Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Late Model competitor, Trampas Demers is more than just a race car driver; he’s a Vice President, pilot and son. The South Burlington resident maintains a low profile while at the race track; even if he is a silent contender his hobbies make plenty of noise. Most know Trampas for his #85 Late Model Monte Carlo that he races weekly at Thunder Road however many may not realize that he is also a pilot. He enjoys flying his plane and helicopter; he even performs stunts in his stunt plane. He may seem like a “dare devil” but this Champlain College business graduate knows what it takes to manage a successful corporation. Trampas is the Vice President of the family business, Shelburne Limestone Corporation; he stays busy overseeing the daily operations of the company and assisting in decisions which impact the future of the business.

Barre, Vermont native, Nick Sweet is not your average sophomore competitor in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division. The 21-year-old driver races side-by-side with veterans such as Chuck Beede and Doug Murphy and doesn’t let it faze him. “When I’m racing door-to-door with someone I don’t think about who it is, I just know that it’s another car I need to pass in order to get to the front. I try to race everyone as clean as possible, I don’t let names and titles decide who I race hard.” Sweet has had a successful racing career in his short time behind the wheel. In 2003 he earned the Allen Lumber Street Stock, rookie of the year title. In 2005 he clinched the same title in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division. Since Nick started racing in 2003 he has finished second place in points each season.

Thunder Road Used In Book Research
Erik Esckilsen, a "teen-lit" writer and Burlington, VT native will read from his new novel for teenagers, "The Outside Groove" at 7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 31 at Barnes & Noble in South Burlington, VT.

In researching his book, Esckilsen spend time at Thunder Road Int'l Spedbowl, the internationally known high banked, quarter-mile stock car race track in Barre, VT. In addition to talking with many competitors, Esckilsen also drove a race car as part of his research. The book is his third for young adult readers.

"The more I write for teenagers," he said in a release, "The more convinced I am that the primary job of adolescent remains fundamentally unchanged from what it was in my own teen years - to somehow get through it."