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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.

Thunder Road Wins “Best Weekly Show” Award at SpeedwayEXPO

Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl was named the winner of SpeedwayEXPO’s second annual “Best Weekly Show” award at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA on Sunday, March 2.  The Barre, VT stock car track, known as the “Nation’s Site of Excitement,” is set to begin its 49th season with the Merchants Bank 150 for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Championship Late Models on May 4.

First opened in 1960, Thunder Road is highly regarded for its fast-paced and entertaining programs, affordable family ticket prices, high car counts, and exciting action every summer Thursday night.  Four racing divisions compete at the high-banked 1/4-mile asphalt oval from May to September.

Only two seasons old, SpeedwayEXPO has already established itself as the northeast’s premier annual stock car racing trade show and exposition.  Hosted by the award-winning staff at Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated magazine, SpeedwayEXPO’s “Speedy Awards” are designed to honor grassroots race teams, tracks, organizers, fans, and supporters.  Race fans submit nominations and votes for 11 Speedy Award categories, with the winners determined by a combination of fan votes and Speedway Illustrated staff collaboration.

Thunder Road Sees Positive Growth

Four divisions make room for promising new drivers

The 2007-08 off-season has seen an exciting number of talented stock car racers make a move to the next level of competition at Barre’s Thunder Road.  After spending time in a developmental division, no less than ten drivers will continue upward in their careers at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” and beyond.  But in a change from recent years, all four divisions of Thunder Road – and its regional cousin, the American-Canadian Tour – will reap the benefits.

“Drivers change divisions every year,” said Thunder Road promoter and ACT President Tom Curley, “but I can’t remember an off-season that has seen this many solid, talented racers move from one division to the next and have the transition be so evenly distributed among the four groups.”

It appears that groups of three and four drivers are making a move from one division to the next tier of competition for 2008, with each departing class creating room for a set of talented incoming freshmen.  The intermediate NAPA Tiger Sportsman class will welcome four new young lions to the fold, including twenty year-olds Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg and Josh Demers of Middlesex, Williamstown’s Mike Ziter, 23, and East Barre’s Cody Blake, who turned 16 last month.