Race to Read Revved Up for New Season

Kids who successfully complete the Race to Read reading requirements get to take part in a number of Thunder Road activities, including driver introductions for last year’s Vermont Milk Bowl. (Alan Ward photo)

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.

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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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SEEKONK & BEECH RIDGE RACE TRACKS ADDED TO QUALIFIER LIST

SEEKONK & BEECH RIDGE RACE TRACKS ADDED TO QUALIFIER LIST

SEEKONK, MA. – Add Seekonk Speedway, Seekonk, MA, & Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough, ME, to the list of host tracks for guaranteed starters events for this summer’s 3rd Annual, 200 – Lap U.S. Prostock/Super Late Model National Championship Race, Wednesday, July 18th at the Seekonk facility. (more…)

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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