Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott announced Sept. 2 that he would not be driving his No.14 stock car in the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road Sept. 4.
"Given the devastation across the state after Hurricane Irene, I need to focus my energies on helping Vermonters recover," Scott said. "This was a very difficult decision for me personally, but it's the right decision."
Scott wished his fellow drivers and fans well at the race, which is one of the biggest events of the racing season at Thunder Road. "I hope they have a great turnout. After a grueling week, Vermonters do need to take a break and have some fun. But my role as an elected official puts me in a unique position, and my official responsibilities come first."
Scott added that Bond Auto, the title sponsor of the race, and Thunder Road have organized a non-perishable food drive to help replenish the Waterbury Food Shelf, whose entire inventory was lost in the flood. Bond Auto trucks will be located at all of the Thunder Road gates on Saturday and Sunday, and will accept food or cash donations for the Food Shelf.
For more information on the food drive, Vermonters can visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com.