Contributed by: ACT Staff
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.