Thunder Road International SpeedBowl Article

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Thunder Road International Speedbowl
Thunder Road, "Nation's Site of Excitement"
LocationQuarry Hill, Barre, Vermont
Capacity8,000
OwnerChris Michaud and Pat Malone
OpenedJune 1960
Major events
  • Community Bank 150
  • Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic
  • Vermont Governor's Cup
  • Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic
  • Vermont Milk Bowl "The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America"
Oval
SurfaceAsphalt
Length0.25 mi (0.40 km)
Turns4
Banking18°
Website www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com

Thunder Road International Speedbowl, more commonly known as Thunder Road, is a .25-mile (0.40 km) high-banked, paved short track speedway located just outside the limits of the city of Barre. The track was founded by Ken Squier 1960 and sold by Squier and co-owner Tom Curley in the spring of 2017 to former Thunder Road track champion Cris Michaud and local businessman Pat Malone. [1] [2] Currently, Thunder Road hosts four weekly divisions: Late Models, Tiger Sportsman, Street Stocks, and Road Warriors. The track is known for hosting its weekly races on Thursday night, rather than Saturday, as nearly all other short tracks do.[ citation needed]

In the past, Thunder Road had hosted the Busch North Series, a subsidiary of NASCAR, and currently hosts regional touring series including the American Canadian Tour, the Pro All Stars Series and the New England Antique Racers. On June 28, 2007, NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace raced at Thunder Road. [3] Ken Schrader, another NASCAR driver, had raced once at Thunder Road each of the two years prior to Wallace's visit.

Thunder Road has hosted the "Milk Bowl" Late Model race for 50 years. It is the season finale for racing at the track, held each fall. This race of three 50-lap segments, with cumulative scoring and full-field inversions between segments. The driver with the lowest combined total of finishes in the three segments is declared the winner. The winner of the event is expected to kiss a cow in Victory Circle.

In 2009, as part of its 50th Season in operation, Thunder Road was visited by NASCAR legends Richard Petty and Bobby Allison.[ citation needed] Current NASCAR drivers Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer,and David Ragan raced there at different events during the season as well.[ citation needed]

Past track champions (King of the Road)

The title of King of the Road is given to the highest points winner of the top weekly division at Thunder Road. While the other divisions have their respective champions, King of the Road is the most coveted title at Thunder Road and in the State of Vermont. There have been fifty-five Kings of the Road, the one female Queen of the Road being Tracie Bellerose, the 2000 track champion.

Year Driver Hometown Division
1960 Ronnie Marvin Bethlehem, NH Sportsman Coupe
1961 Roy "Pappy" Forsythe Keene, NH Sportsman Coupe
1962 Lee Ingerson Jefferson, NH Sportsman Coupe
1963 Lee Ingerson Jefferson, NH Sportsman Coupe
1964 Harold "Hardluck" Hanaford Plymouth, NH Sportsman Coupe
1965 Harold "Hardluck" Hanaford Plymouth, NH Sportsman Coupe
1966 Larry Demar Harwick, VT Flying Tiger
1967 Larry Demar Harwick, VT Flying Tiger
1968 Tom Tiller Essex Jct., VT Flying Tiger
1969 Clement "Desperate" Despault Waterbury, VT Flying Tiger
1970 Bobby Giroux South Burlington, VT Limited Sportsman
1971 Jean-Paul Cabana Sherrington, QC Late Model Sportsman
1972 Bobby Giroux South Burlington, VT Late Model Sportsman
1973 Bobby Dragon Milton, VT Late Model Sportsman
1974 Joey Kourafas Sharon, MA Late Model Sportsman
1975 Dave Dion Hudson, NH Late Model Sportsman
1976 Bobby Dragon Milton, VT Late Model Sportsman
1977 Dave Dion Hudson, VT Late Model Sportsman
1978 Stanley "Stub" Fadden North Haverhill, NH Late Model Sportsman
1979 Stanley "Stub" Fadden North Haverhill, NH Late Model Sportsman
1980 Jean-Paul Cabana Sherrington, QC Late Model Sportsman
1981 -Track Closed-
1982 Joey Laquerre East Montpelier, VT Flying Tiger
1983 Clement "Desperate" Despault Waterbury, VT Flying Tiger
1984 Larry Caron Williston, VT Flying Tiger
1985 Chuck Beede Williamstown, VT Flying Tiger
1986 Norm Andrews Northfield, VT Flying Tiger
1987 Dan Beede Williamstown, VT Flying Tiger
1988 Ron Lamell, Jr Essex Jct., VT Flying Tiger
1989 Greg "Burger" Blake East Barre, VT Flying Tiger
1990 Joey Laquerre, Jr. East Montpelier, VT Flying Tiger
1991 Dwayne Lanphear Morrisville, VT Flying Tiger
1992 Chuck Beede Williamstown, VT Late Model
1993 Chuck Beede Williamstown, VT Late Model
1994 Chuck Beede Williamstown, VT Late Model
1995 Dave Whitcomb Essex Jct., VT Late Model
1996 Phil Scott Middlesex, VT Late Model
1997 Pete Fecteau Morrisville, VT Late Model
1998 Phil Scott Middlesex, VT Late Model
1999 Brian Hoar Williston, VT Late Model
2000 Tracie Bellerose Gorham, NH Late Model
2001 Cris Michaud Northfield, VT Late Model
2002 Phil Scott Middlesex, VT Late Model
2003 Jamie Fisher Shelburne, VT Late Model
2004 Cris Michaud Williamstown, VT Late Model
2005 Cris Michaud Williamstown, VT Late Model
2006 Chad Wheeler Waterbury Ctr., VT Late Model
2007 Dave Pembroke Montpelier, VT Late Model
2008 Eric Williams Hyde Park, VT Late Model
2009 Jean-Paul Cyr Milton, VT Late Model
2010 Nick Sweet Barre, VT Late Model
2011 Dave Pembroke Montpelier, VT Late Model
2012 Nick Sweet Barre, VT Late Model
2013 Derrick O'Donnell North Haverhill, NH Late Model
2014 Derrick O'Donnell North Haverhill, NH Late Model
2015 Derrick O'Donnell North Haverhill, NH Late Model
2016 Scott Dragon Milton, VT Late Model
2017 Bobby Therrien Hinesburg, VT Late Model
2018 Scott Dragon Milton, VT Late Model

Sources

  1. ^ "Pair buy Thunder Road | Times Argus". Times Argus. 2017-04-19. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  2. ^ "THUNDER ROAD". www.catamountstadium.com. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  3. ^ Times Argus Online

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THUNDER ROAD INTERNATIONAL SPEEDBOWL Latitude and Longitude:

44°10′47.26″N 72°29′16.63″W / 44.1797944°N 72.4879528°W / 44.1797944; -72.4879528