Wednesday, June 20 2007 @ 09:10 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
A variety of battles in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman stock car racing division will heat up again at the WDEV 100 on Thursday (June 21) at Barre’s Thunder Road. Clashes in the division between age groups and automobile manufacturers have been spectacular in 2007. The WDEV 100, which is the second of two extra-distance events for the intermediate Sportsman class this year, is shaping up to provide more of the same.
With half of the top-10 point drivers combining for an average age of 24.6 and the other half considerably older at an average of 44.8 years old, it appears that some schooling is taking place by both groups. Young guns Nick Sweet, Pete Ainsworth, and Brendan Moodie lead 63 year-old veteran Joey Laquerre in NAPA Sportsman point standings after four events. The balance of the top-10 is comprised of drivers ranging in age from 21 year-old feature winner Tom Therrien to multi-time “King of the Road” Chuck Beede, age 50.
Sweet (50) and Laquerre (15) each have Sportsman wins for the GM camp this year
While General Motors products have swept the first four events of the 2007 season, three full-time Ford drivers have been in close striking distance throughout the campaign. Sweet, Therrien, and Scott Coburn have victories for Chevrolet while Laquerre won the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day 100 in a Pontiac, but Ford racers Ainsworth, Moodie, and Justin Hart have each scored a top-five finish. Hart is also the defending winner of the WDEV event from one year ago.