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Thunder Road, Bond Auto to Present Click It Or Ticket “Fan Car”

Race fans to drive Power Shift Warrior at Barre, VT track

Stock car racing fans will get a chance to drive a race car at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl this season as the result of an innovative new partnership with the Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s “Click It Or Ticket” campaign and Bond Auto Parts.  Fans who sign up at their local Bond Auto store will be randomly selected to compete in a Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior division car, beginning with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic doubleheader on Sunday, May 25.

The race car, a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier, will debut at Thunder Road’s 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 season opener on Sunday, May 4 with a surprise celebrity guest driver.  It will carry signage from Click It Or Ticket and Bond Auto throughout the year, in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of not wearing safety belts on public roads.

The new program will include Click It Or Ticket presentations at three Vermont high schools in hopes of educating highway drivers young and old.  The first presentation will be Tuesday, May 6 at North Country Union High School in Newport, VT.  Two-time Thunder Road Champion Reno Gervais of Island Pond, VT will be on hand, along with a video presentation featuring crash footage from past Thunder Road events, and will be speaking about the similarities between race track and highway safety.

10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 Opens 49th Thunder Road Season

The 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 will open the 49th season of stock car racing at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement,” Barre’s Thunder Road, this weekend, Sat./Sun., May 3/4.  The Merchants Bank 150 is the third round for the American-Canadian Tour Championship Late Models, and raises the curtain for Thunder Road’s weekly NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions.

Festivities begin on Saturday morning in Barre City with the annual Merchants Bank Car Show at 9:00 am.  Racing machines from all four classes will line Main Street for judging in the car show.  A pit stop contest featuring the pit crews of Thunder Road’s four defending champion drivers is scheduled to begin at 10:30 am, followed by a parade to the race track at 12:00 noon.  Practice will be held at the track starting at 1:00 pm.

Sunday kicks off with the traditional Champions Practice at 11:00 am, featuring all past Thunder Road Late Model Track Champions.  The popular “Class Day” ceremonies begin at 1:00 pm, with as many as 120 race cars and drivers on display in the Thunder Road infield.  Following the presentation of trophies to Saturday’s car show winners, green flag racing action begins at 1:30 pm.

Unofficial Lap Times From Thurs. 4/24 Practice
According to our very unofficial stopwatch, here are the fastest lap times recorded for many of the drivers in attendance at Thursday’s open practice session. Keep in mind that these times were taken randomly and may not actually reflect each driver’s best actual lap times. Also, not everyone in attendance got on the stopwatch… We did our best, though!

American-Canadian Tour Late Models
Car No. Driver Best Lap (sec.)
26 John Donahue 13.31
14VT Phil Scott 13.32
48VT Robbie Crouch 13.32
42VT # Matt White 13.42
85 Trampas Demers 13.44
46 David Chagnon 13.47
1VT # Tony Andrews 13.52
44 Dave Pembroke 13.54
31VT Shawn Fleury 13.56
75 Pete Fecteau 13.60
18 Jamie Fisher 13.61
59 Rusty Berger 13.62
40 Eric Chase 13.63
68 Brooks Clark 13.64
00 Mike Bailey 13.64
NAPA Tiger Sportsmen
Car No. Driver Best Lap (sec.)
92 Shawn Sicard 14.84
48 Tom Therrien 14.89
55 Brian Delphia 15.10
05 Craig Bushey 15.10
4 # Bobby Therrien 15.17
68 Derrick O'Donnell 15.30
41 Rick Garand 15.31
20 Chris Chambers 15.33
58 James Hebert 15.35
5 # Dan Eastman 15.45
86 Sean McCarthy 15.51
18 Lance Allen 15.58
99 # Cody Blake 15.62
7 Dan Reed 15.84
Allen Lumber Street Stocks
Car No. Driver Best Lap (sec.)
22 Tommy Smith 16.34
9 Ron Gabaree 16.39
02 Justin Gordon 16.45
11 David Allen 16.47
No# Orange/Black car 16.80
20 David Greenslit 16.93
73 Vern Woodard 17.05
No# White/Blue car 17.14
13 Markus Farnham 17.21
90 Brett Pierce 17.25
Power Shift Online Junkyard Warriors
Car No. Driver Best Lap (sec.)
1 Chad Brown 16.87
19 Neal Foster 17.00
59 Dale Bickford 17.24
30 Mike Gay 17.24
05 Donny Yates 17.26
90 Tony Rossi 17.31
2 Brad LaFountain 18.03