Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Barre's Thunder Road opened it's weekly Thursday night card with intense race action that featured several roll-overs and two tightly contested feature races.

Trampas Demers of South Burlington, VT narrowly edged out the competition for his third Late Model career victory Thursday night at Barre's Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl in the high banked quarter-mile oval's 47th weekly season opener. Driving a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Demers, 34, was able to hold off Charlotte's Rich Lowrey and John Donahue from Graniteville, who crossed the line in a photo finish for the runner-up spot. The nod went to Lowrey by the closest of margins. Completing the top five were Dave Pembroke from Montpelier and Morrisville's Pete Fecteau.

Thunder Road’s race fans and competitors hope the third time’s a charm Sunday when the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Sportsman Series makes its third attempt at the Casella Mother’s Day 100. Originally scheduled for Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day), the event was rained out before a single lap was turned at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval.

Things fared a bit better at the event’s June 4 second attempt. First and second round qualifying took place for the 37 Sportsman Series competitors although the all-important “Last Chance/”B” Feature” was not contested. Thunder Road’s Late Models, Allen Lumber Street Stocks have completed some of their qualifying events. In addition to the day’s features – the Casella Mother’s Day 100 for the Sportsman, and a 50-lap main for the Late Models as well as the Streets (25 laps) and Warriors (15 laps), the highly anticipated Late Model Semi-Feature will be held.

The first entry for the 22nd M&M Beverage Enduro has been received from Jason Jones of Warren. Rules were released on Wednesday (June 7th) and the following day, Jones, 16, ran into the Thunder Road office with the entry form in one hand and money in the other. Jones, a Harwood Union High School student will be testing the asphalt for the first time on July 30th.
(PHOTO- Jones [front row-center] in 2005 in Victory Lane with Rich Lowery and crew)Jones is no stranger to the Barre oval as he is a crew member for Late Model driver Rich Lowery. “As much as I enjoy working on Rich’s car, a part of me would like to race. I’ve decided that I would try racing in an inexpensive car before I jump into an Allen Lumber Street Stock.” The teen purchased his Enduro car, a Buick Regal for 100 dollars. “I couldn’t wait to file my entry- I filled out the form last night. After school I ran to the ATM to get the 40 dollars to pay the entry fee. I can’t wait to race in the Enduro- it’s going to be a lot of fun!”