Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Rachel Beede was born to race. From a young age Rachel along with mother Fran and sister Renee would go to Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre to watch father Chuck Beede (1992, ‘93, ’94 Late Model Sportsman Champion) and uncle Dan Beede (1987 NAPA Tiger Sportsman Champion) tame the high banks. The Beede family and friends would gather in the front row of the grandstands, to cheer for their favorite red and yellow Late Model, Chuck Beede. Once Rachel turned 16 years-old, she decided it was time she tested the racing waters and continued the family legacy at the wheel of an Allen Lumber Street Stock.

Beede, a graduate of New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire is currently working in a nursing home while furthering her education to become a nurse. It’s clear to see that the Williamstown resident is very excited about the newest addition to her family, a black pug named Junior. The newest Beede was at the annual car show on Main Street in Barre, Saturday, April 29th sporting a red Beede Motorsports sweater. “I love my dog, she is so cute! Some people can’t understand why I named her Junior; but those who are racing fans understand.”
Although the 23 year-old has named her pup after NASCAR Nextel Cup star Dale Earnhardt Jr., she admits that Dale Jr. is her second favorite driver, to Darrell Waltrip. She patiently waited in line for over an hour to get an autograph from the NASCAR hero when he came to visit “The Nation’s Site of Excitement”. The loyalty to Waltrip is displayed on the spoiler of her NAPA Tiger Sportsman car, in the form of a decal that states: “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity” (Waltrip’s exclamation when the green flag flies at a NASCAR Nextel Cup event)
Racing continues to be a family tradition for the Beede squad. Rachel and father Chuck compete in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman Series and Renee’s husband, Shawn Sicard is a rookie in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl. Rachel commented; that out of the 51 NAPA Tiger Sportsman drivers on the 2006 roster, her father is her favorite competitor. “I love racing with my dad, I grew up watching him race, its fun to be able to race against him. I respect him a lot because he’s taught me so much about racing and because he’s my dad!”
Rachel and the Tiger Sportsman Series will be in action this Sunday, May 14th at Thunder Road for the Casella Mother’s Day 100. Other divisions in action will be the Late Model’s, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and Power Shift Junkyard Warriors. Post time on Sunday is 2PM. Front gates open at 11am.