Thunder Road SpeedBowl
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced four winners for the drawings held at early season car shows at the University Mall (located in Burlington, Vermont) and the Berlin Mall (located in Berlin, Vermont). All winners are residents of the Green Mountain State. The winners of the drawing include Ruth Lacombe of Randolph, Bryce Osgood, a resident of Corinth, Lisa Chandler of Colchester, and Huntington’s Luke Rixon. The drawing winners walk away with a set of tickets for the 47th season opener, the Merchants Bank 150, at the high-banked, quarter-mile asphalt oval in Barre, Vermont.

Lisa Chandler and Luke Rixon entered to win the tickets at the fifth annual University Mall car show. The two-day event in Chittenden County was held on March 25th and 26th. At the show, two-time and defending Street Stock champion Joe Small of Georgia, Vermont unveiled his Tiger Sportsman car. Milton, Vermont’s own, Jean-Paul Cyr, the five-time and reigning ACT Late Model title holder displayed his new paint scheme for the 2006 season at the show.

Bryce Osgood, Ruth Lacombe and hundreds of other fans came to see the cars and stars of the ACT on display at the second annual Berlin Mall car show. The central Vermont event was a two-day show held on April 8th and 9th. Tiger Sportsman sophomore standouts Nick Sweet of Barre, Vermont and Matt White a Northfield resident were at the show displaying their automobiles to the fans. The “Flying Senator” Phil Scott of the capital city (Montpelier, Vermont) was also on hand with his #14 ACT Late Model Sportsman.

The Nation’s Site of Excitement kicks off the season opener on Saturday, April 29th with a car show on Main Street in Barre City. The annual event will feature a pit stop competition and a parade of the race cars; from the show to the track- a 2.5 mile route. The Merchants Bank 150 is set for Sunday, April 30th and will begin with class day festivities which includes; a photograph of all the drivers and their automobiles on the racetrack. Divisions in action for the season opener include the ACT Late Models, NAPA Tiger Sportsmen, Allen Lumber Street Stocks, and PowerShift Junkyard Warriors.

NAPA Sportsmen Take On The Road
The Merchant’s Bank 150 marks the beginning of the 2006 season for the NAPA Tiger Sportsman at Thunder Road Intl’ Speedbowl, a high-banked, quarter-mile asphalt, oval located on Quarry Hill in Barre, VT, on Saturday, April 30th. Defending Tiger Sportsman champion Shawn Fleury of Montpelier, Vermont hopes the momentum of his 2005 season will carry over to the 2006 season. “The competition at Thunder Road is always tough, it’s quite an accomplishment to be the 2005 Tiger Sportsman title holder, and I’d love to be a repeat champion.” Fleury continued “The plan for the 2006 season is to be consistent, and win some races; but in this division just qualifying is a feat.” If the 32 year-old racer successfully defends his title he’ll be the fourth driver since 1997 to win back-to-back championships at the Nation’s Site of Excitement.

Class Day To Honor Champions & Teams
Barre, VT – Race fans, teams and officials will honor the four defending Thunder Road Track Champions during the annual “Class Day” ceremonies as the Barre, Vermont speedplant opens for its 47th season of exciting stock car racing on Sunday, April 30. The ACT Late Model Tour’s Merchants Bank 150, which has a post time of 1:30 pm, will again serve as the annual lid lifter for the high-banked, quarter-mile paved oval

For the second consecutive year and third time overall, Cris Michaud of Williamstown is the defending “King of the Road” in the ACT Late Model division. As the reigning track champ, Michaud is among the favorites to win the season opener. The veteran campaigner hopes to place a Merchants Bank-sponsored car in the Winner’s Circle for the first time in the event’s eight year history. Jeff Laquerre and crew will again maintain Michaud’s Ford Fusion in 2006.