Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Nominating ballots for several season-ending awards have been put in the mail to licensed ACT and Thunder Road competitors and officials. Each participating driver from the 2006 ACT Late Model Tour and ACT Sportsman Series as well as weekly divisions at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl can submit a nominating ballot for their division.

The Late Models and NAPA Sportsmen (weekly and Tour/Series) will each offer up deserving candidates for their division’s “Most Improved Driver” award. Additionally the two classes will also nominate names of fellow competitors who are deserving of the “Sportsmanship” award. The Allen Lumber Street Stocks will propose names for the Ed Carroll Memorial Award which honors the driver who is deemed a sportsman by his peers.

Each license holder can nominate up to four names. The names appearing most frequently will go on the final which will be sent out in mid-December. Nominating ballots, which can be sent by mail (P.O. Box 296, Waterbury, VT 05676) or fax (802-244-1616), must be received by the ACT/Thunder Road office no later than Friday, December 15.

Former Thunder Road stock car champion Tracie Bellerose has announced her return to the track she dominated in 2000. The Gorham, NH race driver was forced into retirement following a serious crash in 2003, which left her with a badly shattered arm.

“Earlier this year I watched the ACT race haulers pass through Gorham on their way to Oxford (Plains Speedway, Oxford, ME) and I cried all day. It’s time for me to return to the one thing I love best. I’ll be at Thunder Road for the Merchants Bank 150 opener on Sunday, May 6, with a great car, and I couldn’t be more excited,” she said. Bellerose was victorious in the same event in 2000 at the Barre, VT quarter-mile oval.

Bellerose will drive for Scott Fearn of Springfield, MA but the car will be maintained at Jeff Laquerre’s shop in Montpelier, VT. Laquerre was crew chief during her championship run when she became one of the first women in the U.S. stock car racing to win a major short track crown.

No Price Increase - 2007 Season Passes Make Perfect Holiday Gift!
Thunder Road management has announced pricing for the high banked, quarter-mile oval's 2007 season pass will remain the same as it was in 2006. Passes, which are a highly coveted and popular holiday gift, are now on sale.

An adult General Admission pass will cost $180 while a child's pass (ages 6-12) will cost $50. A Gold Pass, which includes a specific, reserved seat for all stock car events at the track, will again cost $250. Last year's Gold Season Pass holders have until January 15, 2007 to renew the seat they had in 2006. After that date, seats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thunder Road's 2007 schedule features 18 events including three for the ACT Late Model Tour, two of which (the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic and the Milk Bowl) are ACTion Super Series races. The Merchants Bank 150 will kick off the season.

In addition to the Tour events, the NAPA Tiger Sportsman and Allen Lumber Street Stock divisions will have special races. The 22nd annual edition of the ever popular M&M Beverage Enduro 200, better known as "The People's Race" is slated for late July.

Orders for Thunder Road's 2007 season passes can be placed over the phone using a credit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover) by calling (802) 244-6963 or 244-6964. Race fans using a check or money order can send in the correct amount to: 2007 Season Pass, PO Box 296, Waterbury, VT 05676.

All prices include Vermont's 6% sales tax.