Thunder Road SpeedBowl
500 Fever - Reason #5


(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’ ----) 


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.

Northfield Savings Bank Night

Pembroke Closes Late for Thunder Road Late Model Win

Dave Pembroke of Middlesex chased down Brooks Clark in the closing laps of Thursday’s Late Model 50-lap main event on Northfield Savings Bank Fireworks Night at Thunder Road to claim his first win of 2013 and the 20th of his career.

 Pembroke started 19th on the grid in the VSECU/Lamoille Valley Ford No. 44 and followed Clark to the front in the outside lane in pursuit of leader Ricky Roberts. Clark and Pembroke were 5th and 6th on the final restart on lap 24. Clark took the lead on lap 32. He and Pembroke crossed the line side by side on lap 45.

 Roberts stayed strong to claim third. Veteran Joey Laquerre placed 4th, a car-length ahead of 16-year-old Emily Packard.