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Entries Filing in for Thunder Road Enduro 200

Entries for “The People’s Race” – the 24th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200 at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, July 27 at 6:00pm – are filing into the Waterbury race office.  The Enduro is a no-holds-barred race where over 100 novice drivers race virtually street-legal automobiles for 200 laps.  The top prize is $2,000.

Drivers from four Vermont counties have already entered the M&M Beverage Enduro 200.  Chittenden County is already well-represented by four Colchester racers, as well as Westford’s Mike Forsey and Josh Russin, Williston’s Jamie Benneig, and Pat Miner of Charlotte.  Amanda Habel, the first female entrant of 2008, hails from Roxbury in Washington County.  Franklin County lays claim to Ed White, Jr. and Roland Beaulieu, both of St. Albans, while Orange County has Mike Chapin of Chelsea.

New Hampshire will also have at least one driver in Charlestown’s Scott “The Mecca” Carr.  Carr has entered a 1983 Saab 900.  Other entered models run the gamut of sizes, shapes, and horsepower, from the compact Kia Sephia and Dodge Shadow, to the mid-size Mercury Sable and Buick Century, to the full-size Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Pontiac Grand Prix.

Michaud Unseats Williams at Thunder Road Governorís Cup

Late Model stock car driver Cris Michaud of Northfield, VT made good on a prediction earlier in the week that he would finally beat Eric Williams for the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT.  The pair traded the lead back and forth during an exciting battle in the middle stages of the race before Michaud was able to take over for good on lap 67.

“I thought I was dead in the water when (Williams) got by me,” said Michaud, “but I moved up to the outside where I had been running earlier and the car came back to life.  Eric is a good racer and he’s looking for his first championship, and I’d like to get another one.  It was fun racing with him tonight, and I hope we can race each other for the title the rest of the year.”

Williams, of Hyde Park, VT, was aiming at a record third-straight CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 victory.  Michaud had finished second to Williams both times.

“It would have been nice to make some history, but you can’t win ‘em all,” said Williams.  “Cris ran a great race, and he gave me a groove to run in, so I gave him a groove.  That’s what it’s all about.”

Thunder Road Heavy Hitters Williams, Michaud to Square off at Governorís Cup

Late Model stock car drivers Eric Williams and Cris Michaud will square off in dramatic fashion at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday (June 26) at the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 at 6:00pm.  Williams, of Hyde Park, has won the Governor’s Cup two years running, with Michaud finishing a close second each time.  A week ago, however, Michaud, of Northfield, beat Williams for a 50-lap victory by just three feet.

Michaud has driven to three “King of the Road” Late Model Track Championships since 2001.  Williams is a former Tiger Sportsman division Champion and Labor Day Classic 200 winner at Thunder Road, and each driver is a past winner of the Chittenden Milk Bowl.

“It’s my turn this year,” said Michaud.  “I’ve lost the last two Governor’s Cups to Eric, but the car has been running really well and I beat him last week.  I don’t see why I couldn’t beat him again.”