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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.

Double Features Pivotal for Williams in Thunder Road Late Model Championship

Eric Williams has a lot on the line at Thursday’s Kinney Drugs stock car event at Thunder Road in Barre.  Williams has a narrow lead in the Late Model division’s “King of the Road” championship chase, and is chasing an elusive first title after more than a decade in the headline division; he finished second in points in 1999 and 2002, and third in 1996 and 2003.

Only two more championship race dates remain on the regular season schedule, but with a twist – the Kinney Drugs event will see the Late Model division race two 50-lap features, as the Calkins Portables/WDEV Radio feature, rained out on July 31, is made up in addition to the regular card.

“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,” said Williams.  “I just like to run good, and the fans pay good money to watch me and (second-place driver) Cris Michaud and everyone else race hard.  If we’re putting on a show, that’s all that matters.”