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Thunder Road to Take on New Staff Members

The American-Canadian Tour stock car racing organization has announced the hiring of six new officials to help oversee operations with the ACT Late Model Tour, the Série ACT Castrol, and Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT.

Kevin Farrar of Lewiston, ME, and his wife, Eve Worcester, will take on important roles in the 2008 racing season.  Farrar will handle handicapping duties for the ACT Late Model Tour, including race-day registration and event lineups.  Farrar served as handicapper for Oxford Plains Speedway in his native Maine from 1994-2005, and worked with ACT last fall.  Worcester will be part of the scoring staff.

“I took two seasons off, but I was asked to work at Thunder Road’s Chittenden Milk Bowl last year,” said Farrar.  “One call from (ACT President) Tom Curley is all it took to get me hooked again!  Eve and I are excited about joining the ACT staff, and are looking forward to the experience.”


ACT Dissolves Relationship With RT Raceparts

The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car racing organization has rescinded its previously announced partnership with RT Raceparts of Hudson, NH for the 2008 season, effective immediately.

As such, a notice has been sent to the ACT membership, including competitors with the ACT Late Model Tour, the Série ACT Castrol, and at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl, that will no longer mandate the use of Torco Racing Fuels – previously available for use exclusively from RT Raceparts – during ACT-sanctioned race events.

ACT President Tom Curley said that while Torco fuel is no longer mandatory, its use is neither prohibited nor discouraged.

“Torco is a good fuel, and in fact, testing has shown that the 104-octane blend may actually benefit the engines in our crate engine program,” he said.

The ACT Late Model Tour begins its season with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup event at Lee USA Speedway on Sun., April 20.  Thunder Road’s season opens with the 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on Sun., May 4, while the Série ACT Castrol season begins at Autodrome St-Eustache near Montréal on Sun., May 18.  For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.acttour.com or www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com.


Four Decades Later, Modifieds Return to Thunder Road

Vermont’s Jarvis brothers will try to win for the “home” crowd

The True Value Modified Racing Series will make its first appearance at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, May 25, at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic.

It has been forty-three years since a fire-breathing, open-wheeled modified stock car last roared around the high banks at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”  Forty-three years ago, those same cars created quite a bit of controversy.

May 30, 1965: The annual 30-lap Memorial Day Classic has come to Thunder Road.  For the first time in the track’s six-year history, powerful overhead V8 Modifieds are allowed to race weekly against the older flathead-powered coupes of Thunder Road.  Outsiders Ernie Reid and André Manny have captured the first two events of the year, dominating over Thunder Road favorites Harold “Hard Luck” Hanaford, Chester T. Woods, Tony Colicchio, Ronnie Marvin, and the famous Ingerson brothers of North Haverhill, NH.