Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Gray Pockets $2,000 in Rainy Enduro 200 at Thunder Road

Troy Gray earned a soggy $2,000 check at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday night after winning the 24th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200, a survival-of-the-fittest stock car race that featured a half-hour rain storm and two rollovers.  Gray, 40, of Fairlee drove a 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse #00 sponsored by C.W. Gray & Sons and Connecticut Valley Auto Auction.

Gray’s victory at Thunder Road was the second of career.  The driver won a feature race in 1987 on his way to the Street Stock division’s season championship.  He is now a regular competitor in the Modified class at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford.

Rory Partlow of Northfield finished second, unofficially, with 200 laps complete.  He drove his Gillespie’s Fuel & Propane 1996 Chevrolet Corsica #51 to a $500 pay day.  Barre’s Keith Fortier and Ryan Zeno of Fairfax finished third and fourth with 199 laps complete, with Danny Doyle of Hancock fifth at 197 laps.  The unofficial top ten was completed in order by Richie Turner of Fairfax (194 laps), Brett Wood of Georgia (194), Terry Pearce, Jr. of Berlin (193), Kaleb Shepard of Bristol (191), and David Lamell of Johnson (190).


Crouch Adds to History Book With Thunder Road Win

Late Model stock car racer Robbie Crouch of Tampa, FL added another chapter to his storied career with a 50-lap victory in the Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Trophy Dash at Barre’s Thunder Road on Friday night.  Crouch, a six-time American-Canadian Tour Champion with nearly 100 feature wins to his credit, earned his first Thunder Road win since the 1988 Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl.

Crouch abruptly retired from racing midway through the 1997 season, and made a comeback last year following a bout with prostate cancer.  He was inducted into the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.

“In all my years of racing and winning, I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated a win as much as this one,” Crouch told the thousands in attendance.  “Maybe the very first win back when I was a kid with long hair in the ‘70s, but this one is a close second.”


Thunder Road Pushed Back by Rain to Friday

The Fisher/Federated Auto Parts stock car racing program set for Thursday, July 24 at Barre’s Thunder Road has been washed away by rain.  The four-division card has been rescheduled for Friday, July 25 at 6:30pm.  Gates will open at 5:00pm, regular admission rates will be in effect at $9.50 for adults, $3 for children (6-12), and just $20 for a family of any two adults and any two kids.

Eric Williams of Hyde Park leads the headline Late Model division by just six points over Northfield’s Cris Michaud (533-527).  Craig Bushey of Cambridge leads the Tiger Sportsman standings, while Graniteville’s Lloyd Blakely and Wolcott’s Jamie Davis lead the Allen Lumber Street Stock and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions, respectively.

Rules and entry blanks for Sunday’s M&M Beverage Enduro 200 – an amateurs-only race featuring more than 100 cars for 200 laps, with a top prize of $2,000 – are still available.  For information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com.