Thunder Road SpeedBowl
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Thunder Road’s four stock car racing divisions packed the quarter-mile track’s pit area Wednesday for the first practice session of the season. In addition, several ACT Tour competitors were in attendance to get a head start on their preparation for the track’s 48th season opener, the Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, May 6.
Joey Polewarczyk displayed his 2007 Late Model at the recent Speedway     Expo in W Springfield, MA.                    
Hudson, New Hampshire’s 17 year-old rising star, Joey Polewarcyzk debuted a new car and was fast right out of the box. The high school senior established a new the Thunder Road track record last October and garnered the $1,000 Booth Brothers/HP Hood Pole Award for the prestigious Vermont Milk Bowl. He ended up finishing third in the unique Monza-style race behind winner Brent Dragon and Cris Michaud. According to those timing the competitors, young “Pole” was circling the speedplant just a tick slower than his track record.
            Thunder Road’s “Bad Boy”, Dwayne Lanphear from Morrisville, VT got back in a Late Model for the first time in several years. The veteran and 2001 Milk Bowl champion was one of the surprises during the Late Model rounds. The 42 year-old, who will pilot a Dodge #28 instead of his previous #40, was reported to be strong, especially through the track’s high-banked corners.

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.