Morris takes sixth career Late Model triumph 

–by T.J. Ingerson (@TJIngerson)
VMM Editor

BARRE — Tim Hunt scored an improbable win in many ways on Thursday night at Thunder Road.

The Derby driver was on his way to a runner-up finish in the Consolidated Communications 25-lap Allen Lumber Street Stock feature until race leader Jamie Davis turned the lapped car of J.T. Blanchard off of turn two on lap 19 and handed the lead to Hunt.

From there, Hunt held off point leader and multi-time winner Matthew Smith to claim his first career Street Stock.

“I’m trying to improve every week,” Hunt said. “It’s going well, finally.

“I’m trying hard in my first few races.”

The win for Hunt was improbable in more than one way — he lost his arm in a boating accident in 1991.

“I was in an accident on my father’s birthday,” Hunt said. “It’s coming right up — July 21, 1991. I lost my arm in that accident.

“I haven’t let it hold me back. And here I am. doing something that I’ve always wanted to do.”

Smith, of Essex, finished second while Stephen Martin nipped Tyler Pepin at the line for third. The freshman Pepin was fourth with Logan Powers fifth.

Former champion Tommy Smith finished sixth with two-time race winner Brandon Gray seventh. Dean Switser Jr., rookie Bryan Wall, and Jeffrey Martin completed the top-ten finishers.

Davis unofficially finished 13th.

Boomer Morris claimed his sixth career Thunder Road Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model win in their 50-lap event.

The Barre driver took the lead from Kyle Pembroke on a lap 40 restart and cruised to the win.

“To come back (after a wreck a few weeks ago), I’ve got a good crew,” Morris said in victory lane. “They put in a lot of effort. They get me out here and they make me look good.

“We had a good run last week and to top it this week, it’s pretty awesome.”

The lone restart of the race came when Mark Norris flipped on the frontstretch after contact off of turn four and came to a stop in front of Stephen Donahue and Matt White. Both drivers made hard contact with Norris. All three drivers were okay.

Pembroke, of Montpelier, held on for second while Eric Chase of Milton finished third. Trampas Demers finished fourth while Jason Corliss rebounded from a crash one week ago to finish fifth.

Point leader Cody Blake finished sixth with former champion Scott Dragon seventh. Mike Bailey, Christopher Pelkey, and Brendan Moodie completed the top-ten finishers.

Thunder Road will host the 39th VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 on Thursday, July 19. Post time is 6:30pm.

VtMotorMag.com will have more from Thunder Road’s Consolidated Communication event soon.

PHOTO: Tim Hunt captured his first career Thunder Road Allen Lumber Street Stock win on Thursday night at Thunder Road. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS — Consolidated Communications Night
Thunder Road Speedbowl, Barre, Vt.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Pos.-Driver-Hometown
(# – denotes rookie)

Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models (50 laps)
1. Boomer Morris, Barre
2. Kyle Pembroke, Montpelier
3. Eric Chase, Milton
4. Trampas Demers, Shelburne
5. Jason Corliss, Barre
6. Cody Blake, Barre
7. Scott Dragon, Milton
8. Mike Bailey, South Barre
9. Christopher Pelkey, Barre
10. # Brendan Moodie, Wolcott

Allen Lumber Street Stocks (25 laps)
1. Tim Hunt, Derby
2. Matthew Smith, Essex Junction
3. Stephen Martin, Craftsbury
4. # Tyler Pepin, Barre
5. Logan Powers, Middlesex
6. Tommy Smith, Williamstown
7. Brandon Gray, East Thetford
8. Dean Switser Jr., Lyndonville
9. Bryan Wall, East Kingston, N.H.
10. Jeffrey Martin, Berlin