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Thunder Road Racing Season Opens at 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150

Last year's "Class Day" ceremony saw over 120 cars take part!  (Leif Tillotson photo)

Thunder Road International Speedbowl will open its 2008 stock car racing season with the 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on the weekend of May 3/4.  The Merchants Bank 150 is the third round of the American-Canadian Tour Late Model Championship schedule, and is the lid-lifter for Thunder Road’s regular NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions.  This season marks the Barre, VT oval’s 49th year as the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”

Festivities kick off with the annual Merchants Bank Car Show on Main Street in downtown Barre City at 9:00am on Saturday, May 3.  The show features racing machines from all four divisions, a Pit Stop Contest, and a two-mile parade to the race track beginning at 12:00 noon.  Practice sessions start at 1:00pm.

The Sunday, May 4 schedule begins with practice at 11:00am, followed by the popular “Class Day” ceremony at 1:00pm.  More than 100 race cars will file into the Thunder Road infield for presentation, and Thunder Road’s 2007 Champions, Dave Pembroke (Late Model), Nick Sweet (Sportsman), Bobby Therrien (Street Stock), and Bunker Hodgdon (Warrior), will be honored as their battle flags are raised in the Forsythe Hill seating area in Turn 3.  Winners of the car show will also be announced, with trophies awarded to the top three in each division.  Green flag racing action begins with 10th Annual Merchants Bank qualifying heats at 1:30pm.

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 or