Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Thunder Road Opens this Weekend

Thunder Road to Open this Weekend

Thunder Road International Speedbowl will open this weekend for the 55th season of championship stock car racing. Billed as the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”, Thunder Road is known for its close door-banging, “take no prisoners” style of racing action.

The Merchants Bank 150 for the ACT Championship Late Model teams is the featured event this Sunday, but there will be plenty of racing action from the Bond Auto Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. They will also open their 2014 championship charge.

Seasoned race fans always feel that this event at Thunder Road should give an edge to the track’s graduates and regulars. T-Road veterans Jimmy Hebert and Bobby Therrien are former Tiger champions and are now tested and proven ACT drivers. They each won races on the Tour in 2013. Hebert won the 2013 New Hampshire Governor’s Cup at Lee USA Speedway and also the 100-mile race at SANAIR Super Speedway in St. Pie, Quebec. Just half-way into his first full season on the ACT, Therrien won the White Mountain Motorsport Park 150 lap event last July.

16th Annual Merchants Bank 150

Thunder Road Enters 55th Season with ACT Merchants Bank 150

Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT will enter their 55th season of stock car racing with the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27. The stars and cars from the American Canadian Tour Championship Series (ACT) will tackle both the high banks of the famous Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, and one of the largest fields of regular Thunder Road Late Model racers in recent memory. The Merchants Bank event has been the season opener at the ¼-mile speedbowl since 1999.

Driver of the Day - Derrick O'Donnell

Driver of the Day: Derrick O’Donnell

Derrick O’Donnell became the first ever rookie driver in 54 years to claim the “King of the Road” title and he did so in dominant fashion in 2013. He led the division in top fives and top tens with six and thirteen respectively in his 14 starts. In just his fourth career Late Model start at the Road, he snagged his first career win and the point lead in the Memorial Day Classic. He scored his second career win in early July. Week in and week out, this former Tiger Champion smoothly negotiated heavy traffic with veteran-like poise. It was this style that kept O’Donnell flirting with victory lane and away from the widowmaker on his way to the 2013 Thunder Road Late Model Championship. He pocketed $6,000 in point fund earnings for his championship.

2013 Stats – 1st Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 2
Top 5s – 6
Top 10s – 13
Avg. Fin. – 5.9