Thunder Road SpeedBowl
SPORTSMAN SERIES’ MOTHERS DAY 100 MOVES TO FATHER’S DAY
Following the first two rounds of qualifying, the American-Canadian Tour’s (ACT) Sportsman Series’ Casella Mother’s Day 100 was postponed Sunday (June 4) due to rain. The new date is Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18. The event, the second for the Series and first two at Thunder Road, has been plagued by rain. Originally scheduled for Mother’s Day, May 14, the race was moved to June 4 following hard rain that day.(PHOTO below right: Joe Tetreault (73) gets in to Scott Coburn during a qualifying heat Which sent Coburn on a wild ride)

Early morning showers delayed the start of Sunday’s race by some 40 minutes. Thirty-seven Sportsman cars from New York, Vermont and New Hampshire attempted to qualify for the 28 starting spots available in the Casella Mother’s Day 100. By the time the rains returned, 24 of the position had been filled. Sportsmen competitors will have one more chance at making the field through a last chance “B” feature. (PHOTO below left: Coburn's machine climbs the front stretch wall)

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.