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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.”

Late Model “King of the Road” Title Fight is Closest in History

Seven points separate three drivers with two races remaining

Late Model racer Jamie "Hurricane" Fisher leads Dave Pembroke and Cris Michaud by the slimmest of margins

The “King of the Road” 2007 stock car title bout at Barre’s Thunder Road is the closest in the history of the American-Canadian Tour Late Model division.  Following the 50-lap Vermont ACE Hardware Dealers main event on Thursday, three drivers find themselves in a virtual deadlock for the track championship.

After adding up championship points earned in qualifying heats, the bonus-points “semi feature,” and the main event, Shelburne driver Jamie “Hurricane” Fisher’s lead has shrunk from 17 points to a razor-thin three points over Montpelier racer Dave Pembroke, 831-828.  Three-time Champion Cris Michaud of Williamstown ranks third, just seven points behind Fisher at 824 with only two championship-counting events left in the season.  Never in the history of the ACT Late Model division has the Thunder Road title fight been this close between three drivers with just two races remaining.

Fisher put on a memorable performance in the ACE Hardware event, storming up the outside groove in the fashion that earned him his nickname.  After breaking a suspension part on his S.D. Ireland Chevrolet and spinning off the race track with only ten laps remaining, Fisher’s pit crew made hasty repairs during the caution period.  The veteran driver restarted the race on the lead lap in 22nd position and fought his way forward to finish an impressive eighth.  Pembroke and Michaud also made late charges toward the head of the field.  Pembroke finished sixth, Michaud ninth.

Scott Wins Wild Late Model Feature at Thunder Road

Phil Scott (14) and Marcel Gravel (5) drag race to the checkers on VT ACE Hardware Dealers Night

Champion American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model stock car racer Phil Scott of Middlesex drove from 17th to win the 50-lap Vermont ACE Hardware Dealers feature at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday night.  Scott, a three-time “King of the Road” nipped Marcel Gravel of Wolcott by a nose at the finish line in one of the wildest races of the season.

Colchester’s David Chagnon led the opening 40 laps before a caution flag for point leader Jamie Fisher of Shelburne bunched the field.  Fisher had broken suspension part on his car, but returned on the lead lap after repairs.  Chagnon squared off against Gravel at the restart until the race’s second yellow flag flew on lap 46.  A seven-car pileup two laps after the race resumed involved Chagnon, and he was done for the night.

Gravel assumed the top spot for the final restart on lap 48, with a hard-charging Scott in the outside lane.  Gravel held on as the white flag flew, but Scott mashed the gas pedal in the final corner to take his first win of the season by about four feet.  Rich Lowrey of Charlotte and Shawn Fleury benefited from the lap 48 pileup to finish in the third and fourth positions, respectively.  Mike Bailey of Barre finished fifth.  Dave Pembroke finished sixth ahead of Joey Becker.  Fisher made an amazing recovery to finish eighth after restarting 22nd with ten laps remaining.  Cris Michaud and John Donahue rounded out the Top 10 finishers, unofficially.

With two championship events remaining, Fisher unofficially retains the point lead by a miniscule three markers ahead of Pembroke (831-828), and just seven over Michaud (824).  The “King of the Road” battle is among the closest in the 48 year history of Thunder Road.