Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Mother Nature has finally decided to give up on winter in the Northeast and has, of late, blessed the New England states with gorgeous weather.  Clear, sunny skies and gentle breezes have helped dry out much of Thunder Road so the high banked quarter-mile oval will be in shape for its first round of practice on Wednesday (April 25) as teams prepare for the 48th season opener, the Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, May 6.

Each of the track's four divisions is invited to shake down their cars and do some testing and tuning this Wednesday.  Pit gates will open at 3:00 pm ($10 per person) with the track available, on an alternating basis from 4:00 until 7:00 pm.  Tires will be available for the Late Models, NAPA Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stocks.  Sunoco Race Fuel will also be available.

One note - while the track itself is rather dried out, the main spectator parking lot is still rather wet and will be off limits to all vehicles.  The back lot near the pit gate will be available for spectator and team parking.  There will be no charge for spectators looking to get a first look at this year's cars.


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.