Thunder Road SpeedBowl
LOWREY WINS THUNDER ROAD'S KINNEY DRUGS DASH
Rich Lowrey overcame early season adversity Thursday night at Barre's Thunder Road and won the Kinney Drugs Late Model feature over a hard charging John Donahue. The Charlotte, VT racer took the lead from Donahue just before the mid-point of the 50-lap race and survived a pair of late race restarts en route to his first win of the season and third of his career. Graniteville, Vermont's Donahue had led from the drop of the green from his pole starting spot. The victory, his first in two years, was redemption for Lowrey and his crew following a disqualification nearly three weeks earlier due to an illegal part.



GRAVEL AND FECTEAU ARE THUNDER ROAD'S CREAM
A pair of Lamoille County drivers, Marcel Gravel from Wolcott and Hyde Park's Eric Williams, turned in feature performances at Barre, Vermont's Thunder Road International Speedbowl that were noteworthy enough to earn the Booth Brothers Dairy "Cream of the Crop" Award at a pair of recent events.
Gravel, winner in the NAPA Sportsman division's Sanel Parts Plus Trophy Dash on Thursday, June 30, came from deep in the 26-car starting field en route to victory. The veteran driver, who hadn't carried a feature race checkered flag in two years, took the lead on the 31st lap of the 35-lap event by using the high-banked quarter-mile oval's tricky outside groove.


WHITCOMB TAKES THUNDER ROAD'S COCA-COLA FIRECRACKER 50
For the Late Model competitors Sunday at Thunder Road, the fireworks came early as former track champion, Dave Whitcomb of Essex Jct posted his first win in two years. Whitcomb's victory in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 50 came almost two years to the day from his last checkered flag at the high-banked quarter-mile which was 2003 edition of the race. No less than ten drivers battled for the top spots.