Thunder Road Announces 2019 Schedule of Events

Thunder Road will celebrate its 60th season of racing with a 19-event schedule that includes many fan favorites. (Alan Ward photo)>>

Barre, VT – Thunder Road has officially released the 2019 racing schedule for the 60th season of competition at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement”. The 19-event season includes many events the track is known for along with new additions that promise even more thrills.

As has been tradition for much of the past two decades, Thunder Road will open its season with the 21st Community Bank N.A. 150 on Sunday, April 28. The Downtown Barre Car Show will be held the day before on Saturday, April 27 followed by an open practice for all divisions.

The Community Bank N.A. 150 will once again be the first of two visits for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) as they take on Thunder Road’s weekly Maplewood/Irving Late Model stars. The ACT Late Model Tour returns on Sunday, September 1 for the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200.

The biggest change to the 2019 schedule is when and how the champions are decided. A special Championship Night on Saturday, September 14 will crown champions for the Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. The event also features the “Rumble in the Quarry 125” for tour-type Modifieds and the “Rumble in the Quarry 35” for the U.S. Legend Cars. More details on both races will be announced at a later date.

Between Opening Day and Championship Night, a slew of events will showcase the best short track racers in the region. The 57th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 26 kicks off the championship season for the Thunder Road Late Models. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will also be on hand for 150 laps in their first of two visits in 2019.

Weekly racing will once again open with a special Friday night event on June 7. Capitol City Auto Mart Night includes the opener of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series for the Flying Tigers along with the annual Kids Rides. Rounds two and three of the Triple Crown will be Thursday, July 11 on Consolidated Communications Night and Thursday, August 8 on Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night.

The Thursday night racing season begins June 13 with Casella Waste Management Night and the New England Antique Racers. The summer will feature many events familiar to Thunder Road fans, including the Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular on Thursday, July 4; the VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup on Thursday, July 18; the Mid-Season Championships on Thursday, July 25; and the Bolduc Metal Recycling Enduro 200 and Street Stock Special on Sunday, August 4. Thursday racing concludes with Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night on Thursday, August 23 featuring the annual Run-What-U-Brung spectator races.

After Championship Night, attention turns to Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend. The season finale returns to a two-day racing format in 2019. Saturday, September 28 is Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day along with the 150-lap PASS Super Late Model event that was held on Friday in 2018. The Thunder Road racing season wraps up on Sunday, September 29 with the 57th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank.

The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will return to Thunder Road in 2019 with a 10-event schedule. These dates will be available at https://www.thunderroadvt.com/schedule/.

Thunder Road has also released the Late Models along with license application forms, team registration forms, and season pass order forms. These forms are all available at www.thunderroadvt.com and at the Thunder Road offices in Waterbury. The rules for the Flying Tigers, Street Stocks, and Road Warriors are expected to be finalized by the end of November.

For more information on the 2019 racing season, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2019 Thunder Road Schedule of Events

