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Weston Wins Saturday Bond Auto Warrior Feature at Thunder Road

Forty-Seven ACT Late Models Swell Pit Area

Hometown stock car racer Scott Weston was named the winner of the special 18-lap Bond Auto Junkyard Warrior Feature at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Saturday afternoon.  Weston crossed the finish line in third place after leading much of the event, but was awarded the victory after apparent first-place and second-place finishers Travis Hull and Ryan Foster were disqualified in post-race inspection.

Weston had a full straightaway lead in the opening laps, but suffered ignition troubles that allowed Hull and Foster to reel him in late in the going.  “The car’s got four spark plugs, but I don’t think any of them were working,” Weston joked in victory lane.  The win was his second of the year in the Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior division.

As a result of the disqualifications, brothers Frank and Leonard Sanborn inherit the second and third positions, respectively.  Moretown, VT’s Jeff Martin, Jr. and point leader Bunker Hodgdon of Hardwick, VT rounded out the unofficial top five.

Forty-seven American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models swelled the Thunder Road pit area during practice sessions for Sunday’s $50,000 29th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, part of the ACTion Super Series.  Unofficially, Milton, VT racers Brent Dragon and Scott Payea, New Hampshire drivers Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson and Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, and Maine’s Mike and Ben Rowe turned the fastest lap times in practice.

“Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald Enters Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road

Eddie MacDonald returns to Thunder Road Sunday

Outlaw stock car racer Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA is the latest to file an entry for Sunday’s 29th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, part of the American-Canadian Tour’s ACTion Super Series at Thunder Road in Barre.  The 27 year-old MacDonald has copped victories on the ACT Late Model Tour and the NASCAR Busch East Series this season, and will make his first trip to “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” since running with the Busch East Series in the 2003 Labor Day Classic.

MacDonald has been looking forward to returning to Thunder Road since his ACT victory at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on August 11 – his only ACT start of the season.

“We’re going to go home and start getting this car ready for Labor Day at Thunder Road,” MacDonald said in victory lane at Oxford.  “We love that place.”  In his last foray to the Quarry Hill oval, MacDonald finished fifth behind winner and five-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston.

Pembroke Crowned “King of the Road”

Demers Fends Off Title Contender Michaud for Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Win

2007 "King of the Road" Dave Pembroke

Montpelier stock car driver Dave Pembroke was crowned the 2007 “King of the Road” at Barre’s Thunder Road on Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Night on Tuesday.  Pembroke joins a list 48 years in the making as champion of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model division at the historic quarter-mile high-banked oval.

“It means so much to my family to win this championship,” Pembroke said as he celebrated his triumph.  “We all grew up here at Thunder Road, and to win the championship a year after Chad Wheeler, whose family has been close with mine forever, is really special.  To have raced down to the last race with drivers like Cris Michaud and Jamie Fisher, it makes everything that much sweeter.”

Pembroke entered the Fisher/Federated Auto Parts event with a 34-point lead over Fisher and a 40-point cushion over Michaud.  While Pembroke and Fisher struggled in their qualifying heats, Michaud advanced to transfer into the bonus-points semi-feature, making up precious points before the main event.

Pembroke finished ninth in the 25-car Fisher/Federated Auto Parts field, and spent the entire 50-lap race trying to reach Michaud, who rocketed toward the front from the 14th starting position.  Michaud contended for the win with South Burlington driver Trampas Demers until the closing laps.  Demers ended a month-long streak of bad luck with his victory.