Thunder Road SpeedBowl
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).

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.”