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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.

Stockwell Comes “Home” to Thunder Road’s Victory Lane

Veteran stock car racer Kip Stockwell of Braintree arrived back “home” in victory lane at Barre’s Thunder Road in the 50-lap Pepsi Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday night.  Stockwell took the fifth Late Model division win of his career, but it was his first trip to the winner’s circle since 1997.

After a successful stint at Thunder Road in the 1990s, Stockwell competed on the NASCAR Busch East Series for nearly a decade, and raced at places as far away as California.  The 2007 season marked Stockwell’s return to Thunder Road, and the Pepsi victory puts a stamp on his arrival.

“There’s no place like home,” said a jubilant Stockwell following his win.  “I’ve raced all over this country against all kinds of people, and Thunder Road has the most respectable drivers and the best competition anywhere.  Being in victory lane at Thunder Road has always been my dream.  This is better than Daytona.”

Stockwell passed early leader Mike Bailey of Barre for the top spot on lap 29 and never looked back.  Former NAPA Tiger Sportsman division champion Shawn Fleury of Middlesex passed Bailey for second place on lap 42, followed closely by Trampas Demers of South Burlington and Phil Scott of Middlesex.