Thunder Road SpeedBowl
5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Nick Sweet Invited to Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Nick Sweet from Barre, VT capped off his Vermont State Championship title win at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway, in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, September 15, 2013 with an invitation to the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) today. Sweet will replace Donald Theetge of Quebec City who had to cancel his invitation because of a business conflict.

Sweet, a two-time Thunder Road Champion, had previously been invited, but after five weeks of testing the new tires for the 2014 ACT season, he decided that he needed to take an ‘off weekend’ to prepare his car for the season finale People’s Bank Milk Bowl event held at Thunder Road, October 5-6.


VT Foodbank Labor Day Classic 200

Travis Stearns Scores First ACT Win in Labor Day Classic

Travis Stearns of Auburn, Maine scored his first career American Canadian Tour victory in one of the biggest races on the 2013 schedule. The rookie held off eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar to claim the win in the 35th Annual VT Foodbank Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road on Sunday, September 1.

Two-time Thunder Road Champion Dave Pembroke led the entire first half of the 200 lap event, building a large lead through lap traffic before the second caution flag of the event flew on lap 116. Every lead lap car took advantage of the caution period to visit pit road for fresh right side tires. Hoar and Stearns were the first two cars back onto the race track claiming the first and second positions but starting 4th and 5th respectively on the ensuing restart. Pembroke stalled on the exit of pit road and could not get the car refired sending him to the tail of the field.

Stearns gained the advantage on the restart, getting around Hoar through the lapped traffic to take a lead he would never relinquish. Hoar slid back as far as fourth before mounting a comeback with 60 laps to go. He moved his way back into second with just under 50 laps to go and set his sights on Stearns. While Hoar got to his rear bumper with 15 laps remaining, Stearns protected the outside lane. Hoar couldn’t find the bite on the inside and came up a half car length short coming to the line as the two fishtailed to the finish.


VP Racing Fuels Night

Derrick O’Donnell Crowned “King of the Road”
Phil Scott, Darrell Morin, Will Hennequin and Al Derrington Claim Wins

Phil Scott made Kyle Pembroke pay for one mistake at the front of the field on lap 37 of the VP Racing Fuels Late Model 50 Thursday at Thunder Road and went on to his 2nd win of the season and the 29th of his career.

 Scott shot between a backmarker in the low lane and Pembroke on the rim of turn two in a go-for-broke move for the last of six lead changes.

 “I knew I had to take the opportunity, when I saw it,” Scott said.

 During the first half of the event, Pembroke and pole sitter Joe Becker raced side by side for more than 20 laps with Scott and eventual runner-up Joey Laquerre in close pursuit.