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Nick Sweet Wins Second Vermont Governor's Cup 150

Barre’s Nick Sweet celebrates his VT Governor’s Cup 150 win in victory lane. (Photo by Alan Ward)
Barre’s Nick Sweet celebrates his VT Governor’s Cup 150 win in victory lane. (Photo by Alan Ward)

posted at 3:21 pm Fri Jul 11th, 2014 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Barre's own Nick Sweet won the 35th annual Vermont Governor's Cup 150 presented by VP Small Engine Fuel in dominant fashion at Thunder Road on Thursday, July 10.

Sweet led every step of the way and lapped over half the field in the process. NASCAR star Clint Bowyer spun just after halfway in the 150-lap event and went down a lap late in the race. He finished 14th, the first car down one lap.

Two-time "King of the Road" Sweet earned the pole position with a +3 the unique Plus/Minus handicap system. Derrick O'Donnell started third on the 31 car starting field and kept Sweet insight throughout the event but couldn't quite get to Sweet as they worked heavy lapped traffic for the majority of the event. It was Sweet's first win of 2014 and his 12th all-time at Thunder Road.

Jason Corliss came from the 9th starting spot to take over the final podium spot late in the event. Former Thunder Road Champion Jean-Paul Cyr and Trampas Demers completed the top five. Irish John Donahue charged from 30th in the field to claim sixth followed by Brooks Clark, Phil Scott, Cody Blake and Dave Pembroke in the top ten.

The event was completed in 47 minutes and 31 seconds with just four cautions. There were 25 of the 31 cars that started the event on the track for the checkered flag with 13 completing all 150 laps.

Sweet earns the $1,000 Bond Auto ACT Invitational bonus and qualifies for the Bond ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 20.

Eric Johnson of Randolph earned his second Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen win of the season. He got by Dylan Payea who settled for second while Jeff Bousquet completed the podium. Mike Martin and Doug Crowningshield rounded out the top five.

Jason Kenison of Groveton, NH came from 16th in the Allen Lumber Street Stock field to take the win in his first appearance at Thunder Road in 2014. He got around Tommy Smith on the final restart. Smith was followed by defending champion Bunker Hodgdon in third. Donny Yates and Garry Bashaw completed the top five.

Kevin LaForest of Barre took home his third straight Rough Rider win.

Next Thursday, July 17 is the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships featuring double points for the Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. Also during intermission will be the annual Driver Autograph session. Post time will be 6:30pm.

35th Annual VT Governor's Cup 150 presented by VP S.E.F.
Thunder Road - Barre, VT
Thursday, July 10, 2014

VT Governor's Cup 150 Unofficial Results
Pos. (Start) Driver, Hometown, Laps Completed

