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Pembroke, Sweet, Therrien, Hodgdon Collect Titles at Thunder Road Banquet of Champions

"King of the Road" Dave Pembroke with ACT Vice President Darla Hartt (Leif Tillotson photos)

Late Model stock car racer Dave Pembroke of Montpelier was honored as the 2007 “King of the Road” of Barre’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl at the Banquet of Champions at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, VT on Saturday night.  Pembroke shared the awards stage with the champions, rookies of the year, and special award winners from Thunder Road’s four racing divisions, as well as drivers from the American-Canadian Tour.

Pembroke withstood an onslaught of challenges from several competitors during the season to claim his first Late Model championship.  Driving the #44 VT State Employees Credit Union/Cabot Chevrolet, he won the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 in May and earned a season-best 12 top-ten finishes in 14 starts.  He narrowly defeated Cris Michaud of Williamstown, Joey Becker of Jeffersonville, Jamie Fisher of Shelburne, and Phil Scott of Middlesex for the title.  Chip Grenier of Northfield finished sixth overall and was honored as the 2007 Rookie of the Year.  Grenier posted two main event victories.





Over $50,000 to be Awarded at Thunder Road Banquet of Champions

"King of the Road" Dave Pembroke

A total point fund exceeding $50,000 will be awarded to top stock car drivers at the 2007 American-Canadian Tour/Thunder Road Banquet of Champions on Saturday night at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, VT.  Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT will be feted for winning his seventh ACT Late Model Tour Championship, while his car owner, Rick Paya, will collect a check for nearly $10,000 in point fund monies.

The Top 10 drivers from the ACT Late Model Tour, as well as the Top 10 drivers in each of the four racing divisions at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, a ¼-mile high-banked oval track in Barre, VT, will be recognized.  Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road” Track Champion Dave Pembroke of Montpelier, VT will receive a check for $5,000 for his winning efforts.  Thunder Road’s NAPA Tiger Sportsman Champion, Nick Sweet of Barre, VT, will receive a check for $1,000, while Allen Lumber Street Stock Champion Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT earns a $500 bonus.  Bunker Hodgdon of Hardwick, VT was the Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior Champion at Thunder Road in 2007.