Contributed by: ACT Staff
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.