Contributed by: ACT Staff
OVER $20,000 AND TITLE UP FOR GRABS IN LABOR DAY CLASSIC
The largest purse of the four-race Vermont State Championship is up for grabs at the 36th annual Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont on Sunday, August 31. The 2014 Thunder Road Championship will also be decided after one of the closest and most competitive seasons of racing at Thunder Road in recent memory.
Nick Sweet, Barre’s hometown hero, won the Classic in 2011. He and defending Champion of Thunder Road, Derrick O’Donnell from North Haverhill, NH have swapped the lead all summer long, and now it comes down to a final 200 laps for the 2014 “King of the Road” to be crowned.
“I want the title and I want my name on the granite stone under Labor Day Classic. This race goes back to the beginning of Thunder Road, almost thirty years before I was even born! The honor of the win is to be put on a lasting monument with guys from past decades like “Pappy” Forsythe, Ronnie Marvin, the Ingersons, Dragons, Cabana and Crouch. I have to beat one of the best for the Thunder Road title Sunday in Nick Sweet, but I also want to win the Labor Day Classic. Nick has already won the Classic, so if I finish first and he is second, he really shouldn’t mind”, said O’Donnell.