Contributed by: ACT Staff
Vermont Governor’s Cup Loaded with Champions
The 35th running of the Vermont Governor’s Cup 150, presented by VP-Small Engine Fuels (SEF), to be held Thursday, July 10th, at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT, will in all likelihood break the 6 race string of consecutive different feature winners to begin the 2014 racing campaign.
Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, VT is the latest entry for the VT Governor’s Cup. He is currently second in points after the first six events on the American Canadian Tour (ACT) this season. “We have a pretty long time before our next ACT point’s race, (Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, August 9, 2014) and with T-Road just about five minutes from our shop, the guys thought it would be fun to go back to a track that we are pretty familiar with. We usually have pretty good luck with the 150 lap races, and having a chance to race with Clint Bowyer at my home track is pretty cool, “said Hebert.
In recent years the VT Governor’s Cup presented by VP-SEF has included guest appearances by NASCAR stars, Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart and Clint Bowyer. The only non-Thunder Road regular visiting driver to win the VT Governor’s Cup was ACT point leader Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, NH. He won the VT Governor’s Cup during the 50th anniversary of Thunder Road in 2009.
The ACT Late Model division at Thunder Road is loaded with previous champions. Most have graduated from the intermediate Bond Auto Tiger Division over the years. Barre’s favorite son, Nick Sweet won a Tiger Championship in 2007 and two King of the Road championships in 2010 and 2012. John Donahue is back racing for his first Late Model track championship; he won back to back Tiger titles in 2000 and 2001. Montpelier’s David Pembroke won a Tiger championship and has two “King of the Road” titles. Shawn Fleury is a three time Tiger Champion looking for his first ACT Late Model win in this year’s Governor’s Cup.
Defending Thunder Road Late Model track Champion Derrick O’Donnell from North Haverhill, NH also won a Tiger crown in 2011. “There has always been something special about winning at Thunder Road. Maybe it’s the crowd, certainly the competition is as good as any short track in the country, but the track itself is also a constant challenge every time out. Winning there takes more than a good set-up, you have to have some luck, things happen in a hurry, but I guess that is what makes it so satisfying when you do get a win,” said O’Donnell.
The 35th running for the Vermont Governor’s Cup 150, presented by VP Small Engine Fuel is scheduled for Thursday, June 10. Gates will open at 4:00pm and post time for qualifying heats is 6:00pm. Adult tickets are just $20 dollars and kids 12 and under are free.