Contributed by: ACT Staff
Veteran stock car driver Dave Whitcomb of Essex Junction earned his 20th career Late Model victory at Barre’s Thunder Road in the NAPA Auto Parts/Make-A-Wish 50-lap event on Thursday night. Whitcomb charged around David Chagnon of Colchester to take the lead on lap 40, then sped to the win. Jamie Fisher of Shelburne followed Whitcomb around Chagnon two laps later to finish in second place. Chagnon, who set a career-high mark in third place one week ago, equaled his best finish by completing the podium.
The NAPA/Make-A-Wish feature was the final 2008 “King of the Road” championship event for the Late Model division. Three drivers, leader Eric Williams of Hyde Park, and tied-for-second drivers Cris Michaud of Northfield and Phil Scott of Montpelier entered the night just 16 points apart for the title.
Scott did his part by finishing second in his qualifying heat race to transfer into the bonus-points Semi-Feature, then finished second again. His total gain was seven points on Williams. Entering the NAPA/Make-A-Wish 50, Williams led Scott by nine points and Michaud by 17. All three drivers, after battling in heavy traffic, made their way into the top ten. Williams spun just after the yellow flag was displayed on lap 32, but was given his running position back by race control as he was not part of the original incident that caused the caution period.