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KINGSBURY CAPTURES 22ND ANNUAL M&M BEVERAGE ENDURO
Tad Kingsbury of West Topsham, VT was victorious in the 22nd running of the M&M Beverage Enduro at Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl. The Sunday (July 30th) “People’s Race” included entries from Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. A field of 104 cars took the green flag three-wide around the ¼ mile asphalt oval. The 200 lap endurance race required drivers to be consistent, as skill, not speed, was the key to success. The one day heroes were forced to avoid competitors whose car had either expired or crashed on the speedplant as the event does not pause for cautions.

The annual event was the second “People’s Race” for nineteen-year-old fan turned racer. Sunday, Kingsbury was battling 103 other drivers and a horrendous summertime cold which consisted of a cough that would not cease during the victory lane ceremony. His illness forced him to reconsider participating in the event however, due to his success in the first attempt he and his pit crew, parents Mark and Sharon, decided it was worth attending. Kingsbury led most of the 2005 event and was taken out of contention by a slower car. He finished the event in the fifth position gaining knowledge that proved to be useful en route to the win.

“I learned last year that patience will pay off and it really did for me tonight.” The winner stated in victory lane. “Thunder Road puts on a great Enduro and I had a blast today. The two-thousand dollars is great, I would like to say that I’m going to spend it on things I don’t need but I guess I’ll pay off my four wheeler and pay rent instead!” He added with a grin.

Kingsbury completed 200 laps to capture the victory over runner-up Landon Bonk of Enosburg who completed 199. Colchester’s David Mitchell finished the event third with 198 laps. Mike Forsey of Westford (197) and Eric McMahon from Milton (196) rounded out the top five.

“Dancing” David Allen of North Troy claimed the Allen Lumber Street Stock special 50 lap feature event in a convincing style. Allen, who started the event in the fifth position, took the lead from pole sitter Tim Pierce of Hinesburg on lap eleven. A caution just two laps before the halfway mark brought the pack closer to Allen who had distanced himself from the 35 car field. Lloyd Blakely of Barre looked to pass Allen on the high groove but was unsuccessful. Blakely was black flagged on lap 34 for a procedural infraction he finished the event 26th.

Blakely’s penalty cost him the points lead in the summer long battle for the division championship. He unofficially moves to fifth place. Early season point leader Eric Badore of Georgia unofficially regained his lead. Seventeen year-old Kyle Tatro of Hyde Park is second, five points behind.

All eyes were on the 2005 Rookie of the year, Steve Quenneville of Barre. He took the initial green flag from the 24th position. By the halfway point he had advanced to fifth by passing slower cars on the outside groove. Quenneville finished the event as runner-up to Allen.

Allen and Quenneville were joined in the Winner’s Circle by third place finisher Tatro. Joel Hodgdon of Craftsbury and Shawn Sicard from Barre completed the top five. Geoff Forsey of Westford finished the event fourth however, following a post race technical inspection his motor was deemed illegal and was thus disqualified.

The win was the first of the season and eleventh of Allen’s career. The veteran driver emerged from the car and leapt onto the roof of his car and performed his signature dance for the crowd.

“I think I’m getting too old for this” Allen stated after completing his post race dance. “I’m glad that we were able to win today, the car has been going really well the last couple of weeks.”

Badore, rookie of the year contender Mike Martin of Craftsbury Common, Shawn Powell from Jericho, Wolcott’s Maynard Bartlett Sr and Greg Adams from Hardwick completed the top ten.

The entry-level Power Shift Junkyard Warrior division pleased the fans with a Monza style event. The two segment race was won by Kevin Streeter of Waitsfield. Drivers were awarded points based on their finishing position in each of the two 25-lap segments. (One point for first, two for second, etc.) The overall winner is determined by cumulative points. Streeter’s first and fourth place finishes, for a total of five points, was the lowest of the twenty-seven cars which earned him the victory.

A first and a fifth for Jayme Lee of Montpelier placed him second. David Whitcomb of Elmore was third with seven points. Whitcomb’s better finish in the final segment was the tie breaker over Hardwick’s Bunker Hodgdon who also had seven.

Streeter took the initial green flag in the first segment from the 14th position. By the 11th circuit he had overtaken Jamie Davis of Wolcott for the lead. The second segment was lined up by inverting the field. Streeter started the final leg of the event at the back of the pack. By the 18th lap he had broken into the top five and would advance one more position by the drop of the checkered flag.

“The Monza style race a little wild, but I had a lot of fun today!” Streeter exclaimed in victory lane. “I stayed on the track and that was important. I was able to use the inside and outside lanes to move through the field and it paid off.”

Point leader Maynard Bartlett Jr. of Wolcott unofficially remains atop the standings over David Whitcomb of Elmore. Bartlett finished the M&M Beverage event in the fifth position.

The Street’s and Warriors will be joined by their weekly counterparts the NAPA Tiger Sportsmen and ACT Late Models on Thursday, August 3rd. The Calkins Portables/Windshield World trophy dash has a post time of 7:00pm. The ever popular Port-A-Potty Grand Prix for the Mid-Season point leaders will take place during intermission.

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