Thunder Road SpeedBowl

Colchester's Gary Caron walked away uninjured from this spectacular crash in qualifying for the Casella Waste Management Late Model feature on Sunday, May 13.  Caron was driving a brand new chassis sponsored by Vermont Wholesale Lumber.  Thanks to our track photographers for their quick reflexes!





Joey Laquerre won the Casella Mother's Day 100

             Youth was unable to overcome experience in the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day 100 at Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon.  Hometown driver Nick Sweet, 21, led the first 58 laps from his outside pole starting position and looked to take his second NAPA Tiger Sportsman win of the season, but veteran Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier had other plans.  Laquerre, 64, and a winner at Thunder Road in five different decades, moved underneath Sweet to take the lead on the 59th circuit and drove to the victory.

            But it wasn’t that easy.

            Laquerre and Sweet put on a close-quarters, crowd-rousing battle for the win for the remainder of the race, and nearly crashed on the final lap.  Sweet made contact with Laquerre’s rear bumper entering Turn 3 on the last lap, sending Laquerre into a slide.  As Sweet slowed to allow Laquerre to regroup, third-place man Craig Bushey of Cambridge squeezed into the fray.  Laquerre, Bushey, and Sweet finished the race side-by-side in tight formation, bringing the Thunder Road faithful to their feet in a chorus of cheers.

            “That was a dramatic ending,” said Laquerre in victory lane, “but I’m glad I won.”  Laquerre won the Casella Waste Management 100 in 2006 as well.

            “I wasn’t going to wreck (Joey), I just wanted him to know I was there,” said a disappointed Sweet.

            “That was wild,” said a surprised Bushey, who had been running solidly in third place, but many car-lengths behind the leaders.  “I still don’t really know what happened.”



Eight lucky moms will serve as honorary officials at the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day Extravaganza at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 13.  Children of all ages entered their mothers’ names into the Casella Mothers’ “Officials For a Day” contest to nominate their mom as a potential official for a real stock car racing event at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”.

Erin Delphia of Duxbury, VT will take over Thunder Road President Tom Curley’s job as Race Director.  Delphia, wife of NAPA Tiger Sportsman competitor Brian Delphia, was entered into the contest by her daughter Chelsea.

“We all know how she likes to be in charge of things,” explained Chelsea, 13.  “She is not afraid to tell people what to do… but in a nice way, of course.  I know my mom would be good at this, I have a lot of confidence in her.”