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Officials from Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl have disqualified Late Model stock car driver Brian Hoar of Williston from his apparent second-place finish in the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Monday.

Following post-race technical inspection, Hoar’s #45 car was found to be in violation of the Koni sealed shock absorber rule, which is also in use on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) championship series.  Although the Koni shocks on Hoar’s car were not modified internally, an external modification was determined to be an alteration to the strict ACT Koni shock rule.

Hoar and team have been stripped of all championship points and purse money earned in the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic and placed on a three-month suspension from competition at Thunder Road.

The #45 team has also been handed a $4,000 fine and will be on technical probation for all ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT Castrol events for the remainder of the 2007 season.

“A good part of our success over the past five years has been our strict policy on the Goodyear tires, the sealed crate engines and the Koni sealed shocks in our Late Model division,” said Thunder Road Manager and ACT President Tom Curley.  “Unfortunately, there was an alteration on the part the #45 team.  The modification to the shocks was inexpensive and external, but still did not comply with the ACT rulebook.  Thunder Road is as disappointed as the #45 team, but we feel strongly about upholding the integrity of our shock rule.”

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Dave Pembroke in victory lane

Stock car racer Dave Pembroke on Montpelier held off long-time nemesis Cris Michaud of Williamstown and American-Canadian Tour (ACT) invader Brian Hoar of Williston for a thrilling victory in the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road on Monday afternoon.  Pembroke, who started on the pole position for the 45th running of the 100-lap holiday race, led the first 67 laps before Michaud made a successful outside lane bid for the lead.

The race’s final restart on lap 69 left the pair lined up in a reverse situation, and Pembroke found the outside lane to his liking for the first time in the event.  Michaud led for 21 laps with Pembroke only inches behind at times, before Pembroke grabbed the lead back for good on lap 90.  Just after Pembroke took over, Hoar made an outside lane pass of Michaud to take over second place.  A five-time ACT Late Model Tour champion, Hoar drew even with Pembroke while the pair negotiated lapped traffic in the final circuits.  After momentarily losing the top spot on the backstretch, Pembroke used a lapped car to complete a “pick” move with two laps remaining, and held

Hoar off by a car length for the victory.

“I thought it was going to be easy starting on the pole,” said an excited Pembroke in victory lane, “but it was anything but that.  I have to thank Cris and Brian for running me so cleanly, it was a lot of fun out there.  I was worried about Brian during the last couple of laps, but I knew that if I kept my car under control I could use traffic the way I needed to in order to get the win.”