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Unbuckled: Getting To Know Trampas Demers

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Trampas Demers

Driver of the #85 Shelburne Limestone Corp Chevrolet

Hometown: Shelburne, VT

2012: 4th in Late Model Division at Thunder Road

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

Snowmobiling and flying.  I do a lot of recreational flying with my Dad.  I actually got a glider ride from Dan Lathrop once, one of the Street Stock racers.  It was pretty fun.

What do you do for work?

I manage Shelburne Limestone.  My father started it in 1969.

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

Learning how to work with people.  When I was 23-years old, there wasn’t a chance in the world that I could manage anybody.  I had to learn how to approach things and how talk to people and motivate people.  I wasn’t good at it at first; I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to say things and how to come at things, and I’m still working on it. I learned by an opportunity that my father gave me to work on the racecar and set goals and timelines for myself, but also I had people that worked with me that helped me and I had to learn how to work with them.  It’s so critical to racing, and life really

Unbuckled: Getting to know Mike Martin

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Mike Martin

Driver of the #01 Martin Motorsports Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman

Hometown: Craftsbury Commons, VT

2012: Finished 8th overall in Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman division at Thunder Road.

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

I sugar in the spring, and I also hunt and fish right here around my home in Craftsbury.  My family likes to do it with me, so it gives me a chance to spend some time with them.  We’ve just always done those three things.  

What do you do for work?

I have my own auto repair business called Mike Martin Auto Repair in Craftsbury.  I’ve been doing this about 12 years now. 

 What is your biggest life accomplishment?

Definitely my kids. I have two kids, a boy and a girl.  Abby will be 14 next week and Stephen is 10.

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Chip Grenier

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Chip Grenier

Driver of the #9 Grenier Motorsports Ford

Hometown: Graniteville, VT

2012: Ran a limited schedule of Thunder Road and Vermont State Championship Series events.

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

I pretty much race year round because I also race remote controlled cars at Barre Town RC.  I started that when I was 14, so I’ve been doing that almost twenty years now.  It’s a cool thing.  We have heats and features and championships, sometimes we’ll have as many as 65 cars at an event.  It runs from October to April, so it’s the perfect off-season hobby for me. 

What do you do for work?

I work for Kevin Street doing construction and concrete.  He actually used to race Warriors and Street Stocks at Thunder Road.  I also work on racecars on my free time.  I worked on 8 or 9 of the top ten in the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen this year. I built four of them from scratch. I thought that was pretty cool. 

 What is your biggest life accomplishment?

Jeez, that’s a hard one.  I won the first 100-lap race in the Tigers at Thunder Road.  That’s really big on my list. The most we had ever done was 50 laps before that, so to win that was huge.