Thunder Road SpeedBowl
2015 Fairpoint Communications Night

Thunder Road Action Heating Up Heading into Fairpoint Night

 The 56th season of racing at Barre's Thunder Road Speedbowl continues with Fairpoint Communications Night on Thursday, July 16. The championship battles in the Thunder Road Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks have remained close throughout the first two months of the 2015 season. In each division, the gap between first and second in the standings is just three points, ensuring the intensity remains high as the season nears the halfway mark.

The main attraction continues to be the heavyweight battle in the Thunder Road Late Models between N. Haverhill, NH's Derrick O'Donnell and Barre, VT's Nick Sweet as both chase a third “King of the Road” crown. Sweet's dramatic victory in the Vermont Governor's Cup last Thursday, July 9 – in which he took the lead from O'Donnell in the closing laps – tightened the gap to its current three-point margin.

2015 Vermont Governor's Cup 150

Sweet Wins Duel With O'Donnell for Record-Tying Vermont Governor's Cup Win

Hometown favorite Nick Sweet came out on top of a battle with Thunder Road Late Model point leader and fellow two-time “King of the Road” Derrick O'Donnell to with his fourth VP Fuels Vermont Governor's Cup 150 on Thursday, July 9.

 Sweet took the lead from N. Haverhill, NH's O'Donnell on lap 125 following the race's fourth and final restart after stalking him for much of the event. O'Donnell made a bid to get back around Sweet on the outside, but came under attack from polesitter Cody Blake with 10 laps remaining, allowing Sweet to drive off to the win. Sweet moved into a tie with Robbie Crouch for the most Vermont Governor's Cup wins of all-time.

2015 Vermont Governor's Cup 150

Sweet Eyes History in Vermont Governor's Cup 150

The VP Fuels Vermont Governor's Cup 150 for Thunder Road's American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models takes the green this Thursday, July 9. Numerous former Thunder Road Champions and winners are expected to challenge for the victory in the special long-distance event, but Barre's Nick Sweet will try to do one better and further cement his place in Governor's Cup history.

Sweet has won three of the last five Vermont Governor's Cups, including the most recent event in 2014. A fourth win on Thursday would tie Sweet with six-time ACT Pro Stock Tour Champion Robbie Crouch atop the all-time winner's list.