Thunder Road SpeedBowl
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

TOP 10 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE ACT INTERNATIONAL‘’500”

(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’ ----) 

# 5.  “MILK BOWL STYLE”

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.

ENPRO Services Night

Derrick O’Donnell Rallies Late for Second Thunder Road Win

 Derrick O’Donnell of North Haverhill, NH wheeled around 16-year-old Joey M Laquerre – three months removed from Driver’s Ed at U-32 High School – and went on to a car-length win in the 50-lap ENPRO Services Late Model main at Thunder Road.

 Right behind Joey M Laquerre for 3rd came his grandfather Joey Laquerre, a fixture at Thunder Road for decades.  “I tried to give him a little room, I didn’t want to make him nervous,” Grandpa Joey said.

 “I have a lot of fun racing with my family,” Joey M Laquerre said in victory lane.

 O’Donnell’s impressive win in the Gary Clay Builders No. 60 was his second of the season. He started 16th on the grid and sat 8th at the halfway mark. Phil Scott and Scott Payea finished 4th and 5th respectively after passing one another several times.