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Merchants Bank 150 Opens 54th Season at Thunder Road

Merchants Bank 150 Opens 54th Season At Thunder Road

Car Show Returns to Barre

The snow is finally melting as race teams and fans prepare for the first real sign of springtime: The 15th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road on the weekend of April 27/28. 

The race serves as the opening point-counting event for the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stocks, but will also bring in the stars of the American Canadian Tour to challenge the local Late Model division.  Last season fans saw 8-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar pick up his second win of the season at the Nation’s Site of Excitement, with eventual ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. on his tail.  Helliwell will be looking to score the victory at his home track, but he joins a long list of favorites to steal the opening event.

Thunder Road Late Model Practice Cancelled

Thunder Road Late Model Practice Cancelled

The Late Model practice scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 at Thunder Road has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  Late Model practice tires will still be available from 5-6pm by appointment at (802) 244-6963.  An all division practice at Thunder Road is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17.

The American Canadian Tour will kickoff their season this weekend April 13/14 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH while Thunder Road divisions will see their season opener at the Nation’s Site of Excitement at the Merchants Bank 150 on April 27/28.  A practice for Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will be held at Thunder Road next Wednesday, April 17 from 4-7pm.  Gates will open at 3pm.  Teams can also pick up practice tires at the Thunder Road tire barn on Tuesday, April 16th from 5-7pm. 

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Tom Curley

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Tom Curley

President of the American Canadian Tour, Promoter/Co-Owner of Thunder Road

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

In the past, my lifetime passion was sailing, more particularly sailboat racing.  In recent years I would say it has been travel, whether it is Europe, The Caribbean, etc.  I think my favorite hobby now though is going home to my house in Maine, sitting on the porch and watching the waves come in.  I also enjoy Boston Red Sox baseball, the NFL, and NCAA Basketball. 

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

I would say probably when I learned about 40 years ago to appreciate the power of positive thinking.  I have tried to convey, teach, and for the most part utilize that through the better half of my adult life.  It takes work and effort to buy into that kind of philosophy, but it has gotten me through some difficult times.

What is your biggest inspiration? 

There is a famous quote that Robert Kennedy used as his legacy towards his brother John Kennedy, which I have believed most of my life:

“Some men see things as they are and say "why." I dream things that never were and say "why not.”

I have it on my office wall.  I first heard it in 1962 I believe, and I really started to believe it ten years later when it got me through some very difficult times.  I’ve used it ever since.