BARRE, Vt. — Nick Sweet won the 35th annual Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 presented by VP Small Engine Fuel in dominant fashion at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl Thursday.
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 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 ninth 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.
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.
Eric Johnson of Randolph earned his second Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen win of the season.
Jason Kenison came from 16th in the Allen Lumber Street Stock field to take the win in his first appearance at Thunder Road in 2014.
Kevin LaForest took home his third straight Rough Rider win.
Nick Sweet, Derrick O’Donnell, Jason Corliss, Jean-Paul Cyr, Trampas Demers, John Donahue, Brooks Clark, Phil Scott, Cody Blake, Dave Pembroke, Shawn Fleury, Eric Badore, Brandon Atkins, Clint Bowyer, Tyler Cahoon, Emily Packard, Scott Dragon, Jimmy Hebert, Eric Chase, Jason Allen, Joey Laquerre, Mike Bailey, Josh Demers, Brett Gervais, Kyle Pembroke, Lance Allen, Boomer Morris, Chip Grenier, Jeff Marshall, Joey M. Laquerre, David Whitcomb.