Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Nearly 100 At Opening Practice
Nearly 100 race teams showed up Wednesday afternoon as Thunder Road officially kicked off its 2006 race season with the first practice session of the year. Keeping track of who was in what car was a bit of a challenge as many cars were not yet in full trim – including numbers. Several teams have switched their color schemes during the off-season and while the number might have been familiar, the car’s livery belied who was at the wheel.

“I can’t believe how many cars there are,” commented Quebec’s Patrick Laperle, winner of the New England Dodge Milk Bowl at the high banked, quarter-mile oval last October. “I had to come down today because I won’t be able to make the practice after the car show next Saturday, (April 29).” Laperle will perform double duty by racing a Pro Stock car at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday night before heading to Barre for Thunder Road’s Merchants Bank 150 ACT Late Model Tour opener on Sunday (April 30).

Thirty-four Late Model teams representing five of the six New England states as well as New York and Quebec were in the pits, many shaking down their cars for the first time. “I just want to make sure nothing’s going to fall off or leak,” laughed Mark Lamberton from Mooers Forks, NY. Lamberton, a veteran Late Model driver and former Airborne Speedway champion has developed a fondness for Thunder Road, “The more I run here, the better I feel. It’s a real handling track that’s never quite the same twice, and seat time here really counts,” he explained.

Legendary Canadian stock car driver, Claude Leclerc from Montreal, Qc has filed an entry to compete in the American-Canadian Tour’s (ACT) season opening Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road, Barre, VT, Sat, April 29 and Sun, April 30. Leclerc, who cut his racing teeth with Tom Curley’s original NASCAR North Tour in the late 1970s, has most recently been competing in Quebec with the série Castrol.

Lenny's Shoe & Apparel and the Lenny's Outlet Store, located in Barre, Vermont is calling all stock car racing fans to choose the winner of the "Lenny's Fan Choice Award". Fans can vote for their favorite American-Canadian Tour or Thunder Road Speedbowl car on Saturday, April 29th at the annual car show located in downtown Barre.