Contributed by: ACT Staff
Tons of rumors are flying around as drivers, teams and race fans get together for some off-season bench racing. Some actual facts are out in the marketplace as well. For instance ….
Chip Grenier from Northfield and Brooks Clark of Fayston, dabbled in the Late Model division toward the end of last season. Both look to increase their participation in 2007. Grenier is a past recipient of the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division's Sportsmanship Award.
Reports from the Dave Pembroke camp are that he's opting to concentrate on his weekly efforts at Thunder Road in hopes of a first Late Model "King of the Road" title. The Montpelier driver was the division's Rookie of the Year in 2000 after securing the NAPA Tiger Sportsman "King of the Road" crown the previous year.
Speaking of the Pembroke clan, Steve Pembroke (Dave's uncle) will own the NAPA Tiger Sportsman machine which will be piloted by Rick Garand. Garand (a Pembroke nephew and cousin) last raced in the division in 1996, his sophomore season. In '95 he was Thunder Road's Tiger Sportsman Rookie of the Year. Apparently Garand will be behind the wheel for 90-95% of the events while head wrench, Eric Pembroke (also a former Sportsman competitor) may opt to run a few times.
Baby Boom …
Congrats go out to the new race fans (and maybe future drivers?) and their parents who arrived on the scene after the 2006 season wrapped…
Caroline "Carly" Mancini arrived in November. The proud parents are Carrie (Guyette) and Tom Mancini. Carrie is a scorer at Thunder Road. Grandparents are Thunder Road staffers Marcia and Tommy Guyette.
Donovan Charles Sicard arrived in early December. The proud parents are Renee (Beede) and Shawn Sicard. Renee is a former Street Stock and Tiger Sportsman driver and Shawn is the 2006 Allen Lumber Street Stock Rookie of the Year.
Rachel Beede, also a former Street Stock and Tiger Sportsman driver and Dan Laggner welcomed Riley Daniel at the end of December. Multi-time Thunder Road Champion, Chuck Beede and wife Francine are the excited grandparents.
Speaking of Sicard, he and fellow Allen Lumber Street Stock competitor Joel Hodgdon will turn their efforts to the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division in 2007.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the other motorsports shows in the next few months that you might consider attending.
Racin' Preview - Portland (ME) Civic Center
Fri, Feb 23 (4 - 10 pm), Sat, Feb 24 (9 am - 9 pm)
Speedway Expo - Eastern States Exposition, W. Springfield, MA
Better Living Center and Stroh Building
Fri, Mar 2 (2 - 9 pm), Sat, Mar 3 (10 am - 9 pm), Sun, Mar 4 (11 am - 5 pm)
(Dick Berggren's Speedway Illustrated Magazine is resurrecting the annual early March show at the Big E - for more info go to www.speedwayexpo.com)
The annual ACT and Thunder Road Car Show at the University Mall, S. Burlington, VT is slated for March 17-18. If you are interested in having your car on display, please contact the office (802-244-6963). Space is limited. Move-in will be on Friday (March 16) after the mall closes. This is a great opportunity to give your sponsors some extra visibility.
Reminder - today is the last day for ballots to be submitted for the season-ending awards. Also, reservations are also due if you plan to attend the annual Banquet of Champions