Thunder Road SpeedBowl
LESAGE POSTS FIRST WIN OF SEASON IN A NIGHT OF FIRSTS
Jerry Lesage of Winooski cruised to an easy victory, his first of the season, in Thursday's VT State Employees Credit Union Trophy Dash at Thunder Road. Lesage started on the pole and set a torrid pace during the early laps of the 50-lap main event. Outside pole sitter, Jamie Fisher of Shelburne, tried to stay with Lesage when the green flag flew but found his car preferred the low groove. He was content to settle into second.


Running the high groove, Waterbury Center's Chad Wheeler challenged Fisher for several laps before taking over the runner-up spot on the 17th circuit. A single caution slowed the 24-car field just past the halfway mark for Joe Becker's slide off the first turn.
On the restart, Wheeler tried to stay with Lesage but there was no denying Lesage the win. He became the 12th different Late Model winner in 14 events. Wheeler and Fisher completed the top three.
Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, who was at the track preparing for the upcoming $10,000 to win Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 on Sept 4, finished fourth. Montpelier's Dave Pembroke, a two-time winner this year, rounded out the top five.
Mark Lamberton of Mooers Forks, NY, also getting ready for the upcoming ACT Tour event, finished sixth, John Donahue, Phil Scott, Rich Lowrey and Dave Whitcomb completed the top ten.
Defending Late Model Champion, Cris Michaud of Williamstown, finished 12th but still sits atop the point standings. Chad Wheeler's runner-up finish unofficially moves him into second.
Mark Barnier of Essex Jct won the NAPA Sportsman division's 35-lap feature. Brian Delphia was second and Tom Therrien was third. Completing the top five were Joe Steffen and Justin Hart. The win was the first of the season for Barnier.
Barre's Ron Gabaree, a rookie competitor in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division posted his first career win with a narrow win over Joe Small, the division's defending champion. Melinda Gervais from So Burlington was third.
James Dopp from Williamstown, driving a Street Stock for the first time this year, was judged to have the best performance of the VSECU race meet and will be given the Booth Brothers Cream of the Crop Award. Dopp started 17th and finished fourth in the feature race. He will receive a cash award.
Chris Carey of N. Montpelier also scored his first feature was with a victory in the PowerShift Warrior class.
Thunder Road's final Thursday night event of the season is the next event on tap at the high-banked quarter-mile oval. Post time for the Sweepstakes Team race is 6:00 pm.