Thunder Road SpeedBowl
With just the 43rd New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl remaining in 2006 at Barre, VT’s historic Thunder Road, the plotlines in most divisions are still thick. Of course the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will also be wrapping up their season with the last of three ACTion Super Series events which pay $10,000 to the race winner. Additionally, the Tour’s champion to be crowned. The under card also is shaping up to be just as dramatic as the main event with close points battles raging in two of the three of the track’s weekly divisions. Chad Wheeler was crowned as the weekly Late Model champion following the August 24 Kinney Drugs Trophy Dash.

In the NAPA Tiger Sportsman class, Shawn Fleury of Montpelier, VT, has a tentative 30 point lead, over sophomore runner, Matt White of Northfield, VT, who led the standings earlier in the year. Middlesex, VT’s Pete Ainsworth, who also sat atop the points, is third, only four behind White. Second generation racer, fourth place Brendan Moodie from N. Wolcott, VT, is just eight marks out of third. Any of the top four could leave the track with the championship. Fleury, 32, is the defending title holder.

Meanwhile, the American four-cylinder Allen Lumber Street Stock division has come down to a two man race between a pair of young lions - point leader Eric Badore of Georgia, VT and Hyde Park, Vermont’s Kyle Tatro. Twenty-one points separate the pair. Early season leaders, David Allen from N. Troy, VT and hometown racer, Barre’s Lloyd Blakely have both experienced bouts of bad luck recently and although they are among the top five in the standings, they are no longer within striking distance. Tim Potter from Plainfield sits in the top five as well.

A second generation racer, Maynard Bartlett Jr from Wolcott, VT has emerged at the top of the wild, wacky, and wooly, PowerShift Warrior class. The 25 year-old racer has amassed an insurmountable lead of 137 points over Bunker Hodgdon of Hardwick, VT. But Hodgdon’s grasp on the runner-up spot could be in jeopardy as he only has a 36 point lead over third place David Whitcomb from Elmore, VT. The drivers next in line are even closer together and as those familiar with the division know, nothing is certain in the Warrior ranks. Montpelier, Vermont’s Jayme Lee and Jamie Davis from Wolcott, VT complete the top five.

All of the excitement can be seen on the ¼ mile Barre high banks of Thunder Road this weekend, Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. Post time is 1:00 PM on both days with spectator gates opening at 10:00 am. Admission for one or both days is $25 at the gate - fans may also stop by participating New England Dodge Dealers to pick up a coupon for $5 off admission while supplies last.