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Race to Read Revved Up for New Season

Barre, VT – The beginning of the 59th season of racing at Barre’s Thunder Road will also mark the return of a kid favorite: the Race to Read program. Now entering its ninth year, the nonprofit educational program uses race cars and drivers to encourage children to read. With thousands of books read during that time, it has become a centerpiece for both the track and the region.

The program will see a number of changes entering the 2018 season to help bring its mission to children throughout Vermont. The program hasn’t just been developing partnerships with schools and organizations around the state, they’ve added some new Thunder Road star power, too.

In 2018, Race to Read will add Wolcott’s Marcel J. Gravel and Waterbury Center’s Kelsea Woodard as program representatives. Both will be showing up at schools across the region with their race cars to talk about the importance of reading.

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New Faces, Same Great Action Expected for Street Stock Division

Barre, VT – Thunder Road is less than two weeks away from the Community Bank N.A. 150 on Sunday, April 29. As part of an action-packed card currently scheduled, the Allen Lumber Street Stocks will be one of the divisions kicking off their 2018 season. The popular 4-cylinder division has been a mainstay at the speedway since 1993, but will see many new faces this coming season when they tackle the high banks.

A combination of rookie drivers and competitors returning from a high banks hiatus are in line to join the Street Stocks in their 26th season. They will replace the fleet of racers who have moved up to either the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers or Maplewood/Irving Late Models, assuring the division will continue to provide the thrills fans expect.

Defending champion Jamie Davis of Wolcott is one of the established veterans who will lead the Street Stocks in 2018. Davis has won two of the last three titles and should be a frontrunner for a third championship this season.

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Thunder Road Welcomes New Event Sponsors in 2018

Barre, VT – Thunder Road officials announced today that multiple new event sponsors have signed on for the 2018 season. Some have current previous ties to the speedway while others will be joining the Thunder Road family for the first time.

The biggest change is the addition of Bolduc Metal Recycling as the title sponsor of the annual Enduro 200 scheduled for Sunday, August 5. Bolduc has signed a multi-year deal to replace M&M Beverage, who had been the underwriter for the event since its inception in 1986. The company will also sponsor the 50-lap Street Stock Special held on that date.

In addition to the Middlesex-based Bolduc Auto Salvage, the family-owned business also operates a roll-off recycling service throughout Vermont. They have previously sponsored multiple competitors in weekly Thunder Road action.

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Thunder Road Flying Tiger Division Looking Strong for 2018

Barre, VT – The Community Bank N.A. 150 on Sunday, April 29 at 1:00 pm will kick off the 59th season of racing at Barre’s Thunder Road. While the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models headline the card, the track’s famed Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers are certain to shine as well. One of the largest Opening Day fields in years is anticipated for Thunder Road’s longest-running racing class.

The Tigers begin their 2018 championship chase at the Community Bank 150 as the division enters its 37th consecutive season of competition. Many drivers from the 2017 season will return for this year’s campaign with the title up for grabs. Defending Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger Champion Jason Woodard will begin the season on the sidelines while runner-up Brendan Moodie has moved up to the Maplewood/Irving Late Models. A number of veterans and rising stars will thus look to ascend the throne.

Morrisville’s Dwayne Lanphear and Hinesburg’s Trevor Lyman come in as the early favorites for the title. The duo finished third and fourth in the 2017 standings and combined for six wins. Lanphear was the 1991 Flying Tiger champion while Lyman is seeking his first crown.

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Twin State Street Stock Series Finalized for 2018 Season

Barre, VT – Thunder Road officials, in conjunction with Speedway 51 powered by the Autosaver Group in Groveton, NH, have finalized the Twin State Street Stock Series for 2018. The 4-race “home-and-home” series will feature the top drivers from Thunder Road’s Allen Lumber Street Stocks, Speedway 51’s Caron Auto & Truck Repair Street Stocks, and other 4-cylinder racers from throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

The series will open on Thursday, June 21 with a 50-lap event at Thunder Road as part of North Country Federal Credit Union Night. For the second event, the Twin State Series will head to Speedway 51 on Saturday, July 7 for the Jake McDowell Memorial 75.

