2015 Thunder Road Season in Review – Part II
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Thunder Road kicked off a busy month of July with its annual Independence Day weekend doubleheader. The weekend began on Thursday, July 2 with Aubuchon Hardware Night featuring fireworks both off and on the track. The tension was high in the closing stages of the Late Model feature as second-place runner John Donahue steadily gained on leader Jim “Boomer” Morris by rim-riding the outside. But with six laps remaining in the 50-lap event, Donahue got too high entering turn 4, sliding broadside into the turn 4 Widowmaker and rolling over.
Barre’s Cody Blake inherited second, and after another caution on the first restart attempt, Blake got the break on the second try and pulled away for his second career Thunder Road Late Model win and first since the 2013 Vermont Governor’s Cup. Morris crossed the line second but was subsequently disqualified for an illegal rear end. Barre’s Nick Sweet and N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell inherited the second and third spots. Matt White moved up to fourth after Dave Pembroke was also disqualified for refusing post-race technical inspection. Shawn Fleury, Eric Chase, Jason Corliss, Brett Gervais, Josh Demers, and Kyle Pembroke rounded out the top-10.