The sixth caution in the 40th Governor’s Cup gave Brooks Clark the perfect opportunity to surge ahead of Nick Sweet and get the win at Thunder Road on Thursday.
Sweet and Clark battled for first for the entirety of the race, and a huge Sweet lead was erased by a 143rd-lap crash. Clark used the restart to jump in front and hang on for the remaining seven laps and earn his first Governor’s Cup win.
NASCAR Xfinity series racer Christopher Bell joined the competition for the event. Bell qualified through a late consolation heat, and the 24-year-old driver ended up with a 9th-place finish in the main event.
Just ahead of Bell was Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, who finished eighth. Scott presented the trophy to Clark at the conclusion of the race.
In the Flying Tiger division, Jason Pelkey claimed his first win of the season, and second of his career. Rookie Cooper French got the Street Stock win for his first-ever Thunder Road victory.
Next up for the Late Models is the Country Camper Midseason Championship. The three other divisions will be in action for extended-distance races, as well as double points on the line. That is scheduled for Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m.