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2016 Thunder Road Schedule

Thunder Road Announces 2016 Schedule of Events


Thunder Road officials have announced the release of the 2016 Thunder Road schedule of events. The 18-event schedule for the 57th season of racing at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” begins with the 18th Annual Merchants Bank 150 season opener featuring the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) on Saturday/Sunday, April 30/May 1 and runs through the 54th Annual Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl on Saturday/Sunday, October 1 & 2.


A special weekly event Sunday, May 22 will kick off the 2016 Late Model “King of the Road” chase. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will then return for the 54th Annual Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 29 as part of a doubleheader with the Thunder Road Late Models.

2015 Thunder Road Season in Review

2015 Thunder Road Season in Review – Part I


The 56th season of racing at Barre’s Thunder Road was a year where the heavyweights came to play. The veterans in the Thunder Road Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks did battle with young standouts in all divisions, and the on-track action was hot and heavy week in and week out. Friendships and rivalries were both tested as drivers fought for wins and championships, and those who passed every test thrown at them were the ones who stood tall at year’s end.


The season kicked off Sunday, May 3 with the 17th Annual Merchants Bank 150 as the weekly Thunder Road Late Model stars took on the top runners from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT). Two-time defending Thunder Road Champion Derrick O’Donnell of N. Haverhill, NH started on the pole but developed suspension problems following a caution on lap 26. Graniteville’s Chip Grenier assumed the lead on lap 40 and dominated the race’s middle stages. But with the final 124 laps run under green, Grenier fell off during the long run, and he surrendered the lead to Milton’s Scott Dragon on lap 108.

2015 Thunder Road Banquet

O’Donnell, Moodie, Davis Honored at Banquet of Champions


Thunder Road International Speedbowl honored its 2015 Champions with the annual Banquet of Champions at the Barre Elks Club on Saturday, November 14. Derrick O’Donnell received the top honors for the third consecutive season in the Thunder Road Late Model division, while Brendan Moodie and Jamie Davis earned their first Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stock championships, respectively.

North Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell became the second driver in Thunder Road history to win three straight “King of the Road” crowns, joining Chuck Beede’s run from 1992-1994. O’Donnell’s championships came in his first three years in the division. He earned a career-high four wins in 2015, giving him a total of seven for his career. Among the victories was his second Memorial Day Classic triumph as well as a win in the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships. O’Donnell also finished second in the Milk Bowl and third in the Vermont Governor’s Cup.