Thunder Road SpeedBowl
50th Anniversary Season
Thunder Road officials confirmed that two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart will be racing in the CARQUEST Vermont Governor’s Cup 150, Thursday, June 25 as a part of the 50th Anniversary celebration season at Thunder Road International Speedbowl.
Stewart has long been regarded as one of the most versatile and accomplished stars of NASCAR stock car racing. A multi-time USAC open wheel sprint car racer in his early years, Stewart then went on to race in the Indianapolis Racing League. Stewart was the only rookie to sit on the pole of the Indianapolis 500. He joined the Joe Gibbs racing in 1997. Stewart won 33 NASCAR Cup races while racing for Gibbs.
Tom Curley, promoter and co-owner of Thunder Road said, “ Of all the people, in any form of racing, the one driver I wanted to help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of Thunder Road was Tony Stewart. I have always thought that Tony Stewart represents what stock car racing is supposed to be about. He will definitely be coming to race, and that is what Thunder Road fans and competitors expect.
The CARQUEST Governor’s Cup will draw the best competitors from the American Canadian Tour (ACT) along with Thunder Road’s best Late Model teams. Earlier this year ACT gave a special event status to this year’s Governor’s Cup. It will be one of four specials designated as a ‘Qualifier’ for the September 19th ACT INVITATIONAL to be held on the NASCAR ‘Chase’ opening weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire in September. If Stewart wins the event, and elects to compete, NHMS will increase the starting field for this September’s INVITATIONAL.
Stewart said, “ Thunder Road has been on my list of short tracks I just had to race at in my career. I have heard so much about this track from so many different people around the country. Thanks to my friend Kenny Schrader for getting them to add some laps to the Governor’s Cup. From what he tells me the competition is tough and whoever wins needs all the laps he can get.” Stewart is the owner of the famous Eldora Speedway in Ohio. He is an avid supporter of short track racing.

A special commemorative 50th Anniversary – Tony Stewart Governor’s Cup ticket will be available at a discount price beginning at Thunder Road’s Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic double header over the May 23/24 weekend. The American Canadian Tour will be joining the True Value Modified Racing Series in a twin 100-lap event.
Ticket prices for the Carquest VT Governor’s Cup will be Adult - $17 in advance, Adult - $20 day of race, all kids (6-12) $3. Pits will open at 3 pm; front gates will open at 4 pm. Post time is 6 pm. Feature event post time is 8 pm.
For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963 or 

Thunder Road announces NO SMOKING policy in 2009
Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl has announced that beginning in 2009 there will be no smoking in the family grandstand of the 50-year old stock car racing facility.

Promoter Tom Curley said, “ We have had an increasing number of requests from our fans over the past few years to implement this no smoking policy. With the recent news regarding second hand smoke, we have decided to make the family grandstand a non-smoking area for the comfort of the fans who want to enjoy the races in a smoke-free environment. We recognize the rights of our smoking customers and will allow smoking in the upper grandstand and throughout the remainder of the facility, but request that the concession areas be respected as smoke-free as well.”

Thunder Road recently announced a level-funded family value ticket for the 2009 race season. The no smoking policy was a natural follow up based on the large number of children who accompany their parents and grandparents to the races throughout the summer season.

A regular Thunder Road race fan, Harriet Combs, said, “ It is about time that Thunder Road came up with this no smoking policy, especially in the family seating section. I couldn’t be happier and appreciate the Thunder Road management taking this long over due position for those of us that don’t want to be around the second hand smoke. I think this is a fair solution to both the smokers and the non-smokers.”

Curley went on to say that any Gold season pass holders who are affected by the no smoking policy in the family grandstand and wish to change seating for the 2009 season should contact the Thunder Road office. Management will be happy to accommodate seating change requests.

Thunder Road opens its 50th season of racing with the 11th annual Merchants Bank 150 for the American Canadian Tour on Sunday May 03, 2009. Scott Payea of Milton is a two-time winner and defending champion of the Merchants Bank 150.

For additional information contact the Thunder Road office at 802.244.6963 or

February is always a good month. In February we pass the ½ way mark of the winter season. Generally by now everyone has pretty much had time to hunt, vacation, attend banquets and either celebrate a great past season, or in some cases, forget about what is past and look with optimism toward the coming season.
Each February signals Daytona and the ‘unofficial’ beginning of the coming race season. Just the idea of seeing some racing after four or five months without it is enough to get the enthusiasm going. In an attempt to enter the 21st Century here at ACT and Thunder Road, I am going to try and write you some thoughts each season and post it on the ACT/TR internet site for a few days. Obviously, the winter quarter is the season of great expectation. Most race teams start looking forward to the Spring and a chance to ‘start over’ for another season. All of us pretty much do the same, although this has been a very, very busy ‘off season’ for us here at the ACT/TR office.