Sweet Still The Man In Vermont
BARRE, Vt. – Hometown sensation Nick Sweet sent a dagger into his competitor’s championship hopes, claiming the victory and extending his late-model point lead Thursday at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl.
Joey Becker dominated the early part of the 75 lap event, stretching his lead while top three point drivers David Pembroke and Cody Blake were caught in early trouble.
After a lap 23 caution, Dave Whitcomb and Becker broke into a tireless duel side by side for the lead, with point leader Nick Sweet waiting in the whims. When Whitcomb finally inched by Becker using the high lane, Sweet took full advantage soaring to the lead with over 30 laps to go in the event, and never looked back.
Brooks Clark brought home sixth place and Trampas Demers was seventh. Pembroke recovered from early damage to salvage eighth place, and Eric Chase and Scott Payea rounded out the top ten.
Sweet was grateful to be in victory lane for the fourth time this season.
“Man, that was just fun to drive,” Sweet said. “The car was just so good. This is great for the team.”
Two-time Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Champion Shawn Fleury endured a 50-lap slugfest to take home his first checkered flag of 2012.
Fleury was hounded by Milton’s Eric Badore and Wolcott’s Brendan Moodie, Jr., who came home second and third respectively.
Former champion Gary Mullen grabbed his first checkers of 2012 in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division, fighting off a hard charge from last week’s winner Dave Whitcomb and Jamie Davis.
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