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Ferguson Waterworks Opens 48th Thursday Night Season at Thunder Road

Summer in Vermont officially begins on Thursday evening, as Ferguson Waterworks presents the first of 12 Thursday night stock car racing events at Barre’s Thunder Road.  Four divisions of race cars will compete at the high-banked ¼-mile oval on Quarry Hill to kick off the 48th year of traditional Thursday night summer races.

Pembroke is the Late Model point leader

Dave Pembroke of Montpelier leads the way in the ACT Late Model division following the first two championship events for his class.  Pembroke won the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 last month and is the Late Model division’s point leader.  He also represented Thunder Road by leading many laps and finishing second at Capital City Speedway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada one week ago.  Joey Becker of Jeffersonville won the Thunder Road Late Model championship lid lifter at the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day Extravaganza, and trails Pembroke by just seven points, 157-150.

Hart, Sportsman Drivers Anticipating WDEV 100 at Thunder Road

Justin Hart celebrates his WDEV win last season

Stock car drivers from the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division at Barre’s Thunder Road are looking forward to the special WDEV 100 on Thursday, June 21.  The event will be the second long-distance race of the season for the class made famous by its close and exciting competition.

Justin Hart of Williamstown is the defending winner of the WDEV special.  The second-generation racer earned his first career victory in a “Twin 75” format one year ago, celebrating WDEV’s 75th anniversary on Vermont’s AM and FM radio airwaves.  The 2007 edition of the event will return to the “traditional” 100-lap format used in previous seasons.

Hart said he and his McLeon Electric/Ducharme’s Machine Shop team are ready for the WDEV 100.

“We’re pretty excited about it, we like the long races,” he said.  “It was a lot of fun winning that race last year, but we haven’t been going as well this season."

NASCAR Nextel Cup Star Kenny Wallace to Compete at Thunder Road

Kenny Wallace

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series star Kenny Wallace of St. Louis, MO will take on the best of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model stock car division at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sanel Parts Plus Night, Thursday, June 28.  The popular driver and SPEED television personality will make his debut on the high-banked oval in a car regularly driven by former “Queen of the Road” Tracie Bellerose.

The colorful Wallace, also known by race fans as “Herman”, has more than 330 starts in the Nextel Cup Series, and is a nine-time winner in the NASCAR Busch Series.  He currently drives the Furniture Row #78 Chevrolet on the Nextel Cup Series, and is a co-host on SPEED TV’s NASCAR RaceDay.  Wallace has also released a new book, Inside Herman’s World, with publisher Coastal 181 of Newburyport, MA.  His

appearance behind the wheel of an ACT Late Model at Thunder Road will be the third by a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver in recent years, joining Ken Schrader and Vermont’s own Kevin Lepage.

“Ol’ Herman is coming to invade Thunder Road!” Wallace exclaimed on Monday.  “I’ve heard about that legendary little race track for many, many years.  [Track co-owner] Ken Squier is a good friend of mine, and he’s always talked about how great the fans are at Thunder Road.  We’re racing at New Hampshire that weekend, and Coastal 181 asked me to do a book signing at Thunder Road while I was in New England.  I figured I might as well race while I’m there.”