Thunder Road SpeedBowl
The high banked oval of Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont has turned into an even playing field with drivers from New Hampshire, New York and Vermont chasing the lure of victory at the fan favorite track. Robin Wood of Plattsburgh, New York pleased his hometown crowd by carrying the checkered flag following the Spring Green 100 at Airborne Speedway on May 7th. (PHOTO: Robin Wood) The 100 lap event was the season opener for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Tiger Sportsman Series. Vermont drivers hope the trend which Wood has started continues, as the Sportsmen roll into Thunder Road on Sunday, June 4th for the Casella Mother’s Day 100, the second event on their seven race schedule

Jason Bonnett of Saint Albans and Chuck Beede of Williamstown were the sole Green Mountain boys to finish the Spring Green 100 in the top five positions. Bonnett finished the event as runner up, while Beede trailed drivers from New Hampshire and New York to finish the feature fifth. The Vermont drivers will attempt to defend their home track against the competitors hailing from New Hampshire and New York. Beede, the 1992, ’93, and ’94 Late Model champion knows his way around “The Road”, and will certainly be a top contender in the 100 lap feature on Sunday. Doug Murphy of White River Junction was the winner of the season opener for Thunder Road, and is hoping to continue his winning streak at the ¼ mile oval. “I’ve never won three races in a season- I’m off to a great start by winning the season opener at Thunder Road. The plan is to make it to the front by passing on the outside groove.”
(PHOTO: Joe Steffen in action at Thunder Road) Veteran driver, Joe Steffen of Essex, Vermont brought home the second win of the season for the NAPA Tiger Sportsmen on Sunday, May 28th at Thunder Road. Steffen commented in victory lane that runner up; Reno Gervais of Island Pond, Vermont-wasn’t far behind him. “I kept one eye on the #12 of Gervais- he’s a tough competitor- you don’t want him on the outside of you because knows how to get around on the outside lane.” Gervais, the 2003 and 2004 Tiger Sportsman champion, was unable to compete in the season opener for the series due to a hard crash on opening day at Thunder Road. (PHOTO: The wreck which prevented Gervais from attending the Spring Green 100) Gervais will be in action at the Casella event, and will most certainly be a threat to the current points leader, Robin Wood.
In addition to the 100 lap feature for the Sportsmen, the Late Models, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Power Shift Warriors will continue their title hunts. Thunder Road officials will take a break on June 4th, while 10 moms run the show for a very special 15-lap “Mama’s Boy” race for the Street Stocks. The 10 winners of the Official Mother’s contest will be on duty for the event filling the following positions: announcer, race director, flagger, pace car driver, back stretch flagger, pit steward, scorer, handicapper/pit announcer, back gate and technical inspector. The back gate opens at 8:00 AM, general admission gates open at 10:00 AM. Post time is 1:30 PM.
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