Clark Tops Thunder Road Mid-Season Go
BARRE, Vt. – Brooks Clark won the Times Argus 75-lap Late Model main event on Mid-Season Championship double-points night at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl despite losing a half-track lead with eight laps to go because of the race’s lone caution.
Clark took the lead for keeps on lap 33. On the restart, he had 16-year-old Joey Laquerre, who drove a courageous race, on his outside with Brett Gervais and rookie point leader Derrick O’Donnell in row two, ahead of Kyle Pembroke and Nick Sweet.
Clark got a quick jump on Laquerre and immediately took the A. W. Clark Jr. & Son No. 68 to the rim of the race track. The win was Clark’s second of the season. He thanked his team for rebuilding his car after a hard crash Sunday in the ACT International 500 at Airborne Speedway.
“It’s been a long week for my crew,” he said.
O’Donnell overtook Laquerre on the final lap to finish second and maintain his spot atop the Late Model standings. Nick Sweet, who started 19th, finished fourth at Laquerre’s rear spoiler. Kyle Pembroke was fifth.
Brett Gervais and Laquerre raced door-to-door for 30 laps, stacking up the field in a double wide conga line that went 12 cars deep while Clark made his getaway. Gervais wound up sixth, ahead of Cody Blake, Dave Pembroke, Jean-Paul Cyr and Dave Whitcomb.
Gervais, Whitcomb and Joey M. Laquerre won the Late Model heats. Rookie point leader Derrick O’Donnell finished third in his heat, inches behind Emily Packard. Nick Sweet, 2nd in points at the start of the night, spent most of his qualifier boxed in, but managed a 4th-place finish.
Two-time champion Shawn Fleury survived a tumultuous Tiger Sportsman feature to record his first win of the season and parlay the double points at stake to unofficially become the division’s point leader.