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2015 Thunder Road Banquet

O’Donnell, Moodie, Davis Honored at Banquet of Champions


Thunder Road International Speedbowl honored its 2015 Champions with the annual Banquet of Champions at the Barre Elks Club on Saturday, November 14. Derrick O’Donnell received the top honors for the third consecutive season in the Thunder Road Late Model division, while Brendan Moodie and Jamie Davis earned their first Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stock championships, respectively.

North Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell became the second driver in Thunder Road history to win three straight “King of the Road” crowns, joining Chuck Beede’s run from 1992-1994. O’Donnell’s championships came in his first three years in the division. He earned a career-high four wins in 2015, giving him a total of seven for his career. Among the victories was his second Memorial Day Classic triumph as well as a win in the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships. O’Donnell also finished second in the Milk Bowl and third in the Vermont Governor’s Cup.

Larry Demar

Thunder Road Legend Demar Dies after Battle with Cancer


Thunder Road legend Larry Demar died Thursday, November 12 overnight at his home after a battle with cancer. The Hardwick native made his name at Barre’s Thunder Road as well as its sister track Catamount Stadium in the formative years of both speedways, which included becoming the first driver ever to win all three segments of the Vermont Milk Bowl.


Demar rose to stardom in the early years of the famed Flying Tiger division. He earned the “King of the Road” titles in 1966 and 1967, capping the two-year run by winning the Milk Bowl in 1967. He remains one of only three drivers to sweep the three-segment event in its 53-year history. In addition, he won the Labor Day Classic both years and was the 1966 Memorial Day Classic Champion.

2015 Milk Bowl

Billado Disqualified from Tiger Sportsman Mini Milk Bowl


American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road officials have announced the disqualification of Mike Billado from the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Mini Milk Bowl held as part of the 53rd Milk Bowl on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11.


Billado finished third overall in the two-segment Tiger Sportsman event but was found to have illegally altered tires during post-race technical inspection. Tires from the top-five finishers were impounded following the event and sent to American Racer headquarters for evaluation.