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VT Lottery Commission Governor's Cup 150

Title Battles on the Line in VT Lottery Governor’s Cup

The annual 150 lap Vermont Lottery Governor’s Cup stock car race at Barre’s Thunder Road takes on added consequence this Thursday night (July 11). Not only will it be a showdown for local racing talent against celebrated national stock car star Clint Bowyer, but for Thunder Road regulars there is a lot more at stake.

Bowyer, in last Saturday’s Daytona 400, sped to 2nd in the NASCAR National Championship Standings 49 points behind 5-time national champion Jimmy Johnson. Johnson has dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup series this season, but for Thunder Road regulars their track point battle is one of the wildest in memory and it has just been turned topsy turvy… again.

VT Lottery Commission Governor's Cup 150

Clint Bowyer Prepares for Challengers in Thunder Road Gov. Cup

Race driver Clint Bowyer, whose next event is Thursday night at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road, was part of a last lap charge this past weekend to win the Daytona 400. He wound up 4th in the 200 mph chase. But that charge has projected him to 2nd place in the NASCAR National Sprint Cup standings behind 5-time National Champion Jimmy Johnson.

This Thursday night’s 150 lap battle for the Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup on the Barre high banks won’t see the Daytona speeds, but promises to be just as great a challenge for Bowyer, with regional stock car stars eager to prove they can race with one of the nations very best. Barre’s Nick Sweet, Montpelier’s Dave Pembroke, and the three-time T-Road Track Champion Lt. Governor Phil Scott will be joined by Burlington’s Trampas Demers, Chip Grenier, Brooks Clark and 16-year old Emily Packard. Some 30 ACT Championship Late Model cars are expected.

500 Fever - Reason #5


(over the weeks leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there have been and will continue to be two or three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event posted---check back often over the final weeks and you too will catch  the ‘500 Fever’ ----) 


Well, we are half-way to the BIG SHOW at the BIG A!!! Just a couple of weeks until the ACT International 500 at Airborne Speedway on Sunday, July 21!!!!     

The Milk Bowl format was the brainchild of Thunder Road founder Ken Squier back in the 1960’s. Ken was working for ABC Television, and as hard as he tried at that time, all the respect Motorsports got was a quick 30-second clip of the winner of the Daytona 500 or Indy 500. Ken came up with the idea of a ‘segment race’. Break the race up and have 3 starts, 3 finishes (he felt those were generally perceived as the most exciting parts of a race to the casual observer). Also get the fans involved with a scoring system. Thus was born the Milk Bowl format for Thunder Road. Amazingly, to this day he still tries to get network television and promoters from Daytona to Charlotte to buy into this theory to make the racing more exciting, get fans involved more, and make every lap and every pass meaningful.