# DAY DATE TIME EVENT

-- Sat Apr 27 9:00am Downtown Barre Car Show & Practice Session

1 Sun Apr 28 1:30pm 21st Community Bank N.A. 150 – ACT Late Model Tour

2 Sun May 6 1:30pm 57th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 – PASS 150

3 Fri Jun 7 7:00pm Capital City Auto Mart Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #1 and Kid’s Rides

4 Thu Jun 13 7:00pm Casella Waste Management Night – New England Antique Racers

5 Thu Jun 20 7:00pm North Country Federal Credit Union – Scout Night

6 Thu Jun 27 7:00pm Community College of Vermont Night – Vermont Brewer’s Cup

7 Thu Jul 4 7:00pm Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular/Fireworks

8 Thu Jul 11 7:00pm Consolidated Communications Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #2

9 Thu Jul 18 6:30pm 40th VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup 150

10 Thu Jul 25 7:00pm Mid-Season Championships – Driver Autographs

11 Thu Aug 1 7:00pm WDEV Radio/Calkins Portable Toilets

12 Sun Aug 4 6:00pm 35th Bolduc Metal Recycling Enduro 200 & Street Stock Special

13 Thu Aug 8 7:00pm Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #3

14 Thu Aug 15 7:00pm Vermont Tire & Service Night

15 Thu Aug 22 7:00pm Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night – Run What-U-Brung

16 Sun Sep 1 1:00pm 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 – ACT Late Model Tour

17 Sat Sep 14 4:00pm Championship Night – all track champions crowned

plus Rumble at the Quarry 125 for tour-type Modifieds

& Rumble in the Quarry 35 for U.S. Legend Cars – details TBA

18 Sat Sep 28 1:00pm Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day & PASS 150

19 Sun Sep 29 1:00pm 57th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank

Schedule subject to change

 
ACT Releases 10-Race Schedule for 2019 Season

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have announced the 2019 schedule for the ACT Late Model Tour. The 10-race series with be held at six tracks throughout the northeastern United States and the Canadian province of Quebec.

ACT will be part of the season-opener for three different race tracks, helping all them bring on the new year with a bang. Other highlights include a number of big-money races and the return of one of ACT’s most historic events.

The 28th ACT Late Model Tour season begins at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, April 14. The 150-lap event is the first on the Oxford racing calendar and will be a doubleheader with the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Models. ACT then heads to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Speedbowl on Sunday, April 28 to open the Vermont racing season with the 21st Community Bank N.A. 150. Both events will include an optional practice day the Saturday before the event.

A third track gets the season-opening treatment when ACT travels to N. Woodstock, NH’s White Mountain Motorsports Park for the Spring Green 119 on Saturday, May 11. The 44th running of the Spring Green marks its comeback after a one-year absence.

The month of June will be the busiest one for ACT with the three races on tap. The trio of events includes two tracks returning to the ACT schedule and one that will play an expanded role in 2019.

For the first event in June, ACT goes north of the border to Vallée-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, June 1. The Chaudiere 150 will be the second point-counting ACT Late Model Tour event ever held at the ¼-mile oval and first since 2015.

The middle leg of the month is a 75-lapper at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, June 15, which is the first of two events scheduled at the track. It also marks the official halfway point of the season. The final event in June is the Star 150 at Epping, NH’s Star Speedway on Saturday, June 29. It is the first visit by ACT to Star since 2013.

After taking the month of July off, ACT will be back in a big way on Saturday, August 3 with the $10,000-to-win Midsummer 250 at White Mountain Motorsports Park. The event made its debut this past September as part of the track’s 25th anniversary celebration. It has now been moved to early August and added to the ACT schedule. Later in the month, ACT will return to Oxford Plains Speedway with a 150-lap event on Saturday, August 24 as part of Oxford 250 Weekend.

The final two events of the season have become ACT staples in recent years. The Tour makes its second visit to Thunder Road on Sunday, September 1 for the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200. ACT will once again crown its champion in the World Series 75 at Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 12 as part of the World Series of Speedway racing.

In addition to 10 point-counting races, there will also be two non-point events sanctioned by ACT: the Bacon Bowl 200 at Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, August 17 and the 57th Vermont Milk Bowl on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. The Bacon Bowl will pay $10,000 CAD to win while the Milk Bowl winner will receive a minimum of $10,000 USD.

“We’re very happy with the schedule we were able to put together,” ACT co-owner Cris Michaud said. “We think 10 point-counting races is about right at this time, and we’ve given teams some options if they want to do more than that. There are also three $10,000-to-win events we’re sanctioning, which rewards teams for the time and effort they put into supporting us. We’re looking forward to getting the season underway next April.”

ACT rules, license applications, and team registration forms for the 2019 season are also now available at www.acttour.com. For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2019 ACT Late Model Tour Schedule of Events

# DAY DATE EVENT TRACK LOCATION

1 Sun Apr 14 Oxford Plains 150 Oxford Plains Speedway Oxford, ME

2 Sun Apr 28 Community Bank N.A. 150 Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT

3 Sat May 11 Spring Green 119 White Mtn. Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH

4 Sat Jun 1 Chaudiere 150 Autodrome Chaudiere Vallée-Jct., QC

5 Sat Jun 15 Thompson 75 Thompson Speedway Thompson, CT

6 Sat Jun 29 Star 150 Star Speedway Epping, NH

7 Sat Aug 3 Midsummer 250 White Mtn Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH

*** Sat Aug 17 Bacon Bowl 200 Autodrome Chaudiere Vallée-Jct., QC

8 Sat Aug 24 Oxford Plains 150 Oxford Plains Speedway Oxford, ME

9 Sun Sep 1 Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT

*** Sat/Sun Sep 28/29 57th Vermont Milk Bowl Thunder Road Speedbowl Barre, VT

10 Sat Oct 12 World Series 75 Thompson Speedway Thompson, CT

Schedule subject to change

 
Hunters Asked to Help Collect Deer Biological Data

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking hunters for help in a statewide initiative to gather more biological data on the state’s deer population. Hunters who get a deer during the November 10-25 rifle season are asked to provide an incisor tooth from their deer when they go to a reporting station.

