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Thunder Road 2013 Scheduled Announced

Thunder Road Schedule Announced

Devil's Bowl Dirt Modifieds to Run Memorial Day Classic

Thunder Road officials have put the final touches on the schedule for the Nation’s Site of Excitement for the 2013 season, kicking off the year with the Merchants Bank 150 on April 27th and 28th and closing out with the 51st running of the Vermont Milk Bowl on October 5/6. 

The schedule will include 18 overall events at the Barre highbanks, with 14 of them counting towards the Late Model Track Title.  The stars of the American Canadian Tour will start the year at the Merchants Bank 150 on April 27/28, and the chase to become the next King of the Road will begin with the 51st Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 26.  The Devil’s Bowl Bond Auto Parts Dirt Modifieds will make their first Thunder Road appearance to run a 50-lap feature before the Late Model’s 100-lap classic.

Three-time Late Model King of the Road Phil Scott is excited to get the year started.

“It will be thrilling to see the Modifieds go door-to-door that day, but I’m excited to get back behind the wheel at the Memorial Day Classic,” said Scott. “Last year we finished second to Nick Sweet, but it’s a new year and we are ready.  I think I’ve finished second enough,” he finished.

2012 Devil’s Bowl Modified Champion Ron Proctor will be at the 50-lap special event over Memorial day, and feels he is ready to tame The ‘Road.

“I’ve heard a lot of stories about how small and tight it is. It really makes you leery of how much contact there might be,” said Proctor. “But for now it’s all stories, and I can’t judge until I race it.  I know I’ll have a lot of competition from Vince Quenneville, Jessey Mueller, Hunter Bates and those guys. Since I’ve never raced there it will be a clean slate of sorts, but I’m hoping I can find the adjustments a little quicker than them because of my racing experience,” he finished.

2012 runner-up to Proctor Vince Quenneville was equally excited to take on the highbanks.

“I’ve been a Vermonter all my life, so I’ve heard an awful lot about Thunder Road. I know some of the guys in NASCAR today have competed here, and when guys like Crouch, Cabana, the Dragons, Fadden, and Ricky Craven have raced there, it excites me even more,” said Quenneville.  “My boss Todd Stone use to run an ACT Late Model up there, and he told me what a tough track it was to figure out.  My father raced there in the 1970s with the old NASCAR North Tour, too.  So I’m going to do a lot of asking around, and I think I can adjust faster than a lot of these guys.  A win would mean a lot to me up there,” he finished.

Thunder Road will also host the New England Antique Racers on Sunday, June 9th, and the North East Mini Stock Tour on Sunday, June 16.  The Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup 150 will return on Thursday, July 11th  as will the 29th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro on Sunday, August 11.  The American Canadian Tour will return for the Labor Day Classic on Sunday, September 1, and the season will come to a close on the weekend of October 5/6 with the 51st Annual Milk Bowl.


2013 Thunder Road Schedule


# DAY             DATE             EVENT                                                                         NOTES

1. Sat/Sun      Apr 27/28        15th Annual Merchants Bank 150                              ACT

2. Sunday       May 26             51st Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic             D-Bowl Mods

3.Sunday        June 9              Point Race                                                                  NEAR

4.Sunday        June 16            Point Race                                                                  NEMST

5.Thursday     June 20            Casella Waste Management Night

6.Thursday      June 27            Fairpoint Communication Night

7.Thursday      July 04             Northfield Savings Bank Night                                  Fireworks

8.Sunday         July 07             WLVB Night

9.Thursday       July 11             Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup 150

10.Thursday     July 18             Safelite AutoGlass Night

--  Sat/Sun        July 20/21      ACT Inaugural International 500                           At Airborne

11.Thursday      July 25             Times Argus Midseason Championships

12.Thursday      Aug 01             VP Racing Fuels Night

13.Thursday      Aug 08             WDEV/Calkins Night

14.Sunday         Aug 11             29th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro                     SS Special

15.Thursday      Aug 15             Point Race (Sponsor Rain Date)

16.Thursday       Aug 22             Aubuchon Hardware LMS Championship Night

17.Sunday         Sep. 01            35th Annual Labor Day Classic 200                      ACT

18.Sat/Sun        Oct. 5/6              51st Annual Milk Bowl