BARRE — South Burlington driver Trampas Demers earned his 11th career Late Model victory at Thunder Road’s Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular on Thursday.
Demers inherited the lead when Stephen Donahue and Christopher Pelkey tangled while racing for the top spot with five laps to go. Demers held off a late charge from Barre’s Cody Blake for the Independence Day victory.
Donahue started on pole for the 50-lap feature and ran away in the early going as the field sliced and diced behind him. The third-generation driver continued to hold the top spot after a lap-15 caution when Josh Demers sped into the front-stretch wall. However, the second caution on lap 27 for Kyle Pembroke’s spin completely changed the complexion of the race.
On the restart, Darrell Morin and Pelkey made contact while racing for the second spot in turn three. As a result, Morin and Eric Chase ended up in the turn-four wall. Pelkey ended up alongside Donahue for the restart with Trampas Demers in third after starting 12th.
Donahue and Pelkey swapped leads for the next 18 circuits, with neither ever more than half a car length in front of the other. But the breathtaking duel came to an unfortunate end as the two tangled while approaching the start-finish line on the 46th circuit. Pelkey ended up in the front-stretch wall and Donahue was sent to the rear for his involvement. That handed the top spot to Demers, who made the most of it. The veteran sped to the victory, taking over the Late Model points lead in the process.
Blake’s late run came up just short, leading to a second-place finish. Wolcott driver Marcel J. Gravel flew all the way back to finish third after getting shuffled deep into the field early in the race. Tyler Cahoon, Jason Corliss, Scott Dragon, Boomer Morris, Phil Scott, Matt White and Brendan Moodie rounded out the top 10.
East Burke Flying Tigers driver Colin Cornell was the last man standing after a wild feature, recording his first Thunder Road victory. The 17-year-old started eighth in the 40-lap feature and steadily made his way to the front as contenders fell by the wayside due to several incident’s in the second half of the event.
After a multi-car tangle on lap 28, Cornell found himself in third behind Williamstown’s Sid Sweet Jr. and Morrisville’s Brandon Lanphear. As the field came through turn two on the 34th lap, Sweet and Lanphear made contact. Lanphear ended up in the wall and Sweet was hit by several cars back in the pack. Cornell inherited the lead and held off East Calais driver Tyler Austin on a final seven-lap sprint for the breakthrough win.
Austin finished a season-best second. Points leader Stephen Martin of Craftsbury rebounded from a mid-race flat tire to catch Waterbury’s Kelsea Woodard at the line for third. Jason Woodard, Brett Wood, Logan Powers, Mike Martin, Mike Billado and Kevin Streeter rounded out the top 10.
Barre’s Tyler Pepin made it work on the outside to earn his second Street Stock win of the season. Pepin started sixth on the grid and swung to the high groove on pole-sitter J.T. Blanchard on lap 10 of the 25-lap feature. The sophomore Street Stock racer made the pass stick a few laps later and held off a late surge by Blanchard. With Graniteville’s Blanchard placing second, it matched the duo’s 1-2 finish on Opening Day. Berlin’s Kasey Collins earned his first career podium result in third. Juan “Paco” Marshall, Tommy “Thunder” Smith, Bryan P. Wall, Jamie Davis, point leader Jeffrey Martin, Hunter King and Kasey Beattie completed the top 10.
Berlin’s Kylar Davis became a first-time winner in the Road Warriors. Davis Grabbed the lead on lap seven of the 20-lap feature when Haidyn Pearce broke loose and went through the turn-four infield. He held on through two cautions, including one for a multi-car pile-up in turns three and four on a lap-16 restart.
Northfield’s Josh Vilbrin rebounded from two straight tough outings to place second. Another Northfield racer, James Dopp, earned his second straight podium finish in third. Todd Raymo, Dan Garrett Jr., Chris Davis, Brodie Frasier, Pearce, Rodney Campbell and Fred Fleury also earned top-10 finishes.
The Thunder Road action will resume Thursday with Passumpsic Bank Night. The Flying Tigers will take center stage with a 75-lap feature in round two of the Triple Crown Series. There will also be a full card of racing for the Late Models and Street Stocks.