Biologists are collecting middle incisor teeth from all rifle season deer in order to evaluate regional differences in ages and antler characteristics of bucks as well as to help estimate population size, growth rate, health, and mortality rates. Each tooth will be cross-sectioned to accurately determine the deer’s age, and the results will be posted on the Fish & Wildlife website next spring.

Hunters are asked to obtain a tooth envelope from the reporting agent. Write your name, Conservation ID number and date of kill on it. Remove one of the middle incisor teeth, being careful to include the root. Place the tooth in the envelope and give it to the reporting agent.

Instructions on removing the tooth will be posted at reporting stations, and a video showing how will be available on Fish & Wildlife’s website www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

“Knowing the ages of harvested deer is critically important, and more information allows us to make better management decisions,” said Nick Fortin, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s deer project leader. “To produce accurate population estimates, and to better assess our current management strategies, we really need to get teeth from as many deer as possible.”

 
Leashed Tracking Dogs for Recovery of Game

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is providing the following list of certified leashed tracking dog owners who volunteer during the hunting seasons to help hunters locate deer, bear or moose that have been shot during hunting season but not yet recovered. The leashed tracking dog owners must pass an extensive exam administered by Fish & Wildlife in order to be certified and licensed to provide their services.

This list, which may be updated during hunting seasons, is available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com).

2018 Vermont Leashed Dog Trackers

Name Town Phone Numbers

Tim Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 802-353-6020

Travis Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 518-932-6505

Chris Peacock Burlington, VT 802-658-3423

Marvin Ainsworth St Johnsbury, VT 802-748-8627

Laura Nichols Granville, NY 518-642-3012 518-932-6506

Jeff Adams Milton, VT 802-324-6316

Daniel Myers* Troy, VT 802-988-4370 802-309-2504

Dennis Roberts* Troy, VT 802-988-9632 802-673-5061

Jess Monago Burlington, VT 607-765-0945

Nicholas Merritt East Fairfield, VT 802-238-3884 802-922-2515

Kayla Konya East Thetford, VT 802-333-4278

Jacquelyn Magoon Morrisville, VT 802-279-6578

Cody Barnum New Haven, VT 802-458-7070

Mandi Harbec Orleans, VT 802-323-3536

Jacques Marcoux Hyde Park, VT 802-279-7889

Kristie Adams* Pittsford, VT 802-483-6257 802-558-1143

Roger Chauvin Swanton, VT 802-782-1608 802-868-4953

Barry J. Tatro* Hardwick, VT 802-535-7259

Tom DiPietro Jr. Jericho, VT 802-899-4479

Laura DiPietro Jericho, VT 802-899-4479

Jack Dix Cropseyville, NY 802-490-4827

Justin Robert Richmond, VT 802-324-2903

Benjamin Whitcomb Richmond, VT 802-233-8669

David Wilder Barre, VT 802-522-6938

Francis Putney Barre, VT 802-595-4350

Bill Gaiotti Mt. Tabor, VT 802-345-8500

Brett Kelley Poultney, VT 802-287-5800 802-287-0814

Shelby Maniatty Georgia, VT 802-673-8863

Chris Maniatty Newport, VT 802-334-5637

John Lingner Pownal, VT 802-379-7774 802-823-9388

Alaina Wiskoski Fair Haven, VT 802-236-7751

Lucinda Waterhouse Enosburg Falls, VT 802-370-5937

Mark Harbec Orleans, VT 802-323-3536

Nick Smith Groton, VT 802-584-3121

Matt Bourgeois Whiting, VT 802-989-2213

Don Morgan Charlotte, VT 802-557-5938 802-425-7097

Scott Newell Groveton, NH 603-636-2264 603-631-0477

 
 
 
 

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