Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic

Coca-Cola Sponsors Labor Day Classic
Becomes Official Soft Drink of Thunder Road

Thunder Road International Speedbowl is proud to announce Coca-Cola as the new official soft drink of the ¼-mile speedway and the headlining sponsor for the prestigious Labor Day Classic. Thunder Road will now sell a variety of bottled Coke products in their concession stands.

The “Nation’s Site of Excitement” is thrilled to add the Coca-Cola name to one of its premier events on the schedule. This season will see the 36th running of the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200, which has built a lot of history over the years.

The inaugural Labor Day Classic event was held in the Speedbowl’s first season back in 1960. Norm Chaloux won that first event and he was soon joined by the biggest names in the track’s history. Roy “Pappy” Forsythe, Ronnie Marvin, Doug and Russ Ingerson, Larry Demar, Jean-Paul Cabana, Dave Dion, Beaver and Bobby Dragon and Robbie Crouch have all etched their names in the Labor Day Classic granite monument.

16th Merchants Bank 150

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Wheels His Way to Merchants Bank Win

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH used a cross over move on Jimmy Hebert with about 15 laps to go to claim his first career Thunder Road win in the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 27. Hebert held on for second while 17 year old Emily Packard came home third.

Hebert led for the majority of the event after taking the lead on lap 26 from his third place starting position. He held off two former Thunder Road Late Model Champions in Nick Sweet and Derrick O’Donnell in a fierce battle, while protecting the low lane. With just under 20 laps to go, Sweet and O’Donnell made hard contact on the backstretch, bringing out the ninth caution of the event. Sweet would be done to the day with front end damage, while O’Donnell returned after changing a flat.


Thunder Road Car Show and Practice Day Cancelled

Thunder Road’s annual downtown Barre car show scheduled for Saturday, April 26 has been cancelled due to forecasted rains. The practice session schedule at the track in the afternoon has also been cancelled. Sunday’s (April 27) Merchants Bank 150 is still on as planned with minor adjustments to the schedule.

Teams may pre-register for Sunday’s event and park their haulers in the pit area tomorrow (Saturday, April 26) from noon to 4:00pm. The pits will then open Sunday morning at 7:00am and practice will begin an hour earlier than originally scheduled at 10:00am. The remainder of the schedule will remain as is.

Sunday’s (April 27) event will begin with class day festivities at 1:00pm. Qualifying for the 16th Annual Merchant’s Bank 150 is set to roll out at 1:30pm.

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