Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Thursday night at Barre’s Thunder Road, Chad Wheeler’s fourth place finish in the Kinney Drugs 50 secured the 2006 King of the Road title for the Waterbury Center Late Model driver. His margin of victory over two-time and defending champion, Cris Michaud of Williamstown was 41 points in the final tally (1020-979). Entering the final point counting event of the season the pair was separated by 37. The difference between the two came down to qualifying – Wheeler earned points while Michaud had to resort to the Last Chance “B” feature to make the main event.

“We had more car than we showed, I was more worried about the battle,” the veteran competitor stated. He used his trademark patience to work his way toward the front. He resisted putting himself in a risky position to go for the win and opted, instead to protect his chances at the championship. Wheeler is not the first Late Model driver to claim a title without benefit of a feature win. Phil Scott previously attained the same feat en route to one of his three crowns.

While Wheeler and Michaud kept an eye on each other’s positions in the main event, Rich Lowery of Charlotte went on to celebrate his first Late Model victory of the season at the Kinney Drugs Trophy Dash. Lowery’s performance at the Barre oval paralleled that of last week’s ACE Hardware Dash. Lowrey used the outside groove to advance his position and once in front, he was able to distance himself from the field. Unlike last week’s race, where the victory was torn from his hands by a late race caution, Lowrey was able to hold off Cambridge’s Craig Bushey when the yellow flew in the final laps of the Kinney Drugs main event. Bushey’s runner-up outing was a career best for the former NAPA Sportsman Series Champion. The man on the move was Jamie Fisher from Shelburne who finished the event third after starting 15th in the 26-car starting field. Fisher used his favored high groove to work his way into contention for the third position. Rounding out the top five were championship contenders, Wheeler and Michaud.

Warrior Women Race At Thunder Road
Some tracks have Powerpuff Derbies, but at Thunder Road's Kinney Drugs Trophy Dash, the final Thursday night of the 2006 season, there will be a Warrior Women race at the "Nation's Site of Excitement."

Any and all women - family and/or crew members, friends, neighbors, inlaws or outlaws - are invited to beg, borrow or steal a PowerShift Warrior car (well, maybe you'd better not steal one!) for this special race event. It's sure to be exciting - remember the Moms versus Dads race earlier this year? There were some pretty daring Moms who jumped behind the wheel of the donated Warrior machines a few short months ago. And a Mom almost won!

For more information contact the Thunder Road office.

Former Thunder Road Late Model Champion, Phil Scott of Middlesex, winner of last Thursday’s ACE Hardware feature, is in line for a $500 bonus from the Lenny’s Hottest Shoe Award program. Scott’s victory, his second of the season, broke a 13 week stretch of non-repeat winners in the division. If any of the previous race winners is shut out of Victory Lane, Scott will claim the extra cash. Should one of the eligible drivers back up a previous win, the pair will share in the award.

Besides Scott, other drivers visiting the Winner’s Circle in a weekly point counting event include Marc Curtis Jr., Trampas Demers, John Donahue, Brent Dragon, Pete Fecteau, Jamie Fisher, Joey Laquerre, Cris Michaud, Dave Pembroke, Cal Poulin, and Eric Williams.