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Aubuchon Hardware Night

Jim Morris Takes Second Win on Final Thursday Night

Barre’s own Jim “Boomer” Morris claimed his second feature win of the season in dominant fashion during the final Thursday (August 28) night of the 2014 season presented by Aubuchon Hardware. Morris held off a late charge by Jason Allen for the 50-lap win.

Morris started on the pole of the 26 car Late Model field and built a lead early in the race before Allen broke away from the pack and began to chase him down. With just under two laps to go, Allen reached Morris’ bumper but couldn’t get by. Current point leader Derrick O’Donnell recovered from an accident in the consolation event to start 14th on the field and worked his way to third. It was O’Donnell’s sixth straight podium finish.

Jet Service Envelope - Accura Printing Event

Shawn Fleury Battles to Second Thunder Road Win
Billado, Bousquet, Martin Take Tiger Triple 50 Wins

Shawn Fleury of Middlesex battled by John Donahue on the final restart with three laps to go in the 50 lap Thunder Road Late Model feature during the Jet Service event on Sunday, August 24. Following the second and final caution of the event on lap 47, Fleury started to the outside of Donahue and the duo swapped paint all the way around the highbanked quarter-mile during a wild finish over the final three laps. On the final lap, Fleury got the advantage in the high lane and claimed his second win of the season.

Donahue settled for second ahead of current point leader Derrick O’Donnell completing the podium. Jason Corliss and Trampas Demers earned top five finishes. Nick Sweet, Joey Laquerre, rookie Eric Badore, Brooks Clark and rookie Josh Demers completed the top ten.

Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic


 The largest purse of the four-race Vermont State Championship is up for grabs at the 36th annual Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont on Sunday, August 31. The 2014 Thunder Road Championship will also be decided after one of the closest and most competitive seasons of racing at Thunder Road in recent memory.

 Nick Sweet, Barre’s hometown hero, won the Classic in 2011. He and defending Champion of Thunder Road, Derrick O’Donnell from North Haverhill, NH have swapped the lead all summer long, and now it comes down to a final 200 laps for the 2014 “King of the Road” to be crowned.

 “I want the title and I want my name on the granite stone under Labor Day Classic. This race goes back to the beginning of Thunder Road, almost thirty years before I was even born! The honor of the win is to be put on a lasting monument with guys from past decades like “Pappy” Forsythe, Ronnie Marvin, the Ingersons, Dragons, Cabana and Crouch. I have to beat one of the best for the Thunder Road title Sunday in Nick Sweet, but I also want to win the Labor Day Classic. Nick has already won the Classic, so if I finish first and he is second, he really shouldn’t mind”, said O’Donnell.