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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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Rain Forces Kokomo Midwest Thunder Cancellation

Kokomo, IN……..Rain forced Wednesday night’s USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget race at Kokomo Speedway to be canceled. It’s the second straight rainout for the series at Kokomo. The series resumes with Monday’s “special event” with IMRA at the Multi-Purpose Arena at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

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Warrior Division Returning to Thunder Road

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials have announced today that the Warriors will be returning to the Barre high banks beginning Thursday, July 20as part of Fairpoint Communications Night. The entry-level division previously competed at the track from 2003 through 2011.

A total of six events have been scheduled for the revived division, which will officially be known as the “Road Warriors”. In addition to their July 20opener, the Warriors will be on the card for WDEV/Calkins Night on Thursday, August 3; Cody Chevrolet Cadillac Night on Thursday, August 10; Jet Service/Accura Printing Night on Thursday, August 24; and the 39th Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic on Sunday, September 3. They will wrap up their season on Saturday, September 30 as part of Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day for the Vermont Milk Bowl.

The Road Warrior division will be for four-cylinder front wheel drive cars, and all equipment apart from safety modifications must remain stock for the vehicle’s make, model, and year. A $600 “Claim” rule, minus select safety equipment, will be in effect and can be invoked at any time. Drivers with extended sanctioned racing experience will not be allowed to compete, and the track will make all decisions regarding eligibility. The full rules are available at www.thunderroadvt.com/rules/.

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White, Pembroke Take Late Model Wins on Casella Night

Barre, Vt. – Northfield’s Matt White and Montpelier’s Kyle Pembroke were the stars of the Late Model double features at Thunder Road’s Casella Night on Thursday, June 15. White earned his sixth Late Model victory in the Harvest Equipment make-up feature, while Pembroke made a late charge to score his fifth career victory in the regularly scheduled Casella event.

White started on the pole in the Harvest Equipment event, but quickly found himself under attack from Vermont Governor Phil Scott. A lengthy battle came to an end when the engine let go in Scott’s machine at the halfway mark of the 50-lap feature.

Middlesex’s Josh Demers got the jump on the restart, but White eventually worked his way back underneath him to retake the lead on lap 36. He then held off Demers and Milton’s Eric Chase on a final five-lap sprint for the victory.
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Thunder Road Late Models Set to Double Down on Casella Night

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road is set to kick off a summer of racing with Casella Night this Thursday, June 15. After a trio of Sunday events, the quarter-mile oval opens its traditional Thursday night racing schedule with an action-packed program featuring double features for the Late Models and the annual appearance of the New England Antique Racers (N.E.A.R.).

The Thunder Road Late Models open the program with their Harvest Equipment make-up feature that was originally scheduled for June 4. They will then have a full round of qualifying and semi-feature action before ending the night with the Casella main event. The doubleheader could go a long way toward setting the stage for the 2017 “King of the Road” chase.

“There’s definitely a lot on the line, especially for a team like ours,” multi-time Late Model winner Matt White said. “We’ve been so fast all year, but we haven’t been able to prove anything yet. Wrecking out of (Memorial Day) put us way behind. It’d be nice to get out of there with a couple of top-five finishes. If we can pull off a win, that’d be awesome, but the main thing is to have a solid night to get set back up for the rest of the season.”
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Payea Comes Back for Win in Wild Community Bank 150

Barre, Vt. – Colchester’s Scott Payea was atop the pack when the dust settled on Sunday, June 11, coming from behind to score his second straight American-Canadian Tour (ACT) victory in the 19thCommunity Bank 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road.

Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien appeared to have the race in hand, stretching out a lead as large as half a track after the leaders took on right-side tires during a lap-78 caution. But with 22 laps remaining, Therrien suddenly lost control entering turn 4 and went hard into the wall.

Payea, who had sustained significant body damage during a lap-29 melee, had fought his way back to second and inherited to lead with Therrien’s misfortune. He then held off Steuben, Me.’s Rowland Robinson Jr. over the final run to take his third Community Bank 150 win and 10th career ACT triumph. Continue reading ‘Payea Comes Back for Win in Wild Community Bank 150’

Bashaw, Rain Win at Thunder Road Harvest Event

Barre, Vt. – Lincoln’s Garry Bashaw was out front in the Allen Lumber Street Stock feature when the rains arrived at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, June 4, giving him his second career victory at the Harvest Equipment event and forcing the postponement of the remainder of the program.

Bashaw had darted out from the pole in a back-up car after a hard wreck on opening day, and was leading the event when rookie Kasey Collins spun to bring out the caution with 15 of the scheduled 25 laps complete. The skies opened up as the field was getting ready to go green, and with more rain on the radar, the decision was made to call the event. As more than half the distance was completed, Bashaw was declared the winner.

Williamstown’s Tommy “Thunder” Smith finished second, with Waitsfield’s Kevin Streeter third. Will Hennequin, Jamie Davis, Dean Switzer Jr., Peyton Lanphear, Alan Maynard, Brandon Lanphear, and Cooper Bouchard completed the top-10.

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Thunder Road Score is First this Season for Defending PASS North Super Late Model Champion DJ Shaw

Barre, VT – DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire nailed down his first Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model victory of the season down in dominant fashion, leading all but two laps in Sunday’s Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont.

Shaw, the defending PASS North Super Late Model champion, won his heat race while turning in a lap of 11.571-seconds, unofficially the fastest lap recorded in competition at the newly-paved, 57-year-old, ¼-mile oval track.  Shaw’s Precision JLM 60 was also quickest in the main event, a couple of tenths off his heat race at the track temperatures rose.

