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Thunder Road Announces Level-Funded Pricing for the 50th Race Season
Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl has announced that there will be no increase in front gate admissions for the coming regular race season. Darla Hartt, General Manager of Thunder Road, said “ We celebrate the 50th anniversary at T-Road this coming season, and with the present economic climate, we want to continue to make Thunder Road affordable, family fun. What better way to thank our loyal fans for all the years they have supported the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” than to keep our prices level-funded during these difficult times. We have many special events planned and we are very excited about what we are going to be offering our fans for the 50th anniversary celebration”.
Thunder Road has a long short track history of trying to keep ticket prices affordable for fans and families. Season passes have also been level-funded for the 2009 race season, and are now on sale at the Thunder Road offices.
The 11th annual Merchants Bank 150 will open the season on May 3, 2009 with the American Canadian Tour stars. Thunder Road will next celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a doubleheader weekend on May 24th. Once again this year the holiday weekend will feature the American Canadian Tour, along with the powerful open wheel True Value Modifieds, in twin 100 lap events.
Thunder Road’s traditional weekly races will begin on June 11, 2009
For additional information contact the Thunder Road office at 802-244-6963 or

Laperle, Dragon, Williams Honored at ACT/Thunder Road Banquet of Champions

American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model driver Patrick Laperle from Montreal was honored as a first time winner of the United States ACT Championship at the annual Banquet of Champions on Saturday night at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. Over 500 teams and fans celebrated with Laperle, as he became the first Canadian driver to win the ACT title since Jr. Hanley took the honors in 1995. Laperle is the first Quebec driver to ever win the US championship. Laperle won the ACT Canadian Serie Castrol championship in 2007. Laperle beat Milton, Vermont driver Scott Payea for the 2008 US title by a single point in the final race of the year. He had to win his third Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road last fall to win the ACT title.

            The 40th winner of the prestigious MacTavish Award was given to Milton, Vermont’s Brent Dragon. The award named for legendary New England racer Don MacTavish, who lost his life racing at the Daytona Int’l Speedway in 1969, made Dragon the third member of the first family of racing in Vermont to be honored with receiving the MacTavish, following wins by his father Harmon “Beaver’ Dragon in 1979, and uncle Bobby Dragon in 1983.

            Thunder Road International Speedbowl crowned Hyde Park, VT’s Eric Williams the 2008 ‘King of the Road’. Williams had previously won titles in the ACT NAPA Sportsman division at both Airborne Speedway and Thunder Road. Williams captured the 2008 Late Model crown on the final race of the year by only 3 points over multi time track champion from Montpelier VT, Phil Scott.

2009 50th Anniversary Thunder Road Schedule






 1. Sun., May 03 - ACT Late Model Tour – 1:30
  2. Sun., May 24 -  Memorial Day Classic (ACT Tour/True Value Mods) – 1:30
  3.. Thu., June 11 -  Weekly Event – 6:30
  4. Thu., June 18 - Weekly Event – 6:30
  5. Thu., June 25 - Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 (NHMS Qualifier) – 6:00
  6. Thu., July 02 - Holiday Fireworks – 6:30
  7. Sun., July 05 - 50th Anniversary Celebration – 5:00
  8. Thu., July 09 - Weekly  Event – 6:30
  9. Thu., July 16 - Mid-Season Championships – 6:30
10. Thu., July 23 - Weekly Event – 6:30
11. Thu., July 30 - Weekly Event Event – 6:30
12. Sun., Aug. 02 - Enduro 250 (Street Stock/Warrior Special) – 6:00
13. Thu., Aug. 06 - Weekly Event – 6:30
14. Thu., Aug. 13 - Weekly Event – 6:30
15. Thu., Aug. 20 - Weekly Event – 6:30
16. Thu., Aug. 27 - 50th Anniversary Finale Celebration – 6:30
17. Sun., Sept. 06 - Labor Day Classic 200 (ACT Late Model Tour) – 1:30
18. Sat., Sept 26 - Qualifying Day – 1:30
      Sun., Sept. 27 - Milk Bowl – 1:30

Schedule subject to change