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Thunder Road’s “Frozen Logger” Passes Away

Montandon “made Thunder Road what it is today”

Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl mourns the passing of one of its legendary stock car racing pioneers, Henry “The Frozen Logger” Montandon of Waits River, VT.  Driving a flathead-powered #76 Ford coupe owned by Lloyd Hutchins, the popular Montandon scored the biggest victory of his career at the Barre, VT track in the 1963 Labor Day Classic.

“That victory was a bit of an upset, and it still means a great deal to me,” said Hutchins.  “Henry was a sweet man with a good sense of humor.  He was full of one-liners, and everyone loved him.”

A woodsman by trade, Montandon was successful in both the open-wheeled coupes and the full-bodied Flying Tiger cars that brought Thunder Road to national prominence in the 1960s.  During the formative years of Thunder Road, he often out-dueled high-profile racers including Johnny Gammell, Ronnie Marvin, Harold Hanaford, the Ingerson brothers, and National Champion Rene Charland.

Toyota Enters Short Track Racing With Thunder Road

Leading auto maker Toyota will begin its entry into grassroots short track stock car racing through its Courtesy Toyota dealership in Berlin, VT with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model Championship series and at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT in 2008.  Toyota is now the Official Vehicle of ACT and Thunder Road.

The new ACT Toyota Tundra and Toyota Tacoma Official Safety Trucks and the new ACT Toyota Camry Official Pace Car will be unveiled at the season’s first event at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire on Sun., April 20.  The Tundra, Tacoma, and Camry vehicles will also be on display at Courtesy Toyota’s home opener on Merchants Bank 150 weekend in downtown Barre City, VT and at Thunder Road.  The new vehicles will be on display in the annual Merchants Bank Car Show in Barre City on Sat., May 3, and in action at the Merchants Bank 150 on Sun., May 4.  Toyota and Pepsi will also sponsor the Thunder Road scoreboard throughout the 2008 season.

“Toyota is excited about teaming with one of the great American short track organizations in ACT, and one of the crown jewels of the industry in Thunder Road,” said John Henning of Courtesy Toyota.  “Toyota has made great efforts in targeting American race fans as its prime customers, and realizes that racing at the local and regional levels is just as important as NASCAR’s top three series.  It’s a great partnership for everyone.”

Casella to Present Tiger Sportsman 100 at Thunder Road

Barre track has exciting special event lineup for ‘08

Casella Waste Management will present a 100-lap stock car race for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, August 10.  The Casella 100 compliments a jam-packed 2008 schedule full of special events, including four appearances by the American-Canadian Tour Championship Late Models, the CARQUEST Governor’s Cup 100, the 24th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200, and Vermont’s first open-wheel Modified stock car race in over 20 years – the True Value Modified Racing Series 100 at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic.

East Montpelier veteran Joey Laquerre, 64, has won each of the last three 100-lap Sportsman events at Thunder Road, including the two previous editions of the Casella 100.  He defeated Pete Ainsworth and Shawn Fleury by a car length for the Casella 100 victory in 2006, and last year recovered from a final-turn scuffle to beat Craig Bushey and Nick Sweet by just six feet.  He also won the WDEV 100 last June.