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Ryan Kuhn takes the checkered flag Friday at Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl. (Alan Ward photo)

Kuhn Rules Thunder Road PASS Run

BARRE, Vt. — Ryan Kuhn captured the victory in the Pro All Stars Series super late model feature that headlined Friday night’s card at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl.

Led to point by Bobby Therrien and 2021 Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Milk Bowl Friday winner Trevor Sanborn, Therrien quickly scooped up the lead at the start. PASS North point leader Ryan Kuhn began falling back in the early stages of the 150-lap event as 2022 Oxford Plains Speedway champion Max Cookson quickly moved into third place behind Sanborn and Therrien.

By lap 17, Sanborn used the inside lane to overtake Therrien before Cookson used the same move to steal away the lead on lap 29. Over the next sixty laps the field spread out as Cookson sliced through lap traffic while D.J. Shaw, MacDonald, Ryan Kuhn and Gabe Brown kept pace behind the leader. Scott McDaniel would fall out of the race on lap 95 as his rear end went haywire, sending him pit-side under the black flag. 

On lap 104 the battle for second overheated and boiled over. As D.J. Shaw moved around Eddie MacDonald to steal away second, MacDonald made contact with Shaw. The pair went flying into the turn one barrier with MacDonald ending his run early. The first restart of the event would pit Cookson and Kuhn against each other with Cookson snagging the lead back once again. Meanwhile, Gabe Brown slid underneath Kuhn to steal second and set his sights on the top spot. 

On lap 109, Brown would officially take the lead as Cookson took hold of second. The second yellow would fly on lap 134 as Jimmy Renfrew Jr.’s right front expired. On the restart Cookson and Brown would faceoff once again with Kuhn waiting in the cat-bird seat. With five laps remaining Cookson slid under Brown, moving the No. 50 machine to take the lead. Brown, unhappy with the move, retaliated in turn four, sending the Cookson machine around off his front bumper. Both would restart at the tail of the field. 

On the final restart, Ryan Kuhn would drag race fellow youngster Jake Matheson under the green flag. With Kuhn gaining the advantage, Trevor Sanborn followed him on the inside groove to take second leaving Matheson to duke out the final podium spot with Joe Pastore. Ryan Kuhn would take down his first career Thunder Road victory followed by Trevor Sanborn in second and Joe Pastore stealing away third after hard contact with Matheson at the line. 

Ben Seitz topped the supermodified feature and Spencer Morse won the modified main event.

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