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2015 Thunder Road Season in Review

2015 Thunder Road Season in Review – Part II

 

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Thunder Road kicked off a busy month of July with its annual Independence Day weekend doubleheader. The weekend began on Thursday, July 2 with Aubuchon Hardware Night featuring fireworks both off and on the track. The tension was high in the closing stages of the Late Model feature as second-place runner John Donahue steadily gained on leader Jim “Boomer” Morris by rim-riding the outside. But with six laps remaining in the 50-lap event, Donahue got too high entering turn 4, sliding broadside into the turn 4 Widowmaker and rolling over.

 

Barre’s Cody Blake inherited second, and after another caution on the first restart attempt, Blake got the break on the second try and pulled away for his second career Thunder Road Late Model win and first since the 2013 Vermont Governor’s Cup. Morris crossed the line second but was subsequently disqualified for an illegal rear end. Barre’s Nick Sweet and N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell inherited the second and third spots. Matt White moved up to fourth after Dave Pembroke was also disqualified for refusing post-race technical inspection. Shawn Fleury, Eric Chase, Jason Corliss, Brett Gervais, Josh Demers, and Kyle Pembroke rounded out the top-10.


2016 Thunder Road Schedule

Thunder Road Announces 2016 Schedule of Events

 

Thunder Road officials have announced the release of the 2016 Thunder Road schedule of events. The 18-event schedule for the 57th season of racing at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” begins with the 18th Annual Merchants Bank 150 season opener featuring the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) on Saturday/Sunday, April 30/May 1 and runs through the 54th Annual Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl on Saturday/Sunday, October 1 & 2.

 

A special weekly event Sunday, May 22 will kick off the 2016 Late Model “King of the Road” chase. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will then return for the 54th Annual Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 29 as part of a doubleheader with the Thunder Road Late Models.


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.