Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Over $50,000 to be Awarded at Thunder Road Banquet of Champions

"King of the Road" Dave Pembroke

A total point fund exceeding $50,000 will be awarded to top stock car drivers at the 2007 American-Canadian Tour/Thunder Road Banquet of Champions on Saturday night at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, VT.  Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT will be feted for winning his seventh ACT Late Model Tour Championship, while his car owner, Rick Paya, will collect a check for nearly $10,000 in point fund monies.

The Top 10 drivers from the ACT Late Model Tour, as well as the Top 10 drivers in each of the four racing divisions at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, a ¼-mile high-banked oval track in Barre, VT, will be recognized.  Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road” Track Champion Dave Pembroke of Montpelier, VT will receive a check for $5,000 for his winning efforts.  Thunder Road’s NAPA Tiger Sportsman Champion, Nick Sweet of Barre, VT, will receive a check for $1,000, while Allen Lumber Street Stock Champion Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT earns a $500 bonus.  Bunker Hodgdon of Hardwick, VT was the Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior Champion at Thunder Road in 2007.

Top Nominees Announced for Thunder Road/ACT Special Awards

Rusty Berger received a nomination for the Most Improved Late Model Driver award

A select group of stock car drivers has been nominated for the “Sportsmanship” and “Most Improved” awards in four racing divisions for the American-Canadian Tour and Barre’s Thunder Road.  Competitors and race officials and have selected nominees for the special awards, with the winners to be announced at the annual ACT/Thunder Road Banquet of Champions on Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, VT.

Thunder Road Rookie of the Year Chip Grenier of Northfield heads the list for the ACT Late Model division, receiving votes in both categories.  Joining him on the list of top nominees for Sportsmanship are Vermonters Brent Dragon, Jamie Fisher, and Shawn Fleury, and ACT Late Model Tour regular Donald Theetge of Boischatel, QC.  Grenier is joined on the Most Improved ballot by Rusty Berger, Mike Bailey, Marcel Gravel, and Tour racer Ron Henry of New Gloucester, ME.  A.J. Begin was the 2006 Sportsmanship Award winner, while Joey Polewarczyk was the Most Improved Driver.

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.