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Kinney Drugs to Present Final Thursday Race, Kids Poster Contest at Thunder Road

The familiar scene of orange Kinney Drugs hats that dot the Thunder Road hillside grandstands every year

Kinney Drugs will present the final Thursday night stock car racing program of the summer at Barre’s Thunder Road this Thursday, August 23 at 6:30pm.  With only two championship events remaining for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model division, the 2007 “King of the Road” title chase is the closest in Thunder Road’s storied 48-year history.

Only seven points separate former Thunder Road Champion Jamie “Hurricane” Fisher of Shelburne, Montpelier’s Dave Pembroke, and three-time “King of the Road” Cris Michaud of Williamstown entering Thursday’s Kinney Drugs event.  Never before has a three-way Thunder Road title chase been so close with only a pair of races left on the schedule.

“The fans have been telling me that it’s a good show between the three of us,” said Michaud, who won Thunder Road titles in 2001, 2004, and 2005.  “We’re all good racers, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch things unfold over the next two weeks.  Our teams are all preparing our cars the best we can, and all we need is some good luck to go along with our efforts.”

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.