Thunder Road SpeedBowl

Discount, advance sale tickets for Thunder Road's 48th annual season opener, the Sunday, May 6 Merchants Bank 150, are now on sale at all three locations of Lenny's Shoe & Apparel.  Adult general admission tickets purchased in advance at the Lenny's stores in Barre, Williston or St. Albans will cost $15, a savings of $3 off the $18 "day of race" price.

"It's been several years since we've had a discount advanced sale for the Merchants Bank 150 season opener although we have offered discounted tickets for the past few years to the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic," commented Darla Hartt, ACT vice president.  "Fans have us, that for the ACT Tour races in particular, they like the convenience of being able to get the tickets in advance, so they don't have to stand in line.  We're happy to be able to accommodate the request for Thunder Road's season opening event," she finished.

Tickets will be available during normal hours of operation at each store until Friday, May 4.  Store hours for the all new Lenny's location on Main Street in Barre are Mon-Fri, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; Sat, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sun, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.  The Williston store, on Route 2A near Taft Corners is open Mon-Fri, 9:30 am - 7:00 pm; Sat, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm and Sun, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm while the St. Albans store in the Highgate Commons Mon-Fri, 9:30 am - 8:00 pm; Sat, 9:30 am - 6:00 pm and Sun, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Some 50 drivers from across the Northeastern U.S., Quebec and Ontario are expected to attempt to qualify for the 30 starting spots in the second event on the ACT Tour schedule.  Additionally, Thunder Road's own NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and PowerShift Warriors will kick off their 2007 race season at the Merchants Bank event.

Discount advance sale tickets are also available at the ACT office in Waterbury, VT (802-244-6963).



Management at Maine's Oxford Plains Speedway has announced that Saturday's practice session (April 21) has been cancelled due to wet conditions at the track.  Many ACT Tour competitors had hoped to take advantage of the extra time at the Maine oval to prepare for the following weekend's ACT Tour opener at the 3/8ths mile speedplant.
With the cancellation of
Oxford's April 21 practice session, ACT management has arranged for a special, ACT Late Model only practice at New York's Airborne Speedway this Sunday (April 22).  Pit gates will open at 12 noon, with the track open for testing and tuning from 1:00 until 5:00 pm.
Late Model teams along with
Thunder Road's weekly competitors will be able to shake down their cars on Wednesday, April 25 at a regularly scheduled session at the high banked, ¼ mile oval in Barre, VT.  The pit gates for Thunder Road's mid-week practice will open at 3:00 pm with the track available to all divisions from 4:00 until 7:00 pm.
A shake down session has been added for ACT Late Model drivers and weekly
Oxford competitors from 12 noon until 6:00 pm on Friday, April 27.  The practice will kick off the first race weekend of the season which includes Saturday's (April 28) New England Dodge Dealers 150 for the ACT Tour competitors.  Post time is slated for 2:00 pm.

Thunder Road will kick off its 48th stock car racing season with the traditional Merchants Bank Car Show in Barre City on Saturday, May 5.  From 9:00 am until 12:00 noon, cars representing all four racing divisions at "The Nation's Site of Excitement" will line Main Street in the heart of downtown allowing teams to show off new cars and paint schemes.
Race fans will have a chance to look at the shiny new American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model, NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and PowerShift Warrior racing machinery up close, meet their favorite local drivers and collect autographs. 
Additionally, several teams will participate in the annual pit stop competition.  Representatives from Barre City and Barre Town are also expected.  Participating teams will have to jack-up an ACT Late Model, change two tires, simulate the addition of fuel and wipe the windshield in a timed competition.  The fastest team will be declared the winner.  Among those already entered in the pit stop contest are six-time and defending ACT Tour Champion, Jean-Paul Cyr from Milton, VT, multi-time Late Model "King of the Road" Cris Michaud of Williamstown, and 2006 Allen Lumber Street Stock champ, Eric Badore.  Others are expected to participate as well.
Merchants Bank Car Show officials will judge the workmanship and overall appearance of each race car, selecting a winner based highest total score in each division.  Cash prizes will be given to the winners and trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each class.  Several local Barre City merchants are expected to be among the judges for the competition.
The Merchants Bank Car Show will conclude with the annual one-of-a-kind race car parade up Main Street and Quarry Hill to Thunder Road, followed by practice in the afternoon.  Thunder Road's traditional infield "Class Day" ceremonies will begin at 1:30 pm on Sunday, May 1.  Class Day will see battle flags honoring the 2006 Track Champions raised on Turn 3's Forsythe Hill, and car show winners will be presented their awards.
Green flag qualifying action for the ACT Late Model Tour's Merchants Bank 150 begins at the completion of the class day ceremonies.  For more information, call (802) 244-6963