LATEST SITE UPDATES: 3/03/13
- Updated WMMP Late Model page.
"FIFTY YEARS OF EXCITEMENT" NOW AVAILABLE!
The new book honoring 50 years of racing at Barre's
Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl is now available for just $10! Written by yours truly with Dave Moody, the book is an all-inclusive
look at the history of Vermont's oldest race track. Over 250 black-and-white and full-color photos! Click here for more information or to place an order!
Welcome to the home of the statistical history of northeastern short track stock car racing.
The information on this website is strictly unofficial, and is always a work in progress. The statistics,
facts, and any other information here have been compiled through years of research and dedication (with maybe a
little touch of boredom), and help from many other people. The intent of this website is to preserve - and at times
rediscover - the rich history of racing in our region, and to honor those that made it. Thanks for stopping by, and
please, keep coming back! Things will be changing often as information is added, adjusted corrected, or whatever the
case may be. PLEASE, by all means - if you have any piece of information (no matter how big or small) that you
don't see here or think may be relevant, send it on over!
You will notice that most of the information on this website is centered in and around Vermont,
and more is asphalt-related than dirt. Quite simply, Vermont is home to this website and is therefore held closest to
the vest, and asphalt racing is the passion of its webmaster. We'll try to include as much as humanly possible as we
continue researching everything.
Our state's racing history dates back to the end of World War II, beginning with Midget and Sprint
Car races at fairground speedways in Rutland and Essex. Soon, the racing began to include jalopy stock cars at places
like Bennington, Colchester, and Newport, spreading to St. Johnsbury, Burlington, Barre, and Milton. At one point, as
many as 18 tracks operated in Vermont simultaneously, including four in Colchester alone! Some of the drivers that have
come out of Vermont became locally, regionally, and even nationally recognized and respected: Beaver and Bobby Dragon, Tom
Tiller, Ron Barcomb, Jean-Paul Cyr, Phil Scott, Jamie Aube, Kevin Lepage, Joey Laquerre, Johnny Gammell...
Unfortunately, economics, politics, and environmentalists have shrunk the racing scene to
just three tracks, and the chances of another track ever opening here are next to nothing. So it is our job - as racers,
fans, and lovers of the sport - to support what we have left - Devil's Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven (dirt - Sunday nights),
Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford (dirt - Saturday nights), and, closing in on its 50th season in 2009, Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl
in Barre (asphalt - Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons).
This website also covers the American-Canadian Tour, and is making every effort to preserve the
history of New England, Canadian, and northeastern series like PASS, NEPSA, IPSC, NASCAR North, etc., past and present.
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out the links page and support the people that have supported this website!
Make sure to sign the guestbook!
DISCLAIMER: Many of the photos on this website have been used without
prior permission, and for that, we're sorry. For the ones we did ask to use, thanks a ton! Proper credit is due
every photographer, but since tagging every single shot would take a really long time, and we've forgotten a lot of who took
what, let's just thank everyone who has "helped" out now: Gene Gagne, Leif Tillotson, David Heath, Dave Brown, Cindy Weed,
John Sullivan, Norm Marx, Bethany Bell, vintagemodifieds.com, Bob Doyle, Ron Pittsley, David Paris, Jim DuPont, Tom
Herzig, and myriad others. A huge thanks goes out to Andy Boright and Cho Lee, both racers themselves and
treasurers of racing history. You're all awesome and very much appreciated!!!