Corliss Goes Back to Front for Community Bank N.A. 150 Win at Thunder Road

Barre, VT — The perfect race day greeted fans, drivers and teams Sunday morning high atop Quarry Hill in Barre, Vermont. For the 25th consecutive year, the American-Canadian Tour teams invaded Thunder Road to launch the Speedbowl’s upcoming season in grand style, yesterday proved that was still the case. Thirty-seven teams from across New England and Quebec were on hand to battle for the prestigious win at the hometrack of the American-Canadian Tour and battle they did.

Thirty-seven cars had made the trip to the Green Mountain State but only thirty would join the Community Bank 150 feature. A tough day of qualifying ensued from four heat races to two consolation events along with the Last Chance B-Feature to whittle them down to the starting grid. Utilizing the Plus/Minus qualifying handicap, ACT Rookie of the Year contender Bryan Wall Jr. earned the pole position with a +5 in heat two alongside 2020 ACT Champion Jimmy Hebert with his +4 from heat one.

Wall would take the early lead through the first nineteen circuits but in came multi-time ACT winner Bobby Therrien. A frequent flyer at the highbanked Vermont oval, Therrien used the outside groove to his advantage early but it was far from a runaway as the leaders began to encounter lap traffic. Lap 50 brought the first big caution of the afternoon as Jason Corliss’ power steering pump was sheared off, sending fluid across the track and cars sliding into a pile across it.

Therrien and Hebert would again face-off at the front with defending Thunder Road champion Christopher Pelkey and perennial title contender Cody Blake in tow. The second major caution flew on lap 62 as an overcorrecting Tanner Woodard plowed into the frontstretch Widowmaker wall, careening him back into traffic and blocking the lane ending his day among others.

With momentum on his side, Hebert would again get the jump and left Therrien and Blake to fight themselves, at one point nearly wrecking each other in turn one but excellent car control by the duo kept them on the straight and narrow. Over the final two caution periods, Corliss had made his way back into the top ten and quickly within the top three after repairing the power steering during his first lengthy caution and changing out a flat tire on the caution that followed.

With perhaps nothing more than a lot of luck, Jason Corliss continued to power down the straightaway and make time in the corners, even under constant fire from Blake and Hebert. Jason Corliss would cross under the checkered flags first to claim his fourth Community Bank N.A. 150 at Thunder Road, tying him for most all-time with Nick Sweet. Jimmy Hebert took home second followed by weekly standout Marcel Gravel. Shawn Swallow continued to showcase a strong Thunder Road program for the family team with a fourth-place finish followed by Cody Blake in fifth.

Next up for the American-Canadian Tour is a trip 38-years in the making as the Stars and Cars of North America’s most historic short track series returns to Stafford Motor Speedway for the first time since 1985. Joining the 51st Annual NAPA Spring Sizzler, the ACT Tour headlines Friday, May 12th alongside the NAPA Auto Parts Duels for Tour-type Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks and Vintage All-Stars.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit You can also get updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ACTTour.

(Alan Ward photo)

Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT

25th Annual Community Bank 150

Sunday, May 7, 2023


American-Canadian Tour – 25th Annual Community Bank N.A. 150 (150 Laps)

1.         66VT    Jason Corliss               Barre, VT

2.         58VT    Jimmy Hebert              Williamstown, VT

3.         86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

4.         04NH   Shawn Swallow           Groveton, NH

5.         99VT    Cody Blake                  Barre, VT

6.         64VT    Chris Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT

7.         60ME   Gabe Brown                Center Conway, NH

8.         16VT    Brandon Lanphear      Morrisville, VT

9.         9VT      Chip Grenier               Orange, VT

10.       04VT    D.J. Shaw                     Center Conway, NH

11.       5VT      Bobby Therrien           Hinesburg, VT

12.       36NH   Erick Sands                  Derry, NH

13.       41QC   Jonathan Bouvrette    Blainville, QC

14.       27NH   Cam Huntress              Rochester, NH

15.       68VT    Brooks Clark                Fayston, VT

16.       94VT    Brendan Moodie         Wolcott, VT

17.       00NH   Jimmy Renfrew Jr.      Candia, NH

18.       31CT    #Andrew Molleur       Woodbridge, CT

19.       18VT    #Kaiden Fisher             Shelburne, VT

20.       4NH     Jamie Swallow Jr.        Stark, NH

21.       03MA  Derek Gluchacki          North Dartmouth, MA

22.       55VT    Keegan Lamson           Berlin, VT

23.       68NH   #Tanner Woodard       Waterbury Ctr., VT

24.       0NH     Quinten Welch            Groveton, NH

25.       77NH   #Bryan Wall Jr.            E. Kingston, NH

26.       27VT    Kyle Pembroke            Montpelier, VT

27.       0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT

28.       01VT    Stephen Martin           Craftsbury Common, VT

29.       38VT    Tyler Cahoon               Danville, VT

30.       48VT    Jean-Paul Cyr              Milton, VT

DNQ    92VT    Jaden Perry                 Hardwick, VT

DNQ    28NH   Ricky Bly                      Sunapee, NH

DNQ    31KS    #Cody Schoolcraft         Claremont, NH

DNQ    12CT    #PJ Evans                     Uncasville, CT

DNQ    25NH   Jesse Switser               W. Burke, VT

DNQ    4CT      #Reese Bogue             Groton, CT

DNQ    60NH   Derrick O’Donnell       N. Haverhill, NH

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