Lt. Gov. Wins in Barre

Barre, Vt. — With Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin out of town, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott took the first victory for a Vermont acting governor in state history in the 50-lap late model feature at Barre’s Thunder Road last night, adding his 28th win to his resume as the track’s all time winningest driver.

A pair of Milton, Vt., competitors, Scott Payea and Jean-Paul Cyr, completed the podium.

Barre’s own Jim Morris led the early part of the race, holding off attacks from Scott and polesitter Blair Bessett until a series of wild cautions mid-race sent cars spinning all over the track.

Morris withstood several restarts before Scott took over, powering to the victory ahead of a mad dash for second place. Payea and Cyr made it ahead of the fray to pick up second and third. Cyr was followed by co-point leader Dave Pembroke in fourth, and “Hurricane” Jamie Fisher in the top five.