BARRE, Vt. – Thunder Road officials have put the final touches on the schedule for 2013 season, kicking off the year with the Merchants Bank 150 on April 27-28 and closing out with the 51st running of the Vermont Milk Bowl on Oct. 5-6.
The schedule will include 18 overall events at the Barre highbanks, with 14 of them counting towards the Late Model track title.
The stars of the American-Canadian Tour will start the year at the Merchants Bank 150 on April 27-28, and the chase to become the next King of the Road will begin with the 51st Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on May 26. The Devil’s Bowl Bond Auto Parts Dirt Modifieds will make their first Thunder Road appearance to run a 50-lap feature before the Late Model’s 100-lap classic.
Three-time Late Model King of the Road Phil Scott is excited to get the year started.
“It will be thrilling to see the Modifieds go door-to-door that day, but I’m excited to get back behind the wheel at the Memorial Day Classic,” said Scott. “Last year we finished second to Nick Sweet, but it’s a new year and we are ready. I think I’ve finished second enough.”
2012 Devil’s Bowl Modified Champion Ron Proctor will be at the 50-lap special event over Memorial day, and feels he is ready to tame The ‘Road.
“I’ve heard a lot of stories about how small and tight it is. It really makes you leery of how much contact there might be,” said Proctor. “But for now it’s all stories, and I can’t judge until I race it. I know I’ll have a lot of competition from Vince Quenneville, Jessey Mueller, Hunter Bates and those guys. Since I’ve never raced there it will be a clean slate of sorts, but I’m hoping I can find the adjustments a little quicker than them because of my racing experience.”
Thunder Road will also host the New England Antique Racers on June 9, and the North East Mini Stock Tour on June 16. The Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup 150 will return on July 11 as will the 29th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro on Aug. 11.
The American Canadian Tour will return for the Labor Day Classic on Sept. 1, and the season will come to a close on the weekend of Oct. 5-6 with the 51st Annual Milk Bowl.