Williams Goes Back-to-Back in Vermont's Governor Cup
Late Modeler Successfully Defends Thunder Road Crown
Stock car racer Eric Williams of Hyde Park became the first driver in two decades to successfully defend a victory in the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup Late Model 100 at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday night.  Williams started on the pole position of the 26-car field after earning a “+3” in plus/minus handicap heat race qualifying, but by no means eased into the win.

1. (1) 7 Eric Williams, Hyde Park, Unicel Chevrolet, 100
2. (3) 6 Cris Michaud, Williamstown, Merchants Bank/Burrell Roofing Ford, 100
3. (5) 44 Dave Pembroke, Montpelier, VSECU/Cabot Chevrolet, 100
4. (6) 9 #Chip Grenier, Northfield, Streeter Concrete/Hillside Mini Storage Ford, 100
5. (7) 31 Shawn Fleury, Middlesex, VT Army Guard/Ultramar Chevrolet, 100
6. (18) 18 Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, S.D. Ireland Brothers Chevrolet, 100
7. (23) 8 Rich Lowrey, Charlotte, OCE/Blockbuster Chevrolet, 100
8. (16) 14 Phil Scott, Middlesex, Northfield Savings Bank Chevrolet, 100
9. (10) 85 Trampas Demers, South Burlington, Jiffy Mart Chevrolet, 100
10. (26) 75 Pete Fecteau, Morrisville, Fecteau Homes Pontiac, 100
11. (11) 97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH, Pole’s Automotive Chevrolet, 100
12. (2) 28 Dwayne Lanphear, Morrisville, Casella/KAS Environmental Dodge, 100
13. (22) 36 Kip Stockwell, Braintree, Stockwell Motorsports Chevrolet, 100
14. (19) 46 David Chagnon, Colchester, LA Memorial Scholarship/Smuggs.com Chevrolet, 100
15. (14) 00 Mike Bailey, Barre, DB Design/D+D Smokehouse Pontiac, 100
16. (17) 45 Brian Hoar, Williston, Goss Dodge, Inc. Dodge, 100
17. (21) 16 Joey Becker, Jefersonville, Richard Green Trucking Ford, 100
18. (4) 5 Marcel Gravel, Wolcott, Riverview Garage/Foley Services Pontiac, 100
19. (20) 26 John Donahue, Graniteville, National Guard Ford, 100
20. (25) 74 Jerry Lesage, Winooski, Alpine Sprinkler Chevrolet, 100
21. (13) 13 Jamie Aube, Bow, NH, Aube Motorsports Chevrolet, 100
22. (12) 50 Jay Laquerre, East Montpelier, Laquerre Motorsports Chevrolet, 100
23. (8) 22 Gary Caron, Colchester, Caron Motorsports Chevrolet, 100
24. (15) 68 Brooks Clark, Fayston, A.W. Clark, Jr. & Son, Inc./Lackey Sunoco Chevrolet, 99
25. (9) 25 Dave Whitcomb, Essex Jct., Sun Ray Fire Security/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet, 63
26. (24) 86 Dennis Demers, Shelburne, Shelburne Limestone Corp. Chevrolet, 63

Eric Williams (L) appears with Vermont Governor Jim Douglas (R) and the Governor's Cup trophy.  (Leif Tillotson Photo)

After receiving the command to fire engines from Vermont’s Governor, the Honorable James Douglas (Rep.), Williams traded the lead in the main event with Dwayne Lanphear, Cris Michaud, and unofficial point leader Dave Pembroke a total of ten times.  Williams took the lead from Pembroke on the inside lane on lap
59 and kept it for just four laps before Pembroke nosed ahead of lap 64.  Williams held on to the low groove, and took over for good one lap later.

Michaud passed Pembroke for the runner-up position on the race’s sixth and final restart on lap 67, and made a late bid for the lead with two laps remaining, but settled for second behind Williams.  Pembroke finished third, just ahead of rookie Chip Grenier of Northfield and Middlesex driver Shawn Fleury.

Jamie Fisher, Rich Lowrey, Phil Scott, Trampas Demers, and Pete Fecteau completed the unofficial Top 10 in order.  With his back-to-back wins in the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 Williams becomes the first driver since Tampa, FL ace Robbie Crouch in 1986-87 to accomplish the feat.

25th CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup
Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, Barre, VT
Thursday, July 12, 2007

(# next to drive name indicates rookie)

25th CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup Late Model 100 Finish-(Start)-Car#-Driver-Hometown-Car-Laps Complete