Thunder Road SpeedBowl



18th Annual Merchants Bank 150 Schedule of Events - click here(pdf)


Therrien, Helliwell Open Thunder Road on Top

Therrien, Helliwell Open Thunder Road on Top


Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien heads to the “Nations Site of Excitement” as the American Canadian Tour (ACT) points leader this weekend for the 57th season opener of Barre, VT’s Thunder Road. Therrien, with a dominating win in the season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway and a 7th place finish last Sunday at Lee USA Speedway, leads three-time ACT Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. by just two points heading into the 18th Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday at 1:00pm. Helliwell, with a fourth place finish in the opener at Oxford and a strong second last week at Lee, is looking to carry the checkered flag around the high banked ¼ mile track again like he did in 2014. Brad Babb, driving the Joey Laquerre owned 15NH, stole the show in last year’s Merchants Bank 150 with Helliwell settling for second place.  Babb became the 12th different winner in 17 editions of the event.

ACT and VP Racing Fuels Extend Contingency Program

ACT and VP Racing Fuels Extend Contingency Program


American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and VP Racing Fuels officials announced today they have agreed to a three-year extension of their current partnership. VP Racing Fuels is entering its fifth season as the official fuel of ACT. The VP Fuels contingency program sponsors the Hard Charger Award for both the ACT Late Model Tour and the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman division at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road.


The program awards three 54-gallon drums of ACT/VP “spec” racing fuel to the ACT champion. In addition, VP Racing Fuels also awards five free gallons of ACT/VP spec racing fuel to all Tiger Sportsman feature winners at Thunder Road along with one drum of VP C-9 spec racing fuel to the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman champion. VP Racing Fuels also sponsors the annual Vermont Governors Cup 150 for ACT-type Late Models at Thunder Road on Thursday, July 14.

Unbuckled: Getting to Know Brett Gervais

Unbuckled: Getting to Know Brett Gervais


Driver of the #11NH Gervais Ace Hardware Chevrolet

Hometown: Island Pond, VT

2015 Season: Finished 10th in Thunder Road Late Model points


What are your favorite off-season hobbies?

I like to snowmobile in the winter. That was a little hard this winter, as you can imagine, but I try to get out there a lot. I’m not much of a skier – I’m from Vermont, but I usually just stick to snowmobiling. I’ve also been at college for the past four years, so that keeps me busy throughout the off-season.


Where do you go to school? What are your plans after graduation?

I go to the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for Mechanical Engineering. I’m a senior this year, and I’m currently applying to jobs and going to interviews. I’ve gotten a few leads, so I’m weighing my options there. I’m definitely looking to go into the job force; I’m not really looking at graduate school yet. I’m looking to further my career in that and hopefully transform my engineering career to be more about my hobbies, such as racing.


What is your biggest life accomplishment?

I think I’ve had many great accomplishments on and off the track. This past season, racing-wise, I got fourth in the Vermont Governor’s Cup and second in the Labor Day Classic, and it was really cool to be out there racing with the big dogs. It was a real stepping stone towards being one of those guys who’s always at the front. Being in that company with those big names is huge, and I’d say that’s a big accomplishment in itself. Of the track, I’ve had many successful internships; I worked at a place called Klüber Lubrication and did a lot projects for them, and they treated me really well and let me race in the summertime during the week. And that was while keeping good grades and everything else. With everything I do, I work my hardest, because I think you succeed in nearly everything you work hard at.