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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.

Coburn, LaFleche, Foster Take Merchants Bank Wins at Thunder Road

Hometown stock car drivers swept the top three finishing positions in the 30-lap NAPA Tiger Sportsman feature on Merchants Bank Opening Day at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road.  Scott Coburn scored his fourth career win in a slugfest event.  Coburn’s VT Shifter Karts/M&M Beverage #1 Chevrolet ran from the pole starting position for the win.  Barre’s Shawn Sicard and David Finck completed the podium finishers.

Tom Therrien of Hinesburg and Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  Brendan Moodie, Derrick O’Donnell, Tony Rossi, Doug Crowningshield, and Craig Bushey were rest of the unofficial top ten.

Dave LaFleche of Graniteville scored his first career Allen Lumber Street Stock victory with a final-corner pass of Hardwick’s “Super” Joe Fecteau.  Tim Campbell of West Topsham and Josh LaCourse of Barre completed the unofficial top five.