Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre has announced the return of Run What-U-Brung to the high banked oval on Thursday, August 10th as part of the annual NAPA/Make-A-Wish event. What is Run What-U-Brung you might ask? It’s when street cars, which take race fans to the ¼ mile oval, compete two-by-two in a single elimination races. The winner advances to the next round while the loser leaves town.

Tad Kingsbury of West Topsham, VT was victorious in the 22nd running of the M&M Beverage Enduro at Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl. The Sunday (July 30th) “People’s Race” included entries from Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. A field of 104 cars took the green flag three-wide around the ¼ mile asphalt oval. The 200 lap endurance race required drivers to be consistent, as skill, not speed, was the key to success. The one day heroes were forced to avoid competitors whose car had either expired or crashed on the speedplant as the event does not pause for cautions.

The annual event was the second “People’s Race” for nineteen-year-old fan turned racer. Sunday, Kingsbury was battling 103 other drivers and a horrendous summertime cold which consisted of a cough that would not cease during the victory lane ceremony. His illness forced him to reconsider participating in the event however, due to his success in the first attempt he and his pit crew, parents Mark and Sharon, decided it was worth attending. Kingsbury led most of the 2005 event and was taken out of contention by a slower car. He finished the event in the fifth position gaining knowledge that proved to be useful en route to the win.

Morrisville’s Pete Fecteau raced and won all three of his Late Model events Thursday night at Barre’s Thunder Road to score a rare “Triple Crown” at the Times Argus Mid-Season Championship. Fecteau’s feat launched him from 11th in the season-long point standings to fifth due to the double points available at the Mid-Season event. Fecteau, the 1997 Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road” held off multi-time Champion, Phil Scott from Montpelier after a back and forth duel for the lead in the closing laps of the 60 lap feature. Trampas Demers of So. Burlington was third. Rounding out the top five was Williamstown’s Cris Michaud and Chad Wheeler from Waterbury Center.

Wheeler was able to extend his point lead over Shelburne’s Dennis Demers to an unofficial 35 with his performance in the double-point Mid-Season event (766-731). Demers kept Wheeler in sight but was unable to capitalize on the extra points available. He finished tenth in the feature.

“My car was fast all night although it did fade a bit at the end. I had all I could do to keep it ahead of Phil (Scott),” said the winner of his 15th career Late Model victory.

Runner-up Scott used the high groove to move through the pack from his 12 place starting spot, “It was a great race. We gave Pete a good run on the outside. I thought I might have something for him at the end, he raced me clean but I just couldn’t get it done.”