Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Josh Demers at New Smyrna

Josh Demers Led All Newcomers at Florida American Racer Challenge

American Canadian Tour (ACT) sophomore driver Josh Demers of East Montpelier, VT graduated from the Bond Auto Tiger division in 2013, an intermediate division at his home track Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT. 

That year, Demers also bought a used ACT Late Model in anticipation of moving full-time to the ACT Late Models at Thunder Road in 2014. He entered his first ACT Late Model event at the inaugural International race held in July 2013 at Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY.  It was a $25,000.00 to win race with every major team in ACT registered to compete. After qualifying heats and consolations, Demers had one final chance to get into the biggest race of the year. He needed to win the “last chance race” which offered a purse of $3,000.00 to win or, give up the money, and receive a starting spot in the 300-lap segment main event and start dead last in 40th position. He gave up the money and went into his first ever ACT Late Model event.


ACT at New Smyrna

Thunder Road Stars Ready to Head South

The American Canadian Tour roster for the events at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Sunday through Tuesday, February 15-17 features several drivers from Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl. East Montpelier’s Emily Packard, Montpelier’s Josh Demers and Milton’s Eric Chase will all make the journey south in just under a month.

Veteran Thunder Road Late Model competitor Chase is the only one of the three with experience at the fast half-mile. Back in 2008, Chase claimed a feature win at New Smyrna in the opening event of the “World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.” He was also competed in the first time ACT visited New Smyrna Speedway in February of 2011.

Thunder Road and ACT Banquets Separated

Thunder Road and ACT Banquets Separated
New Saturday, March 21st Date Set for Thunder Road

Due to an overwhelming response for the planned American Canadian Tour and Thunder Road combined Banquet of Champions planned for Saturday, January 10, 2015, the Thunder Road portion has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 21st at the Elks Club in Barre. The ACT banquet will remain at the Doubletree Inn in Burlington on Saturday, January 10th, 2015.

The 2014 banquets were planned to be combined ACT and Thunder Road ceremonies at the Doubletree in January, but reservations for the event exceeded the room capacity. Therefore it has been announced that Thunder Road will have a stand-alone Banquet of Champions honoring the top ten for all three divisions plus rookies and special awards at the Elks Club in Barre on Saturday, March 21st, 2015.