Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Speed51 Awards

Fan Support Earns ACT and Thunder Road Speed51 Awards
Alan Ward Snaps Best Action Photo of 2013

The American Canadian Tour and Thunder Road earned several awards in the 2013 Speed51 Awards thanks to their diehard fans. The awards included Best Promoter, Best Short Track and Best Action Photo by Thunder Road’s Alan Ward. The annual awards are voted on by fans from across the nation on the premier international stock car racing news website www.speed51.com. Speed51 follows series and tracks from all over the United States and Canada, bringing the latest news and coverage to fans unlike any other site.

ACT and Thunder Road promoter Tom Curley was voted as the best promoter of 2013. He received the award for his continued efforts in developing ACT as one of the premier series in the United States and Canada, and maintaining Thunder Road’s status as one of the top short tracks in the country.


Driver of the Day - Scott Coburn

Driver of the Day: Scott Coburn

Longtime Tiger veteran Scott Coburn of Barre used a top five on opening day during the Merchants Bank weekend to catapult himself into a top ten effort for the season. He earned an impressive 7 top tens including 4 in a row during the second half of the year to claim 9th in the final standings.

2013 Stats – 9th Place
Starts – 17
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 1
Top 10s – 7
Avg. Fin. – 10.9


Driver of the Day - Tyler Austin

Driver of the Day: Tyler Austin

Tyler Austin’s list of accomplishments during his rookie season includes being the Allen Lumber Street Stock Rookie of the Year, receiving the Doc Nielsen Rookie Award, and claiming 9th in the final standings. This youngster was a quick learner who drove respectfully all season long as he watched the veterans. His improvement was apparent in his back-to-back podium finishes in the latter half of the season. He came out on top in one of the most competitive rookie battles in Street Stock history which helped him earn the Nielsen Rookie Award. The Doc Nielsen Rookie Award was created in honor of Dr. Gordon “Doc” Nielsen. It serves as a way to acknowledge the top rookie driver across all divisions who displays characteristics of a competitor who will benefit the sport for years to come.

2013 Stats – 9th Place
Starts – 17
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 2
Top 10s – 6
Avg. Fin. – 12.0