Barre, VT – The 57th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank is already shaping up as one of the most star-studded auto racing events of the season in the Northeast. Numerous champions, former Milk Bowl winners, and rising standouts have already sent in their entries and will attempt to qualify for the “Toughest Short-Track Stock Car Race in North America” on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29.Read More
Barre, VT – Plainfield, NH’s Rich Dubeau hit racing’s equivalent of a grand slam with a dominating victory in the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Saturday, September 14. Dubeau got the jump over hometown racer Nick Sweet on a lap-48 restart and never gave the lead up en route to his second victory of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) season.Read More
Waterbury, VT – The 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) returns to the high banks this Saturday, September 14 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road. With it, the 2019 ACT championship chase resumes mid-round in the fight for the $10,000 top prize.Read More
Barre, VT – Thunder Road and the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) have officially unveiled the schedule of events for 2019 Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend. A full weekend of racing and off-track fun is planned to cap the 60th season at Thunder Road. It all culminates on Sunday, September 29 with the 57th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank.Read More
Barre, VT – Barre’s Thunder Road and the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) are ready to get back to racing this Saturday, September 14 with the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic. After a two-week interruption, racers will return to the high banks to battle it out while also celebrating the 60th season of competition at Thunder Road.Read More
Barre, VT – Thunder Road and American-Canadian Tour (ACT) officials have announced that the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 14 at 5:00pm. The event had been postponed this past Sunday following an on-track accident that occurred during qualifying.Read More
September 3, 2019
First of all, we want to thank everyone for their positive thoughts, prayers, vibes, and support over the last two days. Countless people have reached out to the officials, drivers, and fans who were at Sunday’s Labor Day Classic event as well as to us directly. Times like this are proof of how tightly-knit the racing family is, regardless of what driver, track, or series you may consider your “favorite”.
The two officials involved in Sunday’s accident are both expected to recover fully. One was discharged from the hospital on Sunday night and is at home awaiting surgery on a leg injury. The other is still at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and likely will be for several more days. Both have been in good spirits throughout the ordeal. At least one has spoken directly with the drivers involved and expressed their desire to see them back on the track.
We also need to thank all the rescue personnel, safety workers, officials, drivers, teams, and fans for their response in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s accident. The professionalism they showed in the moment and afterwards has been nothing short of remarkable. This response is a big part of why the current outlook is positive for everyone involved.
An announcement is expected either today or tomorrow regarding a make-up date for the Labor Day Classic. A suitable date may involve shuffling other parts of the Thunder Road schedule. But make no mistake, we will do everything in our power to complete the event, as well as the rest of the Thunder Road season. One of the officials involved was disappointed we didn’t go back racing the same day! Again, we thank everyone for their continued support, and we hope to see all of you at the track soon.
Cris Michaud & Pat Malone
As many of you have heard by now, an accident occurred during qualifying for the Labor Day Classic event on Sunday, September 1. Near the end of a qualifying race, a car went over a retaining wall and struck two officials – one Thunder Road official and one American-Canadian Tour (ACT) official.
The news we’ve gotten so far about both officials is positive given the circumstances. One is being treated at Central Vermont Hospital in Vermont while the other is being treated at Dartmouth Medical Center in New Hampshire. Both sustained leg injuries as a result of the accident and continue to be evaluated. More information will be released as it becomes available.
At this time, we ask that everyone please show compassion for the officials and drivers involved in the accident as well as the fans who witnessed it. Positive thoughts, prayers, and support are what is needed at this time.
An announcement will be made later this week regarding the completion of the Labor Day Classic program. We will look at our options and come to a decision that we believe is the best for everyone.
Cris Michaud & Pat Malone
Barre, VT – The 41st Labor Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road has been postponed due to an on-track accident that occurred during qualifying. An announcement regarding the completion of the program will be made later this week.
Near the conclusion of a qualifying race on Sunday, a race car flew over a retaining wall and struck two track officials. The officials were transported from the track for further treatment and evaluation. Both officials were awake and alert at the time of their departure. No other information is currently available.
Out of respect to those involved, drivers from all divisions voted to postpone the completion of the event. Information regarding rain checks will be announced at the same time as the make-up date.
American-Canadian Tour (ACT) qualifying was partially complete at the time of the accident with Tyler Cahoon, Dylan Payea, and Ryan Kuhn taking wins in the heat races.
Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour enters the next-to-last round of its 10-round title bout this Sunday, September 1 with the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road. With two point-counting races remaining on the schedule, it looks increasingly likely ACT will have a first-time champion in 2019. Sunday’s race will play a huge role in deciding who that champion will be.Read More