Thunder Road will host its second event of the series on Sunday, August 5 with the Bolduc Metal Recycling 50-lap Street Stock Special. The series will conclude on Saturday, October 20 at Speedway 51 with a special companion event to the Octoberfast 150 Enduro.

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Hallstrom Lands Sponsorship With Midstate Dodge for 2018 Season

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (March 19, 2018) – Evan Hallstrom and Hallstrom Motorsports are excited to announce a partnership with the Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Hyundai dealership in Vermont.

“It’s very exciting to be able to have Midstate Dodge come on board this year,” Hallstrom said. “I believe this is the beginning of a great partnership and I’m looking forward to being able to represent them both on and off the track.”

When the Hallstrom Motorsports team began its hunt to bring new sponsors on board for the 2018 season it was a no-brainer that a local car dealership was the perfect fit.

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Thunder Road Legend Harold Hanaford Dies at Age 89

Barre, VT – Harold “Hard Luck” Hanaford, one of the early stars of Thunder Road and a legend of New England auto racing, passed away on Saturday, March 17 after a lengthy illness. Hanaford was 89 years old.

The Plymouth, NH native remains best known as the inaugural winner of the Vermont Milk Bowl in 1962. He added a second Milk Bowl championship in 1964 behind the wheel of his famous purple #30 Ford flathead coupe. It was the same year that he captured the first of back-to-back “King of the Road” titles.

In addition, Hanaford was the 1963 Vermont Governor’s Cup winner. He also captured victories at the former Northeastern Speedway in Waterford, VT, his hometown Plymouth Fairgrounds, and other tracks throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. He was inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2009.

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ACT, Thunder Road Add Race Monitor Service for 2018 Season

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road officials announced today they have agreed to offer the Race Monitor live timing service for fans and racers during the 2018 racing season. The subscription-based service allows those with the Race Monitor app to view live lap times on smartphones, tablets, and other internet-connected devices.

Race Monitor is used by tracks and series worldwide, allowing spectators to see how their favorite drivers are doing compared to the competition. Information such as a driver’s last lap time, best lap, and distance behind the leader are streamed directly from a track’s electronic timing and scoring system. Both basic and “Plus” app subscriptions are available on Android and Apple iOS devices.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve fan engagement,” ACT and Thunder Road co-owner Cris Michaud said. “After looking at what Race Monitor has to offer, the decision to add it was a no-brainer. We think it will add a lot to the fan experience at the track for those who use it.”

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ACT Announces 2018 Summer Showdown Series

Waterbury, VT – Big money will be on the line in a trio of American-Canadian Tour (ACT) events this season as part of the 2018 Summer Showdown Series. ACT officials announced the series today, which includes three $5,000-to-win events as part of the ACT Late Model Tour schedule.

The ACT Summer Showdown Series will be held at three different tracks in three New England states, testing drivers throughout the region. The series will kick off with the Oxford 150 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20. The $5,000-to-win event is part of an ACT/PASS doubleheader at the 3/8-mile oval.

The second event in the Summer Showdown Series will be the Waterford 150 at Connecticut’s New London–Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday, June 16. For the final event, the series will head to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl on Sunday, September 2 for the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200.

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Becker Files First Entry for Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series

Barre, Vt. – After four years largely spent on the sidelines, Jeffersonville veteran Joey Becker is returning to competition at Thunder Road. The former Memorial Day Classic Champion has filed the first official entry for the Myers Container Service Triple Crown and will strap into the driver’s seat once again for the three-race series that will open as a part of a special Friday night event on Friday, June 8.

Becker is a multi-time winner in both the Flying Tigers and the Maplewood/Irving Late Models. However, he has not raced in a Thunder Road weekly event since 2014, when he retired from the seat of the #16VT Richard Green Racing Late Model. He spent more than a decade with the Richard Green team as a driver; since then, he has remained with the organization as a crew member and mechanic, helping replacement Scott Dragon win the 2016 “King of the Road” title.

