Thunder Road SpeedBowl
NAPA Tiger Sportsman Tri-State Series Announced
The NAPA Tiger Sportsmen will be hitting the road this year with a touring series of their own. The Tiger Tri-State Series will consist of three 100-lap events in three different states. The opening event will be held at the recently redesigned Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on July 11. Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, NH will host the second event on August 1st. Canaan featured the Tiger Tour in 2005 with five appearances. Canaan Speedway quickly became one of the favorite racing venues for the Series, often reminding veterans of the old Catamount Stadium in Milton, VT. On August 13, Thunder Road Speedbowl will decide the Series Championship in a 100-lap event for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman challengers.                                     


Nick’s Notes


 It’s officially racing season as Thunder Road had their first practice of year yesterday, Wednesday April 14.


·        The main grandstands and walkways were not open to the public because there was mud and trees in the grandstands, and no water in the bathrooms. The snow has just recently cleared and Thunder Road staff had only entered the track on Monday.
·        Between the three divisions about 80 cars showed up for the first shake down of the year.
·        Of the 23 Late Models that showed up, it appeared that Nick Sweet was one of the fastest of the day. He ran the ACT Tour last year, but will be returning to his home track to chase a “King of the Road” title in the 50th Anniversary season.
·        Shawn Fleury has also made some changes in the off-season. Yesterday he unveiled his brand new NAPA Tiger Sportsman car. Fleury was the NAPA Tiger Sportsman track champion in 2005 and 2006 before moving up to the Late Models in the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He will be returning to the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division this year to attempt to win his third track championship during the 50th Anniversary season.
·        Cris Michaud took his new Ford crate engine out for the first practice. He ran with Eric Williams who had a Chevy crate engine. They raced side by side and nose to tail and it appeared neither car had an advantage. The Ford crate engine should fit in nicely with the Chevy crate engine in the Late Model division.
·        The Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Powershift Junkyard Warriors raced side by side for their first time. They seemed to mix well together. The only way to really tell them apart was their green and yellow roofs.
·        Thankfully, there were no big wrecks, so crews should be able to focus on the finishing touches before the 50th Anniversary season opener sponsored by Merchants Bank on May 3rd.
·        There will be another open practice for all divisions next Wednesday, April 22.
·        This weekend, April 18 and 19, the ACT Tour will kick off their 2009 season with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH.
The NH Governor’s Cup will be the first qualifier for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. The excitement is building after a very successful test session at NHMS last wee

50th Anniversary Celebration
 Richard Petty, stock car racing’s all-time Champion, will appear at Barre’s Thunder Road as part of the track’s season-long 50th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday Night, July 30th. The 7-time National Champion, and record 7-time Daytona 500 mile winner, holds the record of 200 major wins in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His closest rival on that win list is David Pearson at 105, with Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison tied for third at 84.
Petty is considered the cornerstone of the sport’s popularity and growth. Thunder Road’s history parallels the Petty legend. The Level Cross, North Carolina native won his first race in 1960 on a half-mile dirt track in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Petty name still dominates the sport 17 years after he retired as a driver. Many consider his 27 wins--including 10 in a row in 1967--the greatest single season performance in NASCAR history.