Contributed by: ACT Staff
Late Model stock car driver Chip Grenier of Graniteville provided his own brand of holiday fireworks for the huge spectator crowd at the Pepsi Independence Day Spectacular on Thursday night at Barre’s Thunder Road. The 2007 Rookie of the Year fought with former Track Champions Dave Whitcomb and Dave Pembroke over the final 10 circuits of the 50-lap Pepsi event.
Grenier made a move to the outside of leader Whitcomb on lap 43, but was initially unsuccessful in his bid for the top spot. Pembroke entered the fray with three laps to go, making an inside-lane move on Whitcomb. The two touched briefly, allowing Grenier to make a second surge up the outside lane. He took command on lap 48 and sped to his third career win.
“Dave (Whitcomb) was trying to hold on to what he had, and he was giving it a great run,” said Grenier in Victory Lane. “But they got together and I did what I had to do to win the race.”