Contributed by: ACT Staff
Late Model stock car driver Trampas Demers scored a rare Triple Crown victory in the Ferguson Waterworks event at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday night. The South Burlington driver swept his qualifying heat, the bonus “semi-feature,” and then held off strong challenges from his father, Dennis, and Dave Whitcomb to win the 50-lap feature race for the American-Canadian Tour Late Model class. The victory was Trampas Demers’ first of the season, and made up for a bitter defeat at the Harvest Equipment Mother’s Day race on May 11 when his car shut down while leading with 10 laps remaining.
“I gave it all that I had tonight,” said an excited Demers in the winner’s circle. “I had to hold off Dave Whitcomb and my father, and they’re both great competitors. I tried to run my line, and it felt like I ran every one of the last 35 laps like I was turning a time trial for the Milk Bowl.”
Whitcomb, of Essex Junction, drove his Ferguson Waterworks-sponsored car to second place, just one car length behind Trampas Demers. Dennis Demers, of Shelburne, finished third. Sophomore Late Model driver Chip Grenier of Graniteville finished fourth. Morrisville veteran Pete Fecteau made an incredible save in Turn 4 with 16 laps remaining, then held off a furious charge from Joe Becker to round out the top-five finishers. Becker, John Donahue, Phil Scott, Robbie Crouch, and Eric Williams completed the unofficial top ten in order.