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2015 Fairpoint Communications Night

Pembroke Takes Second Win of July on Fairpoint Night

Kyle Pembroke rode the outside line on a midrace restart to pick up his second Thunder Road Late Model win in the last three races at the Fairpoint Communications Trophy Dash on Thursday, July 16.

East Montpelier's Pembroke took the lead for the final time from Milton's Eric Badore following the race's only caution on lap 28. It marked the continuation of a torrid month of July for Pembroke, who picked up his first career Late Model victory just 11 days earlier.

2015 Fairpoint Communications Night

Thunder Road Action Heating Up Heading into Fairpoint Night

 The 56th season of racing at Barre's Thunder Road Speedbowl continues with Fairpoint Communications Night on Thursday, July 16. The championship battles in the Thunder Road Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks have remained close throughout the first two months of the 2015 season. In each division, the gap between first and second in the standings is just three points, ensuring the intensity remains high as the season nears the halfway mark.

The main attraction continues to be the heavyweight battle in the Thunder Road Late Models between N. Haverhill, NH's Derrick O'Donnell and Barre, VT's Nick Sweet as both chase a third “King of the Road” crown. Sweet's dramatic victory in the Vermont Governor's Cup last Thursday, July 9 – in which he took the lead from O'Donnell in the closing laps – tightened the gap to its current three-point margin.

2015 Vermont Governor's Cup 150

Sweet Wins Duel With O'Donnell for Record-Tying Vermont Governor's Cup Win

Hometown favorite Nick Sweet came out on top of a battle with Thunder Road Late Model point leader and fellow two-time “King of the Road” Derrick O'Donnell to with his fourth VP Fuels Vermont Governor's Cup 150 on Thursday, July 9.

 Sweet took the lead from N. Haverhill, NH's O'Donnell on lap 125 following the race's fourth and final restart after stalking him for much of the event. O'Donnell made a bid to get back around Sweet on the outside, but came under attack from polesitter Cody Blake with 10 laps remaining, allowing Sweet to drive off to the win. Sweet moved into a tie with Robbie Crouch for the most Vermont Governor's Cup wins of all-time.