Thunder Road Welcomes ACT Tour for Merchants Bank 150 Season Opener

Thunder Road Welcomes ACT Tour for Merchants Bank 150 Season Opener

Barre, Vt. – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) returns to Barre, Vt.’s Thunder Road Speedbowl this Sunday, April 30 for the 19th Merchants Bank 150. The event kicks off the 58th season of competition on the quarter-mile oval and is the first of two visits this year for the ACT Late Model Tour.

A pair of multi-time Merchants Bank 150 winners will lead the charge into this year’s event. Three-time and defending event champion Nick Sweet of Barre will look to go back-to-back, while two-time event champion Scott Payea of Colchester is attempting to match Sweet in the record books.
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Thunder Road Welcomes ACT Tour for Merchants Bank 150 Season Opener

Barre, Vt. – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) returns to Barre, Vt.’s Thunder Road Speedbowl this Sunday, April 30 for the 19th Merchants Bank 150. The event kicks off the 58th season of competition on the quarter-mile oval and is the first of two visits this year for the ACT Late Model Tour.

 

A pair of multi-time Merchants Bank 150 winners will lead the charge into this year’s event. Three-time and defending event champion Nick Sweet of Barre will look to go back-to-back, while two-time event champion Scott Payea of Colchester is attempting to match Sweet in the record books.

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Michaud, Malone Purchase Thunder Road Speedbowl

Barre, VT – Thunder Road officials have announced that the sale of Thunder Road Speedbowl to former racer Cris Michaud and local businessman Pat Malone has been completed. The duo has assumed day-to-day operations of the famed quarter-mile oval, which had been owned and operated since 1982 by Ken Squier and Tom Curley.

 

Michaud is a three-time “King of the Road” and has spent 22 years at and around the high banks as a driver and race director. Malone is the owner of Malone Properties, a Montpelier-based commercial real estate company that has sponsored a number of Thunder Road race teams in previous seasons.

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Thunder Returns to the Monadnock Mountains in 2017

Thunder Returns to the Monadnock Mountains in 2017

Winchester, NH – The owners of Monadnock Speedway are very optimistic as they embark on the
2017 racing season. Modified racing has always been popular at the high-banked, ¼ mile speedway and
will continue to be the backbone of Monadnock this year.

Topping the excitement at Monadnock Speedway is the return of the open-wheel
Modified Series. Over the last several years, the speedway has developed a strong following in what
they called the “Sportsman Modifieds”. Written years ago, the rules were designed to provide an
economical modified racing division – exactly the same as the ever-popular SK Lights that run at
nearby Connecticut race tracks. Going into the 2017 season, the Sportsman Modifieds will carry a new
name – the SK Modified Lights.
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Sweet Wins 38th Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic, Dragon Claims King of the Road Crown

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Scott Dragon of Milton shows off his “King of the Road” trophy in Victory Lane after clinching the Late Model Championship with a second-place finish in the 38th Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, VT – Nick Sweet of Barre continued his domination of the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic, but it wasn’t enough to deny Scott Dragon of Milton his first Thunder Road Late Model track championship. Sweet led the final 117 laps on his way to his third straight win, and his fourth overall, in the 38th edition of the 200-lap holiday event, but Dragon’s runner-up finish was enough to give him the “King of the Road” crown by one point over Sweet.

 

Thunder Road crowned two other first-time champions in the final regular-season event of the year: Stephen Donahue of Graniteville won Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen title, while Jamon Perry of Hardwick took the Allen Lumber Street Stocks championship.

 

Dragon led Sweet by eight points in the overall Late Model standings after the qualifying heats. Once Sweet moved into the lead, Dragon had to finish second place to earn the title. He saved it until late in the event, passing Tyler Cahoon of Danville for the runner-up position on lap 195.

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