Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Three competitors at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl will get bonus money in their banquet checks thanks to the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Hottest Shoe Award program. Late Model driver Dave Pembroke of Montpelier, VT will receive an additional $500, NAPA Sportsmen racers, Shawn Fleury and Pete Ainsworth will split $250 and Allen Lumber Street Stock competitor, Joe Small will find an extra $100.

The “Hottest Shoe” Awards will be presented at the January 14 Banquet of Champions and are given to the drivers who post the most feature wins in their respective divisionsat the high-banked, quarter-mile oval. Pembroke posted three wins in the 18 events, Fleury and Ainsworth each had two in their 18 point counting races, and Small amassed a win record of four in the 19 raced for the 4-cylinder class.

The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Hottest Shoe Award grew out of the clothier’s weekly “Hot Shoe Award” which rewards drivers when they post their first feature win of the season at Thunder Road. The Late Models receive $150 for carrying the checkers, NAPA Sportsmen $100, and the Allen Lumber Street Stocks $50. During Thunder Road’s 2005 race season 15 Late Model drivers, 16 NAPA Sportsmen, and 11 Allen Lumber Street Stocks garnered a weekly Hot Shoe bonus. Each “Hot Shoe” also received a commemorative embroidered hat, as well as his cash bonus during the pre-race ceremonies at the next race event.

Additionally for 2005, a secondary tier was added to the weekly award which gave the competitors half the award value for a second victory. Pembroke and Rich Lowrey were able to repeat in the Late Model division and Fleury and Ainsworth were the only NAPA Sportsmen to post a second win. Joining Small as a repeat winner in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks were Eric Johnson, David Allen and Tommy Smith.

“We were delighted to award $4,750 in Hot Shoe bonuses during Thunder Road’s 2005 season,” commented Mark McCarthy, Vice President at Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel. “Coupled with the season-end “Hottest Shoe” awards we’ll present at the Banquet, the total we’ll have contributed to the drivers is $5,600!”

“The Lenny’s Hot Shoe program has quickly become a favorite with the competitors,” remarked Darla Hartt, Thunder Road’s Administrative Director. “Not only for the extra money they earn, but for the commemorative hats they receive – the hats are proudly worn around the pits and beyond and are coveted by those who haven’t received one yet.”

Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel has three locations in Vermont – St Albans, Williston and their new and expanded flagship store in Barre.