O’Donnell rallies late for second Thunder Road win
BARRE, Vt. — Derrick O’Donnell of North Haverhill, N.H., wheeled around 16-year-old driver Joey M. Laquerre — three months removed from Driver’s Ed at U-32 High School — and went on to a car-length win in the 50-lap Late Model feature at Thunder Road Sunday.
Right behind Laquerre for third was his grandfather Joey Laquerre, a fixture at Thunder Road for decades. O’Donnell’s impressive win in the Gary Clay Builders No. 60 was his second of the season. He started 16th on the grid and sat eighth at the halfway mark. Phil Scott and Scott Payea finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Ricky Roberts, Jamie Fisher, Nick Sweet, Kyle Pembroke and Cody Blake completed the top 10.
Darrell Morin of Essex, Vt., hung tough from the pole to complete a “Triple Crown” night in the 35-lap Tiger Sportsman feature.
Morin had to survive a restart on lap 23 after a four-car crash started when the field overran Tucker Williams as he tried to limp into the pits with his hood up over the windshield.
Morin made the low line work to finish ahead of runner-up Jeff Bousquet, Mike Ziter, Brendan Moodie and Shawn Fleury.
Greg Adams of Hardwick, Vt., won his second Allen Lumber Street Stock feature in three days. Adams quickly left the field behind once he got to the front on lap 17. Runner-up George Butler managed to hold off Jamie Davis and Tommy Smith as they traded paint behind him. Davis, by inches, earned third with Smith fourth and Bunker Hodgdon fifth. Louie Mayer of North Brookfield, Mass., took the checkers in the first-ever appearance at Thunder Road by the Northeast Mini Stock Tour. Calvin Caswell of Jericho, Vt., claimed his first career Rough Rider win followed by Richie Veilleux and Alan Derrington. Thunder Road is back in action Thursday when NASCAR Sprint Cup star Clint Bowyer tries his hand in the VT Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup 150. Post time 6 p.m. The event is also the third in the four-race Vermont State Late Model Championship — ENPRO Services Night