Thunder Road SpeedBowl
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.

Thunder Road Controversy to be Settled Thursday

McGill-Roman Media Madness rematch announced for Charter Communications Night, July 10

A major post-race controversy stemming from the disputed finish of last month’s “Media Madness” race at Barre’s Thunder Road will finally be settled on Charter Communications Night, Thursday, July 10 at 6:30pm.  Emotions erupted following the checkered flag on Sanel Parts Plus Night, June 19, as Mike McGill, sports reporter for WCAX-TV Channel 3, the CBS affiliate station in Burlington, VT, filed a protest with race control over his third-place finish.  To this day, McGill insists that he beat Stowe (VT) Reporter columnist Jesse Roman by a bumper for the runner-up position behind winner Mike Twist of

“I beat him to the line, no question, and Channel 3 has the video to prove it,” McGill said.  “I think I got a raw deal.”

“Mike can whine all he wants, but I got the second-place trophy,” countered Roman.

Grenier Provides Fireworks for Packed House at Thunder Road

Late Model stock car driver Chip Grenier of Graniteville provided his own brand of holiday fireworks for the huge spectator crowd at the Pepsi Independence Day Spectacular on Thursday night at Barre’s Thunder Road.  The 2007 Rookie of the Year fought with former Track Champions Dave Whitcomb and Dave Pembroke over the final 10 circuits of the 50-lap Pepsi event.

Grenier made a move to the outside of leader Whitcomb on lap 43, but was initially unsuccessful in his bid for the top spot.  Pembroke entered the fray with three laps to go, making an inside-lane move on Whitcomb.  The two touched briefly, allowing Grenier to make a second surge up the outside lane.  He took command on lap 48 and sped to his third career win.

“Dave (Whitcomb) was trying to hold on to what he had, and he was giving it a great run,” said Grenier in Victory Lane.  “But they got together and I did what I had to do to win the race.”