Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Fifty Years of Excitement" Now Available

Book Chronicles 50 Years at Vermont's Thunder Road

BARRE, VT -- A book celebrating the 50th season of Thunder Road International Speedbowl, a quarter-mile stock car short track in Barre, VT, will be available for sale starting Thursday, July 2, 2009. The release of "Fifty Years of Excitement" coincides with the track's Pepsi Holiday Fireworks event on July 2, and leads up to the track's official 50th Anniversary Celebration event on Sunday, July 5.

"Fifty Years of Excitement" is an 88-page history of Thunder Road -- nicknamed the "Nation's Site of Excitement" -- and the colorful personalities that have made a half-century of memories at a track recognized nationwide for its success and longevity. Over 250 black-and-white and full-color photographs illustrate important moments since the track's opening in 1960.

Included are stories of legendary Thunder Road racers Ronnie Marvin, Johnny Gammell, Chester T. Wood, Dave Dion, Robbie Crouch, the Dragon family, and more, and recaps of every division of racing from the rag-tag 1960s Sportsman Coupes to the sleek Late Models of the 2000s. Highlights also include a letter from Vermont Governor James Douglas, memories from Thunder Road co-owners Ken Squier and Tom Curley, and an up-to-date list of the track's all-time race winners.

"Fifty Years of Excitement", co-written by former Thunder Road announcers Justin St. Louis and Dave Moody, will be available for just $10 at all Thunder Road events beginning Thursday, July 2. To order by mail, send a $12.95 check or money order (includes $2.95 S&H -- U.S. funds) to "Fifty Years of Excitement" c/o John O. Casey, 6134 The Terraces, Shelburne, VT 05482, or call (802) 985-1541 or email johnocasey@comcast.net.

For information on Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl, visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com or call (802) 244-6963.

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