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Three-Man “King of the Road” Battle Concludes Thursday at Thunder Road

Three Vermont Late Model stock car drivers will slug it out for the 2008 “King of the Road” Track Championship at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday night, as NAPA Auto Parts and Make-A-Wish present the final regular weekly event of the season at 6:30pm.  Eric Williams of Hyde Park holds a narrow 16-point lead over two three-time champions, Cris Michaud of Northfield and Montpelier’s Phil Scott, who are deadlocked in a second-place tie entering the final 50-lap race.

“I don’t lay awake at night thinking about the championship, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to win it,” says Williams.

“We’re racing for the win on Thursday; I think that’s the only way any of us will win the title,” said Michaud.

“I’m in a good position,” says Scott.  “There’s no pressure on me.”

Maine’s Glen Luce Knocking on the Door at Thunder Road’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic

Glen Luce of Turner, ME is seemingly on the verge of capturing his first-ever American-Canadian Tour Late Model stock car victory.  The 20-year racing veteran is in his first full season of ACT competition, and after a steep learning curve early in the year, feels that he’s ready to break into victory lane.  He wants to do it at the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sunday, August 31.

“We’re knocking on the door (of the first win); we’ve got a lot of momentum,” said Luce.  “We hit on something at Airborne, and we’ve been gaining confidence ever since.  We’ve been contenders almost everywhere, and we’ve been shown a lot of respect on and off the track.  It feels good.”

Luce finished fourth at Airborne Speedway (NY) in May, then posted finishes of fifth at his home track, Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway in June and sixth at the most recent ACT Late Model Tour event at White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire last weekend.  He currently ranks eighth in the championship point standings with his K&K Excavation/Glen Luce Trucking #7ME Chevrolet.  In between his ACT successes, Luce finished as the runner-up to former Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick at the prestigious TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford in July.

Underdogs Shine in Front of Big Crowd at Thunder Road

A host of “underdog” stock car drivers ruled the night at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday in front of a large crowd on Kinney Drugs Night.  Mike “Beetle” Bailey and Jamie “Hurricane” Fisher split a pair of 50-lap Late Model features, while Chris Chambers earned his first NAPA Tiger Sportsman win of the season.

Bailey, of South Barre, notched his first career win in the previously rained-out Calkins Portables/WDEV Radio Late Model 50 to begin the evening.  Bailey had not finished inside the top ten since an eighth-place result on June 19.  He won the Calkins/WDEV race going away in a caution-free affair that took just 12 minutes to complete.  Fisher, of Shelburne, finished second after a long battle with Montpelier’s Phil Scott.  John Donahue of Graniteville finished fourth on Scott’s bumper with rookie Matt White of Northfield fifth.

Fisher, the 2003 Thunder Road Champion, returned to victory lane in the regularly-scheduled Kinney Drugs 50, storming up the outside lane in the manner that earned him his nickname years ago.  Fisher had not won a feature event since July 2006.  He battled Colchester driver David Chagnon side-by-side for the lead for more than 30 laps before he was able to move ahead, then survived late contact from Donahue to take the win.  Chagnon, whose best finish of the season had been 14th, earned a career-best third place finish behind Donahue.  Graniteville’s Chip Grenier and Scott completed the unofficial top five.