The 22nd annual M&M Beverage Enduro at Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl is less than five weeks away and the entries continue to flood the Waterbury office. The steady stream of Enduro entries being faxed, dropped off or mailed in has not lost momentum since the rules were released in early June. Travis White of New Haven, VT is the most recent registered driver to the 2006 Enduro field. The 24 year-old driver will compete in the Sunday, July 30th event for the first time.
White attended the 2005 Enduro as a fan to watch his brother Josh race. This year Travis will be behind the wheel and compete alongside his brother in the “People’s Race”. After last year’s Enduro, he was given the car he will drive in July. “I’ve never raced before but I’m really looking forward to racing in the Enduro.”
Two-time defending Thunder Road Late Model Champion, Cris Michaud from Williamstown, rebounded from a savage wreck one week ago to win Thursday’s Sanel Parts Plus 50 at Barre’s Thunder Road. Michaud held off Shelburne’s Jamie Fisher and Joe Becker from Jeffersonville who challenged him for the lead over the final ten laps. Second place Fisher was followed across the line by Becker, Chad Wheeler of Waterbury Ctr and Dennis Demers, also from Shelburne completed the top five.
(PHOTO: The restart with ten laps remaining caused a shuffle of the running order)
Morrisville’s Pete Fecteau and David Chagnon of Colchester started on the front row of the 25-car main event and waged a ferocious battle for the top spot. Ironically the pair had gone head-to-head earlier in the night in the bonus point and purse semi-feature. Fecteau won the semi-feature battle in the fourth turn of the final lap.
Wednesday, June 28 2006 @ 10:14 AM EDT Contributed by: ACT Staff
NAPA Tiger Sportsman driver Shawn Fleury has been turning laps at the high banks of Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl for 11 years. Most know Shawn as a quiet guy who speaks volumes on the race track with his stellar performances. The highlight of his career was when he became the 2005 Tiger Sportsman champion and runner-up in the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Sportsman Series. Like all other competitors he would be unable to compete if it wasn’t for the dedication of his crew which is led by his father, Pete Fleury and followed by Brian Powers, Gary Powers, Scott Powers, Jason Jarvis and Steve French.
Victories and championships aside, Shawn describes his favorite thing about being a driver at Thunder Road, “I love it when I see all of the kids in the grandstands so excited to see the race cars. It’s fun when they come down in the pits after a race. They all want your autograph and they are so eager to meet all of the drivers.”