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Lenny’s “Hottest Shoe” Award Winners Announced at Thunder Road

Stockwell with his $150 Lenny's "Hot Shoe Challenge" check in July

The winners of the annual Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel “Hottest Shoe” Awards for stock car racers at Barre’s Thunder Road have been decided.  Braintree’s Kip Stockwell (American-Canadian Tour Late Model), hometown driver Nick Sweet (NAPA Tiger Sportsman), and Hinesburg youngster Bobby Therrien (Allen Lumber Street Stock) each posted to most feature event wins in their respective divisions in 2007, and have earned bonus checks from Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, to be given at the annual ACT/Thunder Road Awards Banquet in January.

Stockwell posted three 50-lap victories in his first full season of racing at Thunder Road since 1997 in the ACT Late Model division.  Stockwell took his first win of the year on Pepsi Fireworks Night in July, earning a $150 Lenny’s “Hot Shoe Challenge” bonus.  He took the Lenny’s “Double Dip” bonus of $75 for his second win of the season on Calkins Portables/Pelletier Quick Lube Night in August, and locked in his third win on NAPA/Make-A-Wish Night the following week.  Stockwell’s “Hottest Shoe” bonus will be $500.

Other ACT Late Model drivers collecting bonuses from Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel in 2007 were Scott Payea, Joey Becker, Dennis and Trampas Demers, Marcel Gravel, Eric Williams, Phil Scott, Dwayne Lanphear, John Donahue, and Patrick Laperle, as well as 2007 Thunder Road Rookie of the Year Chip Grenier and the “King of the Road,” Track Champion Dave Pembroke.

Ziter Disqualified From Apparent Runner-Up Finish at Thunder Road

Stock car driver Mike Ziter of Williamstown has been disqualified from his apparent second-place finish in Sunday’s 30-lap Allen Lumber Street Stock feature at Barre’s Thunder Road.  The event was run in conjunction with the 44th Annual Chittenden Milk Bowl for the American-Canadian Tour.

Ziter was found to have illegal pistons in the engine of his Ford Mustang in post-race inspection.  He has been stripped of all points and purse money earned in Sunday’s race.  The disqualification moves Mike Martin of Craftsbury Common into the runner-up position behind winner Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, with Hardwick’s Greg Adams, Jr. inheriting the third place finish.  Rookie Vern Woodard of Burlington and Tommy Smith of Williamstown now complete the top five finishers.

Sweet, Therrien End Thunder Road Championship Seasons With Victories

NAPA Sportsman race winner and Champion Nick Sweet (ctr) is joined in victory lane by Chittenden reps, third-place finisher Tommy Therrien (2nd from left), and runner-up Brendan Moodie (2nd from right)

Hometown stock car racer Nick Sweet and Hinesburg rookie driver Bobby Therrien shone at the season-ending Chittenden Milk Bowl at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday afternoon.  In front of the season’s largest crowd, both youngsters captured not only feature event victories in their respective divisions, they were also crowned Thunder Road Champions.

Sweet, 23, locked up the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division title with a 50-lap Chittenden victory of North Wolcott’s Brendan Moodie.  He took the lead just after the halfway mark before cruising to victory.  Tom Therrien, Bobby’s older brother, stole third place on the final lap from Duxbury’s Kris Grout.  Chuck Beede of Williamstown finished fifth.  Rookie James Hebert, Brian Delphia, Chris Chambers, Kevin Boutin, Jr., and Joe Steffen rounded out the unofficial top ten in order.

Sweet drove the #50 Fortier’s Community Care Home/SymQuest Group Chevrolet to three victories on the year, and outdistanced Craig Bushey of Cambridge for the championship.