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Donahue Scores at Thunder Road

Late Model stock car driver John Donahue of Graniteville, VT scored a popular victory in the 50-lap Harvest Equipment Mother’s Day Special at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre Sunday evening.  Donahue, who started seventh in the 28-car field, was in the midst of a stellar battle for the lead with Trampas Demers before the caution flag flew for a wreck on lap 40.  During the caution period, Demers’ car suffered a driveline failure, ending his chances for the night.

Following the restart, Donahue was able to stretch his lead out to a three car-length margin over Hyde Park’s Eric Williams.  Donahue and Williams crossed the finish line in first and second, respectively.

Mike Bailey of South Barre posted a career-best third-place finish after holding off Jeffersonville’s Joe Becker.  Bailey demolished his car in a qualifying crash at last week’s Merchants Bank 150, and nearly crashed again in Harvest Equipment qualifying.  Becker and his team were instrumental in the repair of Bailey’s car.  Jerry Lesage of Winooski finished in fifth place.

Late Model Championship Season Opens Sunday at Thunder Road

The Late Model stock car championship season opens on Sunday, May 11 at Barre’s Thunder Road with the 50-lap Harvest Equipment Mother’s Day Special.  “King of the Road” Track Champion Dave Pembroke of Middlesex will begin his title defense against the likes of Cris Michaud, Phil Scott, Joe Becker, Jamie Fisher, and 2007 Rookie of the Year Chip Grenier.

Pembroke, a network administrator for Vermont State Employees Credit Union, a sponsor on his #44VT Chevrolet Impala, finished third in last weekend’s American-Canadian Tour Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road after an exciting duel with eventual winner Scott Payea.

“I’m pretty excited to get back on the track, especially after last weekend,” said Pembroke.  “We had a new car built by Dale Shaw over the winter, and it was just about perfect the first time out of the box.”

Moms Mower Race, Kids Rides to Highlight Thunder Road Motherís Day Special

Harvest Equipment will present the annual Mother’s Day stock car racing special at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 11… but with a twist.  As part of Harvest Equipment’s involvement with the event, a special six-Mom Lawn Mower Race will be held in the infield of the race track.

Moms will be chosen to participate in the lawn mower race based on essays sent to the Thunder Road office by their children.  Kids – here’s what you have to do: Write a short essay explaining why your mom should be chosen for the Lawn Mower Race at Thunder Road.  Email your essay to, fax it to (802) 244-6963, or send it by mail to: Mother’s Day Contest, P.O. Box 296, Waterbury, VT 05676, but make sure your entry is in no later than 5:00pm on Thursday, May 8.  Winning moms will be notified on Friday, May 9.  Kids, please include your mom’s name and a daytime phone number in your essay.

Moms will compete in the Lawn Mower Race while riding on John Deere lawn tractors provided by Harvest Equipment.  The first mom to complete her mowing section, sit in a comfy lawn chair, and open an ice cold Pepsi will be the winner.  Each mom in the race will also receive a bouquet of flowers.