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Hart, Sportsman Drivers Anticipating WDEV 100 at Thunder Road

Justin Hart celebrates his WDEV win last season

Stock car drivers from the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division at Barre’s Thunder Road are looking forward to the special WDEV 100 on Thursday, June 21.  The event will be the second long-distance race of the season for the class made famous by its close and exciting competition.

Justin Hart of Williamstown is the defending winner of the WDEV special.  The second-generation racer earned his first career victory in a “Twin 75” format one year ago, celebrating WDEV’s 75th anniversary on Vermont’s AM and FM radio airwaves.  The 2007 edition of the event will return to the “traditional” 100-lap format used in previous seasons.

Hart said he and his McLeon Electric/Ducharme’s Machine Shop team are ready for the WDEV 100.

“We’re pretty excited about it, we like the long races,” he said.  “It was a lot of fun winning that race last year, but we haven’t been going as well this season."

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.