Contributed by: ACT Staff
Four divisions make room for promising new drivers
The 2007-08 off-season has seen an exciting number of talented stock car racers make a move to the next level of competition at Barre’s Thunder Road. After spending time in a developmental division, no less than ten drivers will continue upward in their careers at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” and beyond. But in a change from recent years, all four divisions of Thunder Road – and its regional cousin, the American-Canadian Tour – will reap the benefits.
“Drivers change divisions every year,” said Thunder Road promoter and ACT President Tom Curley, “but I can’t remember an off-season that has seen this many solid, talented racers move from one division to the next and have the transition be so evenly distributed among the four groups.”
It appears that groups of three and four drivers are making a move from one division to the next tier of competition for 2008, with each departing class creating room for a set of talented incoming freshmen. The intermediate NAPA Tiger Sportsman class will welcome four new young lions to the fold, including twenty year-olds Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg and Josh Demers of Middlesex, Williamstown’s Mike Ziter, 23, and East Barre’s Cody Blake, who turned 16 last month.