Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Chad Wheeler of Waterbury Ctr, VT, was crowned as Thunder Road’s 2006 Late Model “King of the Road” Saturday night at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington, VT. Wheeler became the first driver to win a Late Model title without benefit of a win since Phil Scott performed the feat in 1996. In accepting his award an emotional Wheeler announced that he was hanging up his racing helmet and would not return to defend the title he’d chased for so many years, “My wife has given me three beautiful sons and now it’s time to be with them,” he said. The 33 year-old received a standing ovation following his heartfelt remarks which included thanks to his crew, many of whom he had grown up with.

Shawn Fleury from Montpelier, VT claimed his second consecutive NAPA Tiger Sportsman title and announced to the nearly 500 in attendance that he too would not return to defend his title. The veteran competitor stated that he had recently solidified a deal to run a Late Model at Thunder Road in 2007 although he did not publicly offer details about his plans for the coming season.

Eric Badore from Georgia, VT was presented with the championship hardware and a coat for his Allen Lumber Street Stock title from Burnie Allen of Allen Lumber. Badore was the third 2006 “King of the Road” to announce that he would not defend a crown. The youngster’s remarks surprised few as he had briefly tested the waters in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman ranks last year.

Maynard Bartlett Jr of Wolcott, VT was the crowned as 2006 PowerShift Warrior champion, the fourth different driver in the division’s four year history.

Top right - Late Model Champion, Chad Wheeler
Top left - NAPA Tiger Sportsman Champion, Shawn Fleury
Lower right - Allen Lumber Street Stock Champion, Eric Badore
Lower left - Power Shift Warrior Champion, Maynard Bartlett Jr.

Deadlines & Info
A reminder that the January 15 car number retention deadline is a fast-approaching. That means if you want to keep the same number you've been running, your license form must be postmarked by Monday, January 15, 2007! Licenses can also be hand delivered to the ACT/Thunder Road office in Waterbury, VT. Numbers not assigned by the deadline will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Numbers are reserved for drivers that purchase full membership licenses only. If you purchased a "TP" (temporary permit license) during the 2006 season, your number has NOT been reserved. Even if you didn't see a particular number in competition in your division it does not automatically mean the number is available.
License fees for 2007 are:
Late Model Driver $175
Late Model Owner $175
Late Model Crew Chief $100
Tiger Sportsman $125
Street Stock $125
Junkyard Warrior $100
Associate $ 75
All license holders will receive, when available, a discounted "member" pit fee. If you have questions concerning licensing and/or number requests, contact Tina at the ACT office at 802-244-6963.

We have been contacted by several "shows" held during the off-season. Some of these events are racing related, while others are more diverse.
If you plan on having a car ready early in the winter (January, February or even March), please give the office a call and let us know your plans. We hope to formulate a pool of competitors from all divisions from which we can fill our obligations.
Also, keep in mind that the University Mall (Burlington, VT) has us scheduled in for our annual spring kick-off car show on Sat/Sun, March 17-18. With the mall now virtually filled to capacity it's a great opportunity for all divisions to showcase those sponsors you work so hard to get.

2007 schedule cards are in and available!

Race Teams in all divisions - keep your eyes open for team registration forms which should be in the mail by the end of the month. Please submit your completed form ASAP so we can have accurate information for the 2007 driver rosters we produce for the website and media. Remember, all information can be changed and updated as needed.
Late Model, NAPA Tiger Sportsman and Allen Lumber Street Stock drivers - think you're eligible for rookie status in 2007? Give us a call so we can send the appropriate form for you to fill out and return.
Late Models - all teams need to have a licensed and registered crew chief. This is for your benefit. Please submit a properly completed form as soon as you can.
Can't find your license form and need another to remain on the mailing list? Want to avoid the long lines at practices and opening events while you fill one out - call us so we can send out a replacement.

Spec engines (Late Model and Tiger Sportsman) must be registered with the ACT office EACH year. The deadline for spec engine registration is APRIL 1. Engines not registered by APRIL 1 will be subject to inspection by Butler & MacMaster at YOUR (COMPETITOR'S) EXPENSE.
Please take a moment and complete and return your spec engine registration form today if you haven't already done so.
Butler & MacMaster does needs some notice to schedule engine refreshes If you want to have your motor done this year, please contact them ASAP to get time blocked on their schedule. With over 300 Late Model engines now in the system throughout the Northeast, don't be disappointed by waiting. Their number is 207-623-2295.

Happy New Year to everyone! Now that the calendar has officially turned the corner, let the 2007 season begin!!

Tons of rumors are flying around as drivers, teams and race fans get together for some off-season bench racing. Some actual facts are out in the marketplace as well. For instance ….

Chip Grenier from Northfield and Brooks Clark of Fayston, dabbled in the Late Model division toward the end of last season. Both look to increase their participation in 2007. Grenier is a past recipient of the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division's Sportsmanship Award.

Reports from the Dave Pembroke camp are that he's opting to concentrate on his weekly efforts at Thunder Road in hopes of a first Late Model "King of the Road" title. The Montpelier driver was the division's Rookie of the Year in 2000 after securing the NAPA Tiger Sportsman "King of the Road" crown the previous year.

Speaking of the Pembroke clan, Steve Pembroke (Dave's uncle) will own the NAPA Tiger Sportsman machine which will be piloted by Rick Garand. Garand (a Pembroke nephew and cousin) last raced in the division in 1996, his sophomore season. In '95 he was Thunder Road's Tiger Sportsman Rookie of the Year. Apparently Garand will be behind the wheel for 90-95% of the events while head wrench, Eric Pembroke (also a former Sportsman competitor) may opt to run a few times.

Baby Boom …
Congrats go out to the new race fans (and maybe future drivers?) and their parents who arrived on the scene after the 2006 season wrapped…

Caroline "Carly" Mancini arrived in November. The proud parents are Carrie (Guyette) and Tom Mancini. Carrie is a scorer at Thunder Road. Grandparents are Thunder Road staffers Marcia and Tommy Guyette.

Donovan Charles Sicard arrived in early December. The proud parents are Renee (Beede) and Shawn Sicard. Renee is a former Street Stock and Tiger Sportsman driver and Shawn is the 2006 Allen Lumber Street Stock Rookie of the Year.

Rachel Beede, also a former Street Stock and Tiger Sportsman driver and Dan Laggner welcomed Riley Daniel at the end of December. Multi-time Thunder Road Champion, Chuck Beede and wife Francine are the excited grandparents.

Speaking of Sicard, he and fellow Allen Lumber Street Stock competitor Joel Hodgdon will turn their efforts to the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division in 2007.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the other motorsports shows in the next few months that you might consider attending.

Racin' Preview - Portland (ME) Civic Center
Fri, Feb 23 (4 - 10 pm), Sat, Feb 24 (9 am - 9 pm)

Speedway Expo - Eastern States Exposition, W. Springfield, MA
Better Living Center and Stroh Building
Fri, Mar 2 (2 - 9 pm), Sat, Mar 3 (10 am - 9 pm), Sun, Mar 4 (11 am - 5 pm)
(Dick Berggren's Speedway Illustrated Magazine is resurrecting the annual early March show at the Big E - for more info go to

The annual ACT and Thunder Road Car Show at the University Mall, S. Burlington, VT is slated for March 17-18. If you are interested in having your car on display, please contact the office (802-244-6963). Space is limited. Move-in will be on Friday (March 16) after the mall closes. This is a great opportunity to give your sponsors some extra visibility.

Reminder - today is the last day for ballots to be submitted for the season-ending awards. Also, reservations are also due if you plan to attend the annual Banquet of Champions