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Pembroke Telling A New Storey In 2005
Middlesex, VT – ACT Late Model driver Dave Pembroke has announced an association with long-time American-Canadian Tour car owner David Storey to pilot the Second Storey Homes, Inc. machine on the ACT Late Model Tour in 2005. Pembroke previously ran the full Tour schedule in 2003, and finished 5th in points that season.

Pembroke earned the third ACT Late Model Tour win of his career in July 2004 behind the wheel of his own car at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH, and later went on to take championship runner-up honors in weekly Late Model competition at Barre VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl. He won the Tour’s prestigious New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in 2002, a year after his first win at Canaan Fair (NH) Speedway in 2001.

Storey, of East Kingston, NH, has fielded cars in ACT competition since the 1980s, and won an event at Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway with driver and car builder Dale Shaw in August 2004. Shaw, who will now turn his attention to his race car chassis business, will prepare the car before Pembroke takes delivery in the coming weeks. With the help of his family-based team, Pembroke will maintain Storey’s car while also continuing efforts to earn his first Thunder Road Late Model title with his Vt. State Employees Credit Union/Cabot Chevrolet.

After learning Shaw would not return the driver’s seat in 2005, Storey called ACT Late Model Tour racer Brent Dragon for suggestions. Dragon mentioned Pembroke’s past success, and that grabbed Storey’s attention. “I had never met Dave until after I called Brent and asked who he thought would be a good choice to drive my car,” Storey admitted. “I’d heard that Dave was a good racer at Thunder Road and I’d seen him race a handful of times, but that was all I knew about him. Brent said Dave is a smart, clean driver that knows what he’s doing on the track, so I gave him a call.”

“I can’t thank David enough,” Pembroke said, “and it’s nice that Brent thinks enough of me to have suggested my name for the ride.” Pembroke said he is anxious to try his hand behind the wheel of a different chassis, noting that his five-year old car is the only Late Model he has ever driven. “David offered us a great deal, and it’s not one that comes along often, so this is pretty special to us. Now I guess it’s up to us to make his car go.”

Pembroke will make his debut in Storey’s car at the ACT Late Model Tour’s season-opening event at Lee USA (NH) Speedway on Sunday, April 24, and will again race the car at the Thunder Road opener, the Merchants Bank 150 on May 1. The Pembroke family car will see Thunder Road’s high banks for the first time in 2005 at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 on May 29. For more information, visit ACT online at www.acttour.com.