The biggest stars of the Thunder Road Late Models will take on NASCAR Champion Kyle Busch this Thursday, July 13 in the 38th Vermont Governor’s Cup presented by VP Racing Fuels. (Alan Ward photo)
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.
Eddie MacDonald returned to Thompson Speedway Motor Sports Park for Saturday’s Busch North Throwback 100 after an eight year series hiatus to post a thirteenth place finish. The Grimm Racing Team honored legendary Busch North driver Andy Santerre by displaying the Aubuchon Hardware paint scheme for the race. While the period wrap was a huge hit with Santerre and Busch North fans, the desired outcome was not achieved.
Eddie Mac started the 100 lap feature event in the 15th position and appeared to have a competitive car early on but the car developed a loose condition by lap 20 with the Rowley veteran saying, “It felt good early in the race and I was able to pass cars but then it really started getting loose so we decided to pit on the lap 31 caution for a minor adjustment. Even that little bit just flipped it and it was too tight. We made another pit stop but the car never got to where we needed it to be. In hindsight, we probably should have left it alone but we were trying to make something happen.”
Scarborough, Maine – Joey Pole, Jr. of Hudson, New Hampshire outgunned reigning Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model National Champion Ben Rowe of Turner, Maine on a pair of late-race restarts to claim victory in the PASS 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine on Saturday night.
After taking the lead on the 105th lap restart, Pole held off the current track champion of the oval they were racing on, Curtis Gerry of Waterboro, and a determined Mike Hopkins of Hermon to seal the deal. For Pole it was his first win of the season after winning three times on the PASS North trail last year, snapping a bad luck spell this year that has seen him fail to finish at least four races he was leading or had led due to equipment failure.
Lee, NH – Local racer Joe Squeglia of Derry, NH won the Seacoast 100 Granite State Pro Stock Series on Friday, following the fireworks at Lee. Squeglia was fast all day, posting the second fastest lap in practice, behind Jeremy Harclerode of Newmarket, NH. New dad, Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, NH also looked to be a contender as the previous winner at Lee and another that posted fast times in practice.
Squeglia, and Harclerode both won their heats. Davis finished second in his heat, and after the redraw they started heads up in the feature. Early in the race Squeglia kept the lead until lap 37 when Harclerode passed him. Derek Griffith of Hudson, NH started 12th and was quietly moving up in the pack and by the half way mark had taken 4th place. Luke Hinkley of Claremont, NH was 7th on the starting grid, but had to start at the tail of the field because a quick trip to the pits on the pace laps, also moved up the field quickly.
Shawn Martin races to Super Late Model victory at Oxford Plains Speedway
Oxford, Maine – Multi-time track champion Shawn Martin of Turner earned his first win of the season Saturday night in the 50-lap Super Late Model main event, topping the Budweiser Championship Series racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Martin built a healthy lead early in the non-stop race, which took a tick less than 13-1/2 minutes to complete, then coasted to victory lane by a hair over 2-1/2 seconds in front of Super Late Model freshman Ryan Robbins of Dixfield. (more…)
The Burnett Scrap Metal Road Warriors will hold their first Thunder Road event of the season at Fairpoint Communications Night on Thursday, July 20. (file photo)
Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials and Burnett Scrap Metals, LLC announced today that they have reached an agreement for the company to become the title sponsor of the Road Warrior division. The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will make their season debut on Thursday, July 20 as part of Fairpoint Communications Night.
New team registrations are arriving on a regular basis for the entry-level division, which will be for four-cylinder front wheel drive stock cars. The revived division previously competed at Thunder Road from 2003 to 2011 under the “Junkyard Warriors” name.
Vermont Governor Phil Scott celebrates his 30th career Late Model win at Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl as part of Premium Mortgage Night on Thursday, July 6. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott became the first sitting governor to triumph in a Vermont stock car race on Thursday, July 6, capturing the Late Model win at Barre’s Thunder Road on Premium Mortgage Night. It was the 30th career win for the Berlin resident and first since being elected governor of the Green Mountain State.
Scott started on the pole of the 50-lap feature after a rough beginning to his season and darted out to the lead during the first half of the event. Barre’s Cody Blake quickly worked his way to second and was beginning to shadow Scott when the race’s first caution came out on lap 28 for an accident involving Wolcott’s Marcel J. Gravel and Milton’s Scott Dragon.
