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Laquerre, 17, Killed in ATV Accident

Posted By Tj Ingerson On October 26, 2014

Categories: American-Canadian Tour | Devil's Bowl | Regional | Thunder Road

Joey M. Laquerre (right) and Joey Laquerre (left) celebrate their respective second and third place finishes in 2013 at Thunder Road IntPHOTO: Joey M. Laquerre (right) and Joey Laquerre (left) celebrate their respective second and third place finishes in 2013 at Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl. The 17-year-old Joey M. Laquerre was killed in an ATV accident on Saturday, October 25. (Alan Ward photo)

Vermont Late Model driver Joey M. Laquerre died on Saturday, October 25 as a result of injuries sustained in an ATV incident that afternoon. He was 17.

The incident occurred shortly before 1:00pm on Saturday. The ATV Laquerre was operating left the road and struck a tree, according to Vermont State Trooper Brandon Degre via a press release issued by the Vermont State Police. Laquerre was transported to Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, where he was later succumbed to his injures.

Laquerre began his racing career in 2010 as he participated in youth races at tracks in New Hampshire. A successful season that featured six wins prompted the Laquerre family, headed by his grandfather and longtime racer Joey Laquerre and his multi-championship winning crew chief father Jeff Laquerre, to move the then 14-year-old into the Late Model ranks.

“Lil” Joey started off his Late Model career at Devil’s Bowl Speedway and quickly scored a third place finish in his first race. Laquerre continued two more part-time seasons at the half-mile track in West Haven before he moved to Thunder Road full-time prior to the 2013 season.

Laquerre’s rookie season at the Road saw him score two podium finishes, which included a second place finish in July in which his grandfather finished third. He ran a limited schedule in 2014, but had a special moment in victory lane in which the elder Joey parked himself in the winner’s circle for the first time since 2006. Little Joey, who was competing that night, darted from the pit area to join his grandfather in victory lane.

Laquerre also participated on the ACT Late Model Tour in 2013 for car owner Kendall Roberts.

Laquerre was born on November 26, 1996. He was predeceased by his mother Debroah in 2005 and his uncle Joey Jr., who died in a snowmobile accident in 1991 just months after he secured the 1990 Thunder Road track championship.

Drivers, team members, and fans from throughout the northeast took to social media in the hours following Laquerre’s accident to memorialize the young up-and-coming racer.

Vermont Motorsports Magazine would like to send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the Laquerre family and friends on their tragic loss.