A Night of Close, Exciting Finishes At Thunder Road
For Immediate Release - TR35-070802
Jamie "Hurricane" Fisher outlasted Phil Scott during a hard battle for the lead in the completion of the WDEV Radio Late Model feature that continued even after Scott caromed off the front stretch wall. Despite Scott's determined bid, Fisher led the final 30 laps. Scott sat fourth on a lap 19 restart, and he quickly shot past Jerry Lesage and Bill Donahue and began to look for a way by Fisher's SD Ireland Chevrolet. The pair went at it fender-on-fender on several occasions, before Fisher got a brief respite when Scott checked up to clear a lapped car with three to go. The "Hurricane" then held on for the slim victory and became the sixth different winner in six Late Model events.
Fisher, who got a mixed reception in victory lane from the overflow crowd, later said, "it was wet down on the bottom of turn four and I got in it and into Scott too, but it was a good win for me." "There should be some room to race on one side of him or the other," said Scott. "But I'll take second and be back for the next one."
The Late Model nightcap went to veteran Dave Whitcomb of Essex Jct. Whitcomb was sailing along with a long lead when second place Tim Martin broke loose in turn three and stacked up the field. The contact sidelined top contender John Donahue and moved Joey Laquerre and Eric Williams into contention. Williams kept reeling Whitcomb in, only to lose him each lap exiting turn two. He worked the outside lane in the closing lap and with a strong bite out of the final turn, came within a foot of the win. Laquerre was third, followed by Dave Pembroke and Phil Scott.
David Redmond started on the pole for the completion of the WDEV Flying Tiger Sportsman 30-lap feature and raced away uncontested to his first career win well ahead of a hard-fought battle for second that went to Chris Gendreau over Pete Potvin. Joe Steffen improved two spots to finish fourth, a half car-length better than Ray Stearns.
Potvin made his own strong bid for a career first win in the Coca-Cola Flying Tiger trophy dash, but lost a photo finish to Joe Becker. Becker led for one lap, and then took the checkers for a victory lap. David Redmond came from deep in the field to finish third, just ahead of Doug Murphy and fifth place Mike Bailey.
"Super Joe" Fecteau of Hardwick snuck under leader Tommy Smith with two to go and went to win the Street Stock main. Positions 3-5 went to Scott Coburn, Lloyd Blakely and Renee Beede.
This Thursday is Times-Argus Mid-season championships night with double points awarded in the feature for all divisions. The point leaders going in are Phil Scott/Late Models, Reno Gervais/Flying Tiger Sportsmen and Brendan Moodie Jr/Street Stocks.