This one’s for the statheads! To begin our look back at the 58th season of racing on the Barre high banks, the folks in the Thunder Road research department have gone deep inside the numbers. How many first time winners were there this season? Who has the most consecutive seasons with at least one feature win? Which family duo had the best year? Find the answers to those questions and much more, then check back in the coming weeks for more about the 2017 season that was!
(All statistics including the non-point-counting Vermont Milk Bowl unless otherwise noted.)
0 – Points that separated Jason Corliss and Trampas Demers after the final segment of the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank. Corliss earned the victory based on his higher Segment 3 finish.
0.001 – Margin of victory by Stephen Donahue over Bobby Therrien in the third Late Model heat at the July 3 Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular. It is the smallest margin possible under Thunder Road’s electronic timing and scoring system.
1 – Drivers who have now won championships in the Thunder Road Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. Bobby Therrien became the first driver to accomplish the feat with his 2017 Late Model title. He won the Street Stock championship in 2007 and the Flying Tiger championship in 2012.
1.75 – Average finish in the Flying Tiger point standings for Brendan Moodie in the past four seasons. Moodie was the 2015 Tiger Champion and has finished second in points the other three season.
3 – Number of Flying Tiger rookies who won at least one feature in 2017. Jamon Perry (2), Kyle Streeter, and Jason Pelkey were the three drivers.
4 – Maplewood Triple Crown winners in 2017. Ricky Roberts (July 3), Phil Scott (July 6), Boomer Morris (July 13), and Cody Blake (August 10) were the drivers to earn Triple Crowns by capturing their heat, the semi-feature, and the main event.
4, 5, 4 – Segment finishes for Milk Bowl Champion Jason Corliss. He became the first driver since Nick Sweet in 2013 to win the Milk Bowl without recording a top-three finish in any segment.
5 – Maplewood Semi-Feature wins for Bobby Therrien. Therrien accumulated 45 total points from those five wins, eventually winning the championship by 36 points.
6 – Consecutive seasons in which both Joe Steffen (Tigers) and Jamie Davis (Street Stocks) have recorded at least one feature win. They are tied for the longest streak among active drivers.
8 – Consecutive Vermont Milk Bowl starts by Fayston’s Brooks Clark, the longest active streak.
9 – Podium finishes for Dwayne Lanphear (Tigers), the most of any driver. Trampas Demers (Late Models) and Trevor Lyman (Tigers) were tied for second with eight each.
12 – Number of different Late Model winners in 2017, the most of any division. (Figure includes both ACT Late Model Tour events.)
12.236 – Time, in seconds, by Wolcott’s Marcel J. Gravel during qualifying for the Vermont Milk Bowl. The lap broke the previous official track record of 12.245 seconds set by Sylvain Metivier in 1995.
14 – First-time winners at Thunder Road in 2017, including touring series. The Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors led the way with four each.
20 years, 10 months, and 18 days – Timespan between Ricky Robert’s first Late Model feature win (August 15, 1996) and his second Late Model win (July 3, 2017).
28 – Combined top-10 finishes this season by Jason and Kelsea Woodard in the Flying Tigers and Street Stocks, respectively. The two narrowly edged Dwayne and Brandon Lanphear (27) for the most top-10 finishes by a family duo.
37 – Different feature winners at Thunder Road in 2017, including touring series.
66 – Age difference, in years, between 14-year-old Bryan P. Wall and 80-year-old Clem “Desperate” Despault. They were the youngest and oldest drivers, respectively, to compete at Thunder Road this season.
225 – Number of drivers, including touring series, who competed in at least one feature event at Thunder Road in 2017.