Three-time and defending Late Model Sportsman champion, Cris Michaud is no stranger to Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont. Michaud's interest in racing a car of his own was sparked when he was the driver of the pace car at the quarter mile high bank speedway. Cris and wife Heather reside in Williamstown, Vermont with their seven year old daughter Jordyn.
By day, Michaud is the owner of a contracting (painting) company, but on Thursday nights he is the “King of the Road”. Michaud with crew in tow will take on the high banks again in 2006 with hopes of clinching their third consecutive title, fourth overall. The #6 LMS will sport a white and green paint scheme in ’06 with sponsors; Merchant’s Bank, Burrell Roofing, and Heney Realtor on the Ford body.

Michaud strapped into a Allen Lumber Street Stock, 13 years ago, and raced half a season in the division. He moved on to the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division for two season's of action. From the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division, Cris moved up to the Late Model division. Michaud is most proud of his racing accomplishments which include: three championships at Thunder Road (2001, 2004, and 2005) Most Improved NAPA Tiger Sportsman driver in 1995, Most Improved Late Model Driver in 1996 and 1998. In 1999 Cris was the recipient of the Late Model Sportsmanship award and honored with the Don MacTavish Award. Michaud is most proud that he was the winner of the 2004 Milk Bowl at Thunder Road.
One of Michaud’s favorite competitors is fellow champion and past Milk Bowl winner, Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, Vermont. “Cyr is a clean driver; he has accomplished a lot in his racing career, we have had some great battles (on the track) in the past. In 2005, the American Canadian Tour’s second trip to Lee Speedway; (in Lee, NH) we spent a lot of the race side-by-side. I know that I can trust Jean, he races real fair, and I respect that in a competitor.”
Michaud will be in competition at the Merchant’s Bank 150 at Thunder Road on Sunday, April 30th. Michaud and the #6 Late Model will be on hand at the annual car show on Saturday, April 29th on Main Street in Barre, Vermont.

Did you know this about “King of the Road” Cris Michaud?
• His favorite race track is Thunder Road
• His favorite sport (other than racing) is hockey. He never misses a game of his daughter Jordyn’s.
• His local racing hero is Dave Dion
• His favorite Nextel Cup driver is Jamie McMurray
• Cris was the first driver in ACT history to compete with current day ACT Spec Engine
• He is a past champion of the Port-A-Pottie Grand Prix at Thunder Road Speedbowl