After a big rookie season in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Waterbury Ctr.’s Kelsea Woodard is already raring to go for 2019. The second-generation racer has filed the first official entry for the 2019 Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series and leads a growing list of drivers who have committed to the trio of 75-lap events.
As Flying Tiger rookie in 2018, Woodard finished seventh in Triple Crown points and was also seventh in weekly points. For her efforts on the track, as well as her work off the track as a representative of the Race to Read program, Woodard received the Doc Nielsen Outstanding Rookie Award. The progress she made throughout the season, which culminated in earning the division’s best average finish over the final seven events, has the 18-year-old revved up for the year ahead.
“I’m excited for the whole season,” Woodard said. “I’m excited for the Triple Crown Series, I’m excited for the series at White Mountain, and I’m excited for having a season under my belt and just gaining more experience as the year progresses. When I first started racing, it was in Kids Trucks at White Mountain, so it will be a blast from the past going over there!”
Woodard is one of many drivers who have already signed up for the Myers Triple Crown Series. Her dad Jason, a 2-time Flying Tiger Champion, is also among the early entries. Another father-child duo joins them in the form of 2017 Myers Triple Crown Series Champion Mike Martin and defending Allen Lumber Street Stock Champion Stephen Martin of Craftsbury Common. Two-time 2018 Flying Tiger winner Cooper Bouchard of Hinesburg, veteran campaigner Mike Billado of Essex, regional Late Model winner Brad Bushey of Fairfax, and sophomore Kevin Streeter of Waitsfield are some of the other racers on board.
The Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series is entering its third year and has become one of the biggest stages for Flying Tiger competitors. Drivers and fans alike have praised the long-distance events and separate point fund that give the top Tiger racers a chance to shine. A similar series has been created this year for Thunder Road’s new sister track White Mountain Motorsports Park that is also drawing early interest.
“Last year I really enjoyed the series because there were more laps and more time to get through the field,” Woodard said. I usually started about midway through the pack, so it just allowed me more time to get up front. Last season, I did pretty well in the series getting in the top-10, so hopefully we can get a top-5 this time.”
The first event in the 2019 Myers Triple Crown Series is Friday, June 7 at 7:00pm as part of Capitol City Automart Night. The second event is scheduled for Thursday, July 11 on Passumpsic Bank Night with the champion crowned on Thursday, August 8 at Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night.
Thunder Road opens its 60th season of racing on Sunday, April 28 at 1:30pm with the 21st Community Bank N.A. 150. The stars of the American-Canadian Tour will go toe-to-toe with many of the local Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model favorites. They’ll be joined by the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors. Admission is $25 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under.
Opening weekend begins with the annual Downtown Barre Car Show on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00am-12:00pm. The show will be followed by a race car parade to the track and open practice from 1:00-5:00pm.