This year's Thunder Road championship point battle is the closest three-way race that anyone can remember, with Scott Dragon, Jason Corliss and Trampas Demers all locked in a heap just 10 points apart. Last week, prior to the feature event, as part of my duties with the WDEV Radio broadcast, I asked each of the drivers if they were concerned with the points. Only Dragon was honest with me and said that he was. After the race, I asked them all the same question again. All three were honest with me that time, and the answer was essentially “yes” from all three. Dragon was understandably thrilled with his strong run, while Demers was just-this-side-of-devastated by his tough luck. Corliss was happy about his own effort, but was upset with the way that he felt Dragon raced against him. Dragon is the points leader and is the only driver with the benefit of having won a “King of the Road” crown already — by just one point over Nick Sweet in 2016. Demers was a close second to Bobby Therrien last year, and Corliss has sniffed the title a couple times. The 10-point spread isn’t meaningless, but it’s not worth much of anything until the final calculations have been made. The whole scene can change completely in heat races alone, and should one of the drivers win the 65-lap feature on Thursday, he’ll gain seven points more than the next guy. And lurking in the background is Cody Blake, 41 points behind. While the word “miracle” has been tossed around with Blake’s name lately, don’t forget that Jamie Fisher rallied from 33 down to win the title in a tiebreaker over Phil Scott in 2003. It can happen. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss Thursday’s battle. It’ll be one to remember. PIT NOTES — The famed Oxford 250 comes to Maine on Sunday. The richest one-day short-track asphalt race in America is expected to draw as many as 75 Super Late Model entries from all parts of the East Coast, including Georgia superstar Bubba Pollard and Maine’s own Austin Theriault. The winner has the opportunity to cash in for as much as $50,000 in purse and lap leader bonuses. — Plainfield’s Will Hull bagged another one on Friday, winning the USAC Dirt Midget Association feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, New York, just before the rains came. Hull has won eight times in Midget and Sprint Car competition this summer. — Jonathan Bouvrette won Saturday’s “Bacon Bowl 200” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Quebec, taking the American-Canadian Tour’s lone officially sanctioned race north of the border in 2018. Bouvrette pocketed $10,000 for his efforts. Milton’s Scott Payea finished fifth and wrapped up the ACT Chaudiere Triple Crown championship. VERMONT RACING Bear Ridge Speedway – Bradford LAST WEEK: Jake Williams, of Center Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, won Saturday’s Sprint Cars of New England feature, and Matt Lashua, of Canaan, New Hampshire, topped the DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds. Tanner Siemons, of Orford, New Hampshire, won the Sportsman Coupe race, and John Neddo, of Barre, won in the Limited Late Models. Buddy Welch, of East Corinth, was the Four Cylinder winner. THIS WEEK: Racing is Saturday at 6 p.m. with weekly divisions, the USAC Dirt Midget Association and the Granite State Mini Sprints. Devil’s Bowl Speedway – West Haven LAST WEEK: Kenny Tremont Jr. won Sunday’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Sportsman Modified race, while Adam Piper, of Leicester, inherited his first win in the Limited Sportsman division after inspection. Rutland’s Kevin Elliott won the Super Stock feature, Kaleb Shepard, of Vergennes, beat the Mini Stocks again, 13-year-old rookie Shawn McPhee, of Rutland, was a first-time Mini Sprint winner, and Evan Roberts, of Fletcher, topped the Bandit Youth Mini Stocks. THIS WEEK: Racing is Sunday at 6 p.m. with double features for all five weekly divisions. Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre LAST WEEK: Evan Hallstrom, of Northfield, won Thursday’s Late Model feature to become the division’s youngest-ever winner. Tyler Austin, of East Calais, won the Flying Tiger race, Lyndonville’s Dean Switser Jr. inherited the Street Stock win after inspection, and Kyle MacAskill, of Williamstown, was the Road Warrior winner. THIS WEEK: The final Thursday night race of the season starts at 7 p.m., when the Late Model “King of the Road” will be decided. Tigers, Street Stocks and “Run What You Brung” spectator races are also on the card. REGIONAL RACING Airborne Park Speedway – Plattsburgh, New York LAST WEEK: Steve Bernier won Saturday’s DIRTcar 358 Modified feature, and Jamie LaFountain won the Sportsman Modified race. Dave Demore of Alburgh was the Mini-Mod winner. THIS WEEK: Racing is at 7 p.m. on Saturday with all five weekly divisions. Albany-Saratoga Speedway – Malta, New York LAST WEEK: Marc Johnson won Wednesday’s Short Track Super Series Modified race with Tim Hartman Jr. taking the Sportsman feature. On Friday, Plainfield’s Will Hull took the USAC Dirt Midget Association feature before rain interrupted the program. THIS WEEK: Racing is Friday at 7 p.m. with double Modified features, all weekly divisions and the Empire Lightning Sprints tour. Claremont Speedway – Claremont, New Hampshire LAST WEEK: Ronnie Silk won Saturday’s 100-lap Modified open, and Ricky Bly won the Super Street race. THIS WEEK: Racing is Friday at 7 p.m. with all three weekly divisions. Lebanon Valley Speedway – West Lebanon, New York LAST WEEK: Gerard McIntyre won Sunday’s All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car race and Jason Herrington won the Small Block Modified feature. Saturday’s races were rained out. THIS WEEK: Racing is Saturday at 7 p.m. with weekly divisions and the King of Dirt Racing Pro Stock Series. Legion Speedway – Rumney, New Hampshire LAST WEEK: Friday’s races were rained out. THIS WEEK: Racing is Friday at 7 p.m. with weekly divisions, the Wingless Auto Club Sprint Cars and an Enduro. Monadnock Speedway – Winchester, New Hampshire LAST WEEK: Saturday’s races were rained out. THIS WEEK: Racing is Saturday at 6 p.m. with all weekly divisions and the Valenti Modified Racing Series. Speedway 51 – Groveton, New Hampshire LAST WEEK: Craig Bushey, of Cambridge, won Saturday’s Late Model feature, Burt Spooner, of East Montpelier, was a first-time Tiger Sportsman winner, and Thomas Merchant, of Eden, won the Street Stock race. THIS WEEK: Racing is on Saturday at 6 p.m. with all weekly divisions and the New England Antique Racers. White Mountain Motorsports Park – North Woodstock, New Hampshire LAST WEEK: Mike O’Sullivan won Saturday’s Granite State Pro Stock Series race, Jonathan Lemay won the Late Model feature, and Barton’s Adam Sicard won the Strictly Stock Mini race. THIS WEEK: Racing is Saturday at 6 p.m. with four weekly divisions and the STAR antique racers. Justin St. Louis is a motorsports journalist, publicist, broadcaster, historian and former driver. Email: Twitter: @Justin_StLouis  

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