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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.

Pembroke Hits Big Pay Day

Pembroke Hits Big Pay Day

Two-time Thunder Road Champion Dave Pembroke earned his second Milk Bowl victory this past weekend in the 50th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl, picking up a check worth over $14,000.  The victory was well worth the wait for the family-run team.

“I’m psyched,” Pembroke told the media after the race. “No one else can win it.  It will be 50 years before they have another anniversary one.  It’s pretty cool to me.”

Pembroke Thrills, Wins 50th Milk Bowl

Pembroke Thrills, Wins 50th Milk Bowl

Therrien, Pilotte Claim 2012 Championships

Two-time Thunder Road Champion Dave Pembroke persisted through a wild 50th Milk Bowl to kiss the cow on a payday worth over $10,000 for the second time in his career.  Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar came up just short through a day of major adversity to finish second, and Maine’s Glen Luce earned third overall.  2012 ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. battled to fourth, and 7-time ACT Champion Jean Paul Cyr rounded out the top five.