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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
Pro All Stars Series
and the New England Antique Racers. On June 28, 2007, NASCAR
NASCAR
driver Kenny Wallace raced at Thunder Road.[3] Ken Schrader, another NASCAR
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
NASCAR
legends Richard Petty
Richard Petty
and Bobby Allison.[citation needed] Current NASCAR
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)[edit] 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, VT 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, VT Late Model

2014 Derrick O'Donnell North Haverhill, VT Late Model

2015 Derrick O'Donnell North Haverhill, VT Late Model

2016 Scott Dragon Milton, VT Late Model

2017 Bobby Therrien Hinesburg, VT Late Model

Sources[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Official site

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

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