Thunder Road SpeedBowl
16th Annual Merchants Bank 150

Thunder Road Enters 55th Season with ACT Merchants Bank 150

Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT will enter their 55th season of stock car racing with the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27. The stars and cars from the American Canadian Tour Championship Series (ACT) will tackle both the high banks of the famous Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, and one of the largest fields of regular Thunder Road Late Model racers in recent memory. The Merchants Bank event has been the season opener at the ¼-mile speedbowl since 1999.

Driver of the Day - Derrick O'Donnell

Driver of the Day: Derrick O’Donnell

Derrick O’Donnell became the first ever rookie driver in 54 years to claim the “King of the Road” title and he did so in dominant fashion in 2013. He led the division in top fives and top tens with six and thirteen respectively in his 14 starts. In just his fourth career Late Model start at the Road, he snagged his first career win and the point lead in the Memorial Day Classic. He scored his second career win in early July. Week in and week out, this former Tiger Champion smoothly negotiated heavy traffic with veteran-like poise. It was this style that kept O’Donnell flirting with victory lane and away from the widowmaker on his way to the 2013 Thunder Road Late Model Championship. He pocketed $6,000 in point fund earnings for his championship.

2013 Stats – 1st Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 2
Top 5s – 6
Top 10s – 13
Avg. Fin. – 5.9

Driver of the Day - Shawn Fleury

Driver of the Day: Shawn Fleury

For a record setting third time, Shawn Fleury claimed the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Championship and the $1,500 point fund check. During this veteran’s storied career, he has become a leader both on the track and in the pit area. He is one of the most respected and respectful drivers the division has ever seen. In 2013, Fleury used consistency and his 14th career feature win in the Mid-Season Championship to hold off some very stout competition. His 14 wins solidify his spot with the second most wins in the history of the Tiger division. That’s where he will stay for the time being as he will make the jump to the Late Model ranks for the 2014 season.

2013 Stats – 1st Place
Starts – 17
Wins – 1
Top 5s – 6
Top 10s – 11
Avg. Fin. – 8.5