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Michaud Unseats Williams at Thunder Road Governorís Cup

Late Model stock car driver Cris Michaud of Northfield, VT made good on a prediction earlier in the week that he would finally beat Eric Williams for the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT.  The pair traded the lead back and forth during an exciting battle in the middle stages of the race before Michaud was able to take over for good on lap 67.

“I thought I was dead in the water when (Williams) got by me,” said Michaud, “but I moved up to the outside where I had been running earlier and the car came back to life.  Eric is a good racer and he’s looking for his first championship, and I’d like to get another one.  It was fun racing with him tonight, and I hope we can race each other for the title the rest of the year.”

Williams, of Hyde Park, VT, was aiming at a record third-straight CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 victory.  Michaud had finished second to Williams both times.

“It would have been nice to make some history, but you can’t win ‘em all,” said Williams.  “Cris ran a great race, and he gave me a groove to run in, so I gave him a groove.  That’s what it’s all about.”

Thunder Road Heavy Hitters Williams, Michaud to Square off at Governorís Cup

Late Model stock car drivers Eric Williams and Cris Michaud will square off in dramatic fashion at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday (June 26) at the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 at 6:00pm.  Williams, of Hyde Park, has won the Governor’s Cup two years running, with Michaud finishing a close second each time.  A week ago, however, Michaud, of Northfield, beat Williams for a 50-lap victory by just three feet.

Michaud has driven to three “King of the Road” Late Model Track Championships since 2001.  Williams is a former Tiger Sportsman division Champion and Labor Day Classic 200 winner at Thunder Road, and each driver is a past winner of the Chittenden Milk Bowl.

“It’s my turn this year,” said Michaud.  “I’ve lost the last two Governor’s Cups to Eric, but the car has been running really well and I beat him last week.  I don’t see why I couldn’t beat him again.”

Michaud Wins Thunder Road Late Model Thriller

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.