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Lowrey Looking for First CARQUEST Vermont Governorís Cup Win

Rich Lowrey wants to win the CARQUEST Vermont Governor's Cup 100 on Thursday

Late Model stock car racer Rich Lowrey of Charlotte is ready for a breakthrough victory, and thinks that the 25th CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday would be a nice addition to his racing resume.

The Vermont Governor’s Cup event has had a quirky history of on-again-off-again seasons since its inception in 1961.

The race was bounced between Thunder Road and the former Catamount Stadium in Milton during its early years and featured several different types of race car, but the list of past champions reads like a “who’s who” of short track racing.

“The Governor’s Cup is one of the races I circled on my calendar over the winter, there is a lot of history there,” said Lowrey.  “Robbie Crouch, Bobby Dragon, and Dave Dion have won it a bunch of times, and it would be an honor to have my name on the list with them.  I’ve won the Mid-Season Championship at Thunder Road twice, and that’s special, but I’d really like a big win like the Governor’s Cup.”

Rookie Grenier Takes Triple Crown at Thunder Road

Late Model rookie Chip Grenier took the Charter Communications Triple Crown on Thursday

Rookie Late Model stock car driver Chip Grenier of Northfield broke into Thunder Road’s victory lane in a big way on Thursday night, taking a rare Triple Crown in the Charter Communications race event.  Grenier won his qualifying heat, the bonus-points semi-feature, and the 50-lap Charter Communications main event for the sweep.

Grenier took the lead from polesitter Brooks Clark on the opening lap of the feature race, then cruised mostly uncontested to his first career win.  The only competition for the rookie came during the race’s six restarts when the field was bunched closely together.

“This win is dedicated to the effort that my whole team puts in on this car,” said Grenier in the winner’s circle.  “My father, Alain, is an Iraq veteran, and when he should have been celebrating on the fourth of July yesterday, he was side-by-side with me working on this race car until 11:00 pm.  It’s a great feeling to win for this team.”

Washington County Senator Phil Scott of Middlesex finished second for his best result of the 2007 season.  Dennis Demers of Shelburne edged Essex Junction driver Dave Whitcomb by inches at the finish for third place.  Kip Stockwell of Braintree recovered from an early crash to finish fifth.  Jamie Fisher, Dave Pembroke, Clark, Dwayne Lanphear, and Cris Michaud rounded out the unofficial top ten in order.

Thunder Road Doubleheader Week Continues Thursday

Kip Stockwell won on Tuesday... who will be next?

The second half of a stock car racing doubleheader at Barre’s Thunder Road is set to roll on Thursday, as Charter Communications presents a full card of racing for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model, NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and Power Shift Junkyard Warrior divisions.

Kip Stockwell of Braintree returned to Thunder Road’s victory lane for the first time in a decade at the Pepsi Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday night.  Stockwell joins Marcel Gravel of Wolcott, Shelburne’s Dennis Demers, Jeffersonville driver Joey Becker, and point leader Dave Pembroke of Montpelier as a feature winner at the Quarry Hill oval this season.