Thunder Road SpeedBowl

Joey Laquerre won the Casella Mother's Day 100

             Youth was unable to overcome experience in the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day 100 at Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon.  Hometown driver Nick Sweet, 21, led the first 58 laps from his outside pole starting position and looked to take his second NAPA Tiger Sportsman win of the season, but veteran Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier had other plans.  Laquerre, 64, and a winner at Thunder Road in five different decades, moved underneath Sweet to take the lead on the 59th circuit and drove to the victory.

            But it wasn’t that easy.

            Laquerre and Sweet put on a close-quarters, crowd-rousing battle for the win for the remainder of the race, and nearly crashed on the final lap.  Sweet made contact with Laquerre’s rear bumper entering Turn 3 on the last lap, sending Laquerre into a slide.  As Sweet slowed to allow Laquerre to regroup, third-place man Craig Bushey of Cambridge squeezed into the fray.  Laquerre, Bushey, and Sweet finished the race side-by-side in tight formation, bringing the Thunder Road faithful to their feet in a chorus of cheers.

            “That was a dramatic ending,” said Laquerre in victory lane, “but I’m glad I won.”  Laquerre won the Casella Waste Management 100 in 2006 as well.

            “I wasn’t going to wreck (Joey), I just wanted him to know I was there,” said a disappointed Sweet.

            “That was wild,” said a surprised Bushey, who had been running solidly in third place, but many car-lengths behind the leaders.  “I still don’t really know what happened.”



Eight lucky moms will serve as honorary officials at the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day Extravaganza at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 13.  Children of all ages entered their mothers’ names into the Casella Mothers’ “Officials For a Day” contest to nominate their mom as a potential official for a real stock car racing event at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”.

Erin Delphia of Duxbury, VT will take over Thunder Road President Tom Curley’s job as Race Director.  Delphia, wife of NAPA Tiger Sportsman competitor Brian Delphia, was entered into the contest by her daughter Chelsea.

“We all know how she likes to be in charge of things,” explained Chelsea, 13.  “She is not afraid to tell people what to do… but in a nice way, of course.  I know my mom would be good at this, I have a lot of confidence in her.”



Over 150 stock cars racing teams filled the pit area at Barre’s Thunder Road International
Speedbowl for last weekend’s Merchants Bank 150 season opener.  Many of those teams brought their cars to Barre City’s Main Street for the Merchants Bank Car Show on the morning of Saturday, May 5, showing off their beautiful
brand new machines to race fans.
 The top three finishers in each division, as voted by race fans, were awarded trophies.  Winners in each division were also given bonus money. Pete Potvin of Graniteville, VT won $100 and the best appearing car award in the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model division.  Potvin’s A.J. Rander/Tenco New England #41 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was given top honors, narrowly edging Brian Hoar’s Goss Dodge #45 Dodge Charger and Jean-Paul Cyr’s Sticks & Stuff/Ehler’s RV #32 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

NAPA TIGER SPORTSMAN WINNER  DICK LOWREY                                        

South Burlington, VT driver Dick Lowrey was presented $50 and the first-place trophy in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division for his orange-and-black AIG Insurance #08 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.  Lowrey’s mount beat out a tie for second place between Pete Ainsworth’s Froggy 100.9/Pete’s Auto #80 Ford Taurus and Tom Therrien’s Therrien Motorsports #48 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Therrien’s younger brother, Bobby, of Hinesburg, VT won the Allen Lumber Street Stock portion of the Merchants Bank Car Show and a $25 check with his A.H. Fence/Pioneer Motors #1 Dodge Daytona.  Justin Gordon’s Lazer Wash/Capitol Earth Moving #02 Ford Mustang and Josh Demers’ Demers Auto #15 Ford Mustang completed the top three.

 Dale Bickford of Lyndonville, VT began a solid weekend with a win in the Power Shift Junkyard Warrior contest and a bonus $25 check.  Bickford’s PDL Racing #59 Chevrolet Beretta also won the Warrior division’s feature event on Sunday.  Finishing behind Bickford in the car show were Michael Gay’s Green Image Landscape #30 Mazda 323 and Frank Sanborn’s Waterbury Service Center #3 Ford Escort.
 Thunder Road’s next event is the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day Extravaganza on Sunday, May 13. 
Qualifying action for a special 100-lap event for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division begins at 2:00pm.  For more

POWER SHIFT JUNKYARD                 WARRIOR WINNER DALE                   BICKFORD                                              

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