Thunder Road SpeedBowl
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!”

Latest Buyer's Digest Winners
Trista Shappy from St. Albans and Tamara Whitten of Milton are the latest winners of a pair of tickets to Thunder Road in a contest being held in the Buyer's Digest newspaper. The ladies will head to the Nation's Site of Excitement for the Hannaford Ford & Drug/Pelletier Quick Lube Trophy Dash Thursday night season opener on June 15.

As the high banked quarter-mile oval opens for its 47th season, race fans of all ages will be treated to a look back in time as a contingent from the New England Antique Racers (NEAR) make their annual northern sojourn.

Spectator gates will open at and practice begins at 5:00 pm. Post time is 7:00 pm. Adult admission is $9, kids (ages 6-12) are $3 and the "Family Fare" is $18 (for any two adults and two kids, ages 6-12).

The Buyer's Digest contest is being held on a weekly basis with two paids of tickets being presented for each of Thunder Road's 2006 race events. If you'd like to win tickets to a future Thunder Road event, pick up a free copy of the Buyer's Digest newspaper at your local supermarket or convenience store.