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Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Night Full of Action at Thunder Road

The annual Fisher/Federated Auto Parts stock car event at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday (July 19) will be chock full of action.  In addition to championship events for the American-Canadian Tour Late Models, Tiger Sportsmen, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and Power Shift Junkyard Warriors, a pair of special events will fill the card.

The inaugural “Media Madness” race and a preview for the 23rd Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200 will highlight the night’s program.  Even with the added attractions, Thunder Road’s traditionally low regular general admission prices will remain in effect at only $9 for adults, $3 for kids, and just $18 for a family of four – the best family entertainment value in Vermont.  Post time is scheduled for 7:00pm, with preliminary events at 6:30pm.


The inaugural “Media Madness” race will feature members of the television, radio, print, and Internet news media in Junkyard Warrior racers.  Included in the entrants for the race are Mike McGill of WCAX-TV Sports (CBS 3, Burlington, VT), Jamie Scavotto of WPTZ-TV Sports (NBC 5, Plattsburgh, NY), “Jumpin’ Jim” of Froggy 100.9 FM, Anna Grearson, sports writer for the Barre-Montpelier (VT) Times Argus, and Mike Twist of short track racing news website

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.