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Scott, Becker Not Giving Up Thunder Road Title Fight

Phil Scott in victory lane last Thursday

Stock car drivers Phil Scott and Joey Becker are currently chasing a trio of tightly-grouped championship point leaders at Barre’s Thunder Road entering Thursday’s 50-lap Kinney Drugs trophy dash, the final Thursday night event on the Thunder Road schedule.  Veteran racer Scott is a three-time American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model “King of the Road” while Becker is a young up-and-comer, having won the Rookie of the Year title in 2003.

“We’re still in this thing,” said Scott.  “We’ve been on a roll lately, and we’re really building momentum.”  The Middlesex driver picked up his first victory of the season in last week’s Vermont ACE Hardware Dealers feature and now trails leader Jamie Fisher by 57 points.  “We had a tough early season, but we can chase the leaders down, it’s been done before.  The good part is that there’s no pressure from where my team sits; the top three are fighting tooth-and-nail, and my job right now is to sneak into it.”

Fisher, a Shelburne native, leads Dave Pembroke of Montpelier and Williamstown’s Cris Michaud by a total spread of just seven points, the closest three-way battle in Thunder Road’s 48-year history.  Scott paces Becker by two points.  In terms of sheer mathematics, fifteen drivers are still within the championship window with two races remaining.  The final point-counting race for the Late Model division is at next Tuesday’s Fisher/Federated Auto Parts event.

Kinney Drugs to Present Final Thursday Race, Kids Poster Contest at Thunder Road

The familiar scene of orange Kinney Drugs hats that dot the Thunder Road hillside grandstands every year

Kinney Drugs will present the final Thursday night stock car racing program of the summer at Barre’s Thunder Road this Thursday, August 23 at 6:30pm.  With only two championship events remaining for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model division, the 2007 “King of the Road” title chase is the closest in Thunder Road’s storied 48-year history.

Only seven points separate former Thunder Road Champion Jamie “Hurricane” Fisher of Shelburne, Montpelier’s Dave Pembroke, and three-time “King of the Road” Cris Michaud of Williamstown entering Thursday’s Kinney Drugs event.  Never before has a three-way Thunder Road title chase been so close with only a pair of races left on the schedule.

“The fans have been telling me that it’s a good show between the three of us,” said Michaud, who won Thunder Road titles in 2001, 2004, and 2005.  “We’re all good racers, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch things unfold over the next two weeks.  Our teams are all preparing our cars the best we can, and all we need is some good luck to go along with our efforts.”

Actor Rusty DeWees to “Scrawl” on New Books at Thunder Road

Actor, musician, and new author Rusty DeWees of Elmore will hold a book signing at Barre’s Thunder Road as part of the Fisher/Federated Auto Parts stock car racing program on Tuesday, August 28.  No stranger to Thunder Road, DeWees – perhaps more commonly known by his stage name “The Logger” – will autograph copies of his soon-to-be-released book, Scrawlins.  During the early years of his wildly popular one-man show named after his character, DeWees was a weekly competitor in Thunder Road’s Allen Lumber Street Stock division.

“You better get it, you might be in it, or at least know someone in it,” said DeWees of Scrawlins.  “I figured Thunder Road might be a good place to unveil the new book because there’s lots of people there that at least know someone in it.”

Scrawlins is a collection of 94 short stories written by DeWees about topics like why there’s an “i” in “iPod,” Vermonters and their thoughts on global warming, and the time DeWees was surprised to find a snake hampering his weed-whacking duties around the house.

“The book isn’t necessarily written from the point of view of my character, ‘The Logger,’” DeWees says, “but it’s got a bunch of Loggery-type stories.  Some are true, some aren’t.  Some are funny, and some are a little sad.  It’s just a myriad of things that I wanted to write down.”