Tigers Open Triple Crown Series at Special Friday Night Event

Thunder Road’s famed Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers will have a special 75-lap event this Friday, June 8 in the Myers Container Services Triple Crown Series opener. (Daniel Holben photo)

Barre, VT – The weekly racing season for Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl arrives this Friday, June 8 with Capitol City Automart Night. The special Friday night event marks the unofficial start of summer in central Vermont as racing engines roar to life under the lights.

The event will be one of the biggest of the year for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers. The famed division opens the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series on Friday with a 75-lap main event. It is the second year for the 3-race series after a successful debut in 2017.

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PASS Doubleheader Weekend Begins At Concord And Ends At Thunder Road

PASS Doubleheader Weekend Begins At Concord And Ends At Thunder Road

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 23) – A busy Memorial Day weekend for short track racing fans all along the East Coast is on tap as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) gets set to embark on another memorable doubleheader of action. Southeast race fans will get a treat on Friday night in the Old Glory 125 at Concord Speedway when the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South Super Late Models and Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) Tour Mods compete together in a rare doubleheader. While New Englanders will get to see the Northeast’s best Super Late Models tackle the high banks of Thunder Road Sunday afternoon in the 56th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 150.
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ACT, Thunder Road Ready to Finally Open Season

Defending ACT Late Model Tour Champion Scott Payea (#37VT) will go head-to-head with Maplewood/Irving Late Model standouts such as Christopher Pelkey (#64VT) and Matt White (#42VT) in the Community Bank N.A. 150. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, VT – After multiple delays due to the effects of a long, snowy Northeast winter, both Thunder Road Speedbowl and the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) are ready to finally drop the green flag on the 2018 season. The 20th Community Bank N.A. 150 will go to post this Sunday, May 6 to kick off the 59th season at Thunder Road and the 33rd year for ACT racing.

Both the track and series spent much of April waiting out lingering snow, water, and mud throughout the region. But better conditions have finally arrived over the past week with a promising weekend forecast in store. All the while, the excitement has continued to build for one of the biggest events of the year.

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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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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 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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