Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Two weeks remain until the March 1 full-season entry deadline for the American-Canadian Tour's (ACT) Tiger Sportsman Series and 12 competitors have already served notice they will race in the six events. The 2006 Series will travel to four tracks ranging in size from a quarter-mile (Thunder Road, Barre, VT and White Mountain Motorsports Park, N Woodstock, NH) to nearly a mile (the 7/8ths mile Sanair Super Speedway, St-Pie, Qc).

The first entry came from Jason Bonnett of St. Albans, VT. The veteran campaigner led last year's Series following a win at Canaan (NH) Fair Speedway but mechanical problems later in the year ended his hopes at the title.

Series Champion, Robin Wood from Plattsburgh, NY will return to defend his title. The second-generation racer won his crown in dramatic fashion, moving from fourth to first with his performance in the final race of the year. Entering the Re/Max 50 at Lee USA Speedway in NH, the top four competitors were separated by a mere six points. If Wood fails in his attempt at a repeat, Jamy Begor of Mooers Forks, NY hopes to keep the championship in the Empire State.

Chuck Beede, a multi-time Sportsman Champion at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl, a high-banked quarter-mile oval came out of retirement in 2005 to run the Sportsman Series. Beede, of Williamstown, VT, finished third in the final tally will be back in '06 looking for the championship. Another veteran driver, Gregg Lyman of Hinesburg, VT has also declared his retirement is over by filing a full-season entry. Lyman was temped by the schedule, in particular, its stop at the Sanair tri-oval.

Others on the list include a pair of rookie hopefuls Ben Bushey and Kyle Tatro. Both move to the Sportsman division from the Allen Lumber Street Stock class at Thunder Road. Also veterans Chris Gendreau, Doug Murphy and Joe Steffen look to again challenge for the title. Returning to Tiger Sportsmen competition after taking several years off is Shannon Tomasovich.

The Sportsman Series opens on Sat, May 6 at Airborne Speedway, a D-shaped half-mile in Plattsburgh, NY with the Spring Green. Defending Champion Wood won the 100-lap race last year before a hometown crowd.