Barre, VT — Thunder Road has officially released the 2019 racing schedule for the 60th season of competition at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement”. The 19-event season includes many events the track is known for along with new additions that promise even more thrills.


As has been tradition for much of the past two decades, Thunder Road will open its season with the 21st Community Bank N.A. 150 on Sunday, April 28. The Downtown Barre Car Show will be held the day before on Saturday, April 27 followed by an open practice for all divisions.


The Community Bank N.A. 150 will once again be the first of two visits for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) as they take on Thunder Road’s weekly Maplewood/Irving Late Model stars. The ACT Late Model Tour returns on Sunday, September 1 for the 41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200.


The biggest change to the 2019 schedule is when and how the champions are decided. A special Championship Night on Saturday, September 14 will crown champions for the Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. The event also features the “Rumble in the Quarry 125” for tour-type Modifieds and the “Rumble in the Quarry 35” for the U.S. Legend Cars. More details on both races will be announced at a later date.


Between Opening Day and Championship Night, a slew of events will showcase the best short track racers in the region. The 57th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 26 kicks off the championship season for the Thunder Road Late Models. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will also be on hand for 150 laps in their first of two visits in 2019.


Weekly racing will once again open with a special Friday night event on June 7. Capitol City Auto Mart Night includes the opener of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series for the Flying Tigers along with the annual Kids Rides. Rounds two and three of the Triple Crown will be Thursday, July 11 on Consolidated Communications Night and Thursday, August 8 on Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night.


The Thursday night racing season begins June 13 with Casella Waste Management Night and the New England Antique Racers. The summer will feature many events familiar to Thunder Road fans, including the Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular on Thursday, July 4; the VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup on Thursday, July 18; the Mid-Season Championships on Thursday, July 25; and the Bolduc Metal Recycling Enduro 200 and Street Stock Special on Sunday, August 4. Thursday racing concludes with Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night on Thursday, August 23 featuring the annual Run-What-U-Brung spectator races.


After Championship Night, attention turns to Vermont Milk Bowl Weekend. The season finale returns to a two-day racing format in 2019. Saturday, September 28 is Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day along with the 150-lap PASS Super Late Model event that was held on Friday in 2018. The Thunder Road racing season wraps up on Sunday, September 29 with the 57th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank.


The Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors will return to Thunder Road in 2019 with a 10-event schedule. These dates will be available at


Thunder Road has also released the Late Models along with license application forms, team registration forms, and season pass order forms. These forms are all available at and at the Thunder Road offices in Waterbury. The rules for the Flying Tigers, Street Stocks, and Road Warriors are expected to be finalized by the end of November.


For more information on the 2019 racing season, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963 or [email protected].


2019 Thunder Road Schedule of Events


  #           DAY       DATE     TIME      EVENT

—             Sat           Apr 27    9:00am  Downtown Barre Car Show & Practice Session

1              Sun         Apr 28    1:30pm  21st Community Bank N.A. 150 – ACT Late Model Tour

2              Sun         May 26     1:30pm  57th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 – PASS 150

3              Fri           Jun 7       7:00pm  Capital City Auto Mart Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #1 and Kid’s Rides

4              Thu         Jun 13    7:00pm  Casella Waste Management Night – New England Antique Racers

5              Thu         Jun 20    7:00pm  North Country Federal Credit Union – Scout Night

6              Thu         Jun 27    7:00pm  Community College of Vermont Night – Vermont Brewer’s Cup

7              Thu         Jul 4        7:00pm  Aubuchon Hardware Holiday Spectacular/Fireworks

8              Thu         Jul 11      7:00pm  Consolidated Communications Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #2         

9              Thu         Jul 18      6:30pm  40th VP Racing Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup 150

10           Thu         Jul 25      7:00pm  Mid-Season Championships – Driver Autographs

11           Thu         Aug 1      7:00pm  WDEV Radio/Calkins Portable Toilets

12           Sun         Aug 4      6:00pm  35th Bolduc Metal Recycling Enduro 200 & Street Stock Special

13           Thu         Aug 8      7:00pm  Cody Chevrolet-Cadillac Night – Flying Tiger Triple Crown #3

14           Thu         Aug 15   7:00pm  Vermont Tire & Service Night

15           Thu         Aug 22   7:00pm  Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing Night – Run What-U-Brung

16           Sun         Sep 1      1:00pm  41st Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200 – ACT Late Model Tour

17           Sat           Sep 14    4:00pm  Championship Night – all track champions crowned

                                                                plus Rumble at the Quarry 125 for tour-type Modifieds

                                                                & Rumble in the Quarry 35 for U.S. Legend Cars – details TBA

18           Sat           Sep 28    1:00pm  Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day & PASS 150

19           Sun         Sep 29    1:00pm  57th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank


-Thunder Road Press Release

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Late Models, Modifieds, and More on 2019 Thunder Road Schedule