Joe, Albany, N.Y.

8.       (4) Andy Barrows, New Ipswich, N.H.

9.       (1) Lou Torres, Mechanicville, N.Y.

Did Not Start: Jesse Pruchnik, New Milford, Conn.; Shilo Boyce, Hadley, N.Y.; Jeff Champagne, Westfield, Mass.


Catamount Mini Sprint Feature (15 laps)


1.       (10) Robert Griffin, Sunapee, N.H.

2.       (1) Nadine Coates, Newport, N.H.

3.       (2) Colby Beinhaur, Shoreham, Vt.

4.       (4) Mark Mulready, Buskirk, N.Y.

5.       (3) Sean Beinhaur, Shoreham, Vt.

6.       (8) Austin Chaves, Chester, Vt.

7.       (5) Brent Warren, Salisbury, Vt.

8.       (6) Erick Mulready, Buskirk, N.Y.

9.       (7) Robert Hagar, Windsor, Vt.

10.   (9) Cody O'Brien, Chester, Vt.

Heat Winner: Robert Hagar


Ladies Mini Stock Feature (8 laps)


1.       (3) Sami Sargent, Bristol, Vt.

2.       (2) Lynn Denton, Milton, Vt.

3.       (1) Megen Bradley, Rutland, Vt.



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Deux podiums pour Valérie Chiasson en classe Or de la Coupe Porsche GT3 au Grand Prix du Canada !







Deux podiums pour Valérie Chiasson en classe Or de la Coupe Porsche GT3 au Grand Prix du Canada !



Le 11 juin 2017.- La pilote québécoise Valérie Chiasson renouait ce week-end avec la compétition au Canada, alors qu'elle prenait part au Grand Prix du Canada, sur le circuit Gilles-Villeneuve de Montréal, dans la Coupe Porsche GT3 canadienne. Fidèle à la tradition qui a toujours vu Valérie briller à ce prestigieux événement, elle a réalisé deux excellentes courses, récoltant à chaque fois la deuxième place dans sa catégorie. Valérie se trouve en effet cette année dans la seconde catégorie (classe Or), réservée aux voitures d'ancienne génération qui sont en moyenne deux secondes au tour plus lente que les GT3 2017. Cela ne l'a pas empêché de se classer de plus dixième au classement général samedi, puis douzième dimanche.





Aux commandes de sa Porsche 911 GT3 Cup de l'équipe Mark Motors Racing aux couleurs de Total Canada, Valérie Chiasson devait reprendre ses habitudes avec la série canadienne de Coupe Porsche, elle qui avait plutôt participé à des épreuves en Europe, dans le cadre de la Coupe Porsche GT3 Challenge Benelux, cette saison. Dès l'unique séance d'essais libres vendredi midi, les événements sont allés dans le bon sens pour la pilote québécoise, qui réside au Grand Duché de Luxembourg : « je dispose d'une voiture de la catégorie Or, celles regroupant les modèles GT3 Cup antérieurs à 2017. La qualité de préparation de la voiture par l'équipe Mark Motors Racing était vraiment parfait mais, bien entendu, il est impossible avec une voiture de cette catégorie de viser les premiers rangs toutes-catégories » explique Valérie.


Néanmoins, elle se retrouve qualifiée treizième toutes-catégories, deuxième en classe Or en vue de la première course, samedi après-midi. Sous un chaud soleil et devant des estrades remplies à pleine capacité, son épreuve fut un succès du début à la fin. « J'ai connu un bon départ et gagné trois places dès le premier virage. Ensuite, une neutralisation s'est produite en raison d'un accrochage dans le peloton et j'ai reperdu deux places. Je pense bien qu'un ou deux pilotes n'ont pas respecté les drapeaux jaunes signalant qu'on ne peut pas dépasser, mais ils n'ont pas été pénalisés » confie-t-elle. « Ça ne m'a pas affecté outre mesure car j'ai été capable de les repasser sitôt la course relancée » ajoute Valérie Chiasson, qui a ainsi mené sa voiture au dixième rang toutes-catégories, le deuxième en classe Or.


C'était donc l'occasion pour Valérie Chiasson de renouer avec le podium du circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, après avoir été la première pilote féminine à réaliser l'exploit de grimper sur le podium toutes-catégories du Grand Prix du Canada, en 2015. « C'est un sentiment extraordinaire de monter sur le podium au Grand Prix du Canada. J'ai vraiment attaqué du début à la fin pour gagner, puis défendre ma position dans cette course, cela ajoute une saveur particulière » indique Valérie.


Dimanche, c'est de la quatorzième place sur la grille de départ que Valérie Chiasson s'est élancée. Ralentie pendant quelques tours en raison d'un accident, l'épreuve n'a que donné peu de tours pour qu'un pilote puisse gagner des positions. Valérie Chiasson termine douzième toutes-catégories, mais de nouveau deuxième en classe Or. Elle est ainsi montée pour une seconde fois en autant de courses sur le podium de sa catégorie. « J'ai réalisé mon meilleur tour dans le dernier tour de la course, je pense donc que si la course avait été plus longue (elle a duré 25 minutes au lieu des 45 minutes habituelles qu'on retrouve dans la série), j'aurais pu espérer gagner une ou deux places, mais dans l'ensemble, c'est un remarquable week-end » a expliqué Valérie, qui est aussi la représentante canadienne de la Commission FIA "Women in Motorsport" qui encourage la participation féminine en sport automobile.


