Monday, November 9, 2009

Placey Voted Bear Ridge Speedway Driver of the Year

Vermont Motorsports Magazine Driver of the Year Awards presented by Subway

Stock car racer Tom Placey has won the Vermont Motorsports Magazine Bear Ridge Speedway Driver of the Year Award presented by Subway, as voted by readers of Vermont Motorsports Magazine, an online news website. The 25 year-old won the 2009 Hornet division championship at the 1/4-mile Bear Ridge Speedway dirt track in his hometown of Bradford on the strength of a whopping 11 feature event victories in 17 starts.

Placey won the VMM/Subway Bear Ridge Speedway Driver of the Year Award by earning an impressive 51% of the votes registered at Vermont Motorsports Magazine during a one-week open poll. Limited Late Model champion Dan Eastman of Thetford Center finished second in the balloting with 17% of the vote, while Piermont, N.H. driver Chris Donnelly, a six-time winner in the headline Sportsman Modified class, was third with 8% of the vote. Other high-ranking drivers among the 15 nominees on the poll included Sportsman Modified champion Gary Siemons, Sportsman Coupe champion Josh Harrington, and Hornet Queen champion Misty Bell.

Voting for the Vermont Motorsports Magazine Devil's Bowl Speedway Driver of the Year Award presented by Subway is now open through 11:59pm on Sunday, November 15. Drivers on the Devil's Bowl nomination roster include Modified track champion Kenny Tremont, Jr., Budget Sportsman star Frank Hoard, III, and Pro Street Stock champion Cale Kneer.

Driver of the Year polls will be held at the Vermont Motorsports Magazine website throughout the month of November; to vote, visit The VMM Driver of the Year Awards are presented by Subway of Barre, Montpelier, Waterbury, and Northfield. For more information on Subway, visit

(PHOTO: VMM/Subway Bear Ridge Speedway Driver of the Year Tom Placey. Photo by Justin St. Louis/VMM)


Anonymous said...

I really don't know how legit this is. I definitely wouldn't have voted for him.

Justin said...

Well, Anonymous...

Here's how I am able to qualify Tom Placey winning the DOTY award for Bear Ridge: He won 11 features. ELEVEN.

Placey only lost six times, and on most of the nights that he didn't win, he was second. He started out back every week, and raced his way to the front.

And on at least half of the events at Bear Ridge, there were more cars in the Hornet class that Placey had to beat than there were in the Coupe and Late Model divisions combined.

I would say Tom Placey earned it fair and square.

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Heard That? said...

To "Anonymous",
What makes you think that this isn't legit? People voted....he won. What isn't legit is you coming on here using a user name of "Anonymous" and trying to say he didn't win it fair and square. And whoop-dee-freakin' do if you wouldn't have voted for him. Apparently he didn't need your vote. Why wouldn't you have voted for him? I really want to know.