Thunder Road Set to Host New ACT Season Opener

Defending “King of the Road” Bobby Therrien will be looking for his first Community Bank N.A. 150 win on Sunday, April 29. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, VT – The Community Bank N.A. 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl on Sunday, April 29 has gotten even bigger. With the NH Governor’s Cup at Lee USA Speedway recently postponed for a second time, the track’s 59th season opener will now also serve as the opening event for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), adding further fanfare to the occasion.

The cars and stars of the ACT Late Model Tour will take on many of the weekly racers from the Maplewood/Irving Late Model division at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” for nearly $30,000 in posted awards. Thunder Road has long been the “home track” for ACT and is sure to kick off the sanctioning body’s 33rd year of competition in style. And with every driver looking to start 2018 on a high note, a little extra intensity will surely be in the air.

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New Hampshire Governor’s Cup Postponed for Second Time

The 2018 edition of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup will now be held on Saturday, May 12 after unsuitable grounds forced its postponement for the second time. (Alan Ward photo)

Waterbury, VT – For the second time this month, American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Lee USA Speedway officials have announced the postponement of the 28th New Hampshire Governor’s Cup, citing unsuitable ground conditions at the facility. The event has now been rescheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 2:00pm.

 

Excessive mud and moisture has persisted at the track throughout April due to heavy snowfall over the winter. Freezing rain and cold temperatures this past weekend further worsened the conditions, making it impossible to get the grounds race-worthy in time.

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New Faces, Same Great Action Expected for Street Stock Division

The Allen Lumber Street Stocks will see a number of new and returning drivers join established veterans such as defending champion Jamie Davis (#43). (Buzz Fisher photo)

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.

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Thunder Road Welcomes New Event Sponsors in 2018

The annual Thunder Road Enduro 200 and Street Stock Special (pictured) will now be sponsored by Bolduc Metal Recycling. (Alan Ward photo)

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.

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ACT Announces Departure of Roy from Quebec Series

Serie ACT is currently scheduled for a 9-event 2018 season that will open at Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, June 2. (Guy Laroche photo)

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have announced that, effective immediately, Série ACT promoter Marc-Patrick Roy will no longer be associated with the organization. Roy had been in charge of Série ACT operations since early 2017 and had also worked as an official at select ACT Late Model Tour events in the U.S.

 

ACT co-owner Cris Michaud cited differences regarding the direction of the Quebec-based Late Model series as the reason behind Roy’s departure. Despite the move, ACT remains committed to the future of Série ACT and hopes to make additional announcements in the coming days regarding the upcoming season. The series is currently scheduled to open its 2018 campaign at Vallée-Junction, QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, June 2.

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