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Stockwell Back-to-Back at Thunder Road

NAPA Auto Parts/Make-A-Wish Late Model Victory Lane (L-R) Shawn Fleury (3rd), winner Kip Stockwell, John Donahue (2nd) joined by reps from NAPA and Make-A-Wish

Braintree stock car racer Kip Stockwell made it back-to-back main event victories at Barre’s Thunder Road, taking Thursday’s 50-lap NAPA Auto Parts/Make-A-Wish Trophy Dash for the American-Canadian Tour Late Model division.  Stockwell steadily held off the challenges of Granitville’s John Donahue and Shawn Fleury of Middlesex for his third win of the season.

“I dream at night about winning at Thunder Road,” said an emotional Stockwell as he climbed out of his Sabil & Sons/Stockwell’s Garage Chevrolet.  “I love this place, and the last two weeks have been unbelievable.”

Fleury’s dramatic charge at Stockwell’s lead was interrupted first by Donahue’s strong inside-lane bid for second place, then by a bout with the frontstretch wall with less than two laps remaining.  Fleury held on to finish third behind Donahue.

Jamie “Hurricane” Fisher of Shelburne stormed up the outside lane to finish in fourth place ahead of Wolcott’s Marcel Gravel.  Cris Michaud, Eric Williams, rookie Chip Grenier, Dave Pembroke, and Dave Whitcomb rounded out the unofficial top ten finishers in order.  With three championship events remaining, Fisher unofficially leads Pembroke in point standings, 773-756.  Michaud is one point back at 755.

Point Battles Close at Thunder Road

Late Model point leader Jamie Fisher.
Championship point battles are close across the board at Barre’s Thunder Road, with four stock car racing divisions clashing to decide their title winners in the final half of the season.  Entering Thursday’s NAPA Auto Parts/Make-A-Wish Trophy Dash, three of the four divisional point leaders have spreads of just 20 points or less over their closest competitors.

Jamie “Hurricane” Fisher of Shelburne is tracking do
wn his second “King of the Road” crown in the American-Canadian Tour Late Model division, but has Williamstown’s Cris Michaud and Dave Pembroke of Montpelier at his heels.  Fisher and his S.D. Ireland Chevrolet team lead three-time track champion Michaud by only 16 points, with Pembroke just a single marker behind him.

“We’ve been working on the car all week trying to stay on top of our game,” said Fisher.  “I’ve got two of the best chasing me down.  Anything could happen,” Fisher said.  “We had the point lead in 2003 and then lost it late in the year, but then we came back again and won the title.”

Advance Sale Tickets for Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 Available Soon

Eric Williams, 2006 Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 winner

Advance sale discount tickets for the 29th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 stock car event at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sat./Sun., Sept. 1/2 will be available beginning on Monday, August 13.  Race fans can take $5 off the front gate general admission price of $25 for the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 by stopping at any of the 35 Bond Auto Parts stores in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.

The Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, with a total purse approaching $50,000, is the second of four ACTion Super Series events for the international American-Canadian Tour championship Late Model stock car racing series.  As many as 50 of the best Late Model drivers and race teams in the northeastern United States and Canada are expected to attempt qualifying for the 26-car main event, including former Bond Auto Labor Day Classic Champions Jean-Paul Cyr, Brian Hoar, and Brent Dragon, young guns “Rocket” Roger Brown, Scott Payea, and Jamie “Hurricane” Fisher, and Canada’s Patrick Laperle and Donald Theetge.  Thunder Road’s Eric Williams is also expected to try to defend his Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 victory from a year ago.