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Nick Sweet Wins Third Vermont Governor’s Cup 150

Barre’s own Nick Sweet won the 35th annual Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 presented by VP Small Engine Fuel in dominant fashion at Thunder Road on Thursday, July 10. Sweet led every step of the way and lapped over half the field in the process. NASCAR star Clint Bowyer spun just after halfway in the 150-lap event and went down a lap late in the race. He finished 14th, the first car down one lap.

Two-time “King of the Road” Sweet earned the pole position with a +3 the unique Plus/Minus handicap system. Derrick O’Donnell started third on the 31 car starting field and kept Sweet insight throughout the event but couldn’t quite get to Sweet as they worked heavy lapped traffic for the majority of the event. It was Sweet’s first win of 2014 and his 12th all-time at Thunder Road.

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Scott Prepares for VT Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road

The Lt. Governor of the State of Vermont, Phil Scott from Middlesex, VT, has won more races than any other driver in the history of the ACT Late Model division at Thunder Road, dating back to 1992. For over twenty years he has compiled a winning record that may never be broken.

Ironically, Phil Scott has never won the Vermont Governor’s Cup. He served the State of Vermont as a Senator from Washington County for a decade, and currently is preparing to run for a third term as Lt. Governor.

Although he has not hoisted the elusive Governor’s Cup, Scott has won just about every other major race, including two Milk Bowls (billed as the “Toughest Short Track Race in America”), the Memorial Day Classic, the Merchants Bank opening day event, and twenty-five (25) other feature events.  He has won three “King of the Road” season-long track Championship titles. He also won 9 major American Canadian Tour events in a span of just four years from 1997- 2000!

Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Fireworks Night

Shawn Fleury Scores First Thunder Road Late Model Win

Shawn Fleury of Middlesex scored his first career Thunder Road Late Model win on Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Fireworks night on Sunday, July 6. Fleury got the advantage on Brett Gervais on the third and final restart on lap 14 of the 50 lap event and built a large lead over the remainder of the race. The three-time Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen champion, Fleury returned to the Late Model ranks this year piloting the Toyota Camry out of the Hallstrom Motorsports shop. His win came in just the 7th event of the Thunder Road season.

The pack of Eric Badore, Gervais, Dave Pembroke, Cody Blake and Trampas Demers fought hard for the remaining podium positions over the second half of the event. Pembroke and Demers charged hard in the outside lane and it looked like Pembroke had a shot at second but bounced off the wall with five laps remaining. He saved the car and limped to the finish. Badore had enough to claim second followed by Gervais in third. Blake and Demers completed the top five. Pembroke, Phil Scott, Brooks Clark, Nick Sweet, and Jim Morris rounded out the top ten.