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Moretown and Waterbury stock car racers place at Thunder Road

07/31/2008

At Thunder Road race track in Barre on July 27, Jeremy Fleury of Williamstown won the first of two 15-lap Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior races. Neal Foster of Waterbury finished second over Berlin's Scott Weston. In the second race, Jeff Martin Jr. of Moretown held off a close challenge from Ken Christman of Cabot and Travis Hull of Graniteville.

Driver Troy Gray earned a soggy $2,000 check at Barre's Thunder Road on Sunday night, July 27, after winning the 24th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200, a survival-of-the-fittest stock car race that featured a half-hour rain storm and two rollovers. Gray, 40, of Fairlee, drove a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse #00 sponsored by C.W. Gray & Sons and Connecticut Valley Auto Auction.

Gray's victory at Thunder Road was the second of career. The driver won a feature race in 1987 on his way to the Street Stock division's season championship. He is now a regular competitor in the Modified class at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford.

Rory Partlow of Northfield finished second, unofficially, with 200 laps complete. He drove his Gillespie's Fuel & Propane 1996 Chevrolet Corsica #51 to a $500 payday. Barre's Keith Fortier and Ryan Zeno of Fairfax finished third and fourth with 199 laps complete, with Danny Doyle of Hancock fifth at 197 laps.  

The unofficial top 10 was completed in order by Richie Turner of Fairfax (194 laps), Brett Wood of Georgia (194), Terry Pearce Jr. of Berlin (193), Kaleb Shepard of Bristol (191), and David Lamell of Johnson (190).

Greg Adams Jr. of Hardwick dominated the Allen Lumber Street Stock division's biggest event of the year, a 50-lap, $300-to-win race. Adams started 20th and quickly worked to the front of the pack, taking the lead before halfway.  Erik Steel of Barre posted a career-best runner-up effort ahead of Danville's Bruce Melendy. Jason Corliss of Plainfield finished fourth, unofficially, with Hardwick's Bunker Hodgdon fifth.

Thunder Road is back in action on Thursday, July 31, with the annual "Port-A-Potty Grand Prix" presented by Calkins Portables and WDEV Radio. There will also be a match race between Montpelier Mayor Mary Hooper and Barre City Mayor Thom Lauzon, in addition to regular championship events for the Late Model, NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and Power Shift Warrior divisions.  

For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com .
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