Calhoon Breaks Through At Thunder Road

Tyler Calhoon

BARRE, Vt. — Tyler Cahoon dove inside Boomer Morris with nine laps remaining and went on to his first Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl late model victory of the season at U.S. Army Recruiting Night on Thursday.

It was the third straight podium finish for the veteran driver as he continued his resurgence after a tough first half of the year.

Cahoon started fifth and first got to the inside of Morris on lap 27, but the pass was nullified by a backstretch crash involving Eric Chase and Ricky Roberts. Cahoon fell into a battle with Cody Blake on the ensuing restart as early leader Morris inched away.

The field was brought back together by a lap-38 caution flag when Kyle Pembroke and Christopher Pelkey went off turn one as the pack tried to navigate lapped traffic. Sitting third on the restart, Cahoon drove up the inside and muscled underneath Morris coming off turn two on lap 41.

Morris ended up going hard into the frontstretch wall with four laps to go, but Cahoon held off Blake on the final restart for the victory.

Blake earned his third straight podium finish as well by edging out South Trampas Demers for second. Point leader Bobby Therrien took fourth and will unofficially extend his lead after copping his fifth Maplewood Semi-Feature win of the season earlier in the evening.

Rookie Jamon Perry scored his second win of the year in the 40-lap Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger feature. Perry came quickly through the field from his ninth starting position to grab the lead from fellow rookie Jason Pelkey on lap 13.

He then held off Pelkey through a serious of four cautions, including the final one on lap 28 when Dwayne Lanphear and Mike Billado got together fighting for the third spot, to cruise to the victory.

Mike Martin moved up to second on the final restart. Brendan Moodie outdueled Pelkey in the final laps for third while Joe Steffen completed the top five. Point leader Jason Woodard recovered from a mid-race spin with a flat tire to finish sixth and unofficially maintain an 11-point edge over Moodie with three events remaining.

Jamie Davis captured his first win of the season in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks. Coming off a blown engine in the previous event, Davis got to the inside of polesitter Tom Campbell on lap 18 of the 25-lap event. Campbell then lost control in turn four, sweeping up point leader Cooper Bouchard and Michael Gay in the process. Davis held off rookie Stephen Martin on the fourth and final restart for the victory.

Number-two point driver Brandon Lanphear completed the podium and stands to make a big gain in the standings after Bouchard ended up 12th.