PHOTO: Derrick O’Donnell celebrates after winning the race and Tiger Sportsman Championship during the 49th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl. (Leif Tillotson photo)

Adams, Woodard Claim Division Championships

— by T.J. Ingerson

BARRE — All Derrick O’Donnell needed to do was stay out of trouble and finish at Thunder Road on Sunday to clinch his first Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Championship. The Bradford driver, in his fifth year of Tiger Sportsman competition, won the season opening race and held the points lead for the entirety of the season and had a 55-point lead heading into the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl. But O’Donnell did more than just stay out of trouble, bookending the season by winning the Tiger Sportsman feature in the season finale Milk Bowl.

Hometown racer Jason Allen finished second, while Shawn Fleury, of Middlesex, was third. Eric Badore and Jason Corliss completed the top five.

O’Donnell’s season was nothing short of impressive. He posted an average finish of sixth over the 2011 season at Thunder Road, which featured three wins, eight top five finishes, and 13 top ten, including his victory in the Bond/WIX Tiger Tour event held on Memorial Day weekend. O’Donnell also ended the season with 12 straight top ten finishes, with his last finish outside the top ten came in a makeup event held on June 30th, a 13th. That finish was also his worse finish of his 2011 campaign.

Former Tiger Sportsman Champion Shawn Fleury finished second in the season standings, with Eric Badore third.

Troy Kingsbury, of Waitsfield, took his first career Allen Lumber Street Stock victory in the season finale, followed by Tom Placey, of Bradford. Nick Pilotte, of Jefferson, N.H., finished third.

Hardwick’s Greg Adams, Jr., finished sixth, which won him the championship by a slim three points over Pilotte. Adams entered the event with an eight point lead, and made a daring three wide move near the end of their 25-lap feature to secure the championship. Adams’ also had an impressive 17 top-ten place finishes during his 2011 campaign, ending with three wins and eight top five place finishes. . Bunker Hodgdon was third in the final standings.

Jason Woodard, of Waterbury, won his ninth Junkyard Warrior race of the season and claimed the 2011 division title. Tommy Elwood finished second during the 20-lap feature, while second place point man Brock Parrott was third. Kevin Wheatley finished third in the final standings.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS — People’s United Bank Milk Bowl
Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, Barre, Vt.
Sunday, October 9th, 2011

(# – denotes rookie)

Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman (35 laps)
1. Derrick O’Donnell, Bradford — 2011 Champion
2. Jason Allen, Barre
3. Shawn Fleury, Middlesex
4. Eric Badore, Milton
5. Jason Corliss, Danville
6. Brendan Moodie, Wolcott
7. Mike Ziter, Williamstown
8. Alex Ferno, East Montpelier
9. # Kyle Pembroke, Montpelier
10. Chris Pelkey, South Barre

Allen Lumber Street Stock (25 laps)
1. Troy Kingsbury, Waitsfield
2. Tom Placey, Bradford
3. Nick Pilotte, Jefferson, N.H.
4. Keith Fortier, Hinesburg
5. Kyle Streeter, Waitsfield
6. Greg Adams, Jr., Hardwick — 2011 Champion
7. Ken Christman, Cabot
8. Jason Kenison, Groveton, N.H.
9. Alan Maynard, Fairfax
10. Jamie Davis, Wolcott

Junkyard Warrior (20 laps)
1. Jason Woodard, Waterbury — 2011 Champion
2. Tommy Elwood, Morrisville
3. Brock Parrott, Williamstown
4. Paul Grant, East Calais
5. Chris Ouellette, Milan, N.H.