2015 Thunder Road Season in Review – Part 1
The 56th season of racing at Barre’s Thunder Road was a year where the heavyweights came to play. The veterans in the Thunder Road Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks did battle with young standouts in all divisions, and the on-track action was hot and heavy week in and week out. Friendships and rivalries were both tested as drivers fought for wins and championships, and those who passed every test thrown at them were the ones who stood tall at year’s end.
The season kicked off Sunday, May 3 with the 17th Annual Merchants Bank 150 as the weekly Thunder Road Late Model stars took on the top runners from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT). Two-time defending Thunder Road Champion Derrick O’Donnell of N. Haverhill, NH started on the pole but developed suspension problems following a caution on lap 26. Graniteville’s Chip Grenier assumed the lead on lap 40 and dominated the race’s middle stages. But with the final 124 laps run under green, Grenier fell off during the long run, and he surrendered the lead to Milton’s Scott Dragon on lap 108.