Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Morrisville’s Pete Fecteau raced and won all three of his Late Model events Thursday night at Barre’s Thunder Road to score a rare “Triple Crown” at the Times Argus Mid-Season Championship. Fecteau’s feat launched him from 11th in the season-long point standings to fifth due to the double points available at the Mid-Season event. Fecteau, the 1997 Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road” held off multi-time Champion, Phil Scott from Montpelier after a back and forth duel for the lead in the closing laps of the 60 lap feature. Trampas Demers of So. Burlington was third. Rounding out the top five was Williamstown’s Cris Michaud and Chad Wheeler from Waterbury Center.

Wheeler was able to extend his point lead over Shelburne’s Dennis Demers to an unofficial 35 with his performance in the double-point Mid-Season event (766-731). Demers kept Wheeler in sight but was unable to capitalize on the extra points available. He finished tenth in the feature.

“My car was fast all night although it did fade a bit at the end. I had all I could do to keep it ahead of Phil (Scott),” said the winner of his 15th career Late Model victory.

Runner-up Scott used the high groove to move through the pack from his 12 place starting spot, “It was a great race. We gave Pete a good run on the outside. I thought I might have something for him at the end, he raced me clean but I just couldn’t get it done.”

Third place Demers was retrospective, “I was waiting for Phil and Pete to make a move, my car worked in either groove. (I decided) third was better than going off the bank and finishing last like I did last week,” he said with a grin.

Finishing sixth was Eric Williams from Hyde Park, Essex Jct’s Dave Whitcomb, Rich Lowrey from Charlotte, Graniteville’s John Donahue and Dennis Demers completed the top ten.

Northfield’s Jeff French posted his first career NAPA Sportsman win in the added distance, double-point main event in convincing style. French, who started the feature from the fifth spot, used the low groove to work his way to the lead.

Rookie of the Year contender Chris Chambers of Brookfield and Shannon Tomasovich from Milton led the field to the green flag in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman feature event. The two touched coming out of the fourth turn and Tomasovich was able to slide his car in front of the freshman driver to take the top spot before one lap had been completed. Tomasovich put distance between himself and the rest of the field which was running two-by-two for position. His lead was short lived as the race’s lone caution on the 13th lap and brought the field together. The multi-car incident took out several top point drivers, no one was injured but third place point man Nick Sweet from Barre saw his night come to an end from the sling position between two wreckers. The restart put the Pontiac of French alongside the Oldsmobile of Tomasovich.

When action resumed French edged ahead of Tomasovich for the lead and never looked back. Tomasovich continued to pursue French but was unable to reel him in. He scored his best outing of the season with a second place finish. Duxbury’s Brian Delphia joined French and Tomasovich in victory lane with a third place finish. Joe Steffen from Essex Jct and Middlesex’s Doug Murphy completed the top five.

French’s “donuts” on the backstretch demonstrated how excited the 32-year-old driver was about clinching his first weekly win.

“My car was good last week but it broke during the feature. It sure is nice to be a winner here at Thunder Road. The awesome fans are what make it worth coming out and running each week!”

Northfield’s Matt White, the point leader entering the mid-season championship lost his advantage to Pete Ainsworth thanks to a tenth place finish. Ainsworth finished seventh and has a tenuous three point lead (620-617).

Allen Lumber Street Stock driver Scott Perkins from Randolph returned to the Winner’s Circle this week backing up his second place finish last week with a win in the Times Argus Mid-Season event. The double-points, 30-lap event ran without a caution period. Perkins, another first time winner was joined in victory lane by runner-up Geoff Forsey from Westford and third place finisher Travis Ingerson of Lisbon, NH. David Allen from N Troy and Kyle Tatro of Hyde Park rounded out the top five.
Eric Badore’s 15th place finish cost the Georgia resident the Street Stock point lead by the slimmest of margins (699-697 to Lloyd Blakely of Barre.

Bunker Hodgdon from Hardwick won his second PowerShift Warrior feature of the season and second of his career. Dan Garrett of Middlesex was second and Brad Kelley from Williamstown was third.

Thunder Road is back in action on Sunday (July 30) with the 22nd annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200. Also on the card is a 50 lapper for the Street Stocks and a two segment Monza-style race for the Warriors. Post time is 6:00 pm.