Vermont’s Lieutenant Governor Is a Bit Obsessed with Stock Car Racing

Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has a specific high-speed hobby.
Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has a specific high-speed hobby. –Phil Scott Facebook

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.

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“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.

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