But for three nights this summer, Becker will return to the division where he was one of the top drivers for many years. He will pilot the #05 Waste Oil Heating Systems of VT Chevrolet owned and prepared by 2008 Flying Tiger Champion Craig Bushey.

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Maplewood and Irving to Sponsor Thunder Road Late Model Division

Barre, VT – Thunder Road officials announced today that they have signed a multi-year agreement with Maplewood Convenience Stores and Irving Oil to become the entitlement sponsors of the Thunder Road Late Model division. The agreement runs through the 2020 season and includes full naming rights to the track’s top auto racing class.

The Maplewood/Irving Late Models have been the lead division at Thunder Road since 1992 when the division was created. They were known at the time as the Late Model Sportsmen. The division competes under American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model rules.

The addition of Maplewood and Irving marks the first time since 1998 that the Late Models have had a title sponsor. Maplewood previously sponsored the Late Model Semi-Feature and Triple Crown program from 2015 to 2017.

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PASS, NEMST to Headline “Milk Bowl Friday” at Thunder Road

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials announced today that both the Pro All Star Series (PASS) Super Late Models and the North East Mini Stock Tour (NEMST) have been added to the 56th Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend presented by Northfield Savings Bank in 2018. The two series will be part of a special “Milk Bowl Friday” event to be held on Friday, September 28.

It will be the second PASS North visit of the 2018 season to the Barre high banks, joining the Memorial Day Classic event that has been on the PASS calendar since 2015. For NEMST, they will make the trip to Thunder Road for the second time in their history and the first since 2013.

Milk Bowl Friday will be a one-day event for both series, with the PASS Super Late Models running a 150-lap main event and NEMST scheduled for a 50-lap feature. The V8 Street Stock Showdown Series and Thunder Road’s Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will round out the card. Post time is set for 6:00 pm.

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Thunder Road Announces 19-Event Schedule for 2018 Season

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials have announced the release of the 2018 schedule of events at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”. Nineteen racing events are planned for the Barre high banks spanning late April until late September.

The 58th season of racing will open with the 20th annual Community Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will make the first of two visits to Thunder Road in 2018. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will kick off their seasons as well. The Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road” chase will begin at the 56th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 27, which will again feature a visit from the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models.

Weekly competition gets underway with a special Friday night event on June 8. Thursday night events will begin on June 14 and run through August 23. Highlights of the Thunder Road summer of racing include the Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular on Tuesday, July 3; the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships on Thursday, July 19; the VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup on Thursday, July 26; and the 34th M&M Beverage Enduro 200 & Street Stock Special on Sunday, August 5. The Myers Container Services Triple Crown Series for the Flying Tigers will return in 2018 with dates to be announced.

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American Canadian Tour Changes Ownership

Waterbury, VT — American Canadian Tour (ACT) Managing Director Darla Hartt announced today a change in ownership of the 31-year old late model stock car racing series to Cris Michaud and Pat Malone, who completed purchase of the Thunder Road speedplant earlier this year.

Under the guidance of its founder, Tom Curley, ACT’s strict rules requirements, including the use of crate engines and other cost-restricting guidelines, positioned the American Canadian Tour as a long-standing leader in innovation in the short track industry.  ACT events have been enjoyed by race fans throughout New England, New York, eastern Canada and Florida.  Curley’s passion for the sport was evident in the fiery pit meetings he staged prior to each event, and his hands-on approach and inclusive philosophy proved a successful formula.  Curley died in May of complications of COPD.

“My decision to sell ACT is bittersweet, having worked with Tom from the initial NASCAR North Tour in 1979, and then launching our own series in 1986”, said Darla Hartt, Curley’s successor.  “Over 38 years we logged many thousands of miles and enjoyed so many adventures with incredible people.  Everyone in our ACT family felt a huge loss in his passing, but the teams, fans, promoters, and officials who are ACT remain dedicated to the task of moving forward.  Losing Tom last Spring- who was both my business and life partner- and immediately proceeding to operate the Tour was a challenge,” Hartt continued.

