Contributed by: ACT Staff
There will be fireworks on the track and in the air at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday (July 3) as Pepsi presents the annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.” Thrilling stock car racing action from four divisions will begin at 6:30pm, followed by a massive fireworks display, considered by many to be the best in Central Vermont each year.
In the American-Canadian Tour Late Model division, Hyde Park driver Eric Williams clings to a narrow four-point leader of Northfield’s Cris Michaud, 267-263. Michaud has won the last two Thunder Road events with Williams finishing second each time, including last week’s CARQUEST VT Governor’s Cup 100. John Donahue of Graniteville makes the battle a fierce three-way contest, as he sits just nine points behind Williams at 258. Former “King of the Road” Track Champions Dave Pembroke (239 pts.) and Phil Scott (237) complete the top five runners.
Cambridge racer Craig Bushey paces the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division by 22 points over Hinesburg’s Tom Therrien, 348-326. Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex is third (311), with veteran Joey Laquerre just two points back (309) and Scott Coburn only three points behind (308).