Thunder Road SpeedBowl
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.”

Thunder Road Pushed Back by Rain to Friday

The Fisher/Federated Auto Parts stock car racing program set for Thursday, July 24 at Barre’s Thunder Road has been washed away by rain.  The four-division card has been rescheduled for Friday, July 25 at 6:30pm.  Gates will open at 5:00pm, regular admission rates will be in effect at $9.50 for adults, $3 for children (6-12), and just $20 for a family of any two adults and any two kids.

Eric Williams of Hyde Park leads the headline Late Model division by just six points over Northfield’s Cris Michaud (533-527).  Craig Bushey of Cambridge leads the Tiger Sportsman standings, while Graniteville’s Lloyd Blakely and Wolcott’s Jamie Davis lead the Allen Lumber Street Stock and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions, respectively.

Rules and entry blanks for Sunday’s M&M Beverage Enduro 200 – an amateurs-only race featuring more than 100 cars for 200 laps, with a top prize of $2,000 – are still available.  For information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit

Busy Race Week for Thunder Road Street Stocks and Warriors

Stock car drivers in the Allen Lumber Street Stock and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions at Barre’s Thunder Road have a busy weekend of racing ahead of them.  Each class will compete in two events in just four days’ time, beginning on Thursday evening, June 24 at 6:30pm, at the Fisher/Federated Auto Parts Trophy Dash, and closing with special long-distance races during the 24th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro event on Sunday, July 27 at 6:00pm.

Veteran driver Lloyd Blakely of Graniteville leads the Street Stock division following last week’s Times Argus Mid-Season Championship by 45 points over Plainfield youngster Jason Corliss, 577-532.  Blakely has posted top-ten finishes in eight of his nine starts this season, including a runner-up effort on Charter Communications Night two weeks ago.  Corliss earned his second career victory at the CARQUEST VT Governor’s Cup event in June, and has five other top-ten finishes to his credit.

Tommy “Thunder” Smith of Williamstown vaulted from 10th to third place in standings with a victory in the double-point mid-season event last Thursday; he has 516 points.  Gary Mullen of Tunbridge sits fourth at 514 points while top rookie Mike MacAskill of Williamstown ranks fifth with 510 points.