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Ainsworth Rebounds With Bond Auto Win at Thunder Road

Greenslit, Vilbrin take first ’08 victories, Leighton wins ACT 200


Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex turned his Tiger Sportsman stock car racing season around with a 30-lap feature victory in the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic program at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday afternoon.  Ainsworth started tenth on the 28-car grid and methodically worked his way to the front.  He reached leader Chris Lacey, a rookie from Burlington, on lap 20, battled door-to-door with Lacey for three laps, then drove away for the win.

Lacey spun out of contention in Turn 1 on lap 25, allowing Middlesex rookie Josh Demers to slip by for second place.  Demers’ runner-up finish was his second of the weekend, as he equaled his result from the 30-lap event on Thursday night.  Hometown driver David Finck finished third for third time in six events.

Rick Garand of Middlesex and Hinesburg driver Tom Therrien finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  Shawn Sicard, Craig Bushey, Eric Badore, rookie Mike Ziter, and Jimmy Hebert completed the unofficial top ten finishers in order.


Martin Wins Wild Warrior Feature at Thunder Road

More than 40 American-Canadian Tour Late Models take practice laps

Jeff Martin, Jr. of Moretown, VT won a wild two-segment race for the Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior division at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Saturday, as part of the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 program.  Martin won the first 10-lap segment, then finished second in the second segment for a total low score of three points.  Mike “Biffer” Gay of South Burlington, VT finished second overall with segment finishes of second and third for a total score of five points.  Graniteville, VT’s Travis Hull, the division’s unofficial point leader, took third place honors after finishes of fifth and first for a total score of six points.

Cabot, VT driver Ken Christman finished fourth overall (seven points) ahead of Williamstown, VT’s Lance Donald (13 points).  Kevin Dodge of Barre, VT, Neal Foster of Waterbury, VT, Graniteville, VT’s Mark LaFleche, Bryan Nykiel of Berlin, VT, and Michael Stearns of Johnson, VT completed the unofficial overall top ten in order.

Jamie Davis of Wolcott, VT walked away uninjured from a scary rollover in Turn 3 during the second 10-lap segment.


Whitcomb Wins Race, Williams Edges Scott for King of the Road

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.