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Unbuckled: Getting To Know Mike Ziter

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Mike Ziter

Driver of the #26 VT Stone Art/Ziter Masonry Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman

Hometown: Williamstown, VT

2012: Finished 5th in Overall Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Standings

What do you do for work?

I’m a mason at Ziter Masonry.  I’ve done that for my dad since 2002.  I’m in charge of employees, and we do a lot of commercial masonry.  I’m a foreman for the company.

What is something about you that most people don’t know?

Other than racing and work I strive to be a family man.  I really like to spend time with my kids.  I do a lot of things but family is most important to me. 

Squier Wins Prestigious NASCAR Award
Squier Wins Prestigious NASCAR Award

Thunder Road co-owner and founder Ken Squier received the prestigious Buddy Shuman Award during the 2012 NASCAR NMP Myers Brothers Award Luncheon in Las Vegas, NV.  The award is given to an “individual who has played a key role in the continued growth and success of Cup racing.” 

“Ken helped bring not only a voice, but also a face, to Cup racing,” said Michael Proud, director of marketing for Federal-Mogul who sponsored the award.  “During every race there are dozens of drivers out there battling for track position.  He was the first to bring those drivers’ personalities into the race coverage.  That was a huge step that helped make the sport much more accessible for millions of fans.”

2012 Storylines

Headlines of the 2012 Season

2012 was a season for the record books at Barre’s Thunder Road, but several storylines have left fans clamoring for more in 2013.  Here are some of the major highlights from the 2012 season at the” Nation’s Site of Excitement.

Nick Sweet V Dave Pembroke

Sweet and Pembroke have now swapped the Championship back and forth for the past three seasons.  In those years, they have won nearly a quarter of all the races in the Late Model division with five apiece.  Neither driver has had an average finish outside of the top ten in the last three seasons, nor have they finished outside the top four in points.  They both have two Thunder Road Championships to their name. Currently, Phil Scott and Cris Michaud hold the most Thunder Road titles among active drivers at three each, and Pembroke and Sweet will have to battle it out once again in 2013 in hopes of joining that list.

Revenge of Runner-Ups

In 2011, Nick Pilotte lost the Allen Lumber Street Stock Championship by three points on a last lap pass.  In 2012, Pilotte ripped the division wide open, winning the title by 144 points over rookie sensation Dean Switser, Jr.  Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman driver Bobby Therrien came into last year’s Milk Bowl second in points to eventual Champion Derrick O’Donnell, but after trying to aggressively get through the field ended up caught in a wreck and came up short.  Therrien got another shot in 2012.  Coming into the Milk Bowl 9 points down, Therrien won the race and claimed the title by just two points.