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Williams Defends CARQUEST Vermont Governorís Cup Win at Thunder Road

CARQUEST VT Governor's Cup winner Eric Williams (L) with Hon. James Douglas, R-VT

Stock car racer Eric Williams of Hyde Park became the first driver in two decades to successfully defend a victory in the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup Late Model 100 at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday night.  Williams started on the pole position of the 26-car field after earning a “+3” in plus/minus handicap heat race qualifying, but by no means eased into the win.

After receiving the command to fire engines from Vermont’s Governor, the Honorable James Douglas (Rep.), Williams traded the lead in the main event with Dwayne Lanphear, Cris Michaud, and unofficial point leader Dave Pembroke a total of ten times.  Williams took the lead from Pembroke on the inside lane on lap 59 and kept it for just four laps before Pembroke nosed ahead of lap 64.  Williams held on to the low groove, and took over for good one lap later.

Michaud passed Pembroke for the runner-up position on the race’s sixth and final restart on lap 67, and made a late bid for the lead with two laps remaining, but settled for second behind Williams.  Pembroke finished third, just ahead of rookie Chip Grenier of Northfield and Middlesex driver Shawn Fleury.

Jamie Fisher, Rich Lowrey, Phil Scott, Trampas Demers, and Pete Fecteau completed the unofficial Top 10 in order.  With his back-to-back wins in the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 Williams becomes the first driver since Tampa, FL ace Robbie Crouch in 1986-87 to accomplish the feat.

Track Record Holder Joey Pole to Race at Vermont Governorís Cup

"Joey Pole" is headed to T-Road

New Hampshire stock car racer Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. will compete in the 25th CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday.  The 19 year-old Hudson, NH driver holds the one-lap time trial record at the historic ¼-mile oval, and is one of the leading members of the “New Breed” of Late Model racers in New England.

“We’re hoping to win the Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road,” said Polewarczyk.  “Dave Dion’s race shop is in Hudson about ten minutes from where I live, and he’s won the Governor’s Cup three times.  I think it would be pretty cool to bring the win back to Hudson.”

M&M Beverage Enduro Entries Pouring In

Entries for “The People’s Race” – the 23rd Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200 auto race at Barre’s Thunder Road – are pouring into the main office in Waterbury.  The Enduro, which will run on Sunday, July 29, is a 200-lap “survival” race with over 100 amateur drivers piloting virtually street-legal automobiles.  Cars will line up three abreast in a standing start as the cheering fans count down to begin the race.  The race will only be stopped in emergency situations or to clear expired cars from the track.  The first driver to finish 200 laps will earn a cool $2,000.

Mike Chapin of Chelsea will race in his first M&M Beverage Enduro 200 in over ten years.  Chapin and more than 100 of his closest friends will experience spinouts, crashes, blown tires, slick track conditions, and obstacles of all kinds during the 200-lap race.

“I’m after the $2,000, isn’t everybody?” he said with a laugh.  “I finished 25th in a Cadillac the last time I raced, and all I really want to do is finish again.  It’s a lot of fun, that’s what it’s about.”  Chapin will steer a front wheel drive Oldsmobile 88 Royale in this year’s Enduro.