Vermont Lt. Governor Phil Scott’s hobby is different than your typical political hobby: He races stock cars. And most surprisingly, he’s actually pretty good at it.
We were alerted to Scott’s penchant for high speeds from a story on Governing.com that highlighted his first-in-the-nation status as a stock car driver.
Last June, Vermont’s governor left town for a bit, leaving Scott in charge. Scott then took that short period of freedom to race at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, where he beat a field of 29 racers to take the title.
That victory – his 28th all-time – made him the US’s first acting governor to win a professional stock car race. In fact, he’s the all-time winningest racer at Thunder Road. He just so happens to also be a state politician.
“It’s my hobby,” Scott told MassLive in 2011. “I don’t boat. I don’t play golf. This is what I do.”
Indeed, Scott’s Facebook and press office is full of images of his #14 race car, in political ads, races, and even delicious-looking cupcakes.
Meanwhile, Scott’s political race is heating up ahead of the coming election, as the Republican faces a tough reelection battle in the heavily Democratic state. Like on the racetrack, he’ll need a strong final lap to get that winning checkered flag.