Contributed by: ACT Staff
A change has begun at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl. Stock car racing is a 49 year-old tradition at the Quarry Hill oval, and one of its benchmarks has been the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division – an intermediate, budget-minded class utilizing stock chassis and V8 power. Over 35 Sportsman cars are expected on Ferguson Waterworks Night, Thursday, June 12 at 6:30pm at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement,” to continue producing some of the closest racing of the season.
But in that, there’s a problem: Everyone is good.
Gone are the days of the dominant seasons where a driver could win four, five, or six races on his way to the championship. In fact, no driver has been able to win more than three times a season in the last seven years. The racing is razor-close, taking for example the finish between veteran Rick Garand and teenager James Hebert at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic, where the pair raced side-by-side inches apart for the win. But now more than ever, there is no clear-cut favorite to win the title.