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Point Leader Pembroke Not Feeling Pressure at Mid-Season

Dave Pembroke

Stock car racer and current Thunder Road point leader Dave Pembroke says he is not feeling any pressure heading into the 48th Annual Times Argus Mid-Season Championship at the historic Barre oval on Thursday.  The Montpelier racer says that while double points are on the line, they will not derail his focus on aiming for his first Late Model “King of the Road” crown.

“I was leading points at mid-season in 2004, and we had a bad night and fell to fourth,” said Pembroke.  “Since then I see it as a regular race; the goals are to take care of the car, to not crash, and to get the best finish possible.  You can’t nerve yourself up or you’ll make a mistake.”

Pembroke leads three-time Track Champion Cris Michaud of Williamstown by 37 points entering the Times Argus Mid-Season Championship (538-501).  Shelburne’s Jamie Fisher, another former “King of the Road,” sits third at 491.

Michaud, Lowrey, Fecteau Share Common Mid-Season Championship Goal

Three Vermont stock car drivers will be representing their race teams, their home counties, and their impressive resumes at the 48th Times Argus Mid-Season Championships at Barre’s Thunder Road this Thursday.  Williamstown’s Cris Michaud, a three-time “King of the Road,”

Cris Michaud is looking for Times Argus Mid-Season Championship win #3

will carry the Central Vermont banner for Orange County, Rich Lowrey of Charlotte will represent the Northwest for Chittenden County, and former Thunder Road Late Model Champion Pete Fecteau of Morrisville will carry Lamoille County and Northern Vermont.

While the three veteran racers hail from different regions of the state, each has some things in common with the others: A checkered past in the Mid-Season Championship, and a desire to build upon their victory totals in the double-points event.  Together, the trio has copped the last six editions of the event – two apiece – with Fecteau gathering a third win in 1997, the year of his “King of the Road” title bid.

“My crew and I are really looking forward to Thursday’s race,” said Michaud, the Times Argus Mid-Season Championship winner in 2002 and 2004.  “With double points on the line we’re in a good position to gain on (point leader) Dave Pembroke.  Plus, the annual autograph session is a great time.  The fans at Thunder Road are great, and I know the drivers in all four divisions love the autograph session.”  Michaud will pilot the Merchants Bank/Burrell Roofing Ford for his Kendell Legendre-led team on Thursday.

Entries Still Rushing in for M&M Beverage Enduro at Thunder Road

Entries for the 23rd Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200 amateur stock car race at Barre’s Thunder Road continue to file in at the track’s head office in Waterbury.  To date, nearly 80 drivers from Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and even Florida have entered the smash ‘em, bash ‘em, crash ‘em, survival-of-the-bravest event on Sunday, July 29.  More than 100 competitors are expected to take a shot at the $2,000 top prize.  Post time for the race is 6:30pm.

“Participants will be able to enter the M&M Beverage Enduro 200 on the day of the race, but we are encouraging drivers to file an early entry with us at the office,” said Thunder Road Administrator Tina Gallison.  “The advantages of filing an entry include being able to reserve a number for your Enduro racer ahead of time.  Number assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis, and they’re going fast.”