Governor’s Cup Winner Will Gain Invite To ACT Invitational

Barre, VT –Thunder Road officials have announced that the winner of the Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 sponsored by the VT State Lottery Commission on this Thursday, July 12, will also earn an invite to the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 22. Thunder Road’s marquee race of the summer will feature the top talent from Thunder Road, and the Vermont State Championship Series, all coming to town to claim the Vermont Governor’s Cup to be presented by Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.

Eight-time American Canadian Tour Champion Brian Hoar announced his last-minute entry to the race, trying for his third straight Thunder Road win, and second of 2012. Barre sensation Nick Sweet will have a target on his back entering a race where he has the best average finish (3.25) of any driver in the last four years. In his rookie year in the Late Model division in 2008, Sweet posted his worst Governor’s Cup finish of his career with seventh. He followed it up with a podium third-place finish in 2009, won the event in 2010, and ran second to Graniteville’s John Donahue in 2011 when he famously slowed down for a caution that never flew. Sweet enters the Governor’s Cup as the point leader, but will face stiff competition from defending Champion Dave Pembroke and multi-time track Champion Phil Scott, both of whom the Governor’s Cup has narrowly eluded.

The Vermont State Championship Series will bring added pressure, as Milton’s Brent Dragon, Maine’s Ricky Rolfe, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk and more come to town as the Governor’s Cup serves as the third race of the four event series. Both Dragon and Rolfe, who are first and third in points respectively, enjoyed remarkable runs in the series opener at Thunder Road and expect more of the same on Thursday. For Phil Scott, the Governor’s Cup will be double trouble, as he currently sits second on the Vermont State Championship Series and fourth overall in Late Model points standings at Thunder Road.

Qualifying for the Vermont Governor’s Cup presented by the VT State Lottery Commission will begin at 6:30pm this Thursday, July 12 at Thunder Road. Adult admission is $15, and kids under 12 will get in free.

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