Contributed by: ACT Staff
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).