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Kart Racing Returns to Thunder Road

Kart Racing Set to Return to Thunder Road in 2016

 

Thunder Road has announced the formation of a new weekly Go-Kart racing series for the 2016 season. The Junior Champ Kart youth division for competitors ages 6 to 14 will run on Tuesday nights throughout the summer, marking the first time since 2010 that weekly Kart racing will be held on the Barre high banks.

 

The 10-race series begins on Tuesday, June 21 and will run weekly through Tuesday, August 23, with a one-week holiday break on July 5. The gates will open at 4:30pm for all Tuesday events with racing beginning at 6:00pm.

Unbuckled: Getting to Know Nick Sweet

Unbuckled: Getting to Know Nick Sweet

 

Driver of the #88VT St. J Auto Buick

Hometown: Barre, VT

2015: Finished 2nd in Thunder Road Late Model points; won Milk Bowl, Vermont Governor’s Cup, Labor Day Classic, and ACT International

 

What are your favorite off-season hobbies?

I’ve picked up some new ones. My son and I are big fans of racing those radio-controlled (RC) race cars, and on top of that, my newest hobby is being a hockey dad. I will tell you I do not like the cold at all. My feet are freezing still just thinking about it! Dunkin Donuts loves me, because I drink a lot of their coffee.

 

What do you do for work?

I work for Mad Dog Motorsports. Racing is pretty much my life. I work on race cars summer and winter.

 

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

Getting married to my beautiful wife Kristen and having a really happy family so far.

 


Unbuckled: Getting to Know Christopher Pelkey

Unbuckled: Getting to Know Christopher Pelkey

 

Driver of the #64 Tiger Sportsman

Hometown: Barre, VT

2015: Finished fifth in Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman points (2 wins)

 

What are your favorite off-season hobbies?

I play a lot of hockey. I try to play it a little during the season just to have something to get my mind off the race car for a few hours during the week. I play in a hockey league in Woodstock right now and do pick-up otherwise. Other than that, I do a little hunting and spend some time at my camp on Woodbury Lake.

 

What do you do for work?

I work for New England Precision in Randolph, VT. I’m a Quality Assurance Technician. It’s a metal-stamping company, and I measure the parts and make sure they’re correct before, during, and after we make them.

 

What would you say is your biggest life accomplishment?

Hopefully I’ve got some big ones to come. So far I’ll go with graduating from Clarkson University (class of 2014).