Thunder Road SpeedBowl
LAQUERRE DISQUALIFIED FROM SPORTSMAN FINISH AT THUNDER ROAD

Thunder Road International Speedbowl officials have announced that stock car driver Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier, VT has been disqualified from his apparent second-place finish in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division’s Merchants Bank feature event on Sunday, May 6.

Laquerre’s car was lighter than the allowed minimum weight requirement in post-race inspection, and was stripped of its finish.  Laquerre has been penalized all points and purse money earned in the Sportsman portion of the Merchants Bank event.

Pete Ainsworth, Jr. of Middlesex, VT crossed the finish line in third place behind Laquerre and winner Nick Sweet, and now inherits the runner-up position.  Chuck Beede, Kevin Campbell, and Justin Hart complete the revised top five finishers.

Thunder Road’s 48th season of exciting stock car racing continues with the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day Extravaganza on Sunday, May 13.  Post time is scheduled for 1:00pm.  For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com.


SWEET, MELENDY, BICKFORD SCORE MERCHANTS BANK WINS AT THUNDER ROAD
Barre's Nick Sweet won the Merchants Bank       feature for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division 
Hometown driver Nick Sweet led a parade of young drivers into victory lane at Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Merchants Bank opening day Sunday. Sweet drove his Fortier’s Community Care Home Chevrolet around Justin Hart on lap 18 to take the lead in the 40-lap NAPA Tiger
Sportsman feature event, and cruised to his fourth career Thunder Road win. Sweet, who started 10th in the 28-car field, finished nearly a half-lap ahead of apparent runner-up Joey Laquerre.

Merchants Bank Pit Stop Contest Results!

Jean-Paul Cyr's pit crew, led by Rick Paya, knocked the Joel   Hodgdon team off the top, changing two tires, filling the gas,  and cleaning the windshield in 35.60 seconds.                         
CHAMPION – ACT Late Model #32 Sticks & Stuff/Ehler’s RV Team – 35.60 seconds (no penalties)

Runner-up – NAPA Tiger Sportsman #36 Watson Real Estate/Tofani’s Used Furniture Team – 38.00 seconds (no penalties)

Third place – NAPA Tiger Sportsman #04 A.H. Fence/Milton Rental & Sales Team – 47.04 seconds (no penalties)

Fourth place – ACT Late Model #6 Merchants Bank/Burrell Roofing Team – 47.20 seconds (includes two 5-second penalties for loose lug nuts)

Fifth place – ACT Late Model #31 VT Army National Guard/Times Argus Team – 50.49 seconds (includes one 5-second penalty for loose lug nut)

Sixth place – Barre Town Selectboard & Staff Team – 1 minute, 25.90 seconds (includes one 5-second penalty for loose lug nut)


SPECIAL THANKS TO JOEY LAQUERRE FOR THE USE OF HIS CAR, AND TO ALL OF THE TEAMS THAT LENT TOOLS!!!

        The Cyr #32 crew in action          
    The Hodgdon team finished 2nd