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Therrien, Woodard, Davis, and Martin Honored at Banquet of Champions

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road Speedbowl honored the top performers of the 2017 racing season at the annual Banquet of Champions on Saturday, November 4 at the Barre Elks Club. Hundreds of drivers, crew members, and officials were in attendance to present season-long and special awards.

Bobby Therrien received the honors of “King of the Road” for his first championship in the Thunder Road Late Model division, while Jason Woodard and Jamie Davis were recognized for their second career championships in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks, respectively. Mike Martin earned the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series title for the Flying Tigers.

Hinesburg, Vt.’s Therrien became the first driver in Thunder Road’s modern era to win championships in three different divisions. He previously won the Flying Tiger championship in 2012 and the Street Stock title in 2007. This past season, he won the season-opening Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic and led the standings after 12 of the 14 regular-season events. He posted five podium finishes, including a runner-up in the Vermont Governor’s Cup, and 12 top-10 results. Therrien also had five Maplewood Semi-Feature victories.

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Vermont Milk Bowl Full of Prestige for Drivers

Barre, Vt. – The 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Saving Bank is just days away at Barre’s Thunder Road. The latest edition of the historic event will come to the starting grid at 1:00pmon Sunday, October 1, capping what will be an action-packed weekend featuring the best Late Model racers and teams in the region.

Excitement has been building all month for the historic event that dates back to 1962. With its unique three-segment format and storied tradition, the Milk Bowl has taken on a special significance to the teams that compete in it, and dozens of top drivers will be looking to join the exclusive fraternity of winners or add another entry into the record books.

“The Milk Bowl is the most prestigious race for me,” defending Milk Bowl Champion Nick Sweet of Barre said. “I know there are guys that aspire to bigger and better things, but I’m telling you, this hometown race is the biggest thing in my racing career. So I can’t wait for this weekend. It’s going to be hard to top what I’ve accomplished the last couple years, but hopefully, we can go out there and do well. Ultimately, the key is to have fun. I don’t know the cow’s name this year, but I’d really like to meet her!”

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Qualifying Day Pivotal to Milk Bowl Success

Barre, Vt. – The 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank goes to post at 1:00 pm this coming Sunday, October 1 at Barre’s Thunder Road. But the action of the weekend begins Saturday, September 30 at 1:00 pm with Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day as the top Late Model drivers from Thunder Road and throughout the Northeast fight to make their way into the starting field.

The Milk Bowl is known as “The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America”, not just for its unique three-segment format, but for a qualifying procedure that demands teams are fast early and often. With just 26 starting positions available, the intensity will be high from the moment the first car rolls into the pits.

“You’ve really got to put a lot into Saturday as a team,” Danville’s Tyler Cahoon said. “If you only focus on Sunday and you don’t focus on Saturday, you may not make the show, and you’ve got to get in before you can race the race. That’s part of what can make the Milk Bowl such a high-stress environment. There are so many good teams that show up and can perform well at any moment on Saturday to get qualified. If you don’t perform well or something happens, you may have jeopardized your chance to get in the Milk Bowl.”

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Top Late Model Drivers Seek First Milk Bowl Win

Barre, Vt. – The 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank is fast approaching at Barre’s Thunder Road. Drivers from throughout New England and Quebec have entered the $10,000-to-win event on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, with a number of top drivers seeking their first Milk Bowl victory.

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) point leader Scott Payea of Milton leads the list of drivers looking to join the fraternity of those who have triumphed in “The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America”. Payea swept this season’s ACT Late Model Tour events at the Barre high banks, capturing the Community Bank 150 on June 11 and the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic on September 4. He will look to go three-for-three in 2017 by being on top after three 50-lap segments in the unique event.

