Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl management has just released the name of the Grand Marshall for the track’s $10,000 win Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, Sunday, September 3. Marherita Pierina Domenica Scanzaroli Comolli, known locally as “Grammy Comolli,” will preside over the 28th annual event at the high-banked, quarter-mile race track.

Comolli was born in Cassio, Italy and immigrated with her parents in 1909 to the Granite City, Barre, VT. She celebrated her 100th birthday on August 22.

Her home in Barre was a second home to many of the students at nearby Norwich University. In the 1960s “Grammy” cooked meals, shared much laughter, and provided welcomed relief from the school grind to legions of cadets.

“We are very excited to have Rita Camolli as grand Marshall of the Bond Auto Parts Labor Day Classic. She is an outstanding person. It is an honor to have her part of our Bond family,” Mark Mast, marketing vice president at Bond Auto remarked.

“Grammy Comolli is one of those special people you meet in your life whose affect lasts forever. I guess it was and continues to be her positive attitude, support and love of her family, community and those that have been fortunate enough to have met her that sets her apart from most,” commented Thunder Road president Tom Curley. He continued, “Grammy Comolli had a lasting impression on me as a young Norwich cadet in 1961, and when I recently saw her, celebrating her 100th birthday, remarkably, she hadn't changed all that much. I am proud that Thunder Road can have Barre, Vermont's favorite citizen as our honorary Grand Marshall for the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200".

The 28th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 is the second of three $10,000 to win ACTion Super Series races for the American-Canadian Tour’s (ACT) Late Model stock cars. Over 50 drivers from all six New England states and New York have entered the Sunday, September 3 race. Discount advanced sale tickets are available through the ACT office in Waterbury, VT as well as all 35 Bond Auto stores in VT, NH and MA. Adult tickets are $20 in advance but will cost $25 at the track on race weekend.

Thursday night at Barre’s Thunder Road, Chad Wheeler’s fourth place finish in the Kinney Drugs 50 secured the 2006 King of the Road title for the Waterbury Center Late Model driver. His margin of victory over two-time and defending champion, Cris Michaud of Williamstown was 41 points in the final tally (1020-979). Entering the final point counting event of the season the pair was separated by 37. The difference between the two came down to qualifying – Wheeler earned points while Michaud had to resort to the Last Chance “B” feature to make the main event.

“We had more car than we showed, I was more worried about the battle,” the veteran competitor stated. He used his trademark patience to work his way toward the front. He resisted putting himself in a risky position to go for the win and opted, instead to protect his chances at the championship. Wheeler is not the first Late Model driver to claim a title without benefit of a feature win. Phil Scott previously attained the same feat en route to one of his three crowns.

While Wheeler and Michaud kept an eye on each other’s positions in the main event, Rich Lowery of Charlotte went on to celebrate his first Late Model victory of the season at the Kinney Drugs Trophy Dash. Lowery’s performance at the Barre oval paralleled that of last week’s ACE Hardware Dash. Lowrey used the outside groove to advance his position and once in front, he was able to distance himself from the field. Unlike last week’s race, where the victory was torn from his hands by a late race caution, Lowrey was able to hold off Cambridge’s Craig Bushey when the yellow flew in the final laps of the Kinney Drugs main event. Bushey’s runner-up outing was a career best for the former NAPA Sportsman Series Champion. The man on the move was Jamie Fisher from Shelburne who finished the event third after starting 15th in the 26-car starting field. Fisher used his favored high groove to work his way into contention for the third position. Rounding out the top five were championship contenders, Wheeler and Michaud.

Warrior Women Race At Thunder Road
Some tracks have Powerpuff Derbies, but at Thunder Road's Kinney Drugs Trophy Dash, the final Thursday night of the 2006 season, there will be a Warrior Women race at the "Nation's Site of Excitement."

Any and all women - family and/or crew members, friends, neighbors, inlaws or outlaws - are invited to beg, borrow or steal a PowerShift Warrior car (well, maybe you'd better not steal one!) for this special race event. It's sure to be exciting - remember the Moms versus Dads race earlier this year? There were some pretty daring Moms who jumped behind the wheel of the donated Warrior machines a few short months ago. And a Mom almost won!

For more information contact the Thunder Road office.