Thunder Road SpeedBowl
FECTEAU TAKES WIN IN FLAG-TO-FLAG CASELLA DASH
Morrisville's Pete Fecteau set a torrid pace in Saturday's flag-to-flag Casella Waste Management Trophy Dash and went on to win his first feature of the season at Thunder Road. Fecteau, a former Late Model Champion at the Barre stock car oval, started on the outside of the front row. Georgia's Ryan Nolin, a rookie competitor, challenged the leader over the final circuits of the 50-lap event but was not able to get the veteran to make a mistake. Chad Wheeler, of Waterbury Center, who led the point standings before last Thursday's double point Times Argus Mid-Season Championship race, gained back some of what he had lost with a third place finish.



Dave Whitcomb, a winner earlier in the season was fourth and current point leader, defending Late Model Champion, Cris Michaud rounded out the top five. Track officials for his outstanding run to a top five finish voted Michaud, who started 14th in the 23-car field, as the recipient of the Booth Brothers Cream of the Crop Award. He will receive a cash award at Thursday's Fisher/Federated Auto Parts event.
Kris Grout of Duxbury survived four early race cautions to win the NAPA Sportsmen's 35-lap main event. Grout led the first four circuits but lost the advantage to Jason Bonnett of St Albans following a seventh lap restart. A caution two laps later slowed the field once again. On the ensuing restart Bonnet, a former Sportsman Champion at New York's Airborne Raceway, was unable to keep his car from spinning as he rounded Thunder Road's fourth turn. Grout re-inherited the lead and was able to fend off late race challenger Marcel Gravel. Like Fecteau, Grout, who also posted his first win of the year, had started on the outside of the front row.
Wolcott's Gravel, who was looking for a second victory of the year settled for the runner-up spot. Freshman runner, Nick Sweet of Barre was third. Completing the top five were Northfield's Chip Grenier and Brian Boudreau of Duxbury.
Kyle Tatro claimed his first career Allen Lumber Street Stock win in a race that was also without cautions. The Hyde Park competitor started on the pole and managed to lap several cars as the laps wound down in the 25-lap feature, which gave him a cushion over runner-up Steve Tracy. Tracy, a first year racer from Williamstown turned in his second consecutive top-three finish. Veteran Lloyd Blakely of Barre was third. Sophomore racer, Martin Ingram from Essex Jct was fourth and Rick Fitzgerald, also a rookie completed the top five.
The Power Shift Warrior division's win went to Robert Williams of Williamstown who moved into the lead following a restart on the 12th of 15 laps. The victory was the first of his career. Jim Holbrook from Colchester, an early race leader was second and Fairfax's Alan Maynard was third.
The special Saturday event puts Thunder Road back on track following several early season rainouts. The Casella race, originally slated for June 9, was the last to be made up. The regular racing schedule resumes on Thursday with the Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Dash, which will feature a racing appearance by Nextel Cup star, Ken Schrader of Fenton, MO. Schrader, a multi-race winner with the Series will tackle the ACT Late Models in a car out of the Phil Scott stables. Post time is 7:00 pm and regular admission prices will prevail.