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Grenier Provides Fireworks for Packed House at Thunder Road

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.”

Pepsi Fireworks to Ring in Independence Holiday at Thunder Road

There will be fireworks on the track and in the air at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday (July 3) as Pepsi presents the annual Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”  Thrilling stock car racing action from four divisions will begin at 6:30pm, followed by a massive fireworks display, considered by many to be the best in Central Vermont each year.

In the American-Canadian Tour Late Model division, Hyde Park driver Eric Williams clings to a narrow four-point leader of Northfield’s Cris Michaud, 267-263.  Michaud has won the last two Thunder Road events with Williams finishing second each time, including last week’s CARQUEST VT Governor’s Cup 100.  John Donahue of Graniteville makes the battle a fierce three-way contest, as he sits just nine points behind Williams at 258.  Former “King of the Road” Track Champions Dave Pembroke (239 pts.) and Phil Scott (237) complete the top five runners.

Cambridge racer Craig Bushey paces the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division by 22 points over Hinesburg’s Tom Therrien, 348-326.  Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex is third (311), with veteran Joey Laquerre just two points back (309) and Scott Coburn only three points behind (308).

Entries Filing in for Thunder Road Enduro 200

Entries for “The People’s Race” – the 24th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200 at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, July 27 at 6:00pm – are filing into the Waterbury race office.  The Enduro is a no-holds-barred race where over 100 novice drivers race virtually street-legal automobiles for 200 laps.  The top prize is $2,000.

Drivers from four Vermont counties have already entered the M&M Beverage Enduro 200.  Chittenden County is already well-represented by four Colchester racers, as well as Westford’s Mike Forsey and Josh Russin, Williston’s Jamie Benneig, and Pat Miner of Charlotte.  Amanda Habel, the first female entrant of 2008, hails from Roxbury in Washington County.  Franklin County lays claim to Ed White, Jr. and Roland Beaulieu, both of St. Albans, while Orange County has Mike Chapin of Chelsea.

New Hampshire will also have at least one driver in Charlestown’s Scott “The Mecca” Carr.  Carr has entered a 1983 Saab 900.  Other entered models run the gamut of sizes, shapes, and horsepower, from the compact Kia Sephia and Dodge Shadow, to the mid-size Mercury Sable and Buick Century, to the full-size Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Pontiac Grand Prix.