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Michaud, Crouch File First Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 Entries

Champion Late Model stock car drivers Cris Michaud and Robbie Crouch have filed the first two entries for the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sun., August 31.  Both drivers are feature winners at the historic 1/4-mile oval in 2008.  Michaud, of Northfield, VT, is in the thick of the “King of the Road” track championship battle with three victories to his credit.  Crouch, originally of Tampa, FL, earned his first Thunder Road win in nearly 20 years last month.

The Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 is the tenth of 12 rounds for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Championship, and comes just three days after the final Thunder Road Late Model weekly championship series event on Thursday, August 28.  The 200-lap Classic pays a guaranteed $5,000 to the winner, plus bonuses.

Michaud, only 35 points behind leader Eric Williams and just six points back from Phil Scott, is picturing a Labor Day weekend to remember.  “The Bond race is a big deal,” he said.  “I’ve never won it, but I want to this year.  It would be pretty special if I could win my fourth championship at Thunder Road on Thursday and then the Labor Day Classic on Sunday.  I don’t know how anyone could top that.”

Thunder Road Looking to Get Back at Mother Nature on Thursday

UVM’s Hybrid race car to make Thunder Road debut

Stock car racing fans and drivers at Barre’s Thunder Road have had enough of the bad weather, and they’re looking to break free of Mother Nature’s wrath on Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Vermont ACE Hardware Dealers Trophy Dash.  Thunder Road has fallen victim to rain in each of its last four regular-event attempts, dating back to July 24.

So in defiance of the weather gods, the racing will go on as scheduled on Thursday evening, with a full card of Late Models, NAPA Tiger Sportsmen, Power Shift Online Junkyard Warriors, and double 25-lap feature events for the Allen Lumber Street Stocks.

“A little rain’s not going to ruin our fun,” said Thunder Road Administrator Tina Gallison.  “It’s been a lousy couple of weeks, but we’re fighting back.  We want to race!”

UVM AERO at Thunder Road!

Race enthusiasts will get to cheer on UVM students on Thursday, August 14 before the race (between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.) at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont as the UVM AERO hybrid car speeds around the track.  What's unusual about this car is it runs on both gas and lithium batteries!

“GreenSpeed” is the 1st UVM hybrid racing car created by a team of energetic UVM students from the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences new student organization called Alternative Energy Racing Organization (AERO).  AERO received Second Place in Technical Design (behind Embry-Riddle) during its participation in the International Formula Hybrid Competition with other teams from as far away as Russia, Canada and Taiwan at the New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, NH May 5-7, 2008.  The car also received Best Hybrid-in-Progress Award, Chrysler's Best Hybrid System Engineering Award, and the Thayer School Dean's Award: Most Innovative Design Award.

Weighing approximately  600 pounds, the car has a 40 horsepower electric motor and a 40 horsepower gas engine for optimum speed! The UVM team designed “GreenSpeed” as a parallel hybrid with front regenerative braking. “These two things have not been done before”, says Doug Fraser, professional engineer from Dartmouth.