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Media Members Psyched Up for Thunder Road “Madness”

Media members will compete in cars like these Power Shift Warriors on Thursday

Members of the local print, television, and radio news media are getting ready to tackle the high banks of Barre’s Thunder Road, for the first-ever “Media Madness” stock car race on Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Night, Thursday, July 19.  The soon-to-be-racers will strap into cars from the Power Shift Junkyard Warrior division with one goal: Survive!

“I raced once in a Warrior car at Thunder Road a few years ago,” said sportscaster Shawna Lidsky of WCAX TV (CBS Channel 3, Burlington, VT).  “It was a little nerve-wracking.  I guess it will be a little easier this time, racing against people that have never been on the track.  I’m psyched up for it, I think I’ve got a much better chance at winning this time.”

Planning to join Lidsky are WCAX Sports personalities Mike McGill and Mike McCune.

“I don’t care if I win,” said Jamie Scavotto of WPTZ (NBC NewsChannel 5, Plattsburgh, NY), “I just have to beat the other TV drivers.  I’m ready!”

Williams Defends CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s 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 Governor’s 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.”