Thunder Road SpeedBowl
POTVIN, LOWREY, THERRIEN BROTHERS TAKE TOP HONORS AT MERCHANTS BANK CAR SHOW

 

LATE MODEL WINNER PETE POTVIN
Over 150 stock cars racing teams filled the pit area at Barre’s Thunder Road International
Speedbowl for last weekend’s Merchants Bank 150 season opener.  Many of those teams brought their cars to Barre City’s Main Street for the Merchants Bank Car Show on the morning of Saturday, May 5, showing off their beautiful
brand new machines to race fans.
 The top three finishers in each division, as voted by race fans, were awarded trophies.  Winners in each division were also given bonus money. Pete Potvin of Graniteville, VT won $100 and the best appearing car award in the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model division.  Potvin’s A.J. Rander/Tenco New England #41 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was given top honors, narrowly edging Brian Hoar’s Goss Dodge #45 Dodge Charger and Jean-Paul Cyr’s Sticks & Stuff/Ehler’s RV #32 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
 

NAPA TIGER SPORTSMAN WINNER  DICK LOWREY                                        

South Burlington, VT driver Dick Lowrey was presented $50 and the first-place trophy in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division for his orange-and-black AIG Insurance #08 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.  Lowrey’s mount beat out a tie for second place between Pete Ainsworth’s Froggy 100.9/Pete’s Auto #80 Ford Taurus and Tom Therrien’s Therrien Motorsports #48 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Therrien’s younger brother, Bobby, of Hinesburg, VT won the Allen Lumber Street Stock portion of the Merchants Bank Car Show and a $25 check with his A.H. Fence/Pioneer Motors #1 Dodge Daytona.  Justin Gordon’s Lazer Wash/Capitol Earth Moving #02 Ford Mustang and Josh Demers’ Demers Auto #15 Ford Mustang completed the top three.
ALLEN LUMBER STREET STOCK        WINNER BOBBY THERRIEN               

 Dale Bickford of Lyndonville, VT began a solid weekend with a win in the Power Shift Junkyard Warrior contest and a bonus $25 check.  Bickford’s PDL Racing #59 Chevrolet Beretta also won the Warrior division’s feature event on Sunday.  Finishing behind Bickford in the car show were Michael Gay’s Green Image Landscape #30 Mazda 323 and Frank Sanborn’s Waterbury Service Center #3 Ford Escort.
 Thunder Road’s next event is the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day Extravaganza on Sunday, May 13. 
Qualifying action for a special 100-lap event for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division begins at 2:00pm.  For more

POWER SHIFT JUNKYARD                 WARRIOR WINNER DALE                   BICKFORD                                              

information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com.


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.