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Vermont’s governor returns to stock car racing

July 7, 2019

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has returned to stock car racing at a local track after taking much of last year off.

The Republican Scott chose not to race at Thunder Road in Barre last year after opponents of gun control legislation that he signed into law in April 2018 threatened to demonstrate at the track, Vermont Public Radio reported.

“I didn’t want there to be protests,” the governor said this week, adding he didn’t want to have the “politics come into something that’s supposed to be there for entertainment and enjoyment.”

He raced a few times at the end of the summer and has returned to Thunder Road on a regular basis this year.

“It’s good to be back,” Scott said Wednesday, after recently winning the main event at the track.

“I’m still competitive,” he said. “I mean from my standpoint, that’s what’s important to me, that I’m not in the way all the time,” he said.

Scott said he won’t be able to race every week because of his schedule, but hopes to compete as much as possible this summer.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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