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.
The day began with second place starter Brian Hoar blowing an engine in practice, with a new engine arriving from his Georgia, VT shop 45 minutes before the drop of the green. The RPM team changed the motor, and sent Hoar out just as the field fired for the pace laps to make the start. Hoar and Pembroke battled side-by-side for the first ten laps, before Hoar soared to the lead and began to slice through lap traffic. Just as Hoar began lapping the middle of the field, a nasty wreck involving ACT Champion Helliwell and others, developed directly in front of Hoar, but he slipped through the carnage to retain the lead. Hoar cruised to the segment win with Pembroke, 2012 King of the Road Nick Sweet, and multi-time Thunder Road Champion Cris Michaud on his heels.
Cyr took the early lead in Segment 2 until a brutal lap 4 pileup that involved Sweet, Michaud, Cody Blake and other top contenders. Ten laps later Sweet pulled into the pits, while Pembroke picked off the field one by one. Hoar, already with a bent hood from the pileup, tried to clamor through the grid to catch Pembroke, but fell deep in the field after taking a spin through the infield himself. The top contenders continued to drop like flies, while Pembroke methodically moved to the front. Cyr powered through for the victory, while Pembroke earned 7th, building an 8-point advantage over Hoar, Scott Payea, and multi-time Thunder Road Champion Phil Scott.