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Thunder Road 2014 Schedule

Thunder Road Announces 2014 Schedule

Thunder Road International Speedbowl has released its 2014 stock car racing schedule. The schedule features 18 events from the end of April through the beginning of October, as is tradition at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.” The biggest change for 2014 is the switch from Sunday “Twilight” events in early June to the return of the traditional June Thursday night events.

The season will kick off with the 16th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on the weekend of Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. The Merchants Bank event will be the only American Canadian Tour races at the ¼-mile in 2014.

The 52nd Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will be on Sunday, May 25. This event will be the first of the 2014 Vermont State Championship events. The season will be highlighted by big Thursday nights. The Governor’s Cup 150, the second of Thunder Road’s VT State Championship events, will be on June 26 with the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Fireworks night the following week on July 3.

Street Stock Disqualification

Street Stock Disqualified after Mini-Milk Bowl

The 2012 Thunder Road Track Champion, Nick Pilotte, from Jefferson, NH was disqualified from the People’s United Bank ‘Mini-Milk Bowl’ after an engine teardown unveiled an illegal engine, according to the 2013 ACT rules for the Street Stock division. The violation was a mismatched set of pistons and heads.

During the same teardown inspection, Groveton, New Hampshire’s Jason Kenison was awarded the win. “We will have to examine the rulebook for 2014 as it relates to the Nissan 240SX,” said Dean Gallison, the ACT Director of Competition.

Third place finisher Tommy “Thunder” Smith from Williamstown, VT was torn down for the second time in the past couple of months and again was within the specs of the rulebook for the division. Smith was awarded second place following the disqualification.

51st People's United Bank Milk Bowl

Nick Sweet Takes First Milk Bowl Victory
Shawn Fleury and Bunker Hodgdon Earn Track Titles

Barre’s own Nick Sweet claimed his first career Milk Bowl in the 51st running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Sunday, October 6. Consistency was the key for Sweet, who drove the St. J Auto Buick to segment finishes of 6th, 8th and 4th to win $10,000 in the season finale at Thunder Road.

Sweet began the final 50-lap segment in 17th, one spot behind 2013 Thunder Road champion Derrick O’Donnell, who entered the final round with lowest point total (11), and eight positions behind three-time Milk Bowl winner Brian Hoar.

 One lap into the final segment, O’Donnell’s bid came apart when he spun out after contact with Lance Allen and took a blow from Alex Labbe.

 On the restart, Hoar sat 9th with Sweet in 17th as a heavy mist came and went threatening to end the race early. Rain would have been a reprieve for O’Donnell, but through four more restarts and some pause for the weather, the race, and Sweet continued on.