Tuesday, August 28 2007 @ 11:49 PM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Demers Fends Off Title Contender Michaud for Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Win
Montpelier stock car driver Dave Pembroke was crowned the 2007 “King of the Road” at Barre’s Thunder Road on Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Night on Tuesday. Pembroke joins a list 48 years in the making as champion of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model division at the historic quarter-mile high-banked oval.
2007 "King of the Road" Dave Pembroke
“It means so much to my family to win this championship,” Pembroke said as he celebrated his triumph. “We all grew up here at Thunder Road, and to win the championship a year after Chad Wheeler, whose family has been close with mine forever, is really special. To have raced down to the last race with drivers like Cris Michaud and Jamie Fisher, it makes everything that much sweeter.”
Pembroke entered the Fisher/Federated Auto Parts event with a 34-point lead over Fisher and a 40-point cushion over Michaud. While Pembroke and Fisher struggled in their qualifying heats, Michaud advanced to transfer into the bonus-points semi-feature, making up precious points before the main event.
Pembroke finished ninth in the 25-car Fisher/Federated Auto Parts field, and spent the entire 50-lap race trying to reach Michaud, who rocketed toward the front from the 14th starting position. Michaud contended for the win with South Burlington driver Trampas Demers until the closing laps. Demers ended a month-long streak of bad luck with his victory.