The top ACT drivers from both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the border will join Payea at Thunder Road next weekend, many of whom are also looking to break through in the Milk Bowl. Waterford, Conn.’s Dillon Moltz, who sits second to Payea in the 2017 ACT Late Model Tour point standings, has entered the event, as has number-four point driver Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown. Two-time Devil’s Bowl Speedway Champion Josh Masterson of Charlotte and Steuben, Me.’s Rowland Robinson Jr. are among the other Tour regulars who have filed entries and will try to win the race for the first time.

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Lepage Returning to Thunder Road for Milk Bowl

Barre, Vt. – The 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1 will see a familiar face return to the Barre high banks. Shelburne, Vt. native Kevin Lepage, a three-time Milk Bowl Champion, has officially entered the “Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America” and will look for victory number four in what is expected to be his final event behind the wheel.

Lepage competed on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Pro Stock Tour from 1980 through 1993, posting 11 career wins which included Milk Bowl victories in 1985, 1989, and 1993. He moved to North Carolina in 1994 to join what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series, eventually working his way up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Lepage is a two-time winner in the Xfinity Series and has more than 550 career starts in NASCAR’s three national series.

“One thing I always vowed to myself and vowed to Ken (Squier) and Tom (Curley) when I left Vermont to pursue being a NASCAR driver was to never forget where I came from,” Lepage said. “When I first started looking at retirement five or six years ago, I decided that I might as well retire where it all started. A lot of guys down here, they retire at their last race of the year at Homestead (Florida) or something like that, and that’s not where you started. The fans in Vermont and the people in Vermont watched me grow up, watched me take the step to become a NASCAR driver, watched my progression all the way up to the Cup Series, and were there when I had the good days and there when I had the bad days. For me and my wife to go back home – it’s bittersweet, because I still want to race, but Father Time has spoken, and it’s time to say ‘it’s been a good ride, and let’s close the curtain at Thunder Road.’”

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Local Racers Look to Make Milk Bowl Statement

Barre, Vt. – Barre’s Thunder Road caps off the 2017 racing season with the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. Drivers from throughout New England and Quebec have already entered the event, but a number of local racers are expected to take on the invaders and defend their home turf in “The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America”.

Nearly all of the top weekly Thunder Road Late Model weekly racers have entered the prestigious event. Newly crowned “King of the Road” Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, season runner-up Trampas Demers of South Burlington and three-time 2017 feature winner Jason Corliss of Barre are among those who have filed entries. Corliss will be looking to win his first Milk Bowl after finishing second overall in the 2016 event.

“Perfection is basically what the Milk Bowl boils down to,” Corliss said. “We ran an almost-perfect Milk Bowl last year. Everything went the right way until the very end, and we ended up just a couple spots short of where we needed to be. We have the same game plan this year as last year – you’ve got to be as aggressive as you can, but smart at the same time. You just need to have everything fall your way and hope to be there at the end.”

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Therrien Crowned “King of the Road” on CCV Championship Night

Morris Takes Second Late Model Win of Season; Woodard, Davis Claim Flying Tiger and Street Stock Championships

Barre, Vt. – Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien became the first driver in Thunder Road’s modern era to win championships in three different divisions as he was crowned the 2017 “King of the Road” at Community College of Vermont Championship Night on Sunday, September 10. The new Thunder Road Late Model Champion previously won titles in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers in 2012 and the Allen Lumber Street Stocks in 2007.

Therrien entered the main event with a 28-point advantage over South Burlington’s Trampas Demers and started 15th on the grid for the 65-lap Late Model feature. As Barre’s Boomer Morris ran away at the front, Therrien steadily worked his way through the field and had found his way up to fifth when the race’s second and final caution came out on lap 36 for Kyle Pembroke’s stalled automobile.

After battling side-by-side with Barre’s Christopher Pelkey for nearly 20 circuits following the restart, Therrien was able to secure the third spot in the final rundown. The result was more than enough to take the championship after Demers could do no better than seventh.

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CCV Championship Night Postponed Until Sunday

Barre, Vt. – Due to an inclement forecast, Thunder Road officials have postponed the Community College of Vermont (CCV) Championship Night that was scheduled for Friday, September 8. The event has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 pm.

