Thunder Road SpeedBowl
ACTion News 3/21/05
ACT is based in Waterbury, Vermont, and has a seemingly endless supply of talented drivers living in its home state. But ACT also has strong ties in the state of Maine. In fact, ACT President Tom Curley is a native of the Pine Tree State. Maine drivers Dick McCabe of Kennebunkport (right), Mike Rowe of Turner, and Unity’s Ralph Nason grabbed more than their share of checkered flags in the former ACT Pro Stock Tour’s formative years. In fact, McCabe was the series champion in 1981 and 1982, taking a whopping 15 wins in that two-year span. Oxford Plains Speedway legend Leland Kangas was the 1980 Rookie of the Year and Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Champion Rick Zemla drove Bill Griffin’s Pepsi Challenger Buick to the same feat in 1984.

Allen Lumber Company To Present Street Stock Division At Thunder Road Again In 2005
Waterbury, VT – The Allen Lumber Company, one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the state of Vermont, has again signed on to present the Allen Lumber Street Stock division at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT in 2005. The agreement extends an official partnership between the Allen Lumber and Thunder Road families that began in the 1980s, and a relationship that began long before that.

“My family has been going to Thunder Road since it opened in 1960, and we love it,” said Allen Lumber Treasurer Burnie Allen. “We’re all very excited about the upcoming season; we always have such a wonderful time watching the Street Stocks and the other divisions at Thunder Road.”

ACTion News 3/14/05
With the first day of Spring just a few days away, we’re feeling optimistic and believe that the snow gods will take a vacation soon. As we write this week’s column, though, the white stuff has again begun to fall, and is attempting to re-cover all that was plowed in the past couple days.

Think sun, warm weather, and stock car racing, folks, and we’ll get through this! If not, we might require our ACT Late Models to run chains on their tires, and we’ll find a frozen pond in New Hampshire to run the season opener in place of Lee USA Speedway. At the halfway point in the race, we get out and have an ice carving contest with chainsaws (as demonstrated by Dave Pembroke, left) – the winner gets 10 bonus points toward the 2005 title!