The Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, a 40+-year tradition at Barre, Vermont's Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl, takes on new significance in 2005 as the opening event in the recently announced three race ACTion Super Series. Slated for Sunday, September 4, this year's 200-lap event reads like a history book of stock car racing across the region.

The flat head coupes ran the high-banked, quarter-mile oval in the early years of the Labor Day Classic with the likes of the Lee and Russell Ingerson, Harold Hanaford, John Gammell among others. The original Northern NASCAR Tour with competitors, Stub Fadden, Robbie Crouch, Beaver Dragon, and Dick McCabe, gave way to the ACT Pro Stock Tour and drivers Junior Hanley, Dave Whitlock, and Mike Rowe. The modern day Busch Grand National North Series and its competitors, Mike Olsen, Dave Dion, and Brad Leighton paved the way for the current ACT Late Model Tour.
The ACTion Super Series continues the expansion of the Labor Day Classic and opens up a new era of racing in the region with its $10,000 to win purse. In fact, with a posted purse of nearly $70,000, the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic should offer up some incredible racing for the fans as record car counts are expected.
"I ran a 200 lap race at Thunder Road a couple of years back," recalled Cooper MacRitchie of Williamstown, VT. "I finished third by being patient. For this year's race, pit strategy will definitely play into our team's success, as well as the others who qualify. With the race being at Thunder Road I've got a lot better chance of making the field," he finished.
"I just want to get in the race," stated defending Thunder Road Late Model Champion and current point leader, Cris Michaud. "The ACTion Super Series events will surely bring a lot of new drivers to Thunder Road since there's so much money on the line. A 100 to 150-lap race at Thunder Road is tough enough, especially with long stretches of green flag racing. That extra distance is going to give everyone that much more opportunity to make a mistake," he finished.
Discount, advance sale tickets for the Sunday, September 4 Bond Auto Labor Day Classic will be going on sale at all 32 Bond Auto locations in Vermont and New Hampshire on Monday, August 8. Tickets purchased at Bond Auto stores will cost $15 (the price will be $20 at the track).