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Longtime Thunder Road Co-Owner Tom Curley Passes at 73

Longtime Thunder Road Co-Owner Tom Curley Passes at 73

 

Longtime Thunder Road Speedbowl co-owner and promoter Thomas M. Curley passed away on Friday, May 5 due to complications from a lengthy illness. Curley was 73 years old.

 

Born May 10, 1943, Curley was involved in local and regional auto racing for most of his adult life. After spending considerable time at Thunder Road as a spectator and driver in the 1960s, he became the NASCAR Northeast regional director in 1978, and a year later created the NASCAR North Tour. He and Thunder Road founder Ken Squier then acquired the track in 1982 from former owner Tommy Kalomiris.


Thunder Road Announces Revised Early-Season Schedule

Thunder Road Announces Revised Early-Season Schedule

 

Thunder Road officials have announced a series of schedule revisions for the 2017 season. The revisions include a make-up date for the weather-delayed Merchants Bank 150 along with a new season opener for the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”.

 

The Memorial Day Classic presented by Mekkelsen RV Sales & Rental will now open the 58th year of competition at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 28 at 1:00 pm. It will be the first racing event at the Barre high banks following completion of the recently announced track repaving project, as well as the first time since 1995 that the speedway has opened its season on Memorial Day weekend. The Harvest Equipment event originally scheduled for Sunday, May 21 has been moved to Sunday, June 4 with a special 3:00 pm post time.


Thunder Road to Receive New Coat of Asphalt

Thunder Road to Receive New Coat of Asphalt

 

Thunder Road co-owners Cris Michaud and Pat Malone announced today that they have reached an agreement with New Hampshire–based paving contractor Pike Industries to resurface the famed speedway. The project will commence on the Barre high banks during the week of May 8.

 

It will be the first time since 1994 that Thunder Road has received a new coat of asphalt. The track’s existing pavement will be partially ground and milled with new asphalt laid on top. Many members of the crew slated to work on the upcoming project were also part of the previous resurfacing.