1. (1) Nick Sweet, Barre, VT, 150 Laps

2. (3) Derrick O'Donnell, N. Haverhill, NH, 150 Laps

3. (9) Jason Corliss, Barre, VT, 150 Laps

4. (4) Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT, 150 Laps

5. (5) Trampas Demers, S. Burlington, VT, 150 Laps

6. (30) John Donahue, Graniteville, VT, 150 Laps

7. (16) Brooks Clark, Fayston, VT, 150 Laps

8. (6) Phil Scott, Middlesex, VT, 150 Laps

9. (12) Cody Blake, Barre, VT, 150 Laps

10. (13) Dave Pembroke, Middlesex, VT, 150 Laps

11. (7) Shawn Fleury, Middlesex, VT, 150 Laps

12. (21) #Eric Badore, Milton, VT, 150 Laps

13. (8) #Brandon Atkins, AuSable Forks, NY, 150 Laps

14. (11) Clint Bowyer, Emporia, KS, 149 Laps

15. (17) Tyler Cahoon, St. Johnsbury, VT, 149 Laps

16. (2) Emily Packard, E. Montpelier, VT, 149 Laps

17. (20) Scott Dragon, Colchester, VT, 149 Laps

18. (19) Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, VT, 149 Laps

19. (26) Eric Chase, Milton, VT, 149 Laps

20. (28) #Jason Allen, Barre, VT, 148 Laps

21. (18) Joey Laquerre, East Montpelier, VT, 148 Laps

22. (31) Mike Bailey, Barre, VT, 148 Laps

23. (24) #Josh Demers, Montpelier, VT, 148 Laps

24. (25) Brett Gervais, Island Pond, VT, 148 Laps

25. (22) Kyle Pembroke, Montpelier, VT, 148 Laps

26. (15) #Lance Allen, Barre, VT, 83 Laps

27. (23) Boomer Morris, Barre, VT, 77 Laps

28. (14) Chip Grenier, Graniteville, VT, 44 Laps

29. (29) Jeff Marshall, Lunenburg, VT, 36 Laps

30. (10) Joey M. Laquerre, E. Montpelier, VT, 13 Laps

31. (27) David Whitcomb, Essex Jct., VT, 8 Laps

Lap Leaders: Nick Sweet 1-150

Time of Race: 47:31

Margin of Victory: 2.187 seconds

Cautions: 4 (Laps 1, 68, 70, 93)

Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Unofficial Results
Pos. Driver (Car #) Hometown

1. Eric Johnson (20) Randolph Ctr. VT

2. Dylan Payea (7) Milton, VT

3. Jeff Bousquet (44) Worcester, VT

4. Mike Martin (01) Craftsbury Cmn, VT

5. Doug Crowningshield (14) Barre, VT

6. Brendan Moodie (94) Wolcott, VT

7. Jason Woodard (68) Waterbury Ctr., VT

8. Cameron Ouellette (90) Barre, VT

9. Joel Hodgdon (36) Craftsbury, VT

10. Christopher Pelkey (64) S. Barre, VT

11. #Caleb Nelson (07) Moretown, VT

12. #Derrick Calkins (4) Milton, VT

13. Mike Billado (8) Essex, VT

14. Mark Barnier (0) Essex Jct., VT

15. George May (16) Barre, VT

16. Joe Steffen (00) Grand Isle, VT

17. Darrell Morin (17) Burlington, VT

18. Scott Coburn (1) Barre, VT

19. Jesse Smith (85) Topsham, VT

20. #Shawn Franklin (76) Waitsfield, VT

21. Tucker Williams (11) Hyde Park, VT

22. Jessie Switser (81) Lyndonville, VT

Allen Lumber Street Stocks Unofficial Results
Pos. Driver (Car #) Hometown

1. Jason Kenison (03) Groveton, NH

2. Tommy Smith (50) Williamstown, VT

3. Bunker Hodgdon (83) Hardwick, VT

4. Donny Yates (05) N. Montpelier, VT

5. Garry Bashaw (4) Lincoln, VT

6. Will Hennequin (47) Morrisville, VT

7. Jamie Davis (43) Wolcott, VT

8. Kyle Streeter (37) Waitsfield, VT

9. Dave Whitcomb (77) Morrisville, VT

10. Alan Maynard (10) Fairfax, VT

11. Gary Mullen (29) Tunbridge, VT

12. Kevin Dodge (8) Barre, VT

13. Tommy Elwood (88) Morrisville, VT

14. Jaden Perry (92) Hardwick, VT

15. Jamon Perry (62) Hardwick, VT

16. Mike Gay (3) So. Burlington, VT

17. Patrick Tibbetts (48) Barre, VT

18. Jennifer Getty (25) Cambridge, VT

19. Tyler Austin (5) E. Calais, VT

20. Marcel J. Gravel (86) Wolcott, VT

21. #Thomas Merchant (38) Eden Mills, VT

22. Jeremy Colson (44) S. Royalton, VT

23. Paul Grant (46) E. Calais, VT

24. #Steve Bennett (76) Bethel, VT

25. Troy Kingsbury (39) Waitsfield, VT

Relevant Address(es):
Barre, VT 05641 (Set as Local)
West Haven, VT 05743 (Set as Local)
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)

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