Thunder Road SpeedBowl
LAQUERRE CLAIMS VICTORY AT THUNDER ROAD
Late Model stock car driver, Joey Laquerre of E. Montpelier gave himself an early birthday present Thursday by winning the Charter Communication/CMT 50 at Barre’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl. Laquerre, who has the distinction of winning a feature race at the high banked quarter-mile oval in each of five decades, will turn 63 in four days. He dominated the race from his pole starting position. . (PHOTO: Joey Laquerre takes a lap of honor following his victory in the Charter Communications/CMT 50)

Middlesex resident, Phil Scott, who started 11th, was second, while Joe Becker from Jeffersonville, was a close third. Completing the top five were Hyde Park’s Eric Williams and So Barre’s Mike Bailey.

From the outset, Laquerre set a blistering pace and left the battle for position to the rest of the field. David Chagnon of Colchester, clearly one of the most improved Late Model drivers in competition this year, held on for the runner-up spot early but was bested by Pete Fecteau from Morrisville. Fecteau, a former track champion set off after Laquerre. Rookie contender, Bailey, had other plans for Fecteau and passed the veteran using the outside groove to move in to second. Fecteau’s Pontiac eventually faded toward the rear of the pack.

NAPA TIGER SPORTSMAN PROFILE. MEET: PETE AINSWORTH JR.


Pete Ainsworth began his racing career like many do, as a sixteen-year-old in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division at Thunder Road. The 29 year-old driver of the # 80 NAPA Tiger Sportsman is competing in his fourteenth season as a driver at the ¼ mile track. One thing that many may not know that Pete designs and creates decals for several competitors as well as drivers in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Late Model Sportsman division.

Pete’s brightly colored Ford Taurus is a fan favorite and certainly hard to overlook on the race track. His standout performances make him a top contender week in and out. Monday, July 3rd at the Pepsi Firecracker event Pete captured his first victory of the season over Nick Sweet of Barre.

MARC CURTIS CLAIMS FIRST CAREER VICTORY AT THUNDER ROAD
Thunder Road's faithful have a new Late Model driver to cheer for following Monday's Pepsi Firecracker 50 at the Barre speedplant. Twenty-two year Marc Curtis from Worcester, MA earned the admiration of the packed house as he repeatedly held off a pair of veterans, Dennis Demers from Shelburne, and Hyde Park's Eric Williams en route to posting his first career win at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval. Demers' runner-up finish unofficially moves him atop the season-long Late Model point standings. Williams was third, Joe Becker from Jeffersonville and Morrisville's Pete Fecteau completed the top five.