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Nick Sweet Files American-Canadian Tour Entry

Thunder Road Sportsman Champion will compete as a Tour rookie in 2008

Champion stock car driver Nick Sweet has filed an entry for the 2008 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) season.  Sweet, 23, won the NAPA Tiger Sportsman championship at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in his hometown of Barre, VT in 2007, and has purchased a potent Late Model car built by Richard Moody Racing of Maine and formerly driven by Ben Rowe.  Sweet will contest the full 12-race ACT Late Model Tour schedule as a rookie, with support from Saint J Auto Group in St. Johnsbury, VT.

“As a rookie, I can’t ask for a better situation that the one I’m in right now,” he said.  “My father, Shayne, and my crew are taking a big chance on me this year, and Saint J Auto is taking a big chance, too.  We’ll learn a lot and we’ll definitely give our best effort.”

Sweet has been a quick study, taking 13 victories at five northeastern tracks in ACT’s NAPA Tiger Sportsman and Allen Lumber Street Stock divisions.  He won Rookie of the Year titles in both classes, was the recipient of the Dr. G. R. Nielsen Rookie Achievement Award in 2003, and was recently voted by members of the regional media as one of the top three drivers in competition in 2007.

Check Out SpeedwayEXPO!

Looking for a racing fix before the season starts?  Check out the 2nd annual SpeedwayEXPO at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA, Fri., February 29-Sun., March 2!  Hosted by Dr. Dick Berggren’s Speedway Illustrated, the SpeedwayEXPO is the trade show of all northeastern racing trade shows, and includes exhibitors, special events and competitions for fans and teams, marketing and technical seminars, driver autograph sessions and more!  To learn more, check out

Also on tap are the 2nd annual “Speedy Awards,” as voted on by YOU, the fans!  Among the nominees in 2008 are our very own Nick Sweet (Break-Out Racer of the Year), Patrick Laperle (Best Northeast Touring Racer), Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl (Best Weekly Show), and the Chittenden Milk Bowl (Best Individual Promotion).  Click here to view the categories and place your vote!

The #97 ACT Late Model of Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk will be on display in the RT Raceparts/Torco Racing Fuels booth at SpeedwayEXPO!

Vermont Racing Legend Gammell to Enter NEAR Hall of Fame

Johnny Gammell, shown here with Thunder Road checkers in 1965, will be inducted into the NEAR Hall of Fame on Sunday (ACT archives photo)

Vermont stock car racing legend Johnny Gammell of St. Johnsbury, VT will be inducted into the New England Auto Racers (NEAR) Hall of Fame at a ceremony in East Windsor, CT on Sunday, January 27.  A former winner of the Don MacTavish Award (1970) and the Chittenden Milk Bowl at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road (1969), Gammell won countless feature races in northern New England and Canada during a career that spanned more than 30 years.

Gammell was inducted by the NEAR Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee, joining champion drivers George Lombardo of Connecticut and Frank Luchesi of Rhode Island on that short but impressive list.

“It is quite an honor to be in the Hall of Fame with the men that are in there already, and with the class that I’m a part of this year,” said Gammell.  “It means a great deal to me to represent Thunder Road and Vermont this way; Beaver Dragon (Class of 2004) and Ken Squier (Class of 2002) are the only other people from our state in the Hall of Fame.  I’ve been very fortunate to have won many races and awards, and this is a very special honor for me.”