Thompson Notes: Larry Barnett Scores Best Of The Rest Limited Sportsman Victory

THOMPSON – In the record books at Thompson International Speedway, Larry Barnett is considered the best of the best when it comes to the track’s Limited Sportsman division.

Larry Barnett

The Moosup driver is the division’s all-time winningest driver.

On Saturday though he got to celebrate being “The Best Of The Rest.”

Barnett won the 20-lap event for the division Saturday at Thompson. The race was open to division drivers that did not finish in the top-10 in the standings at 2012 but raced at the track. Barnett stopped running in the division full-time after the 2011 season to focus on competing with the Valenti Modified Racing Series.

Barnett passed Scott Cook for the lead with three laps remaining. Cook, of Montville, held on for second. Kevin Mason of West Warwick, R.I. was third.

Scott Michalski of Killingly won the 15-lap Best Of The Rest Mini Stock feature. Lou Bellisle of Lisbon was second and Roger Ducharme of Foster, R.I. third.

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  1. Having these 2 drivers compete in this format kind of defeats the purpose of this race. I realize they did not finish in the top 10 last year but they also did not compete full time. Both past champions of their divisions with multiple wins, pretty unfair to the competitors that this race was designed for.

  2. Agreed.

  3. I agree and one would think that a past champion in the division would have the enough self-esteem to know their role and elect to skip stroking their own egos out of respect for the competitors… I guess not!
    If the track wants to add them do it with a gimmick… for example: Let them compete but they start on the pole a lap down on the initial start and for any caution for first 1/3 of the race.

  4. So far he’s sucked on the VMRS so he’s got to do something.

  5. If they are competing under the same rules, how is it unfair?

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