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Vermont's Race Car-Driving Lieutenant Governor

Last year, Phil Scott became the first acting governor to drive a stock car professionally.
by | August 2014
Leif Tillotson
 

Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott added an interesting tidbit to his résumé last year when he became the first acting governor to drive a stock car professionally. “I think I’m the first to win,” he added in an interview with Sports Illustrated. Gov. Peter Shumlin was out of the state on vacation when Scott beat a field of 29 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, where he’s the all-time wins leader. Scott, who hails from Barre, has been a race car driver for more than 23 years, racing snowmobiles before that. The Republican, who also owns a construction company, attributes his early political success -- he served five terms in the Vermont Senate before running for lieutenant governor -- to the racetrack for giving him name recognition. But it’s clear that racing has influenced the second-term lieutenant governor off the track as well: “I treat people the way I want to be treated, so it’s not like I’m banging on other guys’ bumpers all the time.”

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