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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."

NAPA Tiger Sportsman driver, Doug Murphy was raised in Middlesex, Vermont as the only child to Adrian and Gloria Murphy. The pair, devoted to their son’s racing, can be found Thursday nights in the #4 Tiger pit, offering lap times, support and mechanical adjustments.
The veteran driver recently purchased a home in Tunbridge, Vermont with his fiancé Mary-Lou, they plan to be married by the end of the year. Doug has been a staple in the Sportsman division for 17 years, he’s gained a lot of experience at area tracks such as Thunder Road, Airborne Speedway and White Mountain Motorsports Park.
A lot of drivers say their goal is to win races, having already done that at the season opener in Barre at Thunder Road Speedbowl, Doug has had to change his goal for 2006 a bit “I’ve never won three races in a season so I’d love to be able to accomplish that.” Crew member’s Ray St. John and Charlie Lakin help Gloria and Adrian prepare the car for Doug, by lending their talent and knowledge to the family team.
During the winter Doug can be found at a bowling alley. In 2005 he was inducted into the Vermont State Hall of Fame for his bowling achievements. Part of his success includes five perfect games (a 300 score). During the 2005 winter he bowled 99 games as a part of his league in St. Johnsbury.
While Murphy’s inching closer scores of professional bowlers he is not giving up on his Sportsman competition as he plans to run the entire American Canadian Tour Tiger Sportsman Series events and Thursday night’s at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont competing in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman class. “I have a great car this year, it’s brand new, Chuck Beede (a fellow competitor) built it and the first race out we won. I am looking forward to a summer full of racing.”

Mother Nature Wins on Mother's Day
In an off-handed way, it was fitting that Mother Nature was the only winner Sunday at Barre’s Thunder Road in the Casella Mother’s Day Sportsman Series 100. Drenching rain storms rolled through Central Vermont putting a stop to action at the high-banked quarter-mile stock car oval.

The event, which is the second of seven in 2006 for the American-Canadian Tour’s (ACT) Sportsman Series, has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 4. In addition to the 100 lap main event, Thunder Road’s Late Model, Allen Lumber Street Stock and PowerShift Warrior divisions will also be in action.

The winners of the Mother’s Day “Official Mom” contest will make their officiating debuts on June 4 as well. For the past several weeks, the track has held a contest where kids of all ages could nominate their mother to be an “Official for a Day” through an essay. The ten contest winners will actively participate in the track’s various departments including flagger, pace car driver, race director, scoring, handicapping and more.

Post time for the rescheduled Casella Mothers Day 100 on Sunday, June 4 will be 1:30 pm.