Contributed by: ACT Staff
Stock car drivers John Donahue and Tom Therrien are at the top of their respective divisions entering Sanel Parts Plus Night at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday (June 19). Both drivers are looking for their first championships in 2008.
Donahue, 38, leads the American-Canadian Tour Late Model division after two weekly championship events. The Graniteville driver piloted his National Guard #26 Ford Fusion to a victory at the Harvest Equipment Mother’s Day Special on May 11 and finished seventh at last week’s Ferguson Waterworks 50-lap event. Joe Becker of Jeffersonville sits second overall, just seven points behind (139-132). Hyde Park’s Eric Williams, Graniteville sophomore Chip Grenier, and Ferguson Waterworks winner Trampas Demers of South Burlington round out the top five Late Model drivers.
Twenty-one year-old Hinesburg driver Therrien has strung together a remarkable record of consistency through four events in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division. Therrien finished on the heels of his younger brother, Bobby, for his second fourth-place result of the year last week, and also has finishes of sixth and seventh to his credit. Ferguson Waterworks winner Craig Bushey of Cambridge ranks second, just six points behind Tom Therrien (250-244). Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex is third over Craftsbury’s Joel Hodgdon and East Montpelier veteran Joey Laquerre.