Sans avoir effectué de séance d'essais préalable, Valérie en était à un premier événement cette année dans la Coupe Porsche GT3 Canada. Elle reprendra les commandes de la Porsche No.27 aux couleurs de Mark Motors Racing et Total Canada en août prochain, au Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. D'ici là, elle poursuivra sa saison en Europe, sa prochaine course dans la Coupe Porsche GT3 Challenge Benelux étant prévue le 1er juillet sur le circuit de Zandvoort, aux Pays Bas.


La participation de Valérie Chiasson cette saison en Coupe Porsche GT3 Canada est organisée en partenariat avec Mark Motors Racing et Total Canada.


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Payea Comes Back for Win in Wild Community Bank 150

Payea Comes Back for Win in Wild Community Bank 150


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<<ATTACHED PHOTO (IMG_5028.JPG): Colchester's Scott Payea celebrates his 3rd career ACT Community Bank 150 at Thunder Road on Sunday, June 11. (Alan Ward photo)>>


Barre, Vt. – Colchester's Scott Payea was atop the pack when the dust settled on Sunday, June 11, coming from behind to score his second straight American-Canadian Tour (ACT) victory in the 19th Community Bank 150 at Barre's Thunder Road.


Hinesburg's Bobby Therrien appeared to have the race in hand, stretching out a lead as large as half a track after the leaders took on right-side tires during a lap-78 caution. But with 22 laps remaining, Therrien suddenly lost control entering turn 4 and went hard into the wall.


Payea, who had sustained significant body damage during a lap-29 melee, had fought his way back to second and inherited to lead with Therrien's misfortune. He then held off Steuben, Me.'s Rowland Robinson Jr. over the final run to take his third Community Bank 150 win and 10th career ACT triumph.


Therrien started on the pole and held serve over Barre's Nick Sweet and Waterford, Conn.'s Dillon Moltz during a rough-and-tumble first half of the event. Ten cautions flew during the first 78 laps, ranging from single-car incidents to multi-car pile-ups. The field came to pit road on lap-78 after Brooks Clark went head-on into the turn-four wall, which was converted into a planned competition caution.


Payea, who sat as low as 17th after getting caught up in a wreck when cars slowed for Cody Blake's stalled machine, had worked back up to the third spot by this time. He then stalked Moltz for an extended period before getting around him just a few laps prior to Therrien's crash.


Robinson Jr., with major body damage of his own from the same incident as Payea, matched his ACT career-best with a second-place finish. Moltz took third followed by Nick Sweet and Tyler Cahoon. Jason Corliss, Scott Dragon, Rich Dubeau, Oren Remick, and Jimmy Hebert also earned top-10 finishes.


In other action, Hineburg's Trevor Lyman scored his sixth career Lenny's Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger victory in their 40-lap main event. Lyman, who returned to the Tigers this year after a long absence, powered around Williamstown's Sid Sweet Jr. early in the going, then held off former Champions Brendan Moodie and Dwayne Lanphear for the win.


Moodie took second, while Lanphear recovered from a mid-race spin for third. Cameron Ouellette, rookie Jamon Perry, Jason Woodard, rookie Jaden Perry, Mike Martin, Mike Billado, and rookie Tyler Austin completed the top-10.


In the Allen Lumber Street Stocks, Duxbury's Peyton Lanphear led a family sweep of the podium. Lanphear used a three-wide move to grab the lead on the opening circuit of the 25-lap feature and fended off cousin Brandon Lanphear on a late restart for her third career victory. Sister Reilly Lanphear came from 19th on the starting grid to overtake Will Hennequin in the final laps and complete the family affair. Rookie Stephen Martin, Cooper Bouchard, Alan Maynard, Greg Collette, Michael Gay, and Garry Bashaw rounded out the top-10.


Thunder Road kicks off its Thursday night racing season on June 15 with Casella Night. The Late Models will run double features, beginning the night with their rescheduled Harvest Equipment main event. The Lenny's Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks join them on the card with a 7:00pm post time. Admission is $12 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12, and $25 for a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids).


For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com.




Pos., Start Pos., Driver., Car #, Hometown, Laps

1. ( 12 ) Scott Payea ( 37VT ) , Colchester, VT , 150 Laps

2. ( 10 ) Rowland Robinson, Jr. ( 28ME ) , Steuben, ME , 150 Laps

3. ( 9 ) Dillon Moltz ( 5CT ) , Waterford, CT , 150 Laps

4. ( 7 ) Nick Sweet ( 40VT ) , Barre, VT , 150 Laps

5. ( 22 ) Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT ) , Danville, VT , 150 Laps

