Contributed by: ACT Staff
Late Model stock car driver Cris Michaud of Northfield won a thrilling two-lap shootout over Hyde Park’s Eric Williams in the Sanel Parts Plus 50 at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday night. Michaud, a three-time Thunder Road Track Champion, had a full straightaway lead lap 48, as the race had run caution-free until rookie Matt White hit the wall to bring out the yellow flag and bunch the field for the restart. From there, Williams raced inches away from Michaud for the win but fell three feet shy at the finish line.
Robbie Crouch of Tampa, FL posted his first Thunder Road podium finish in nearly two decades with a third-place effort. Phil Scott of Montpelier held off Middlesex driver Dave Pembroke for fifth. Jamie Fisher, Dennis Demers, Mike Bailey, Trampas Demers, and Shawn Fleury rounded out the unofficial top ten in order.
Sean McCarthy of Williamstown scored a major upset first-career win in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division. McCarthy won in only his third career feature start, holding off rookie Dan Eastman of Thetford Center in the 30-lap event. Barre drivers Scott Coburn and rookie Cody Blake turned in a fierce side-by-side performance with Coburn edging Blake for the third spot. Groton’s Tony Rossi finished a career-best fifth.