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Moms Mower Race, Kids Rides to Highlight Thunder Road Motherís Day Special

Harvest Equipment will present the annual Mother’s Day stock car racing special at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 11… but with a twist.  As part of Harvest Equipment’s involvement with the event, a special six-Mom Lawn Mower Race will be held in the infield of the race track.

Moms will be chosen to participate in the lawn mower race based on essays sent to the Thunder Road office by their children.  Kids – here’s what you have to do: Write a short essay explaining why your mom should be chosen for the Lawn Mower Race at Thunder Road.  Email your essay to, fax it to (802) 244-6963, or send it by mail to: Mother’s Day Contest, P.O. Box 296, Waterbury, VT 05676, but make sure your entry is in no later than 5:00pm on Thursday, May 8.  Winning moms will be notified on Friday, May 9.  Kids, please include your mom’s name and a daytime phone number in your essay.

Moms will compete in the Lawn Mower Race while riding on John Deere lawn tractors provided by Harvest Equipment.  The first mom to complete her mowing section, sit in a comfy lawn chair, and open an ice cold Pepsi will be the winner.  Each mom in the race will also receive a bouquet of flowers.

Coburn, LaFleche, Foster Take Merchants Bank Wins at Thunder Road

Hometown stock car drivers swept the top three finishing positions in the 30-lap NAPA Tiger Sportsman feature on Merchants Bank Opening Day at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road.  Scott Coburn scored his fourth career win in a slugfest event.  Coburn’s VT Shifter Karts/M&M Beverage #1 Chevrolet ran from the pole starting position for the win.  Barre’s Shawn Sicard and David Finck completed the podium finishers.

Tom Therrien of Hinesburg and Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  Brendan Moodie, Derrick O’Donnell, Tony Rossi, Doug Crowningshield, and Craig Bushey were rest of the unofficial top ten.

Dave LaFleche of Graniteville scored his first career Allen Lumber Street Stock victory with a final-corner pass of Hardwick’s “Super” Joe Fecteau.  Tim Campbell of West Topsham and Josh LaCourse of Barre completed the unofficial top five.

Rookie ACT Late Model Tour Team Wins Thunder Road Pit Stop Contest

Over 100 teams brave weather for Saturday car show, Merchants Bank 150 runs Sunday

A rookie American-Canadian Tour Late Model stock car pit crew defeated the reigning ACT championship team to win Saturday’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl Pit Stop Contest in downtown Barre City, VT, part of the 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 and Car Show weekend.  The’s Community Care Home #88 team, led by Crew Chief Shayne Sweet, completed a two-tire change, washed the windshield, and simulated a fuel refill in 25.44 seconds to take the victory over the seven-time ACT Champion Ehler’s RV/RPM Racing Engines #32 team.

Pitting a race-ready Late Model show car owned by veteran Joey Laquerre, the seven-man “over the wall” crews were each tested by Mother Nature as a light mist fell during the competition.  The winning crew members were jackman Brandon Surprenant, tire changers Craig Deyo and Keith Fortier, tire carriers Anthony Sweet and Nathan Sweet, gasman Normand Fortier, and windshield cleaner Aaron Holden.

Their driver, ACT rookie and 2007 Thunder Road NAPA Tiger Sportsman Champion Nick Sweet of Barre, was proud of his team.  “I’ll take credit for that win,” he joked.  “As many mistakes as I’ve made learning how to drive these cars this year, those guys have learned how to fix things in a hurry.  They did a great job.”