Thunder Road SpeedBowl
CASELLA MOTHERS DAY 100 CREATES AN EVEN PLAYING FIELD FOR ACT TIGER SPORTSMAN SERIES
The high banked oval of Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont has turned into an even playing field with drivers from New Hampshire, New York and Vermont chasing the lure of victory at the fan favorite track. Robin Wood of Plattsburgh, New York pleased his hometown crowd by carrying the checkered flag following the Spring Green 100 at Airborne Speedway on May 7th. (PHOTO: Robin Wood) The 100 lap event was the season opener for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Tiger Sportsman Series. Vermont drivers hope the trend which Wood has started continues, as the Sportsmen roll into Thunder Road on Sunday, June 4th for the Casella Mother’s Day 100, the second event on their seven race schedule

RACE CAR NOVEL LAUNCHED
Local author Erik E. Esckilsen read and signed his third novel for young-adult readers, The Outside Groove (Houghton Mifflin, May 2006), on Wed., May 31, at Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, at 7 p.m. Nearly 50 people attended the event, which was free and open to the public, and marked the book’s official launch.[image4_right]

In writing The Outside Groove, the Burlington, Vermont, native Esckilsen conducted extensive research at Barre’s Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl, where he interviewed race drivers and track officials and also drove a street-stock car on the high-banked,quarter-mile oval. “I realized, when I returned to the pits after my practice run, that some of the drivers had been watching me make my way around the track,” Esckilsen says. “I doubt anyone was impressed by my skills. Writing about racing is definitely more my speed.” In the book’s acknowledgments, the author credits, among other American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials, Director of Racing Tom Curley and 2000 Late Model track champion Tracie Bellerose, who is credited with “inspiring” the novel.

ALLEN LUMBER STREET STOCK PROFILE. MEET: JASON CORLISS
Jason Corliss is your average teenager; he enjoys music, cars and hanging out with his friends. The 18 year-old (HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASON 5/30), Twinfield Union School senior from Plainfield, Vermont has been a regular at Thunder Road since he was a toddler. Parent’s Jim and Annette would bring Jason and his two older siblings to the ¼ mile oval religiously every Thursday night. As a child Jason would sit in the grandstands with neighbor (and fellow Allen Lumber Street Stock competitor) Tim Potter and play with their matchboxes while watching Tim’s uncle, Mike (Potter) race in the “Tiger” Sportsman division (current day Late Models). When Jason was seven-years old his father joined the Allen Lumber Street Stock division for one season of competition. Two years later, his father joined the crew of then rookie Late Model driver, Cris Michaud. When Jason was old enough to enter the pits, he joined his father and sister on the #6 crew. However, after being involved in two of Michaud’s championship ventures, Jason decided that he had the racing bug and wanted to be behind the wheel.