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Curley in action last month

Former Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Tom Curley is scheduled to appear on the popular SPEED TV talk show “Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain” Sunday, June 3.  Curley is the manager and promoter of Barre, VT’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl, a highly successful short track stock car oval nestled in the Green Mountains, and the President of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) sanctioning body with touring series in the northeastern United States and Canada.

“’Wind Tunnel’ is the best racing show on television, bar none,” said Curley.  “I have never heard anyone say that they did not enjoy the balanced and unbiased motorsports journalism that Dave Despain brings to his show.  It is a real honor to be asked to chat him about Thunder Road and racing in general.  I worked with Dave about 20 years ago, and I look forward to being his guest on June 3.”

Known for his fiery personality, Curley was named the Racing Promotion Monthly (RPM) Auto Racing Promoter of the Year, the short track promotion industry’s highest honor, for his efforts with Thunder Road in 2004.   He is widely credited with the creation of many short track racing innovations, including the “spec” engine concept of the 2000s and the regional touring series boom of the 1970s and 1980s.

Dave Despain has been a popular – and, not unlike Curley, sometimes controversial – television and print auto racing journalist for nearly three decades.  “Wind Tunnel” covers every facet of the motorsports spectrum, from stock cars to open wheel, from motorcycles to off-road rally racing.  Curley will appear on “Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain” on SPEED, Sunday June 3, at 9:00pm.

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Officials from Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl have disqualified Late Model stock car driver Brian Hoar of Williston from his apparent second-place finish in the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Monday.

Following post-race technical inspection, Hoar’s #45 car was found to be in violation of the Koni sealed shock absorber rule, which is also in use on the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) championship series.  Although the Koni shocks on Hoar’s car were not modified internally, an external modification was determined to be an alteration to the strict ACT Koni shock rule.

Hoar and team have been stripped of all championship points and purse money earned in the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic and placed on a three-month suspension from competition at Thunder Road.

The #45 team has also been handed a $4,000 fine and will be on technical probation for all ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT Castrol events for the remainder of the 2007 season.

“A good part of our success over the past five years has been our strict policy on the Goodyear tires, the sealed crate engines and the Koni sealed shocks in our Late Model division,” said Thunder Road Manager and ACT President Tom Curley.  “Unfortunately, there was an alteration on the part the #45 team.  The modification to the shocks was inexpensive and external, but still did not comply with the ACT rulebook.  Thunder Road is as disappointed as the #45 team, but we feel strongly about upholding the integrity of our shock rule.”

Thunder Road’s 48th racing season continues with Ferguson Waterworks Night on Thursday, June 14.  For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit