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Lt. Governor Scott Achieves First-In-The-Nation Status At Thunder Road

At the Thunder Road racetrack on Thursday night, Lt. Governor Phil Scott did something that’s never been done before.

With Governor Peter Shumlin out of state on vacation, Lt. Governor Scott is serving as acting governor, and in that capacity, he became the first governor in the country to ever win a stock car race.

Scott says he doesn’t think racing around the track at a top speed of 80 miles an hour is dangerous for an acting governor:

“Things can happen on I-89 or I-91 as well - or out in your backyard - so I think it’s just some of the uniqueness of Vermont and being a little bit different,” Scott says.

And Scott says the victory is special:

It will go down in my memory banks as one of the bigger races in some respects - Acting Governor Phil Scott

“It will go down in my memory banks as one of the bigger races in some respects,” said Scott. “It was just a weekly event but do to it under those circumstances underscores I guess my stock car life.”

Scott’s victory was his first top ten win in the 2013 racing season.

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