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4th Annual Wheels for Warmth Fundraiser a Rousing Success

Over $31,000 Raised for Fuel Assistance-Twice 2007 Amount

Senator Phil Scott announced today that the 4th Annual Wheels for Warmth Tire Sale raised over $31,000 for the Central Vermont Community Action Council emergency fuel assistance program – more than double the amount raised in 2007.  Phil launched the program in 2005, and since its inception, the event has raised more than $67,000 for Vermonters in need.  Last year, Wheels for Warmth helped over 100 families who could not afford to heat their homes.  The 2008 Wheels for Warmth Tire Sale took place on Saturday, October 25 at DuBois Construction in Montpelier.

“I want to extend my thanks and gratitude to the more than 1,500 individuals and businesses that helped support this year’s Wheels for Warmth.  I was particularly impressed with the direct contributions that were given to us totaling over $6,000” said Senator Scott.  “With skyrocketing heating costs, many of our neighbors, including young families and seniors, face real health, safety, and financial survival concerns this winter. They truly need our help and you've provided a real boost.”

Senator Scott created Wheels for Warmth in 2005 to not only help Vermonters in need, but also to prevent unwanted tires from ending up in rivers or along roadsides.  Individuals who wish to participate can donate tires they no longer need, but which still meet state inspection standards. These tires are then sold for a maximum of $15.00 each and 100 percent of the sale proceeds go to the Central Vermont Community Action Council's emergency home heating program.

Lenny’s “Hottest Shoe” Thunder Road Winners Announced

Six stock car drivers from Barre’s Thunder Road will enjoy post-season bonuses from Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel as part of the 2008 “Hot Shoe Challenge.”  American-Canadian Tour Late Model driver Cris Michaud posted a season-high four Thunder Road wins to become the Lenny’s “Hottest Shoe” for his division, while veteran Joey Laquerre and young gun Brendan Moodie will share the prize for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman class.  Veteran race Tommy “Thunder” Smith, sophomore competitor Vern Woodard, and rookie Bunker Hodgdon will split the Allen Lumber Street Stock award.

Michaud, of Northfield, took a $150 Lenny’s “Hot Shoe Challenge” bonus after his first Late Model victory of the season on Sanel Parts Plus Night on June 19, then grabbed the Lenny’s “Double Dip” $75 bonus a week later for his CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 win.  Win number three came at the Time Argus Mid-Season Championship in July, followed by a VT ACE Hardware Dealers win in August.  The Lenny’s “Hottest Shoe” award for Michaud’s four total victories will be $500.

Michaud was joined as a winner of the Lenny’s “Hot Shoe Challenge” throughout the season by Scott Payea, John Donahue, Trampas Demers, Chip Grenier, Robbie Crouch, Mike Bailey, Jamie Fisher, Dave Whitcomb, Brad Leighton, Patrick Laperle Thunder Road Rookie of the Year Matt White.

Curley and Dragon Headed to New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame

Short track stock car racing promoter Tom Curley and driver Bobby Dragon have been nominated to the New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall of Fame Class of 2009.  Curley is President of the American-Canadian Tour sanctioning body and Co-Owner/Promoter of Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT; Dragon is a multi-time champion driver, and is still active in a storied career that began over 40 years ago.

Originally of Maine and now living in Barre, VT, Curley got his start in racing as a competitor, racing in the original Flying Tiger division at Catamount Stadium in Milton, VT in 1965 before a brief stint in the open-wheel Modified ranks.  He became involved in the promotional and operational side of stock car racing at Catamount in 1978, working alongside television and radio broadcaster and Catamount Stadium and Thunder Road Founder Ken Squier, a 2002 NEAR Hall of Fame inductee.

Curley eventually partnered with Squier at Catamount Stadium, and created the NASCAR North Tour in 1979, where he earned a reputation as a fiery, controversial promoter.  The duo also resurrected the shuttered Thunder Road track in nearby Barre in 1982.  In January 1986, Curley broke away from NASCAR to form his own American-Canadian Tour, which has been an innovative and industry-leading Late Model touring organization since, and in 1987 joined with Rex Robbins of the American Speed Association (ASA) and Bob Harmon of All-Pro to form the Stock Car Connection.