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Sicard Inherits Casella 100 Win at Thunder Road

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.

Michaud Takes Fourth Thunder Road Win

Late Model stock car driver Cris Michaud of Northfield claimed his fourth victory of the season at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday night, winning the 50-lap Vermont ACE Hardware Dealers Trophy Dash.  Michaud started 15th on the 26-car grid, and sliced his way through the field during the early laps.  Once he reached the outside lane, he was able to pass leader Brooks Clark on lap 34 and cruise to the win.

Clark, of Fayston, had a career night as he ran second for much of the remainder of the event.  Defending track champion Dave Pembroke and current point leader Eric Williams tried for several laps to get past Clark, and were only able to with four laps left.  Pembroke, of Middlesex, and Hyde Park’s Williams finished second and third, respectively, with Clark coming home fourth, his career best result.

Former champion Jamie Fisher of Shelburne was fifth.  Fisher was the race’s only other leader, nosing in front of Clark on laps 21 and 22.  Chip Grenier, Joey Becker, American-Canadian Tour point leader Scott Payea, Robbie Crouch, and Gary Caron completed the unofficial top ten in order.  Williams now leads Michaud by 18 points (665-647) unofficially with three championship events remaining.  Pembroke and Phil Scott are tied in third at 618 points.

Michaud, Crouch File First Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 Entries

Champion Late Model stock car drivers Cris Michaud and Robbie Crouch have filed the first two entries for the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sun., August 31.  Both drivers are feature winners at the historic 1/4-mile oval in 2008.  Michaud, of Northfield, VT, is in the thick of the “King of the Road” track championship battle with three victories to his credit.  Crouch, originally of Tampa, FL, earned his first Thunder Road win in nearly 20 years last month.

The Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 is the tenth of 12 rounds for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Championship, and comes just three days after the final Thunder Road Late Model weekly championship series event on Thursday, August 28.  The 200-lap Classic pays a guaranteed $5,000 to the winner, plus bonuses.

Michaud, only 35 points behind leader Eric Williams and just six points back from Phil Scott, is picturing a Labor Day weekend to remember.  “The Bond race is a big deal,” he said.  “I’ve never won it, but I want to this year.  It would be pretty special if I could win my fourth championship at Thunder Road on Thursday and then the Labor Day Classic on Sunday.  I don’t know how anyone could top that.”