Thunder Road SpeedBowl
NAPA TIGER SPORTSMAN PROFILE. MEET: PETE AINSWORTH JR.


Pete Ainsworth began his racing career like many do, as a sixteen-year-old in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division at Thunder Road. The 29 year-old driver of the # 80 NAPA Tiger Sportsman is competing in his fourteenth season as a driver at the ¼ mile track. One thing that many may not know that Pete designs and creates decals for several competitors as well as drivers in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Late Model Sportsman division.

Pete’s brightly colored Ford Taurus is a fan favorite and certainly hard to overlook on the race track. His standout performances make him a top contender week in and out. Monday, July 3rd at the Pepsi Firecracker event Pete captured his first victory of the season over Nick Sweet of Barre.

Ainsworth’s team is family oriented; his parents, Mary Jane (girlfriend) and her mother as well as two additional crew members help Pete each week.

Ainsworth, a resident of Middlesex, has had a successful racing career to date. He won the Mini Milk Bowl in both 2002 and 2005 as well as the Barre Homecoming 100 at Thunder Road in 2004. He finished third in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman points in 2005 as the only driver in the division to win two regular events in 2005.

Pete currently leads the NAPA Tiger Sportsman point standings at Thunder Road. He leads sophmore competitor and runner up on Monday, Nick Sweet, by just three points. Pete is currently 12th in the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Tiger Sportsman Series points, just 65 points behind current leader Chuck Beede of Graniteville.

Ainsworth will seek to repeat his Monday victory tonight (July 6th) at Thunder Road for the Charter Communications/CMT event.