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Thunder Road to Host American-Canadian Tour Four Times in 2008

Merchants Bank 150 Victory Lane in 2007 (L-R) - Merchants Bank's Terry Bessette, Jean-Paul Cyr (3rd), winner Scott Payea, runner-up Ron Henry, Merchants Bank's Tom Leavitt

Barre’s Thunder Road will host the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) championship Late Model stock car racing series on four occasions in 2008.  The newly-released ACT schedule will bring the popular series to seven race tracks from April through September, and includes Thunder Road’s Merchants Bank 150 and Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 in May, August’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, and the season-ending Chittenden Milk Bowl in September.

“We are very excited to have the ACT Late Model Tour back at ‘The Nation’s Site of Excitement’ for four great events next year,” said Thunder Road Promoter Tom Curley.  “The Tour racers have been stellar in the Merchants Bank, Bond Auto, and Chittenden Milk Bowl events, and it will be a nice homecoming when they rejoin the Memorial Day Classic.”

The 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 will lift the lid on Thunder Road’s 49th season, Sunday, May 4.  Thunder Road graduate Scott Payea of Milton picked up his first career ACT Late Model Tour victory at the event in 2007.  Jean-Paul Cyr is a three-time winner of the Merchants Bank 150, and the seven-time and current ACT Champion.  Other past winners include Scott Dragon, Ken Dufour, Tracie Bellerose, Phil Scott, and 2007 Late Model “King of the Road” Track Champion Dave Pembroke of Montpelier.  Thunder Road’s weekly championship NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions will also be in action.


Fay to Step Down as Thunder Road Marketing Director

Marjorie Fay will step down from her position as Director of Marketing and Advertising from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car racing sanctioning body, which also operates Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT, effective December 13.  Fay was hired to the organization as Director of Media in 1985, and held several positions in the company during the last 23 racing seasons.

“My time at ACT and Thunder Road has provided much professional and personal development, and it has been inspiring to work with such talented people both on and off the track,” she said.  “I will miss it.”

During her tenure, Fay was the recipient of the 1995 ACT President’s Award, as well as the 2004 Ken Squier Award for exceptional service to fans and competitors.  Fay was also Chief Scorer for the ACT Late Model Tour, the Série ACT Castrol in Canada, and weekly events at Thunder Road since 1999.

“Marjorie has spent over 22 years helping to build ACT racing,” said ACT President and Thunder Road Promoter Tom Curley.  “Her work in a multitude of areas is appreciated, and she will be missed.”


Phil Scott’s 3rd annual Wheels for Warmth event held last weekend was the most successful ever.  According to Scott, in addition to generating record proceeds of $14,056 to be donated to Central Vermont Community Action to be used for emergency heating fuel assistance, Casella Waste Management accepted 1660 tires for recycling. Further, 1000 affordable, road-worthy tires were sold, and those tires that remain are available for use by Community Action Motors who service and provide cars to low-income Vermonters.

“As I have often said during the past weeks, I feel that Wheels for Warmth is a great example of what makes Vermont so special: devotion to our community, protection of our environment, conservation of our resources.  Everyone who participated in this year’s Wheels for Warmth deserves credit for its success. I would like to thank all the volunteers, community members, and businesses that supported this year’s Wheels for Warmth,” Scott said.