Contributed by: ACT Staff
Shawn Sicard of Barre won the Casella Waste Management Tiger Sportsman 100 stock car race at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sunday night, after the car of apparent first-place finisher Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex failed post-race technical inspection. Sicard started 21st on the 30-car grid, and made a quick last-lap maneuver underneath fellow Barre driver Lance Allen while running with lapped traffic to take second place on the race track. Sicard and Dave Finck, another Barre native, had traded the third position several times in the closing laps before the move under Allen.
Sicard’s victory was the second of his NAPA Tiger Sportsman career. Allen, who like Sicard is in his second season in the division, held on for second place. Finck matched a season-best effort in third. Eighteen year-old Derrick O’Donnell of Bradford finished fourth over unofficial point leader Craig Bushey of Cambridge. Barre rookie Cody Blake finished sixth ahead of North Middlesex driver Chris Gendreau, who was making his first start of the year. Craftsbury’s Joel Hodgdon, veteran Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier, and Mark Barnier of Essex Junction completed the revised top ten in order, unofficially.
Rookie Matt White of Northfield earned his second victory of the year in the Late Model division. White drove from ninth starting position, avoided a lap 7 wreck that eliminated the top three runners, and then won a see-saw battle with Brooks Clark for the lead in the middle stages of the 50-lap race. After Clark spun on lap 27 and front-runner John Donahue had a flat tire on lap 30, a razor-close four-car battle developed behind White.