Thunder Road SpeedBowl
BADORE JAMS AND SWEET ROLLS TO NEDD WINS
A pair of young drivers employed different methods to affect the same outcome Sunday at Barre’s Thunder Road in the New England Dodge Dealers season finale. Sophomore NAPA Sportsman competitor Nick Sweet of Barre and Milton’s Eric Badore, an Allen Lumber Street Stock racer were both victorious in their respective added distance main events.

Badore, who started deep in the 34-car field, led only one lap around the high banked, quarter-mile oval and it was the one that counted. The victory, his third of the season, was the icing on the championship cake for the Dodge Daytona driver.

Entering the last race of the year with a 21 point advantage, Badore knew he had to keep season-long nemesis Kyle Tatro of Hyde Park in sight to secure his first division title. Instead of playing it safe, Badore worked his way through the pack. As the laps wound down he moved in to challenge leader Steve Quenneville and was able to nose ahead as the checkers flew.

Quenneville of Barre finished second and early race leader, Underhill’s Dave Fields was third. Completing the top five was freshman competitor David Greenslit from Waitsfield in fourth and Hardwick’s Greg Adams.

Unlike Badore, who seemed to catch a few breaks along the way, Tatro found himself struggling to keep Badore’s machine in sight. To have any chance at the “King of the Road” title, Tatro needed to finish at leads 11 positions ahead of Badore. Unfortunately Tatro never got the chance to mount an attack and finished seventh in the 35 lap NEDD feature.

HAPPENINGS BEFORE AND DURING THE MILK BOWL RAIN
ANNOUNCER TROY GERMAIN INTERVIEWS POWERSHIFT WARRIOR CHAMPION MAYNARD BARTLETT JR ON BOOTH BROS/HP HOOD QUALIFYING DAY RUSSELL INGERSON RETURNED TO THUNDER ROAD SUNDAY AS A FORMER MILK BOWL CHAMPION AND FIRST TO WIN THE RACE BACK-TO-BACK. HE'S WATCHED BY HIS SON, RUSSELL JR AND GRANDSON CHRISTIAN AS HE CHECKS OUT THUNDER ROAD'S FRONT STRETCH FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SOME 30 YEARS. THE ELDER INGERSON PLANS TO RETURN ON OCT 8 FOR THE RESCHEDULED RACE
A ROSE AMONG TWO THORNS - SARAH WILLIAMS BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN A POWERSHIFT WARRIOR FEATURE RACE WITH HER VICTORY IN THE DIVISION'S NEW ENGLAND DODGE DEALERS MAIN EVENT. THERE WAS HARDLY ROOM TO MOVE SATURDAY IN THUNDER ROAD'S PITS AS NEARLY 175 CARS ACROSS FOUR DIVISIONS JAM PACKED THE AREA

43rd NEW ENGLAND DODGE DEALERS MILK BOWL TO CONCLUDE 2006 THUNDER ROAD CAMPAIGN
With just the 43rd New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl remaining in 2006 at Barre, VT’s historic Thunder Road, the plotlines in most divisions are still thick. Of course the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will also be wrapping up their season with the last of three ACTion Super Series events which pay $10,000 to the race winner. Additionally, the Tour’s champion to be crowned. The under card also is shaping up to be just as dramatic as the main event with close points battles raging in two of the three of the track’s weekly divisions. Chad Wheeler was crowned as the weekly Late Model champion following the August 24 Kinney Drugs Trophy Dash.