Phil Scott Takes T-Road Regular Season Opener, Fleury Tops Flying Tigers
For Immediate Release TR22-060902
Barre, VT - - Two-time Thunder Road Late Model Champion Phil Scott got his bid for a third track title off on the right foot with a two car-length victory in the Howard's Market 40-lap main event Thursday at Thunder Road.
Runner-up Jamie "Hurricane " Fisher of Shelburne and defending track champion Cris Michaud were a menacing presence behind Scott, but were unable to take advantage of a lap 36 restart and settled for 2nd and 3rd.
"I had a very strong car, but on restarts it would take a lap or two to take hold,"said Scott. "I'm glad those guys were busy racing each other."
Fisher had made a couple of strong bids on Michaud's flank, then dove underneath him with two laps left and worked him high to get home in second. Jacob McGrath, shuffled back early from his fourth starting spot, rallied with a late rush up the inside lane to finish fourth. Dave Wilcox followed on McGrath's bumper for fifth.
Michaud challenged Scott throughout the second half, then went wheel to wheel with Fisher before getting scrubbed up to the rim of turn two on the final lap and settling for third. "It got pretty exciting there," Fisher said. "I drove the car as I could on the last lap. I moved up a bit in turn two, but I think I had Michaud beat anyway. I didn't mean to get into him."
Positions 6-10 went to Dave Pembroke, Pete Fecteau, Tim Martin, Derek Ming, and Eric Williams. It was a career best Late Model finish for Martin, the former Street Stock champion.
The Howard's Market NAPA Flying Tiger trophy dash went to Shawn Fleury of Montpelier, who took the checkers with Reno Gervais of Island Pond glued to his bumper. Adam Pierson, 17, of East Corinth, who had a full straightaway lead before a caution with 10 laps remaining, was third. The red flag was out with seven laps left for Trevor Lyman, who landed on his roof on the front stretch, but was uninjured. Chip Grenier and Marcel Gravel were close to the leaders in fourth and fifth, respectively. Positions 6-10 went to Joe Becker, Travis Calkins, Joe Steffen, Fred Dezan and Doug Murphy. Fleury, Josh Lovely and Doug Murphy were the NAPA Flying Tiger heat winners.
Fleury, back into the Flying Tiger fray after a year away from competition, said he was glad to catch the restart because he may have come up short otherwise. "I could reel Pierson in, but then he'd pull away again," said Fleury. "I don't if I would have got him without the restart. He's a heck of diver and he had a fast car."
Flagman Mike Wilder had the red flag out again in the Street Stock main for a seven car wreck at the flag stand, that also was injury-free, but included the Potter brothers, Matt and Tim, on top of one another and caused a lengthy delay for clean-up. Tommy Smith raced to his fifth career win. Nathan Spaulding, David Allen, Chris Hedges and Ryan Nolin ran nose to tail for positions 2-5.
Thunder Road has an early 6 pm start planned for Casella Waste Systems Night, Thursday, June 13, then reverts to its traditional 7 pm post time beginning June 20.