Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Northfield Savings Bank Night

Pembroke Closes Late for Thunder Road Late Model Win

Dave Pembroke of Middlesex chased down Brooks Clark in the closing laps of Thursday’s Late Model 50-lap main event on Northfield Savings Bank Fireworks Night at Thunder Road to claim his first win of 2013 and the 20th of his career.

 Pembroke started 19th on the grid in the VSECU/Lamoille Valley Ford No. 44 and followed Clark to the front in the outside lane in pursuit of leader Ricky Roberts. Clark and Pembroke were 5th and 6th on the final restart on lap 24. Clark took the lead on lap 32. He and Pembroke crossed the line side by side on lap 45.

 Roberts stayed strong to claim third. Veteran Joey Laquerre placed 4th, a car-length ahead of 16-year-old Emily Packard.

500 Fever - Reason #7


 (over the next four weeks leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there will be two or three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event---check back often over the next few weeks and you too will catch  the ‘500 Fever’ ----) 

# 7.  ACT +/- system

Dave Dion taught me to always think about the fans. So let’s start with the fans regarding handicaps.

I believe fans spend their money coming to a short track to hopefully watch action-packed, competitive racing. Certainly they cheer for their heroes and become boo-birds for those they love to hate, but the bottom line is they pay to see RACING ….and that includes all racing-- HEATSCONSI(S) and FEATURES.

Here are some of the more popular handicap procedures used by various weekly tracks and tours around the country.  I have added a little commentary on each to try and give you my perspective on why I like some and literally hate others:

VT Lottery Commission Governor's Cup 150

NASCAR Star Clint Bowyer Set to Tackle Thunder Road

Stock car superstar Clint Bowyer has added his entry to the 2013 Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup race Thursday night, July 11th at Barre’s Thunder Road. The Emporia, Kansas NASCAR Sprint Cup racer, currently third in the nation has said that on his bucket list is a trip to Barre’s Thunder Road and one he really wanted to take care of.

Bowyer, who drives the No. 15 Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing finished third this past weekend in Kentucky and remains third in the national standings behind Jimmy Johnson and Carl Edwards.

“I have been told that Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace all came to Barre and came out losers”, said Bowyer. “ I am looking forward to the 150 lap Governor’s Cup race as a chance to redeem and try out the Thunder Road drivers, which I hear are as aggressive as anything in the country. For me this is going to be a fun night.”