Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Young Gun Moodie Looking for Breakthrough Casella 100 Win at Thunder Road

Young stock car driver Brendan Moodie is looking for his first big win at Barre’s Thunder Road, and he’s looking to take it at Sunday’s Casella Waste Management 100.  The 23 year-old North Wolcott driver currently ranks fifth in championship point standings in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman class and has made major gains in tracking down his first division title.  Six weeks ago, Moodie ranked 19th, well behind the leaders.  Entering the Casella 100, he is only 54 points out of first place.

“We’re creeping up on (the point lead), that’s for sure,” said Moodie, a former Allen Lumber Street Stock Champion at Thunder Road.  “The car has been incredible this year, and I’ve had a lot of good help working on it.  We can win this race, and I feel good about our chances at the championship.”

Moodie snatched his first win of the year – the third of his Sportsman career – at the CARQUEST VT Governor’s Cup event in June, taking the lead away in the final corner.  Since then, the worst finish his Martin Construction #94 Chevrolet has turned in is an eleventh, in a division that routinely sends more than a dozen drivers home without qualifying for the 30-lap main event.  Now, with the opportunity to seize the moment in the biggest race of the season, Moodie feels confident in his chances.

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.