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Thunder Road and ACT Turn Up Summer Heat

Thunder Road in Barre and the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) are teaming up for a busy early summer stock car racing schedule. With six race events in just ten days, the summer action will heat up in a hurry.

Beginning with Sanel Parts Plus Night this Thursday (June 28), NASCAR star Kenny Wallace will take on the “Kings of the Road” behind the wheel of an ACT Late Model. Thunder Road’s low regular ticket prices remain in effect for the special event, with general admission only $9 for adults, $3 for children, and just $18 for a family of four. Green flag qualifying action for Street Stocks and Warriors begins at 6:30pm, with the traditional Thunder Road Post Parade rolling out at 7:00pm.

Also highlighting the schedule is an action-packed Independence Day week doubleheader at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” in Barre. Pepsi presents the annual Independence Day fireworks extravaganza at Thunder Road on Tuesday, July 3 with a full card of Late Models, NAPA Tiger Sportsmen, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and Power Shift Junkyard Warriors. Just two days later, all four divisions return for Charter Communications Night on Thursday, July 5. Street Stocks and Warriors begin qualifying at 6:30pm at both events, with the Post Parade at 7:00pm.

Former M&M Beverage Enduro Champion Paul Wells Files First Entry

Paul Wells of Enosburg has filed the first entry for “The People’s Race”, the 23rd annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200 on Sunday, July 29 at Barre’s Thunder Road.  The Enduro is a 200-lap, no-holds-barred event where over 100 amateur drivers race virtually street-legal automobiles for a top prize of $2,000.

Wells won the race in 1996, and will try to duplicate the feat in a car considerably different than his first winning mount.  The 48 year-old will drive a compact 1993 Dodge Colt, much smaller than the full-sized Chevrolet Monte Carlo he drove to the win over a decade ago.

“My crew chief, Steve Morriseau, talked me out of retirement,” said Wells with a chuckle.  “We don’t care whether it goes well or not, we just want to have fun, which is really what it’s all about.  At first, I wasn’t sure about that little Dodge Colt we’ve got, but a lot of the recent winners have been smaller cars.  I guess it could do it.”

Thunder Road Stars Ready for NASCAR Driver Kenny Wallace

Joey Becker is ready for NASCAR's Kenny Wallace on Thursday

Thunder Road Late Model stock car drivers are not scared of NASCAR Nextel Cup Series invader Kenny Wallace.  In fact, they’re ready to teach him a few tricks of their own at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” on Sanel Parts Plus Night next Thursday.

“Bring it on,” says 2007 feature winner Joey Becker of Jeffersonville.  “I don’t know if I can beat Kenny Wallace, but the race track sure can.  It’s a tough place to race at, especially your first time.”

Three-time “King of the Road” and current co-point leader Cris Michaud agrees.

Cris Michaud wants to teach Kenny Wallace how to run the outside

“Kenny Wallace is going to have to take some lessons from us if he wants to go fast,” said the Williamstown driver.  “We know at Thunder Road that the only fast way around is up high by the ‘Widowmaker’ wall.  If he can figure out how to get through Turn 4 on the outside, he’ll be tough… but he has to figure it out first.”