Kyle Pembroke Scores First Late Model Victory on CVMC ExpressCare Night

retdfgdfgdBarre, VT – Kyle Pembroke scored the surprise of the 2015 Thunder Road weekly season with his first career Late Model victory in the CVMC ExpressCare Trophy Dash on Sunday, July 2.

The St. Michael’s College student took the lead around the outside from veteran Shawn Fleury on lap 43 of the 50-lap event after a lengthy duel. Pembroke then pulled away in the final laps for his first win in a full-bodied stock car.

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TC Forward finals takes the crown in the DIRTcar Bond Auto Sportsman Modifieds Scott Holcomb grabs the win in the WYKR Sprint Cars of New England

dsdgdfgdfBRADFORD, VT – Three of the five events were recorded in the record books when rain descended on the track as the DIRTcar Wells River Chevrolet Sportsman Coupes were just a few laps into their main event. A huge fireworks display brought to the fans in part by Noise R Us Fireworks was set to go off after the regular racing show. A quick decision to park the Coupes and light up the skies before the rains washed out that as well was made. The rains lightened and the best fireworks show in New England was the closing excitement of the Dennis Preston Builder sponsored night.

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Quenneville Wins Intense Firecracker Special at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

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WEST HAVEN, VT – Vince Quenneville Jr. came out on top of a heart-stopping stock car holiday special at the Coca-Cola Firecracker 44 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, July 3. The Brandon, VT native and veteran Modified driver had a long and hard-fought battle with Joey Roberts, then held off a late charge from Ron Proctor for his first win of the season. Other feature winners on the night for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere included Bobby Therrien, Jim McKiernan, Chris LaVair, and Jeff Murray.

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Blake Rides Late Break to Late Model Win on Aubuchon Night

dfyfhbsfBarre, VT – Local driver Cody Blake got the jump on a late restart and cruised to his second career Thunder Road Late Model victory in the Aubuchon Hardware Trophy Dash on Thursday, July 2.

Blake was running third when John Donahue, attempting to challenge Boomer Morris for the lead, lost control and hammered the turn 4 wall, flipping on his roof. After a subsequent caution on the first restart attempt, Blake got the break on the second attempt and took home his first victory since 2013.

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Thunder Road Gears Up for Independence Day Doubleheader Weekend

fsjdnsdgBarre, VT – The 56th Independence Day celebration at Barre’s Thunder Road kicks off this Thursday, July 2. The holiday doubleheader weekend sees two events in four days at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”, and many of the championship contenders will be established by the time the final checkered flag flies.

The weekend begins on Thursday, July 2 at 6:30pm with Aubuchon Hardware Night featuring the annual fireworks show. The battle royale in the Thunder Road Late Models will be the feature attraction on the track, as Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet and N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell enter the night tied for the points lead. The evening concludes with one of the best fireworks displays in the Northeast.

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Leon Gonyo Long Gone in Hometown Heroes Romp at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

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WEST HAVEN, VT – Leon Gonyo made short work of the 35-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified feature at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, June 26, storming to his first victory of the year at the Rutland County speed plant. The veteran Chazy, NY stock car driver, 10 days shy of his 63rd birthday, dominated the “Hometown Heroes” race presented by Rutland Regional Medical Center, the Vermont Army National Guard, 105.3 Cat Country, and Whelen Engineering. Other winners included Todd Stone, Robert Gordon, and Chris LaVair.

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Corliss Back in Victory Lane on North Country Federal Credit Union Night

Kyle Pembroke (27VT), Jason Corliss (66VT) and Eric Badore (4VT) will be among the Thunder Road competitors on hand for the first Thursday night event on June 5. (Photo by Leif Tillotson)Barre, VT – Local driver Jason Corliss continued his resurgence after a tough start to the season by winning the North Country Federal Credit Union Late Model Trophy Dash at Thunder Road on Thursday, June 25.

Corliss started fourth and took the lead from Matt White on lap 29 of the 50-lap event. He then held off a late charge from sophomore competitor Josh Demers to earn his first win of the year and third of his Thunder Road Late Model career.

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Durgan, Proctor Split Modified Twin Bill at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

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WEST HAVEN, VT – Jason Durgan and Ron Proctor shared the spotlight on Central Vermont Motorcycles Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Friday, June 19, splitting victories in a pair of eventful Bond Auto Parts Modified stock car races. The division ran twin 30-lap features as part of a full card of racing for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere; other winners on the night included Chris Bergeron, Robert Gordon, Chris LaVair, Bob Seward, and Bob Donahue.

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O’Donnell Rebounds in Big Way With Win On Casella Night

Kyle Pembroke (27VT), Jason Corliss (66VT) and Eric Badore (4VT) will be among the Thunder Road competitors on hand for the first Thursday night event on June 5. (Photo by Leif Tillotson)Barre, VT – Derrick O’Donnell rebounded from a tough opening Thursday night in a big way by winning the Casella Waste Management Trophy Dash at Thunder Road on Thursday, June 18.

N. Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell took the lead from Brett Gervais on a lap-36 restart and drove away to his second win of the season. Gervais finished second, while Eric Badore recovered from a late bobble to take third. Jason Corliss, Nick Sweet, point leader Scott Dragon, Eric Chase, Josh Demers, Trampas Demers, and Phil Scott rounded out the top-10.

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