Thunder Road SpeedBowl
NAPA TIGER SPORTSMAN PROFILE. MEET: DOUG MURPHY
NAPA Tiger Sportsman driver, Doug Murphy was raised in Middlesex, Vermont as the only child to Adrian and Gloria Murphy. The pair, devoted to their son’s racing, can be found Thursday nights in the #4 Tiger pit, offering lap times, support and mechanical adjustments.
The veteran driver recently purchased a home in Tunbridge, Vermont with his fiancé Mary-Lou, they plan to be married by the end of the year. Doug has been a staple in the Sportsman division for 17 years, he’s gained a lot of experience at area tracks such as Thunder Road, Airborne Speedway and White Mountain Motorsports Park.
A lot of drivers say their goal is to win races, having already done that at the season opener in Barre at Thunder Road Speedbowl, Doug has had to change his goal for 2006 a bit “I’ve never won three races in a season so I’d love to be able to accomplish that.” Crew member’s Ray St. John and Charlie Lakin help Gloria and Adrian prepare the car for Doug, by lending their talent and knowledge to the family team.
During the winter Doug can be found at a bowling alley. In 2005 he was inducted into the Vermont State Hall of Fame for his bowling achievements. Part of his success includes five perfect games (a 300 score). During the 2005 winter he bowled 99 games as a part of his league in St. Johnsbury.
While Murphy’s inching closer scores of professional bowlers he is not giving up on his Sportsman competition as he plans to run the entire American Canadian Tour Tiger Sportsman Series events and Thursday night’s at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont competing in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman class. “I have a great car this year, it’s brand new, Chuck Beede (a fellow competitor) built it and the first race out we won. I am looking forward to a summer full of racing.”