Barre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl announced today that NASCAR Sprint Cup star Clint Bowyer from Emporia, Kansas has asked to return for another shot at the famous high banks of Thunder Road. Bowyer raced in the 2013 Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 for the first time. His goal was to have better results than the previous “Cup” visitor, Tony Stewart, who finished 16th. “I want to tackle that ¼ mile again. I didn’t have enough time to figure out the fourth turn, but I learned a lot last year about it, and I really want to get back there--the teams and fans were fun to be around,” said Bowyer.
The original date for the VT Governor’s Cup of Thursday, June 26 has been switched to Thursday, July 10th to coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup event being held that weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Thursday, June 26will now be a regular Thursday night race program.
“We are happy to make this kind of schedule change to have Clint Bowyer in attendance again. He said a year ago that he wanted to come back after a disappointing finish and my guess is that he will be ready to take on the best that Thunder Road has to offer,” said the founder of Thunder Road, Ken Squier.
Bowyer won his heat race and started the 2013 race in 16th. He ran 132 laps before retiring. “I really wanted to win and when I knew that was not going to happen I wanted to bring the car back to the team in one piece. Sometimes you got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them. I am hoping for a Royal Flush this year,” concluded Bowyer.
Bowyer will be driving for the same team as one year ago. Rick Green from Enosburg Falls, VT is the owner of RGR which includes the ACT cars driven by Travis Stearns, Joey Becker and now Scott Dragon. The cars are constructed at Crazy Horse Racing in South Paris, Maine and crew chief Mickey Green will bring his crew to Thunder Road again for the event.
“It is always fun to have a NASCAR driver at Thunder Road”, said two-time Thunder Road “King of the Road” and two-time Governor’s Cup winner Nick Sweet. “In all fairness, the “Road” is really unlike almost any short track in the country, and this is a points race for all of us who are running for a championship. Clint Bowyer is really like a lot of us, he just likes the challenge and loves to race. Trust me, he will find another challenge this year at Thunder Road”, concluded Sweet.
The next event on the schedule is this Thursday (June 19) night with Casella night. Post time is 6:30. This Sunday (June 22) is the Harvest Equipment rain make-up race with a post time of 6:00. Admission for both races is just $12 for Adults, kids from 6-12 just $3 dollars and a family of two adults and two kids is just $25.00. Gates open Thursday at 5:00 and Sunday at 4:30.
-Thunder Road Speedbowl Press Release. Photo Credit: Alan Ward