Thunder Road SpeedBowl
The summer battle for the Late Model “King of the Road” and Rookie of the Year, have drawn to a close following the Kinney Drugs Trophy Dash at Barre’s Thunder Road. Chad Wheeler, the Waterbury Center veteran captured the Championship title while Wolcott’s Marcel Gravel claimed the Rookie of the Year honors. Gravel is no stranger to the Rookie of the Year status as he secured the title over a decade ago (1995) at the helm of an Allen Lumber Street Stock.

The Late Model division’s top freshman driver graduated from the NAPA Tiger Sportsman class where he had six wins to his credit in the highly competitive division. While he’s yet to visit the Winner’s Circle in the powerful Late Model, he has led races, posted several top finishes and raced side-by-side with many of the division’s veterans. The 30 year-old driver had been a contender for most of the 14 race weekly schedule, a testament to the knowledge he has gained both on the track and in the pit area talking to other drivers.

Gravel is the teammate to veteran racer Pete Fecteau of Morrisville who won the 1997 Thunder Road title and the 2001 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model championship. Fecteau and Gravel formed their partnership in the latter part of the 2005 season. Fecteau approached the year as an opportunity to teach Gravel the ins and outs of the Late Model division. Gravel will be presented an award for his achievement at the annual Banquet of Champions which will take place in January, 2007.

The ACT Tour Rookie of the Year, NAPA Tiger Sportsman, and Allen Lumber Street Stock’s will be determined following the New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl on Sunday, October 1st.