WALPOLE, N.H. – Coming off the First Annual New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the stars of the Granite State Pro Stock Series are headed for the second of two stops at the three-eighth mile oval Lee USA Speedway this week.
The Lee event will take place this coming Friday night, July 7, with a 100 lap feature event slated to go last in the feature lineup as part of the weekly track schedule. This event will mark the halfway point of the 2017 season for the GSPSS, with only six races remaining on the calendar following Friday night.
Officers rename major award, show season starts off strong
for Maine Vintage Race Car Association
AUBURN, Maine (June 27, 2017) – Officers and directors of the Maine Vintage Race Car Association (MVRCA) have announced the renaming of a major annual award to honor the group’s founder and past president.
On June 20, a proposal was made and unanimously accepted to change what was formerly known as the President’s Award to the Bob Morris Memorial Award. The award is given each year to an individual or individuals who go the extra mile to serve the MVRCA and its primary mission. (more…)
SEEKONK, MA – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models return to Seekonk Speedway Saturday, July 15 for what could be considered Round 5 of the Scott Payea – Dillon Moltz title fight.
Payea, driver of the Harrison Redi-Mix No. 37, has won the last three ACT events -at Devil’s Bowl, Thunder Road and White Mountain – but his lead in the championship standings is a mere eight points (459-451).
When the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East announced the race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 8 would be named the Busch North Throwback 100, Eddie MacDonald’s first thought was to honor the driver who meant so much to the series and a young impressionable driver. K&N series official’s encouraged current teams to adopt a former Busch North team’s paint scheme. Both Eddie Mac and team owner Rob Grimm quickly decided to wrap the Grimm Construction Chevy in the Aubuchon Hardware paint scheme made famous by their legendary driver, Andy Santerre.
“This is very special that we are able to do this to honor one of the truly great drivers anywhere,” said Eddie Mac while preparing the car for the Thompson race. “I have always looked up to Andy as a driver and as a person. What made him so great just wasn’t just his incredible driving ability but the way he treated everyone. Andy would go out of his way to help anyone even though he was competing against that driver. He wanted everyone to do well and knew that made the series stronger. If there was one driver to emulate, it was Andy.”
Wiscasset Speedway was all set to kick off the Independence Day holiday weekend Saturday night with a full race program featuring Group 1 and fireworks. Everything was going smoothly until Mother Nature crashed the party sending fans home early with a handful of features still to be run. Heats were completed in all divisions as the eyes of race officials were also on the radar and an approaching front causing crazy weather to the northwest. Just as the spotlight feature for the 4-Cylinder Pro’s was about to roll onto the track the first few raindrops began to fall, bringing the safety trucks out to keep the track dry. The delay only lasted 20 minutes and the show was on once again. In order to try and beat the approaching weather, the 4-Cylinder Pro feature was reduced from 35 laps down to their normal 25 lap length. #8 Craig Dunn and #55 would lead the field of 12 to the green flag. Dunn held the lead through the early stages while some of the heavy hitters were charging up from the back of the pack. One of those was 3-time defending champ #98 Kamren Knowles who was forced into a backup car after crashing in practice. It took just 10 laps for Knowles to race from his 10th starting position into the lead. Just a pair of cautions slowed the action along with a brief 5-minute threat of rain. It didn’t hold up Knowles on his way to his 2nd win of the season. He had also won back on opening day. Behind him was a great battle between a pair of rising stars in the class. Previous race winner #29 Austin Teras and point leader #12 Max Rowe traded the remaining two podium spots back and forth over the final six laps, with Teras grabbing 2nd and Rowe 3rd.
Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials have announced that the previously postponed Community College of Vermont Night event has been rescheduled for Friday, September 8 at 7:00pm. The event was originally slated for Thursday, June 29 before being delayed twice due to rain.
As a result of the rescheduling, the event will now be the final point-counting event of the season for each of the track’s weekly divisions. The Thunder Road Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will all crown their 2017 champions on CCV Championship Night.
Oxford, Maine – Andy Saunders of Ellsworth got out in front of the field early, and then cruised to an impressive victory in the 40-lap Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Model main event on Monday night at Oxford Plains Speedway.
An early restarted aided Saunders’ effort to get from his fifth starting position into the race lead. He then built a seven-second lead over a torrid battle for second between veteran racers Alan Wilson of Hebron and Buckfield’s Timmy Brackett.