Friday, July 28 2006 @ 01:15 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Morrisville’s Pete Fecteau raced and won all three of his Late Model events Thursday night at Barre’s Thunder Road to score a rare “Triple Crown” at the Times Argus Mid-Season Championship. Fecteau’s feat launched him from 11th in the season-long point standings to fifth due to the double points available at the Mid-Season event.
Fecteau, the 1997 Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road” held off multi-time Champion, Phil Scott from Montpelier after a back and forth duel for the lead in the closing laps of the 60 lap feature. Trampas Demers of So. Burlington was third. Rounding out the top five was Williamstown’s Cris Michaud and Chad Wheeler from Waterbury Center.
Wheeler was able to extend his point lead over Shelburne’s Dennis Demers to an unofficial 35 with his performance in the double-point Mid-Season event (766-731). Demers kept Wheeler in sight but was unable to capitalize on the extra points available. He finished tenth in the feature.
“My car was fast all night although it did fade a bit at the end. I had all I could do to keep it ahead of Phil (Scott),” said the winner of his 15th career Late Model victory.
Runner-up Scott used the high groove to move through the pack from his 12 place starting spot, “It was a great race. We gave Pete a good run on the outside. I thought I might have something for him at the end, he raced me clean but I just couldn’t get it done.”