BARRE, VT – Hometown stock car drivers swept the top three finishing positions in the 30-lap NAPA Tiger Sportsman feature on Merchants Bank Opening Day at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road.  Scott Coburn scored his fourth career win in a slugfest event.  Coburn’s VT Shifter Karts/M&M Beverage #1 Chevrolet ran from the pole starting position for the win.  Barre’s Shawn Sicard and David Finck completed the podium finishers.

      Tom Therrien of Hinesburg and Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  Brendan Moodie, Derrick O’Donnell, Tony Rossi, Doug Crowningshield, and Craig Bushey were rest of the unofficial top ten.

       Dave LaFleche of Graniteville scored his first career Allen Lumber Street Stock victory with a final-corner pass of Hardwick’s “Super” Joe Fecteau.  Tim Campbell of West Topsham and Josh LaCourse of Barre completed the unofficial top five.

       Neal Foster of Waterbury captured his first career Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior victory over Travis Hull of Graniteville, Jamie Davis of Wolcott, Donny Yates of Montpelier, and Mike Gay of South Burlington.  Apparent runner-up Justin Gay was disqualified in post-race inspection for a tire infraction.

       American-Canadian Tour driver Scott Payea of Milton won the 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150.  Patrick Laperle of Montreal finished second ahead of Dave Pembroke of Middlesex, Phil Scott of Montpelier, and Milton’s Jean-Paul Cyr.

      Thunder Road’s 49th season of stock car racing continues on Sunday, May 11 with the Harvest Equipment Mother’s Day Special at 5:00 pm.  General admission is $9.50 for adults, $3 for children, and just $17 for a family of four.  For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, Barre, VT
Merchants Bank Opening Day – Sunday, May 04, 2008

NAPA Tiger Sportsmen – 30 laps
1.      Scott Coburn, Barre
2.      Shawn Sicard, Barre
3.      David Finck, Barre
4.      Tom Therrien, Hinesburg
5.      Pete Ainsworth, Middlesex
6.      Brendan Moodie, North Wolcott
7.      Derrick O’Donnell, Bradford
8.      Tony Rossi, Groton
9.      Doug Crowningshield, Barre
10.     Craig Bushey, Cambridge

Allen Lumber Street Stocks – 20 laps
1.      Dave LaFleche, Graniteville
2.      Joe Fecteau, Hardwick
3.      Tim Campbell, West Topsham
4.      Michael Moore, East Haven
5.      Josh LaCourse, Barre

Power Shift Online Junkyard Warriors
1.      Neal Foster, Waterbury
2.      Travis Hull, Graniteville
3.      Jamie Davis, Wolcott
4.      Donny Yates, Montpelier
5.      Mike Gay, South Burlington