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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. 

ACT Makes Key Staff Changes

ACT Makes Key Staff Changes

Thunder Road Tech Staff Bolstered

American Canadian Tour officials have announced the hiring of several new officials across the Série ACT Castrol, Thunder Road, and the American Canadian Tour for the 2013 season. 

The overhaul is headlined by the hiring of former Kawartha Speedway (ON) manager Derek Lynch as the Chief Steward of the Série ACT Castrol.  Lynch started racing with ACT at just 17 years old in the late 1980s, and had won the Oxford 250 before heading to the NASCAR Busch North Series.  His career eventually led him to Charlotte, NC, where he worked in fabrication for Darrell Waltrip racing.  In 2000, he married Cait Curley, daughter of long-time Thunder Road promoter Tom Curley, and took over management at Kawartha Speedway.  He left Kawartha at the end of last season.