Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Barre, Vermont native, Nick Sweet is not your average sophomore competitor in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division. The 21-year-old driver races side-by-side with veterans such as Chuck Beede and Doug Murphy and doesn’t let it faze him. “When I’m racing door-to-door with someone I don’t think about who it is, I just know that it’s another car I need to pass in order to get to the front. I try to race everyone as clean as possible, I don’t let names and titles decide who I race hard.” Sweet has had a successful racing career in his short time behind the wheel. In 2003 he earned the Allen Lumber Street Stock, rookie of the year title. In 2005 he clinched the same title in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division. Since Nick started racing in 2003 he has finished second place in points each season.

“The goal for each season is to come home a champion. It hasn’t worked out that way for us in the past but we are going to give it our best shot again this season.” Nick has left his mark in the Tiger Sportsman division as a rookie he was able to win at four different race tracks in three different states. During the 2005 season he was victorious at Airborne Speedway located in Plattsburgh, New York, his home track Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont, Canaan and Lee USA Speedway, both located in New Hampshire.
When Nick isn’t turning laps on the high banked Barre oval, he is out dancing, bowling, lounging by the pool or at a driving range. The youngster goes to a driving range every Wednesday with crew member Keith Fortier. “If I have a bad day at the driving range I know that Thursday night at Thunder Road I will do well. I’m probably the only person in the world who wants to do poorly at the driving range.” Nick is a modest driver, however due to his success; his crew has nicknamed him “Showtime”, because when he’s out on the track they know he will put on a good show for the fans. The young driver has proved in only a few short years that he has a bright future ahead of him. Nick will be in action on Sunday, May 28th at Thunder Road Speedbowl for the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic, a weekly points counting event for the highly competitive division.