AUBUCHON HARDWARE HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR RESULTS
MAPLEWOOD/IRVING OIL LATE MODELS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Trampas Demers ( 85VT) Shelburne, VT
2. Cody Blake ( 99VT) Barre, VT
3. Marcel J. Gravel ( 86VT) Wolcott, VT
4. Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT) Danville, VT
5. Jason Corliss ( 66VT) Barre, VT
6. Scott Dragon ( 16VT) Milton, VT
7. Boomer Morris ( 13VT) Barre, VT
8. Phil Scott ( 14VT) Middlesex, VT
9. Matt White ( 42VT) Northfield, VT
10. Brendan Moodie ( 94VT) Wolcott, VT
11. Ricky Roberts ( 3VT) Washington, VT
12. Eric Chase ( 40VT) Milton, VT
13. Stephen Donahue ( 2VT) Graniteville, VT
14. Christopher Pelkey ( 64VT) Graniteville, VT
15. Kyle Pembroke ( 27VT) Montpelier, VT
16. Darrell Morin ( 17VT) Westford, VT
17. Josh Demers ( 10VT) Montpelier, VT
DNS Josh Masterson ( 11VT) Charlotte, VT
LENNY’S SHOE & APPAREL FLYING TIGERS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Colin Cornell ( 54VT) E. Burke, VT
2. Tyler Austin ( 5VT) East Calias, VT
3. #Stephen Martin ( 9VT) Craftsbury Common, VT
4. Kelsea Woodard ( 55VT) Waterbury Ctr., VT
5. Jason Woodard ( 68VT) Waterbury Ctr., VT
6. Brett Wood ( 29VT) Georgia, VT
7. #Logan Powers ( 31VT) Middlesex, VT
8. Michael Martin ( 01VT) Craftsbury Common, VT
9. Mike Billado ( 8VT) Grand Isle, VT
10. Kevin Streeter ( 67VT) Waitsfield, VT
11. Adam Maynard ( 57VT) Milton, VT
12. Cooper Bouchard ( 7VT) Hinesburg, VT
13. Lance Rabtoy ( 12VT) Fairfax, VT
14. Brandon Lanphear ( 11VT) Morrisville, VT
15. Sid Sweet Jr. ( 93VT) Williamstown, VT
16. Robert Gordon ( 20VT) Milton, VT
17. Eric Messier ( 3VT) Hinesburg, VT
18. Micheal MacAskill ( 33VT) Williamstown, VT
19. Jeff Murray ( 35VT) Georgia, VT
20. Bunker Hodgdon ( 83VT) Wolcott, VT
21. Kyle Streeter ( 37VT) Waterbury Ctr., VT
22. Joe Steffen ( 00VT) Grand Isle, VT
23. Jason Pelkey ( 64VT) Barre, VT
24. Chris Chambers ( 14VT) Brookfield, VT
25. Sam Caron ( 07VT) Milton, VT
26. Danny Doyle ( 51VT) Chelsea, VT
ALLEN LUMBER STREET STOCKS
Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown
1. Tyler Pepin ( 78) Barre, VT
2. J.T. Blanchard ( 66) Graniteville, VT
3. Kasey Collins ( 98) Berlin, VT
4. Juan Marshall ( 79) Pittsfield, VT
5. Thomas Smith ( 22) Williamstown, VT
6. Bryan P. Wall ( 77) E. Kingston, NH
7. Jamie Davis ( 43) Wolcott, VT
8. Jeffrey Martin ( 8) Barre, VT
9. Hunter King ( 64) E. Calais, VT
10. Kasey Beattie ( 45) St. Johnsbury, VT
11. Justin Blakely ( 17) Barre, VT
12. #Tanner Woodard ( 68) Waterbury Ctr., VT
13. Tim Hunt ( 93) Derby, VT
14. Scott Weston ( 04) Berlin, VT
15. Michael Gay ( 3) So. Burlington, VT
16. Frank Putney ( 88) Graniteville, VT
17. Thomas Peck ( 96) Barre, VT
18. #Keegan Lamson ( 55) Berlin, VT
19. Dean Switser Jr. ( 16) Lyndonville, VT
20. Gary Mullen ( 29) Tunbridge, VT
21. Eric MacLaughlin ( 6) Milton, VT
22. #Kyle MacAskill ( 7) Williamstown, VT
DNS Royce Lussier ( 95) Berlin, VT
DNS Hunter Garduno ( 13) W. Fairlee, VT
DNS Tom Campbell ( 85) Middlesex, VT
DNS Jayme Lee ( 4) Berlin, VT
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