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Thunder Road International Speedbowl will open this weekend for the 55th season of championship stock car racing. Billed as the "Nation's Site of Excitement," Thunder Road is known for its close door-banging, "take no prisoners" style of racing action.
The Merchants Bank 150 for the ACT Championship Late Model teams is the featured event this Sunday, April 27, but there will be plenty of racing action from the Bond Auto Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. They will also open their 2014 championship charge.
"The long winter is finally over and things have actually dried out a lot faster than we might have thought they would a couple weeks ago. We are getting a late start cleaning up, but we have scheduled a practice for this Thursday and look forward to seeing all the teams and fans this weekend. After watching the Lee (Lee USA Speedway) opener a week ago, I am really looking forward to the Merchants Bank 150. It should be a thriller," said promoter of Thunder Road, Tom Curley.
The annual Car Show in downtown Barre will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 9 a.m. till noon. A full afternoon of practice will follow after the popular race car parade from downtown up Quarry Hill to the race track beginning at high noon. Sunday will open with the traditional Class Day celebration when all cars go on parade beginning at 1 p.m. Qualifying for the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 will begin at 1:30 on Sunday, April 27, 2014.