It is the third time this year that CCV Night has been postponed due to weather. The event was originally scheduled for June 29.

“While the forecasted rain might let off by the evening hours, it is expected to be followed by a combination of cool temperatures and humid conditions,” Thunder Road co-owner Cris Michaud said. “As a result, the track conditions will be considerably less than ideal for our drivers, and the viewing conditions will be less than ideal for our fans. With the championships in three divisions on the line, we want to give everyone the best possible situation for racing.”

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Thunder Road Champions Set to be Crowned on Community College of Vermont Night

Barre, Vt. – The final point-counting event of the season at Barre’s Thunder Road is set for this Friday, September 8 at 7:00 pm with Community College of Vermont (CCV) Championship Night. The Thunder Road Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will all crown their champions at the Friday night affair that was previously postponed due to weather.

As part of the CCV Championship Night special, all three divisions will run extra-distance features. The Late Models will cap the night with a 65-lap main event, while the Flying Tigers and Street Stocks will run 50 and 35 laps, respectively.

Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien leads a two-man battle in the Thunder Road Late Models to become the 2017 “King of the Road”. Therrien has a 31-point lead over South Burlington’s Trampas Demers and would become the first driver in the track’s modern era to win championships in three different divisions. He previously won the Allen Lumber Street Stock championship in 2007 and the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger title in 2012.

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Morris Turns Season Around With Win at Times Argus Mid-Season Championships

Barre, Vt. — Boomer Morris started the second half of the 2017 Thunder Road season in a big way with a win in the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships on Thursday, July 27. The hometown driver went wire-to-wire in the 75-lap Late Model feature to capture his first win of the season and the Maplewood Triple Crown.

Morris, who entered the event 17th in points after a number of hard wrecks in the first part of the year, started on the pole after winning his heat and the semi-feature. He drove away from the field for most of the event, holding on easily through four mid-race restarts as Montpelier’s Kyle Pembroke and Barre’s Cody Blake engaged in an extended battle for the second spot.

The fifth and final caution flew with seven laps remaining for Matt White’s spin just after Vermont Governor’s Cup winner Trampas Demers had taken the third spot from Blake. With one more shot at Morris, Pembroke let it all hang out on the restart on the outside, but bounced off the frontstretch wall and slid back in the pack. Morris then held off South Burlington’s Demers in the final circuits for his fourth career Late Model victory.

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Tiger Triple Crown, Return of Warriors Highlight FairPoint Night

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road enters the heart of its midsummer schedule this Thursday, July 20 with FairPoint Communications Night. As the season nears its halfway point, many teams will be jockeying for championship position in what is shaping up to be an action-packed evening of racing.

Round two of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers will highlight the full card of racing. The extended distance feature will award both Triple Crown and Thunder Road weekly points, putting a premium on a good performance for all contenders.

“You have a different mindset in these longer races,” Triple Crown Series point leader Jason Woodard said. “75 or 100 laps allow you to give that extra two to three lifts if you have to – you don’t have to just go charging to the front as soon as the green flag drops. Obviously, you have to make your way forward, but you don’t have to use everything up at the beginning of the race to do it. It’s more a mindset of being there at the end. I’ve got the car to do it, so we have some luck, I think we’ll be there again.”

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Thunder Road to Host Amanda Pelkey Night This Thursday

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials have announced that the track will host Amanda Pelkey Night this Thursday, July 20 as part of FairPoint Communications Night. The Montpelier native will be honored with a send-off ceremony as she prepares to begin training for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea with the United States Women’s National Ice Hockey team.

Pelkey began her hockey career with the Barre Youth Sports Association and was a member of the Junior Women’s Hockey League throughout her high school years, first with the Boston Shamrocks of Massachusetts and later with the North American Hockey Academy of Stowe, Vt. She attended the University of Vermont (UVM) from 2011 to 2015 and holds all of the school’s women’s ice hockey scoring records.

