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NASCAR Nextel Cup Star Kenny Wallace to Compete at Thunder Road

Kenny Wallace

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series star Kenny Wallace of St. Louis, MO will take on the best of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model stock car division at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sanel Parts Plus Night, Thursday, June 28.  The popular driver and SPEED television personality will make his debut on the high-banked oval in a car regularly driven by former “Queen of the Road” Tracie Bellerose.

The colorful Wallace, also known by race fans as “Herman”, has more than 330 starts in the Nextel Cup Series, and is a nine-time winner in the NASCAR Busch Series.  He currently drives the Furniture Row #78 Chevrolet on the Nextel Cup Series, and is a co-host on SPEED TV’s NASCAR RaceDay.  Wallace has also released a new book, Inside Herman’s World, with publisher Coastal 181 of Newburyport, MA.  His

appearance behind the wheel of an ACT Late Model at Thunder Road will be the third by a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver in recent years, joining Ken Schrader and Vermont’s own Kevin Lepage.

“Ol’ Herman is coming to invade Thunder Road!” Wallace exclaimed on Monday.  “I’ve heard about that legendary little race track for many, many years.  [Track co-owner] Ken Squier is a good friend of mine, and he’s always talked about how great the fans are at Thunder Road.  We’re racing at New Hampshire that weekend, and Coastal 181 asked me to do a book signing at Thunder Road while I was in New England.  I figured I might as well race while I’m there.”

MEET: Neal Foster

Driver: Neal Foster
Hometown: Waterbury, VT
Car #: 19
Division: Power Shift Junkyard Warriors
Sponsors: Kyle Guyette, Foster famliy
Began Racing: July 2005, Thunder Road

Quick Q&A…
Thunder Road:
What was the best race you’ve been in so far?
Neal Foster: Definitely the Milk Bowl feature last year when I finished in third place.  I got hit in the heat race and it screwed the car up, but it also made it go better and I won.  Then we had a great race in the feature and I almost won that, but I ended up in third.

TR: What is the most fun you’ve had racing in the Warriors?
NF: Just being out there on the track is great, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.  I also flipped my car last year and it’s still running, so that’s kind of fun, too.  I can’t seem to kill that car, I don’t know why.

CARQUEST to Present Vermont Governorís Cup at Thunder Road

CARQUEST Auto Parts will present the 25th Vermont Governor’s Cup, a 100-lap Late Model stock car race at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement,” Barre’s Thunder Road, on July 12.  The event is expected to draw over 30 race teams from northern New England, including some of the front runners of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) championship series.

Rich Pallai, Vice President of Marketing for CARQUEST Auto Parts, says his company has been looking forward to having a partnership with Thunder Road.

“We have had a presence in Vermont for a few years, and during that time people have been telling us all about the exciting racing on Quarry Hill in Barre,” said Pallai.  “CARQUEST is excited to be a part of Thunder Road, and I understand that the Vermont Governor’s Cup race has a long history.  We are proud that the next chapter will include CARQUEST.”