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Michaud Tightens Thunder Road Point Race With Mid-Season Championship

Stock car driver Cris Michaud of Northfield tightened the track championship point battle at Barre’s Thunder Road with a victory in the 50-lap Times Argus Mid-Season Championship race on Thursday night.  The win, his third of the season, came in a race that awarded double points, bringing him to within six points of leader Eric Williams, unofficially.

Trampas Demers of South Burlington finished second over Montpelier’s Phil Scott, in a season-best third place.  Williams, of Hyde Park, finished in fourth over Middlesex racer Dave Pembroke.  Dave Whitcomb, Joe Becker, John Donahue, rookie Tony Andrews, and Brett Wheeler completed the unofficial top ten finishers in order.

Michaud, who entered the night 18 points behind Williams, now trails 533-527, unofficially.  Scott and Pembroke are tied at third with 500 points each, while Donahue sits fifth at 480.

Double Points on the Line, Autographs on Tap at Thunder Road Thursday

Stock car drivers at Barre’s Thunder Road will feel double the pressure to perform on Thursday (July 17) with championship points doubled for the Times Argus Mid-Season Championship event, beginning at 6:30pm.  Point values will be doubled for all preliminary and main events in all four divisions, including the Feature races.  A Feature victory, traditionally worth 75 points, is now 150 for the Times Argus Mid-Season Championship.

“The Mid-Season Championship is a make-it-or-break-it race for just about anyone,” says Late Model point leader Eric Williams of Hyde Park, pointing out the importance of doing well with double points on the line.  “Every race is important for the overall championship, but this is the one you really hope you don’t have anything weird happen or catch a bad break or crash.  It’s big for everyone.”

Williams has had his hands full of former “King of the Road” Track Champion Cris Michaud of Northfield this season.  In six events, the two drivers have finished within four positions of each other in all but one race.  Williams’ three runner-up finishes and success in the bonus-point “semi-feature” races have given him a slight 18-point edge (393-375) over Michaud, a two-time winner this year.  Multi-time champion Phil Scott of Montpelier sits third at 366 points, closely followed by Dave Pembroke of Middlesex (364) and Graniteville’s John Donahue (358).

Rookie White Scores Flag-to-Flag Thunder Road Late Model Win

Late Model stock car rookie Matt White of Northfield earned his first career victory at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday night in the 50-lap Charter Communications Trophy Dash.  White started on the outside of the front row and took the lead from polesitter Brooks Clark on lap 1, then drove uncontested to the win in a caution-free race.

“That was a lot harder than it looked,” said White in the winner’s circle.  “I’m glad there weren’t any cautions, because I was sweating trying to hold on out front.  This feels good, it’s already been a long year, but my crew and my sponsors have stuck with me.”

Shawn Fleury of Middlesex scored his best finish of the year in second place after holding off Shelburne veteran Dennis Demers.  In a surprise move, Demers announced his retirement in victory lane.