Thunder Road SpeedBowl
There’s still time to enter the 22nd Annual M&M Beverage Enduro at Barre’s own Thunder Road Speedbowl! This Sunday’s, (July 30th) event will consist of friends, neighbors, relatives and more than 100 other non-notables in a 200 lap endurance race where consistency and driver skill, not speed, are the key to success. If you think driving through construction at rush hour is bad, wait ‘til you see the virtual parking lot of cars at the Enduro. The fans turned racers thrill the spectators as they are given the initial green flag lined-up three-wide around the track. The event, will run caution free, requiring drivers to avoid competitors whose car has either expired or crashed on the speedplant. The winner of the event will take home a prize of two-thousand dollars, as well as serious bragging rights. This crash filled event is a must see for race fans of all ages!

A steady stream of entries flooded the Thunder Road office via fax, mail and hand delivery and has been unwavering since the rules were released in early June.

Veteran Enduro racer and former winner, 61-year-old, “Dipstick” Don Tofani of Plainfield has entered a 1994 Ford Taurus in the annual event. Tofani has been racing the Enduro for numerous years and is an early favorite for the 200 lap feature. Tad Kingsbury (19) of West Topsham will once again compete in the event. Last year Kingsbury led most of the event but with 10 laps to go was struck by a slower car taking him out of contention for the victory.

First time Enduro racer, Jason Jones (16) of Warren is no stranger to Thunder Road as he is a crew member for Late Model competitor Rich Lowery. Jones will quickly realize a set-up is important in a Late Model but luck is all you need to be successful in the Enduro.

The Allen Lumber Street Stocks will be on hand for their annual 50-lap event. The M&M Beverage “Street Stock Special” is the biggest race of the season for the four-cylinder class. The PowerShift Junkyard Warriors will make an appearance for a special Monza-style event.

Race fans can still pick up an entry for the 22nd annual Enduro at the announcers tower at Thunder Road and around the property. Contact the Thunder Road office at (802) 244-6964 or Entries will be accepted on race day! The Sunday, July 30 M&M Beverage Enduro has a post time of 6:00 pm. Spectator gates will open at 4:00 pm. Adult spectator tickets are nine dollars, children (ages 6-12) are just three dollars and a family of four (two adults and two children) is only eighteen dollars.

Image 1- A wreck on the backstretch during the 2005 Enduro.

Image 2- 61 year-old "Dipstick" Don Tofani set to race in '05.

Image 3- Six-wide action during last years "People's Race" at Thunder Road