Prior to being selected for the 2018 Winter Olympics, Pelkey was a member of the U.S. national team that won the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championship gold medal in both 2016 and 2017. She also has won two gold medals each in the IIHF Under-18 World Championships and in the Four Nations Cup and won the inaugural Women’s National Hockey League Isobel Cup in 2016 with the Boston Pride.
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Demers Wins Thriller in Vermont Governor’s Cup

Barre, Vt. – South Burlington’s Trampas Demers earned one of the biggest Thunder Road Late Model wins of his career on Thursday, July 13, taking the lead for good from Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien with 10 laps remaining and holding on to win the 38th Vermont Governor’s Cup presented by VP Racing Fuels.

With NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch in the field and a massive crowd in attendance, it was the veteran Demers who stole the show in a wild, back-and-forth race. Demers led eight laps in the early going before dropping back in the pack as Blainville, QC’s Jonathan Bouvrette and Milton’s Scott Dragon set the pace.

After he and many of the leaders pitted on a lap-98 caution for Jamie Fisher’s spin – which also saw Vermont Governor Phil Scott go sailing off the top of turn one in the aftermath – Demers methodically worked his way back through the field and was running third when the 14th and final caution came out on lap 134 of the 150-lap event for Jean-Francois Dery’s stalled machine.

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NASCAR Champion Busch, Governor Scott Highlight Talented Vermont Governor’s Cup Field

Barre, Vt. – The 38th Vermont Governor’s Cup presented by VP Racing Fuels rolls to the line at Barre’s Thunder Road this Thursday, July 13. NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch and Vermont Governor Phil Scott are expected to lead a talented field of Late Model racers going for the victory in one of the biggest races of the year on the high banks.

Las Vegas, Nevada’s Busch will make his first visit to Thunder Road looking to add to a résumé that includes the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship, the 2009 Xfinity Series Championship, and hundreds of race wins on tracks across North America. He would be the first NASCAR driver to emerge victorious in an event that has seen stars such as Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, and Ken Schrader in the line-up over the years.

One of his biggest challenges may come from Governor Phil Scott. Thunder Road’s all-time winningest Late Model driver added to his legacy last Thursday when he became the nation’s first sitting governor to triumph in a stock car race. Despite a busy schedule, Scott continues to compete as often as he can at the historic track where he has been racing and winning since 1991, and he plans to go for his first Governor’s Cup win this Thursday.

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Thunder Road Stars Ready to Take on Kyle Busch in Vermont Governor’s Cup

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road drivers and fans are buzzing in anticipation of the 38th Vermont Governor’s Cup presented by VP Racing Fuels this Thursday, July 13. NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch is gearing up for his first trip to the Barre high banks and will take on the stars of the Thunder Road Late Models for 150 laps of green-flag action.

Las Vegas, Nevada’s Busch has 38 victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and was the 2015 series champion. With more than 170 wins in NASCAR’s top three national touring series, he is one of the most accomplished drivers ever to visit the quarter-mile oval and will look for his first victory at the famed speedway.

While many current drivers in the Late Model ranks have raced against previous NASCAR drivers who made the trip to Thunder Road, others will be competing against a driver of Busch’s stature for the first time. All of them will be ready to defend their turf as Busch attempts to become the first NASCAR invader to win the historic event.

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Kyle Busch to Race in Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road

 

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials have announced that 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch will be coming to the Barre high banks on Thursday, July 13 for the Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 presented by VP Racing Fuels. It will be the first time the Las Vegas, Nevada driver has visited the famed quarter-mile oval.

Busch has more than 170 victories in NASCAR’s top three national touring series, including 38 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He was also the winner of the 2011 Oxford 250 driving an ACT-type Late Model. For the Vermont Governor’s Cup, he will be driving a car from Eric Chase’s Mad Dog Motorsports stable prepared by four-time Vermont Governor’s Cup winner Nick Sweet.

“We’re very excited that Kyle Busch will be coming to race at Thunder Road,” Thunder Road co-owner Cris Michaud said. “He’s one of the most accomplished NASCAR drivers of this generation, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do. We know he’ll be coming to win!”

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