Lowrey, Calkins Score First Wins At Thunder Road
For Immediate Release TRX50-080802
Barre, VT - - Rich Lowrey raced outside of Jerry Lesage for the lead on lap 10 of the 40-lap Calkins/Windshield World Late Model feature Thursday night at Thunder Road, then held up under pressure from Joey Laquerre for his first 2002 win.
A lap 18 restart, following Eric Williams' hard crash into the fourth turn wall, saw Lowrey take control while Laquerre, Tracie Bellerose, Jamie Fisher and Phil Scott gained ground quickly in the low lane. As Lowrey and Laquerre began to open up some daylight, Fisher and Scott swung to the outside and took over third and fourth.
Williams was on the move, first on the high side and then down low, when he took an inadvertent blow from Tim Martin and got sent flying into the fence at the top of turn four. That left him with a 22nd place finish and dealt a serious blow to his title hopes.
Lowrey's Imagistics/Movie Gallery Chevrolet No. 8 crossed the finish line a car six feet ahead of Laquerre, who enjoyed his second straight runner-up performance. Bellerose was fifth, followed by Dwayne Lanphear, Dave Pembroke, Tim Martin, Dave Whitcomb and Pete Fecteau.
Late Model rookie Mike Perdue won a semi-feature thriller over Pete Fecteau and Dave Pembroke. Rich Lowrey, Joey Laquerre and Tracie Bellerose won the Late Model heats.
Travis Calkins of Danville won his first Flying Tiger main event, by blasting past rookie Justin Hart on a lap 23 restart. Hart had led throughout, despite being under constant attack from Calkins, Joe Steffen and Reno Gervais, the top three point drivers. Kris Grout had a strong run for fourth, a car-length better than fifth-place Joe Becker. Gervais fell off the pace with three to go and wound up 23rd after racing with the leaders all night.
Positions 6-10 went to Roger Brown, Doug Murphy, Jimmy Young, Davydd Welch and Pete Ainsworth. Young, Eric Pembroke and Ray Stearns won the Tiger heats. Steffen now leads Calkins by 20 points with three regular season point races remaining. Doug Murphy is also very much in title contention, another 20 points further back.
The Calkins/Windshield World Street Stock trophy dash went to Lloyd Blakely. Blakely made good choices in heavy traffic to sneak under and stay ahead of runner-up Tommy Smith. Nate Spaulding was next, followed by David Allen and Ed Companion Jr.