Thunder Road SpeedBowl
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

Port-A-Potty Grand Prix, Mayoral Showdown Coming to Thunder Road

The annual “Port-A-Potty Grand Prix” is coming to Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday night (July 31) as part of the Calkins Portables/WDEV Radio event beginning at 6:30pm.  The Port-A-Potty race is, frankly, just that – a race for four specially modified outhouses to be pushed down the Thunder Road frontstretch by teams of stock car drivers and pit crew members.  The first team and potty across the finish line – in this case, a roll of tissue paper stretched the width of the track – wins the Golden Seat trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

“I’ve got a brand new one built and ready to go, just painted,” said Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior point leader Jamie Davis of Wolcott, one of the four entered drivers.  Davis will be joined by Eric Williams, Craig Bushey, and Lloyd Blakely.  Each held their respective division’s point lead following the Times Argus Mid-Season Championship event two weeks ago, and were selected as the potty drivers.  Davis says there’s already been some ribbing between he and Williams.

“Eric comes into my workplace for auto parts a lot, and he’s already started the trash talk,” said Davis.  “He said he’ll start out running me clean, but he’s not afraid to bang into me if he needs to in order to win.  I’d hate to get into a wreck with a Port-A-Potty, but this is a big race.  We may have to do it to win.”

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).