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CARQUEST Vermont Governor's Cup Past Champions
Year Winner Hometown Division Track
1961 Mike Osborne Barre, VT Sportsman Coupe Thunder Road
1962 Freddie Mills Groveton, NH Sportsman Coupe Thunder Road
1963 Harold Hanaford Plymouth, NH Sportsman Coupe Thunder Road
1964 Tony Colicchio Barre, VT Sportsman Coupe Thunder Road
1965 NO EVENT
1966 Rene Charland Agawam, MA Modified Catamount Stadium
1967 Andre Manny Montreal, QC Modified Catamount Stadium
1968-1970 - NO EVENT
1971 Jean-Paul Cabana Sherrington, QC Late Model Sportsman Thunder Road
1972 NO EVENT
1973 Dave Dion Hudson, NH Late Model Sportsman Catamount Stadium
1974 Joey Kourafas Sharon, MA Late Model Sportsman Thunder Road
1975 Bobby Dragon Milton, VT Late Model Sportsman Thunder Road
1976 Dave Dion Hudson, NH Late Model Sportsman Thunder Road
1977-1978 - NO EVENT
1979 Bobby Dragon Milton, VT NASCAR North Tour Catamount Stadium
1980 Robbie Crouch Tampa, FL NASCAR North Tour Catamount Stadium
1981 Stub Fadden North Haverhill, NH NASCAR North Tour Catamount Stadium
1982 Steve Poulin North Troy, VT NASCAR North Tour Catamount Stadium
1983 Jamie Aube North Ferrisburg, VT NASCAR North Tour Catamount Stadium
1984 Robbie Crouch Tampa, FL NASCAR North Tour Thunder Road
1985 Bobby Dragon Milton, VT NASCAR North Tour Catamount Stadium
1986 Robbie Crouch Tampa, FL ACT Pro Stock Tour Catamount Stadium
1987 Robbie Crouch Tampa, FL ACT Pro Stock Tour Catamount Stadium
1988 Jim Cilley Groton, VT Flying Tiger/Sportsman Thunder Road
1989 Dave Dion Hudson, NH ACT Pro Stock Tour Thunder Road
1990-2004 - NO EVENT
2005 Cooper MacRitchie Williamstown, VT Late Model Thunder Road
2006 Eric Williams Hyde Park, VT Late Model Thunder Road

Lowrey Looking for First CARQUEST Vermont Governorís Cup Win

Rich Lowrey wants to win the CARQUEST Vermont Governor's Cup 100 on Thursday

Late Model stock car racer Rich Lowrey of Charlotte is ready for a breakthrough victory, and thinks that the 25th CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday would be a nice addition to his racing resume.

The Vermont Governor’s Cup event has had a quirky history of on-again-off-again seasons since its inception in 1961.

The race was bounced between Thunder Road and the former Catamount Stadium in Milton during its early years and featured several different types of race car, but the list of past champions reads like a “who’s who” of short track racing.

“The Governor’s Cup is one of the races I circled on my calendar over the winter, there is a lot of history there,” said Lowrey.  “Robbie Crouch, Bobby Dragon, and Dave Dion have won it a bunch of times, and it would be an honor to have my name on the list with them.  I’ve won the Mid-Season Championship at Thunder Road twice, and that’s special, but I’d really like a big win like the Governor’s Cup.”


Rookie Grenier Takes Triple Crown at Thunder Road

Late Model rookie Chip Grenier took the Charter Communications Triple Crown on Thursday

Rookie Late Model stock car driver Chip Grenier of Northfield broke into Thunder Road’s victory lane in a big way on Thursday night, taking a rare Triple Crown in the Charter Communications race event.  Grenier won his qualifying heat, the bonus-points semi-feature, and the 50-lap Charter Communications main event for the sweep.

Grenier took the lead from polesitter Brooks Clark on the opening lap of the feature race, then cruised mostly uncontested to his first career win.  The only competition for the rookie came during the race’s six restarts when the field was bunched closely together.

“This win is dedicated to the effort that my whole team puts in on this car,” said Grenier in the winner’s circle.  “My father, Alain, is an Iraq veteran, and when he should have been celebrating on the fourth of July yesterday, he was side-by-side with me working on this race car until 11:00 pm.  It’s a great feeling to win for this team.”

Washington County Senator Phil Scott of Middlesex finished second for his best result of the 2007 season.  Dennis Demers of Shelburne edged Essex Junction driver Dave Whitcomb by inches at the finish for third place.  Kip Stockwell of Braintree recovered from an early crash to finish fifth.  Jamie Fisher, Dave Pembroke, Clark, Dwayne Lanphear, and Cris Michaud rounded out the unofficial top ten in order.