Barre, VT – The Thunder Road International Speedbowl season is in full swing just in time for three big events in the next two weeks. After a series of rain postponements, Thunder Road’s stars seem to finally be in rhythm as they head into the Monday, July 4th special Pepsi Holiday Fireworks event. It will be the first of two events in four days, the other being the Thursday, July 7th Charter Communications Night, followed by the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships on Thursday, July 14.
2010 “King of the Road” Nick Sweet of Barre, Lt. Governor Phil Scott of Berlin, and current Rookie of the Year leader Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown will need to make the most of the next two events before the double-point Mid-Season Championships. Graniteville’s John Donahue currently holds a 46 point lead over Sweet, while Scott and Hebert sit 48 and 50 points off the pace respectively. Donahue has had a tremendous start to the season, picking up wins in the Memorial Day Classic and the Vermont Governor’s Cup, but with three events in just eleven days, a lot can happen and no one can be counted out of contention.
Bradford’s Derrick O’Donnell survived the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen double features (one feature was a make-up from June 26) on Thursday, June 30 to hold on to the point lead. With two wins already this season, O’Donnell leads Milton’s Eric Badore and Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien.
The Allen Lumber Street Stocks see the top five in the standings separated by just 20 points. Barre’s Ron Gabaree leads Jefferson, NH’s Nick Pilotte by just four points. Both drivers have already secured one feature win apiece this season. Greg Adams, Troy Kingsbury, and David Whitcomb complete the top five.
The Junkyard Warriors currently have a tie at the top of their point standings between Waterbury’s Jason Woodard and Williamstown’s Kevin Wheatley.
All four Thunder Road divisions will continue their point battles this Monday, July 4 with the Pepsi Holiday event featuring fireworks. Post time is 6:30pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6 to 12 and $20 for a family ticket (two adults and two kids).
Just three days later, Thursday, July 7, the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” will be back with Charter Communications night. Post time will again be at 6:30pm and admission prices will be the same as the Pepsi event.