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Michaud Takes Fourth Thunder Road Win

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.

Michaud, Crouch File First Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 Entries

Champion Late Model stock car drivers Cris Michaud and Robbie Crouch have filed the first two entries for the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sun., August 31.  Both drivers are feature winners at the historic 1/4-mile oval in 2008.  Michaud, of Northfield, VT, is in the thick of the “King of the Road” track championship battle with three victories to his credit.  Crouch, originally of Tampa, FL, earned his first Thunder Road win in nearly 20 years last month.

The Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 is the tenth of 12 rounds for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Championship, and comes just three days after the final Thunder Road Late Model weekly championship series event on Thursday, August 28.  The 200-lap Classic pays a guaranteed $5,000 to the winner, plus bonuses.

Michaud, only 35 points behind leader Eric Williams and just six points back from Phil Scott, is picturing a Labor Day weekend to remember.  “The Bond race is a big deal,” he said.  “I’ve never won it, but I want to this year.  It would be pretty special if I could win my fourth championship at Thunder Road on Thursday and then the Labor Day Classic on Sunday.  I don’t know how anyone could top that.”

Thunder Road Looking to Get Back at Mother Nature on Thursday

UVM’s Hybrid race car to make Thunder Road debut

Stock car racing fans and drivers at Barre’s Thunder Road have had enough of the bad weather, and they’re looking to break free of Mother Nature’s wrath on Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Vermont ACE Hardware Dealers Trophy Dash.  Thunder Road has fallen victim to rain in each of its last four regular-event attempts, dating back to July 24.

So in defiance of the weather gods, the racing will go on as scheduled on Thursday evening, with a full card of Late Models, NAPA Tiger Sportsmen, Power Shift Online Junkyard Warriors, and double 25-lap feature events for the Allen Lumber Street Stocks.

“A little rain’s not going to ruin our fun,” said Thunder Road Administrator Tina Gallison.  “It’s been a lousy couple of weeks, but we’re fighting back.  We want to race!”