Barre’s own Nick Sweet, a two-time Late Model ‘King of The Road’ at ‘The Nation’s Site of Excitement,’ provided Shaw’s best challenge, even leading a couple of laps racing side-by-side with Shaw from the outside groove.  Sweet’s race ended early with a trip into the Styrofoam-protected barrier off turns three and four.

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Therrien Stands Tall in Dominating Memorial Day Classic Win

Barre, Vt. –- Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien took the lead early and never looked back en route to capturing the 55th Memorial Day Classic presented by Mekkelsen RV Sales & Rental at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 28. It was the first Thunder Road Late Model victory for the multi-time American-Canadian Tour (ACT) winner.

After previously winning his heat, Therrien sliced through the field from the 10th starting position, grabbing the top spot from pole sitter Brooks Clark on a lap-16 restart. The former Flying Tiger champion held off a host of challengers during a series of yellows, then walked away from the field during an extended green flag run following a competition caution on lap 60.

However, second-place runner Phil Scott blew a tire and smacked the front stretch wall with three laps to go, setting up a sprint to the finish. Therrien held on for the final laps to take the win.

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Thunder Road Championship Chases Begin at Memorial Day Classic

Barre, Vt. – Barre’s Thunder Road kicks off the 2017 season this Sunday, May 28 with the 55th Memorial Day Classic presented by Mekkelsen RV Sales & Rental. The event will begin the title chases for all three weekly divisions at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement,” with the Thunder Road Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks joining the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models on the card.

Defending “King of the Road” Scott Dragon will be back to look for a second straight Late Model title after taking the crown by a single point in 2016. The Milton veteran enters his fourth season with Richard Green Racing knowing he’ll face tough challenges from both the competition and the newly-repaved track surface.

“I think the car is going to go well on that new asphalt,” Dragon said. “It was really fast on the ‘goop’, so I’m thinking it should be good on the fresh pavement. It’s really a matter of trying to stay out of trouble. I’ve always said staying out of trouble is the key to winning championships. You can run great, but if you get tangled up in someone else’s mess, it’s over. There are so many drivers who can contend, so we’re just trying to keep the pressure off and do our thing.”
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Junior Champ Kart Racing Revs Up for Second Season at Thunder Road

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials announced today that the Junior Champ Kart summer youth racing series will return for a second season at the speedway. The series for racers ages 6 to 14 debuted in 2016, marking the return of go-karts to Thunder Road after a long hiatus.

This season, teams will be competing on a new go-kart track constructed as part of the recently announced repaving project. The independent oval track sits just inside the backstretch of the larger stock car speedway.

“Having a series like this is needed for the long-term success of a race track,” Thunder Road co-owner and karting director Cris Michaud said. “It’s important for young racers and their families to learn and get experience in an environment that’s fun, inclusive, and affordable. We were really happy with our first season in terms of both turnout and atmosphere, and with the new track slated to debut, we think this year will be even better.”
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Derek Ramstrom Prevails in PASS North Super Late Models at Star Speedway

Epping, NH  Leading early and often, Derek Ramstrom of West Boylston, Massachusetts earned his first Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model win this season in the Support 50 Legs 150 Saturday night at Star Speedway.

Ramstrom won his heat race to earn a front restarting position, then outdueled fellow heat race victor Joe Squeglia of Derry, New Hampshire over the first half of the event.  Berwick, Maine’s Joey Doiron moved into contention, mounting a serious challenge to Ramstrom’s lead with just over 50 laps remaining.

Doiron, racing hard in the outside groove, led a couple of laps while side-by-side with Ramstrom before the two got together a bit in turn four, opening the door for Travis Benjamin to make a three-wide move to the lead.  Benjamin, of Belfast, Maine managed to hang on to the top spot for over twenty laps, but with a car best set up for long runs, he was unable to fend off Ramstrom on late-race restarts. 

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Lenny’s Signs On as Title Sponsor of Flying Tiger Division

Barre, Vt. — Thunder Road Speedbowl officials announced today that Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel has signed a multi-year agreement to become the title sponsor of the track’s famed Flying Tiger division. The family owned and operated business has five locations throughout Vermont and New York.

The Flying Tigers have been a mainstay of Thunder Road for most of the track’s 58-year history and have competed weekly at the Barre high banks since 1982. The Limited Late Model–type car has served as the track’s intermediate class for the past 25 years. In addition to the new entitlement agreement, the division has also resumed the “Flying Tiger” name after competing as the Tiger Sportsmen since 2003.

“Lenny’s is very pleased to be able to continue its support of Thunder Road,” Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel co-owner Mark McCarthy said. “As the largest outdoor sports venue in the area Lenny’s serves, this sponsorship will continue to give our company added exposure to the outdoorsmen or women of Thunder Road.”
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Big Month Continues for PASS North with Star and Montmagny On Tap

NAPLES, ME (May 11) – The next two weekends of action loom large for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models with races in New England and Canada.  And perhaps more importantly, the chance for an international cast of drivers to get locked into August’s 44th Annual Oxford 250 and the chance to win over $25,000.

Following a rainy weekend off, attention focuses back on the rescheduled Support 50 Legs 150 at New Hampshire’s Star Speedway.  Saturday afternoon’s Support 50 Legs 150 will help raise awareness in providing amputees with the necessary care and prosthetics, that they could not otherwise afford, and to help them live a happier and healthier life.

Former Oxford 250 winner, Glen Luce, leads a pair of former series champions that are tied for second in points, Ben Rowe and DJ Shaw, by 25 points heading to this weekend’s 150 lapper at Star.  But, Dave Farrington, Jr., Garrett Hall, and Johnny Clark are all within striking distance of the leaders.  Saturday’s schedule of activities has been shifted slightly, with heat races now going green at 3:30 PM.

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