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Former M&M Beverage Enduro Champion Paul Wells Files First Entry

Paul Wells of Enosburg has filed the first entry for “The People’s Race”, the 23rd annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200 on Sunday, July 29 at Barre’s Thunder Road.  The Enduro is a 200-lap, no-holds-barred event where over 100 amateur drivers race virtually street-legal automobiles for a top prize of $2,000.

Wells won the race in 1996, and will try to duplicate the feat in a car considerably different than his first winning mount.  The 48 year-old will drive a compact 1993 Dodge Colt, much smaller than the full-sized Chevrolet Monte Carlo he drove to the win over a decade ago.

“My crew chief, Steve Morriseau, talked me out of retirement,” said Wells with a chuckle.  “We don’t care whether it goes well or not, we just want to have fun, which is really what it’s all about.  At first, I wasn’t sure about that little Dodge Colt we’ve got, but a lot of the recent winners have been smaller cars.  I guess it could do it.”

Thunder Road Stars Ready for NASCAR Driver Kenny Wallace

Joey Becker is ready for NASCAR's Kenny Wallace on Thursday

Thunder Road Late Model stock car drivers are not scared of NASCAR Nextel Cup Series invader Kenny Wallace.  In fact, they’re ready to teach him a few tricks of their own at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” on Sanel Parts Plus Night next Thursday.

“Bring it on,” says 2007 feature winner Joey Becker of Jeffersonville.  “I don’t know if I can beat Kenny Wallace, but the race track sure can.  It’s a tough place to race at, especially your first time.”

Three-time “King of the Road” and current co-point leader Cris Michaud agrees.

Cris Michaud wants to teach Kenny Wallace how to run the outside

“Kenny Wallace is going to have to take some lessons from us if he wants to go fast,” said the Williamstown driver.  “We know at Thunder Road that the only fast way around is up high by the ‘Widowmaker’ wall.  If he can figure out how to get through Turn 4 on the outside, he’ll be tough… but he has to figure it out first.”

Laquerre Dominates WDEV 100 at Thunder Road

WDEV's John Noyes (left) and Jack Donovan (right) join the Top 3 Sportsman drivers in victory lane

Veteran stock car racer Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier has been taking the young drivers at Barre’s Thunder Road to school for five decades, and Thursday’s WDEV 100 was no different. The 63 year-old won the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division’s second long-distance event of the season, making it a clean sweep of the 100-lap features in 2007.

Laquerre, who also won the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day 100 in May, made an aggressive pass underneath leader Matt White of Northfield to take command on lap 21, then held off White’s repeated challenges throughout the final 25 laps to take the victory. Second-generation driver White, who is half Laquerre’s age, tried to repay the favor of Laquerre’s lap 21 bump on lap 80, but was unsuccessful in his attempt to re-take the lead. The Northfield driver settled for second place ahead of Williamstown’s Chuck Beede, Nick Sweet of Barre, and Craftsbury rookie Joel Hodgdon.

“These kids can drive, they’re good,” said Laquerre in victory lane. “I love to run against them, they race so hard but are so respectful. Matt did a good job tonight.”