The name on his hoodie reads, "Super Joe".
"They call me that, because I'm a survivor," Street Stock driver Joe Fecteau says.
The 61 year old is battling cancer for the 5th time in his life. The most recent discovery in Fecteau's esophagus was caused by radiation treatments for his previous Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
"Kind of scared me when he told me about it," Fecteau says. "Surgery is critical, but the end result should benefit."
But before he faces that surgery on September 5th, Super Joe, is slipping into his car of steele, for a night on the high banks at Thunder Road.
"He's fun to be around," Fecteau's Crew Chief, Kyle Chapin, says. "Definitely smiling all the time. He loves racing. That's his passion."
"The good thing about Thunder Road, getting in that race car, the whole world stops. You get in that car, you concentrate on the race. It's a very wonderful feeling," Fecteau says.
It's a feeling that the Hardwick resident has experienced for the last decade. After his third bout with cancer, Joe's brother bought him a car and told him to go have some fun.
"It doesn't matter if you win. It's about being out here and enjoying everybody," Fecteau says. "I've got some trophies. I got some first place. I've got some second place. I've got some third and I got a lot of crashes too."
Due to his most recent cancer diagnosis in the Spring, Joe has missed the entire season at Thunder Road. Which is why this night is so special. The final Thursday night for the summer will probably be the final time Joe Fecteau ever competes in Barre.
"A lot is going through my mind of how this is all going to come out after the operation. I have no idea what kind of shape I'll be in. I'm going to fight it and hopefully, I'll get through it," Fecteau says.
He doesn't wear a fancy costume, but Joe Fecteau is a super hero. This car driving crusader continues to fight the worst kind of villain.
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