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2015 Thunder Road Season in Review

2015 Thunder Road Season in Review – Part I

 

The 56th season of racing at Barre’s Thunder Road was a year where the heavyweights came to play. The veterans in the Thunder Road Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks did battle with young standouts in all divisions, and the on-track action was hot and heavy week in and week out. Friendships and rivalries were both tested as drivers fought for wins and championships, and those who passed every test thrown at them were the ones who stood tall at year’s end.

 

The season kicked off Sunday, May 3 with the 17th Annual Merchants Bank 150 as the weekly Thunder Road Late Model stars took on the top runners from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT). Two-time defending Thunder Road Champion Derrick O’Donnell of N. Haverhill, NH started on the pole but developed suspension problems following a caution on lap 26. Graniteville’s Chip Grenier assumed the lead on lap 40 and dominated the race’s middle stages. But with the final 124 laps run under green, Grenier fell off during the long run, and he surrendered the lead to Milton’s Scott Dragon on lap 108.


2015 Thunder Road Banquet

O’Donnell, Moodie, Davis Honored at Banquet of Champions

 

Thunder Road International Speedbowl honored its 2015 Champions with the annual Banquet of Champions at the Barre Elks Club on Saturday, November 14. Derrick O’Donnell received the top honors for the third consecutive season in the Thunder Road Late Model division, while Brendan Moodie and Jamie Davis earned their first Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stock championships, respectively.

North Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell became the second driver in Thunder Road history to win three straight “King of the Road” crowns, joining Chuck Beede’s run from 1992-1994. O’Donnell’s championships came in his first three years in the division. He earned a career-high four wins in 2015, giving him a total of seven for his career. Among the victories was his second Memorial Day Classic triumph as well as a win in the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships. O’Donnell also finished second in the Milk Bowl and third in the Vermont Governor’s Cup.

Larry Demar

Thunder Road Legend Demar Dies after Battle with Cancer

 

Thunder Road legend Larry Demar died Thursday, November 12 overnight at his home after a battle with cancer. The Hardwick native made his name at Barre’s Thunder Road as well as its sister track Catamount Stadium in the formative years of both speedways, which included becoming the first driver ever to win all three segments of the Vermont Milk Bowl.

 

Demar rose to stardom in the early years of the famed Flying Tiger division. He earned the “King of the Road” titles in 1966 and 1967, capping the two-year run by winning the Milk Bowl in 1967. He remains one of only three drivers to sweep the three-segment event in its 53-year history. In addition, he won the Labor Day Classic both years and was the 1966 Memorial Day Classic Champion.


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