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WDEV/Calkins Night

Nick Sweet Earns 13th Career Thunder Road Win

Barre’s own Nick Sweet pocketed his 13th career Thunder Road Late Model feature win during WDEV/Calkins night on Thursday, July 31. Sweet flew through the field from his 12th starting position and moved around Shawn Fleury with just under ten laps to go to take his second win of the 2014 season and help solidify his spot at the top of the standings.

Fleury settled for second while Derrick O’Donnell scored his second straight podium finish in third. Eric Chase earned fourth while Boomer Morris claimed fifth after leading early in the 50 lap event, which saw just one caution. Trampas Demers, Phil Scott, Jason Allen, Scott Dragon and Cody Blake completed the top ten.

Rookie Caleb Nelson of Moretown claimed his first career Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen feature leading the 35 lap caution free feature wire-to-wire. Mike Martin battled his way from sixth to earn the runner-up spot while Darrell Morin completed the podium. Brendan Moodie and Joe Steffen rounded out the top five while Jeff Bousquet, point leader Jason Woodard, Mark Barnier, Dylan Payea and Eric Johnson all earned top ten finishes.

30th M&M Beverage Enduro

M&M Beverage Enduro Returns to Thunder Road

This Sunday, August 3 will see the 30th running of the M&M Beverage Enduro 200 at Barre’s Thunder Road. The “People’s Race” as it has become known features 200 laps of thrashing and crashing with no cautions. Over 50 drivers have already signed up for the event, including several notable Thunder Road competitors.

At 68 years of age, Don “Dipstick” Tofani of Plainfield has become a staple of the “People’s Race” and even won back in 1987. He has competed in every one of the 29 previous events and finished second in last year’s race.

Other notable entries include two former Thunder Road Late Model competitors in Jeff Spooner of Essex and Bob Eldred of Waterbury. Eldred claimed a top 20 in the 2013 running of the event.

WDEV/Calkins Night

Thunder Road Hits Home Stretch with WDEV/Calkins Night

Barre’s own Thunder Road International Speedbowl hits the home stretch for its 2014 season this Thursday, July 31 with WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets night. Thursday night will close out the month of July leaving just four more Thursdays plus the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic in August to decide the 2014 Late Model “King of the Road.”

Two-time Late Model Champion and 2014 Vermont Governor’s Cup winner Nick Sweet of Barre currently sits atop the standings by a slim three-point lead over another two-time “King of the Road” Dave Pembroke. Pembroke is looking toward this Thursday to claim his first win of the season and erase the three-point deficit. Defending Thunder Road track champion Derrick O’Donnell and this year’s Times-Argus Mid-Season Champion Trampas Demers ride just eight points behind Pembroke, while outstanding rookie driver Eric Badore holds the final top five spot.