Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Barre, VT – Taking advantage of the huge popularity of stock car racing at Barre’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, Vermont’s newest sports franchise, the Frost Heaves, an affiliate of the re-born American Basketball Association, will sponsor Saturday’s Pit Stop contest at the annual Merchants Bank Car Show. Slated for 10:30 am, the friendly competition, which will take place near the Lenny’s Outlet Store on Main Street in downtown Barre, will pit several teams against each other in a battle of the clock as members jack up the car, change two tires, wash the windshield and simulate the addition of fuel.

A team from Barre town, where the high banked, quarter-mile oval is located, has been formed to take on the race teams according to Town Manager Carl Rogers. The participants include Select board members, Chip Castle and Doug Farnham, Fire Chief Chris Violette, Police Chief Mike Stevens and Rogers. “Thunder Road and the downtown car show bring a lot of race fans to the area, we thought it would be fun to participate,” commented Violette.

The city of Barre, which will be dedicating its new Safety Building that same day, will also have a team according to City Manager Robin Bennett. "We are planning to win this competition," Bennett said as she revealed the members, who in addition to herself include Mayor Peter Anthony, Director of Buildings and Housing, Robbie Strachan, School Resourse Officer, Jason Fleury and a "Mystery Ringer".

Participating race teams include the defending Pit Stop champions led by Allen Lumber Street Stock driver Joel Hodgdon, reigning NAPA Tiger Sportsman “King of the Road” Shawn Fleury, three-time and defending Thunder Road Late Model champ, Cris Michaud and five-time and defending ACT Tour title holder, Jean-Paul Cyr.

“The great thing about this pit stop contest is that everyone is on an equal playing field,” stated Hodgdon. “I think we surprised everyone last year when we had the best time. We’re looking forward to participating again,” he finished.

The Merchants Bank Car Show will take place from 9:00 am until 12 noon on Main Street, from Dept Square to the Park. The Vermont Frost Heaves Pit Stop Contest is slated for 10:30 am. At high noon, the engines of the 100 race cars in attendance will fire in preparation for the annual parade to the race track. Led by police cruisers from Barre City and Town, Thunder Road’s reigning champions will lead the way for a 2.5 mile drive to the track in the only parade of its kind in the country. Fire equipment from the two communities will bring up the rear of the parade.