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ACT Champion Cyr to Race True Value Modifed at Lee USA, Thunder Road

Seven-time and defending American-Canadian Tour Late Model stock car champion Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT will trade in his fenders at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 20.  Cyr will run both halves of the “New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 200,” racing the 100-lap features for both the ACT Late Model Tour and the open-wheel True Value Modified Racing Series.

Although he is more widely recognized for his success in full-fendered Late Model racing, Cyr is a veteran of the ground-pounding modifieds.  He raced with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 1998-99, capturing a pole position at Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway and a top-five finish at the Richmond Int’l Raceway in Virginia.  Cyr will race for True Value Modified veteran driver/owner Gary Casella of Saugus, MA.

“I tested Gary’s car at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl last week, and I had a blast,” Cyr said.  “It took a few laps to get used to driving the modified again, but when I came in the pits I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.”

Thunder Road Racing Season Opens at 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150

Last year's "Class Day" ceremony saw over 120 cars take part!  (Leif Tillotson photo)

Thunder Road International Speedbowl will open its 2008 stock car racing season with the 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on the weekend of May 3/4.  The Merchants Bank 150 is the third round of the American-Canadian Tour Late Model Championship schedule, and is the lid-lifter for Thunder Road’s regular NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions.  This season marks the Barre, VT oval’s 49th year as the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.”

Festivities kick off with the annual Merchants Bank Car Show on Main Street in downtown Barre City at 9:00am on Saturday, May 3.  The show features racing machines from all four divisions, a Pit Stop Contest, and a two-mile parade to the race track beginning at 12:00 noon.  Practice sessions start at 1:00pm.

The Sunday, May 4 schedule begins with practice at 11:00am, followed by the popular “Class Day” ceremony at 1:00pm.  More than 100 race cars will file into the Thunder Road infield for presentation, and Thunder Road’s 2007 Champions, Dave Pembroke (Late Model), Nick Sweet (Sportsman), Bobby Therrien (Street Stock), and Bunker Hodgdon (Warrior), will be honored as their battle flags are raised in the Forsythe Hill seating area in Turn 3.  Winners of the car show will also be announced, with trophies awarded to the top three in each division.  Green flag racing action begins with 10th Annual Merchants Bank qualifying heats at 1:30pm.

Thunder Road to Take on New Staff Members

The American-Canadian Tour stock car racing organization has announced the hiring of six new officials to help oversee operations with the ACT Late Model Tour, the Série ACT Castrol, and Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT.

Kevin Farrar of Lewiston, ME, and his wife, Eve Worcester, will take on important roles in the 2008 racing season.  Farrar will handle handicapping duties for the ACT Late Model Tour, including race-day registration and event lineups.  Farrar served as handicapper for Oxford Plains Speedway in his native Maine from 1994-2005, and worked with ACT last fall.  Worcester will be part of the scoring staff.

“I took two seasons off, but I was asked to work at Thunder Road’s Chittenden Milk Bowl last year,” said Farrar.  “One call from (ACT President) Tom Curley is all it took to get me hooked again!  Eve and I are excited about joining the ACT staff, and are looking forward to the experience.”