Fisher Lands Second T-Road Checkers - Wilcox Second In Photo Finish
For Immediate Release - Thursday July 25, 2002
Barre, VT - - Jamie "Hurricane" Fisher stormed off to his second win in the 40-lap Castrol/Routhier Quick Lube Late Model main event at Thunder Road Thursday while a battle royal for second took place behind him. Dave Wilcox and Cris Michaud were the lead pair, just ahead of Eric Williams and Phil Scott, in the close quarters duel, which went to Wilcox. Michaud was third and Williams, helped by Wilcox's command of the low lane, edged Scott for fourth. John Donahue, in contention throughout, was sixth, three car lengths ahead of Tim Martin. Dave Pembroke, Rich Lowrey and Dave Whitcomb rounded out the top ten.
Fisher's SD Ireland Concrete Chevrolet was on the pole of a lap 23 restart alongside Donahue and steadily added to his lead while Wilcox, Michaud, Williams and Scott did a high-speed version of a four workhorses in harness. Wilcox and Michaud swapped the runner-up spot repeatedly, a foot at a time, over the final 20 laps.
"This is the car we're taking to Star for the Tour race Saturday and it was really hooked up, said Fisher. "I hope it stays that way this weekend."
"This is like a win for my team and my family, our best ever at Thunder Road, " beamed Wilcox. Scott's fifth place effort was enough to maintain his top spot in the Late Model title chase, 612 to Cris Michaud's 590. John Donahue held on for a narrow win over Wilcox, Pembroke and Cooper MacRitchie in the semi-feature.
Pete Ainsworth chased down early leader Tim Campbell in the Routhier Quick Lube Flying Tiger Sportsman feature. Ainsworth swung the Granite Hills Credit Union Ford to the outside on lap 8, took over the point and then held on to a two car-length advantage the rest of the way. Davydd Welch worked Campbell hard for the runner-up spot, but had to settle for third. It was the first top-five finish in 2002 for both drivers. Roger Brown steadily advanced up the outside to finish fourth, just ahead of Eric Pembroke. The second half of the top ten, in order, was Marcel Gravel, Jimmy Young, Doug Murphy, Travis Calkins and Mike Bailey.
Jeff French of Northfield drove to his first career win in the Street Stock feature to become the 11th different winner in 11 races. The red flag was out on lap 2 of the 20-lap contest when Tim Potter flipped, then took a broadside shot from Scott Coburn. Neither driver was seriously injured. French and Kerry Henry raced together for the lead until the halfway point, then Henry faltered. The same fate was in store for French's next challenger Jamie Rabideau, who failed to fire on a lap 11 restart. That set the stage for Matt Potter, Rusty DeWees and Fred Fleury. Potter and DeWees crossed the finish line sideways for second and third. Fleury held off Tim Spooner for fourth.
This Thursday is McDonald's Night at Thunder Road, which includes the Kids' Tricycle Triathalon. Post time 7 pm.