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Pit Notes: Thunder Road Open Practice

The first Thunder Road open practice of 2015 was held on Tuesday, April 28. 42 cars took to the Barre high banks in preparation for the 56th season opener this coming Sunday, May 3.

A group of 17 local Late Model drivers were on hand to prepare for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Merchants Bank 150. Multi-time Thunder Road Champions Derrick O'Donnell, David Pembroke, and Phil Scott were all in attendance. On the other side of the spectrum, former Tiger Sportsmen driver Darrell Morin turned his first laps in a Late Model on Tuesday.

2015 Merchants Bank 150

O'Donnell Goes For Thunder Road Three-Peat

Derrick O’Donnell has already made history with his first two championships in Thunder Road’s American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models. He is ready to add to the record books again in 2015, beginning at the season-opening Merchant’s Bank 150 on Sunday, May 3.

N. Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell won his first Thunder Road Late Model Championship in 2013, becoming the first rookie to be crowned “King of the Road.” Last year he was the sixth driver in track lead division history to successfully defend his title. A third championship in 2015 would make him only the second driver to hold the crown for three years running. Chuck Beede previously won three straight Late Model championships in 1992-1994.

2015 Thunder Road season preview

Strong Field of Thunder Road Street Stock Racers Aim For 2015 Crown

The Allen Lumber Street Stock division at Thunder Road Speedbowl is guaranteed to have a different champion in 2015. Defending Champion Tommy Smith is moving up to the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, which opens the door for a number of contenders to ascend to the Street Stock Championship.

2014 Street Stock runner-up Alan Maynard looks to lead the charge. The Fairfax, VT driver finished in the top-10 in all 18 races. His impressive run of consistency saw him fall 10 points short of Smith. The University of Vermont associate professor returns this year with the same car and a fresh determination to capture the title.