Thunder Road SpeedBowl
GRAVEL AND FECTEAU ARE THUNDER ROAD'S CREAM
A pair of Lamoille County drivers, Marcel Gravel from Wolcott and Hyde Park's Eric Williams, turned in feature performances at Barre, Vermont's Thunder Road International Speedbowl that were noteworthy enough to earn the Booth Brothers Dairy "Cream of the Crop" Award at a pair of recent events.
Gravel, winner in the NAPA Sportsman division's Sanel Parts Plus Trophy Dash on Thursday, June 30, came from deep in the 26-car starting field en route to victory. The veteran driver, who hadn't carried a feature race checkered flag in two years, took the lead on the 31st lap of the 35-lap event by using the high-banked quarter-mile oval's tricky outside groove.


WHITCOMB TAKES THUNDER ROAD'S COCA-COLA FIRECRACKER 50
For the Late Model competitors Sunday at Thunder Road, the fireworks came early as former track champion, Dave Whitcomb of Essex Jct posted his first win in two years. Whitcomb's victory in the Coca-Cola Firecracker 50 came almost two years to the day from his last checkered flag at the high-banked quarter-mile which was 2003 edition of the race. No less than ten drivers battled for the top spots.


PEMBROKE WINS THUNDER ROAD'S SANEL PARTS PLUS DASH
As strong as Dave Pembroke has been on the ACT Tour this season he's been fighting an ill handling race car in weekly events at Barre, Vermont's Thunder Road. That all changed Thursday night with his victory in the Sanel Parts Plus Trophy Dash over a hard charging Dennis Demers and Eric Williams.
"We've been working on the car, trying to get it going to," Pembroke said in the Winner's Circle. "We've still got some work to do, hopefully it'll come around some more on Sunday." Thunder Road has the second event in its holiday double-header weekend, the Coca-Cola Firecracker 50 on Sunday.