6. ( 8 ) #Jason Corliss ( 66VT ) , Barre, VT , 149 Laps

7. ( 11 ) Scott Dragon ( 16VT ) , Milton, VT , 149 Laps

8. ( 5 ) Rich Dubeau ( 30NH ) , Lebanon, NH , 148 Laps

9. ( 15 ) Oren Remick ( 21NH ) , Warner, NH , 139 Laps

10. ( 4 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 135 Laps

11. ( 1 ) Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 128 Laps

12. ( 6 ) Mike Ziter ( 54VT ) , Barre, VT , 127 Laps

13. ( 20 ) Kyle Pembroke ( 27VT ) , Montpelier, VT , 126 Laps

14. ( 13 ) Eric Badore ( 04VT ) , Milton, VT , 108 Laps

15. ( 21 ) Kyle Welch ( 9NH ) , Lempster, NH , 106 Laps

16. ( 23 ) Mark Hudson ( 82MA ) , Norton, MA , 83 Laps

17. ( 2 ) Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT ) , Wolcott, VT , 82 Laps

18. ( 19 ) Brooks Clark ( 68VT ) , Fayston, VT , 77 Laps

19. ( 18 ) Eddie MacDonald ( 17MA ) , Rowley, MA , 65 Laps

20. ( 3 ) Josh Masterson ( 11NY ) , Charlotte, VT , 58 Laps

21. ( 16 ) Jonathan Bouvrette ( 41QC ) , Blainville, QC , 51 Laps

22. ( 24 ) Spencer Morse ( 34ME ) , Waterford, ME , 36 Laps

23. ( 17 ) Cody Blake ( 99VT ) , Barre, VT , 28 Laps

24. ( 25 ) Miles Chipman ( 0NH ) , Nottingham, NH , 8 Laps

25. ( 14 ) #Raymond L. Christian lll ( 93CT ) , Norwich, CT , 6 Laps

Lap Leaders: Bobby Therrien, 1-64; Dillon Moltz, 65-66; Therrien, 67-128; Scott Payea, 129-150. (3 lead changes among 3 drivers)                                                                   

Time of Race: 1:29:29                                                 Margin of Victory: 0.278 seconds      

Cautions: 11 (laps 26, 29, 30, 41, 51, 59, 64, 64, 65, 78, 128)                                                          

Heat Winners: Rich Dubeau, Bobby Therrien, Mike Ziter                                                                

Consi Winner: Eddie MacDonald                                                                   




Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Trevor Lyman ( 17 ) Hinesburg, VT

2. Brendan Moodie ( 94 ) Wolcott, VT

3. Dwayne Lanphear ( 11 ) Morrisville, VT

4. Cameron Ouellette ( 90 ) Barre, VT

5. #Jamon Perry ( 62 ) Hardwick, VT

6. Jason Woodard ( 68 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

7. #Jaden Perry ( 92 ) Hardwick, VT

8. Mike Martin ( 01 ) Craftsbury Common, VT

9. Mike Billado ( 8 ) Essex, VT

10. #Tyler Austin ( 5 ) East Calais, VT

11. Sid Sweet Jr. ( 51 ) Williamstown, VT

12. Robert Gordon ( 20 ) Milton, VT

13. Matthew Potter ( 7 ) Marshfield, VT

14. Kevin Dodge ( 88 ) Barre, VT

15. Josh Payea ( 52 ) Milton, VT

16. #Jason Pelkey ( 64 ) Barre, VT

17. Kyle Streeter ( 37 ) Waitsfield, VT

18. Joe Steffen ( 00 ) Grand Isle, VT

19. #Burt Spooner III ( 4 ) E. Montpelier, VT

20. Shawn Powell ( 40 ) Jericho, VT

21. Joel Hodgdon ( 36 ) Craftsbury Common, VT

22. Clement Despault, Sr. ( 3 ) Waterbury, VT




Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown

1. Peyton Lanphear ( 22 ) Duxbury, VT

2. Brandon Lanphear ( 11 ) Morrisville, VT

3. Reilly Lanphear ( 21 ) Duxbury, VT

4. William Hennequin ( 47 ) Hardwick, VT

5. #Stephen Martin ( 01 ) Craftsbury Common, VT

6. Cooper Bouchard ( 7 ) Hinesburg, VT

7. Alan Maynard ( 10 ) Fairfax, VT

8. Greg Collette ( 33 ) Milton, VT

9. Michael Gay ( 3 ) So. Burlington, VT

10. Garry Bashaw ( 4 ) Lincoln, VT

11. Gary Mullen ( 29 ) Tunbridge, VT

12. Dean Switzer, Jr. ( 45 ) Lyndonville, VT

13. Kelsea Woodard ( 55 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT

14. #Kasey Collins ( 98 ) Barre, VT

15. Vern Woodard ( 73 ) Brandon, VT

16. Tom Campbell ( 85 ) Middlesex, VT

17. #Thomas Peck ( 96 ) Barre, VT

18. Tom Smith ( 50 ) Williamstown, VT

19. Matthew Smith ( 04 ) Essex Jct., VT

20. #Logan Powers ( 31 ) Middlesex, VT

21. Kevin Streeter ( 67 ) Waitsfield, VT

22. Bunker Hodgdon lll ( 83 ) E. Hardwick, VT

23. Thomas Merchant ( 38 ) Eden Mills, VT



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