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Busy Race Week for Thunder Road Street Stocks and Warriors

Stock car drivers in the Allen Lumber Street Stock and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions at Barre’s Thunder Road have a busy weekend of racing ahead of them.  Each class will compete in two events in just four days’ time, beginning on Thursday evening, June 24 at 6:30pm, at the Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Trophy Dash, and closing with special long-distance races during the 24th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro event on Sunday, July 27 at 6:00pm.

Veteran driver Lloyd Blakely of Graniteville leads the Street Stock division following last week’s Times Argus Mid-Season Championship by 45 points over Plainfield youngster Jason Corliss, 577-532.  Blakely has posted top-ten finishes in eight of his nine starts this season, including a runner-up effort on Charter Communications Night two weeks ago.  Corliss earned his second career victory at the CARQUEST VT Governor’s Cup event in June, and has five other top-ten finishes to his credit.

Tommy “Thunder” Smith of Williamstown vaulted from 10th to third place in standings with a victory in the double-point mid-season event last Thursday; he has 516 points.  Gary Mullen of Tunbridge sits fourth at 514 points while top rookie Mike MacAskill of Williamstown ranks fifth with 510 points.

Michaud Tightens Thunder Road Point Race With Mid-Season Championship

Stock car driver Cris Michaud of Northfield tightened the track championship point battle at Barre’s Thunder Road with a victory in the 50-lap Times Argus Mid-Season Championship race on Thursday night.  The win, his third of the season, came in a race that awarded double points, bringing him to within six points of leader Eric Williams, unofficially.

Trampas Demers of South Burlington finished second over Montpelier’s Phil Scott, in a season-best third place.  Williams, of Hyde Park, finished in fourth over Middlesex racer Dave Pembroke.  Dave Whitcomb, Joe Becker, John Donahue, rookie Tony Andrews, and Brett Wheeler completed the unofficial top ten finishers in order.

Michaud, who entered the night 18 points behind Williams, now trails 533-527, unofficially.  Scott and Pembroke are tied at third with 500 points each, while Donahue sits fifth at 480.

Double Points on the Line, Autographs on Tap at Thunder Road Thursday

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).