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VERMONT — Stock car driver Jason Corliss has been named the VtMotorMag.com 2017 Driver of the Year by the readers of vtmotormag.com. It is Corliss’ first Driver of the Year award.

Nearly 12,000 votes were cast across eleven categories in the one-week online poll held at VtMotorMag.com’s official website, vtmotormag.com, and Barre, VT driver Corliss earned 16.59% of the vote in the overall Driver of the Year category. The Thunder Road Vermont Milk Bowl champion, Thunder Road Late Model multi-race winner, and ACT Late Model Tour third place finisher edged Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s Dirt Sportsman Modified champion and NASCAR Whelen All American Series Vermont State champion Kenny Tremont Jr. of West Sand Lake, N.Y. by a single percentage point as he earned 15.54% of the vote.

Jason Porter of Freeport, ME finished third with 14.03% of the vote after he reeled off multiple wins in four cylinder competition at both Bear Ridge Speedway and Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s Dirt Track. Newly crowned Thunder Road Late Model champion Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT finished fourth with 11.31% of the vote while fellow Thunder Road champion, Flying Tiger champion Jason Woodard of Waterbury Center, VT, finished fifth with 11.30% of the vote.

Thunder Road Late Model runner-up Trampas Demers of South Burlington, VT, Bear Ridge Four Cylinder champion Jesse Durkee of South Royalton, VT, Bear Ridge Sportsman Modified champion Derek Graham of Woodsville, NH, Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Sportsman Modified runner-up Tim LaDuc of Orwell, VT, and ACT Late Model Tour champion Scott Payea of Milton, VT were also nominated for the overall Driver of the Year award and received votes.

Overall runner-up Tremont also claimed Driver of the Year top honors in the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt and Open Wheel categories. Porter finished second to Tremont in the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt category with Vince Quenneville Jr. of Brandon, VT third. In the Open Wheel category, Quenneville finished second with Sprint Cars of New England runner-up Will Hull of Plainfield, VT third.

Quenneville received a first place finish in the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Asphalt Driver of the Year category after his Sportsman Modified championship season in the track’s final asphalt season. Super Stock champion Dylan Rabtoy of Swanton, VT finished second with Sportsman Modified runner-up Ron Proctor of Charlton, NY third.

Flying Tiger champion Woodard earned the most votes in the Thunder Road Speedbowl Driver of the Year category. He finished ahead of Late Model competitor Scott Dragon of Milton, VT and Late Model champion Therrien.

ACT Late Model Tour champion Scott Payea claimed the Touring Series Driver of the Year category. Payea topped Sprint Car runner Hull and Northeast Mini Stock Tour racer Matt Sonnhalter of East Thetford, VT.

Bear Ridge Speedway two-division competitor Ryan Christian took top honors in two categories: Bear Ridge Speedway Driver of the Year and Late Model Driver of the Year. In the Bear Ridge category, Limited Late Model champion Wayland Childs of Chelsea, VT finished second and Sportsman Coupe champion Brian Chaffee of Bradford VT finished third. In the Late Model category, Christian topped Corliss with Therrien third.

Thunder Road Speedbowl Street Stock champion Jamie Davis of Wolcott secured the most votes in the Four Cylinder Driver of the Year category. Porter earned the second most votes with Durkee third.

Bear Ridge Speedway Sportsman Coupe campaigner Tanner Siemons of Orford, NH earned the top honor of Rookie Driver of the Year after his impressive freshman season in Bear Ridge’s co-headline division. Thunder Road Street Stock multi-race winner Logan Powers of Middlesex, VT earned the second most votes in the category with Bear Ridge Sportsman Modified freshman Walter J. Hammond of Canaan, NH third.

Thunder Road Street Stock championship contender Kelsea Woodard of Waterbury Center, VT claimed Driver of the Year honors in the Breakout Driver of the Year category after a third place finish in the championship standings. Fellow Thunder Road Street Stock competitor Cooper Bouchard of Hinesburg, VT was second with Sprint Car standout Lacey Hanson of Orwell, VT third.

Corliss is the eighth different driver to win the overall VtMotorMag.com Driver of the Year award. Nick Sweet earned back-to-back honors in 2015 and 2016 while Joey Polewarczyk Jr. (2014), Todd Stone (2013), Wayne Helliwell Jr. (2012), Kevin Chaffee (2011), Don Miller (2010), and Thomas Placey (2009) have each claimed top honors, previously.

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VMM Driver of the Year Award Winners:
VMM 2017 Driver of the Year: Jason Corliss, Barre, VT
VMM Bear Ridge Speedway Driver of the Year: Ryan Christian, Canaan, NH
VMM Devil’s Bowl Speedway Asphalt Driver of the Year: Vince Quenneville Jr., Brandon, VT
VMM Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Driver of the Year: Kenny Tremont Jr., West Sand Lake, NY
VMM Thunder Road Speedbowl Driver of the Year: Jason Woodard, Waterbury Center, VT
VMM Touring Series Driver of the Year: Scott Payea, Milton, VT
VMM Open Wheel Driver of the Year: Kenny Tremont Jr., West Sand Lake, NY
VMM Late Model Driver of the Year: Ryan Christian, Canaan, NH
VMM Four Cylinder Driver of the Year: Jamie Davis, Wolcott, VT
VMM Breakout Driver of the Year: Kelsea Woodard, Waterbury Center, VT
VMM Rookie Driver of the Year: Tanner Siemons, Orford, NH