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2015 Times Argus Mid-Season Championships

O’Donnell Makes Three-Peat Quest Statement at Mid-Season Championships

Two-time defending “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell took a big step in his chase for a three-peat by winning the Times Argus Mid-Season Championship on Thursday, July 23.

N. Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell took the lead from local driver Mike “Beetle” Bailey with 11 laps to go in the 75-lap Thunder Road Late Model main event. The two bumped and banged as Bailey made a final bid for the double-point win, but O’Donnell held on for his third victory of the season.

2015 Times Argus Mid-Season Championships
Times Argus Mid-Season Championships Could Make or Break Thunder Road Title Hopes

One of the most important events of the Thunder Road season goes to post this Thursday, July 23 at 6:30pm with the annual Times Argus Mid-Season Championships. Double points are on the line in all events for the Thunder Road Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks, which means championship aspirations will be reaffirmed, re-inspired, or even crumble away by the time the final checkered flag flies.

The annual mid-summer event includes extra-distance features for all divisions, with the Thunder Road Late Models going 75 laps instead of their normal 50. It's a prime opportunity for a top contender to establish themselves at the top of the standings as three of the last six Mid-Season Champions in the Late Models went on to win the season-long title. Conversely, a poor performance can leave a driver spending the second half of the season scrambling to make up ground.

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.