Contributed by: ACT Staff
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.