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Thunder Road Rained Out

Thunderstorms and saturated grounds have forced the postponement of the NAPA Auto Parts/Make-A-Wish stock car racing event at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday, August 7.  The event has been rescheduled for Thursday, August 28 at 6:30pm.  Inclement weather has now postponed Thunder Road events three consecutive weeks.

The NAPA Auto Parts/Make-A-Wish program will run in its entirety on Thu., Aug. 28 with double features for the Allen Lumber Street Stocks, regular events for the Late Model, NAPA Tiger Sportsman, and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions, and the previously rained-out Calkins Portables/WDEV Radio “Port-A-Potty Grand Prix.”  The Aug. 28 now becomes the final championship event for the Thunder Road Late Model division.

Thunder Road is back in action on Sunday, Aug. 10 with the Casella Waste Management Tiger Sportsman 100, regular events for the Late Model and Street Stock divisions, and double features for the Warriors.  General admission is only $9.50 for adults, $3 for children (6-12), and just $20 for a family of any two adults and two kids.  Gates open at 3:30pm, racing action starts at 5:00pm.  For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit

Make-up Dates Announced for Rained-Out Thunder Road Features

Late Models to Decide “King of the Road” With Double Features on Aug. 21

Stock car drivers at Barre’s Thunder Road will have a busy month of August ahead of them as the 2008 championship season begins to draw to a close.  With rains forcing last Thursday’s Calkins Portables/WDEV Radio program to be cut short, Thunder Road officials have added the yet-to-be-run feature events for all four racing divisions to remaining programs throughout the month of August.

The headline American-Canadian Tour Late Model division will be on the hot seat at its final weekly championship event on Thursday, Aug. 21, Kinney Drugs Night, as the Calkins/WDEV 50-lap feature is run to begin the evening.  A full card of Kinney Drugs qualifying and feature events will then be run later in the evening to determine the 2008 “King of the Road” track champion.  Eric Williams of Hyde Park currently leads three-time champion Phil Scott of Montpelier by 29 points, 598-569.  Cris Michaud, also a three-time champion, sits third at 563.

Thunder Road Washed Out Early

Persistent rain showers forced the Calkins Portables/WDEV Radio event at Barre’s Thunder Road to be cut short on Thursday night.  Following a one-hour delay for a deluge of rain early in the program, qualifying rounds were completed for all divisions.  A second rain shower moved into the area as the Calkins/WDEV “Port-A-Potty Grand Prix” was about to begin.

One event was completed before the rains came; Barre City Mayor Thom Lauzon defeated Montpelier Mayor Mary Hooper in the “Twin City Showdown” after controversial contact on the race track sent Hooper spinning out of control.  Lauzon credited his victory in the winner’s circle to the fact that Hooper “can’t drive.”  Hooper, obviously in disagreement, protested Lauzon’s win.

Brooks Clark of Fayston, Jeffersonville’s Joe Becker, and Mike Bailey of South Barre won Late Model division qualifying heats, while Becker won the bonus-points semi-feature.  Dan Reed of Essex Junction, Bradford’s Derrick O’Donnell, and Barre driver Josh Lovely won NAPA Tiger Sportsman qualifying heats.  Tim Potter of Plainfield won the consolation race, while Alex Perkins of Chelsea won the last-chance “B” Feature.  Barre’s Josh LaCourse and Elmore rookie David Whitcomb won Allen Lumber Street Stock qualifiers, while Jeremy Fleury of Williamstown and Neal Foster of Waterbury won Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior heats.

The Calkins/WDEV Feature races and the Port-A-Potty Grand Prix will be made up in the coming weeks.  Details will be announced shortly.  Thunder Road is back in action on Thursday, August 7 with the NAPA Auto Parts/Make-A-Wish event.  General admission is $9.50 for adults, $3 for children (6-12), and just $20 for a family of four.  For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit