BARRE – Thunder Road officials announced on Monday that the VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 will be made up this Thursday night, July 21.
The event will feature 200 laps of Late Model feature racing on Fairpoint Communications night as the 37th Annual Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 will be followed by a regular racing card.
Thunder Road’s official website revealed that race fans that purchased tickets to Friday night’s postponed Governor’s Cup event can redeem them on Thursday night for half off the $12 admission price. Post time has been moved up to 6:30pm.
Four-time Governor’s Cup winner Nick Sweet will start on the pole position after an impressive last-to-first run in his 15-lap heat race to earn a “plus-nine” handicap. Two-time ACT Late Model Tour race winner and former Tiger Sportsman champion Jimmy Hebert will start to his outside, perhaps reprising the duel the two had at the season opening Merchants Bank 150.
Memorial Day Classic winner is scheduled to start third with ACT Late Model Tour driver Kyle Welch fourth. Former Governor’s Cup victor Cody Blake is scheduled to start fifth, with Matt White, second place Thunder Road point driver Scott Dragon, Jason Corliss, Devil’s Bowl Speedway Late Model champion Josh Masterson, and Brooks Clark completing the top-ten starters.
Friday night’s event was delayed due to a fast moving, powerful thunderstorm that ultimately caused a power outage that forced the postponement of the event.
The two-point counting events on one night may have major implications on the tight Late Model championship standings, too. Sweet holds a narrow nine-point advantage over Dragon with Tramps Demers just 32 points back. Vermont Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott sits in fourth, just four points back of Demers, with Jason Corliss in fifth, five points back of Scott.
In addition to the Late Models, the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will also take their tight championship battles into Fairpoint Communications night.
Stephen Donahue has a slim two-point advantage in the Tiger Sportsman over Cameron Ouellette and former champion Jason Woodard, with Mike Martin riding his two wins in three races to sits just seven points back of Donahue. Defending champion Brendan Moodie sits fifth, just 19 points back of Donahue.
Rookie driver Brandon Lanphear sits at the top of the Street Stock standings by four points over Jamon Perry and six points over Alan Maynard. Former division champion Bunker Hodgdon sits seven points back of Lanphear in fourth with Jaden Perry in fifth, 21 points back.
Thunder Road goes green at 6:30 on Thursday.
PHOTO: Nick Sweet (#88) and Jimmy Hebert (#58) are scheduled to lead the Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 field to green that will kick off Thursday night’s racing action at Thunder Road. (Alan Ward photo)