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Unbuckled: Getting To Know Tom Curley

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Tom Curley

President of the American Canadian Tour, Promoter/Co-Owner of Thunder Road

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

In the past, my lifetime passion was sailing, more particularly sailboat racing.  In recent years I would say it has been travel, whether it is Europe, The Caribbean, etc.  I think my favorite hobby now though is going home to my house in Maine, sitting on the porch and watching the waves come in.  I also enjoy Boston Red Sox baseball, the NFL, and NCAA Basketball. 

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

I would say probably when I learned about 40 years ago to appreciate the power of positive thinking.  I have tried to convey, teach, and for the most part utilize that through the better half of my adult life.  It takes work and effort to buy into that kind of philosophy, but it has gotten me through some difficult times.

What is your biggest inspiration? 

There is a famous quote that Robert Kennedy used as his legacy towards his brother John Kennedy, which I have believed most of my life:

“Some men see things as they are and say "why." I dream things that never were and say "why not.”

I have it on my office wall.  I first heard it in 1962 I believe, and I really started to believe it ten years later when it got me through some very difficult times.  I’ve used it ever since.

Vermont State Late Model Championship Series Returns

 Vermont State Late Model Championship Series Returns

Four-Race Schedule Set for Thunder Road and Devil’s Bowl 

After its resurgence in 2012 following a 25-year hiatus, the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series will be back in 2013 for a four-race schedule split evenly between Barre, VT’s Thunder Road and West Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

The first event will be held at Thunder Road during the 51st Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 26.  Last year the event saw eventual King of the Road Nick Sweet take the victory in dominating fashion, picking up his first of two wins in the series.  After that, the VSLCS will turn to the fast Devil’s Bowl half-mile on Friday, June 7 for the second jewel of the Vermont State Late Model Championship Series crown.


Unbuckled: Getting To Know Nick Sweet

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Nick Sweet

Driver of the St J. Auto Buick

Hometown: Barre, VT

2012: Won second Track Championship at Thunder Road.

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

Working on racecars and hanging out with my family. My kid is going to be playing t-ball this year, so I’ve been trying to teach him the fundamentals of how to throw but mostly he throws it anywhere and I have to go fetch the ball. I’m like a dog. It’s funny, but I do enjoy being a sort of coach to him and spending time with him.  I got out once this year to play hockey.  I used to play hockey a lot but I just didn’t have much time this winter. 

What do you do for work?

I work for Eric Chase at Mad Dog Motorsports working on racecars full time.

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

I’m going to have to say getting married and having my children and being a good family man. It’s tough thing to do in this world and time, especially with the career I’ve chosen. That makes it even harder.