There will be a new challenge for the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Thunder Road Late Model teams when they begin pursuit of the 2010 "King of the Road" title in 2010.
With the announcement of the Sunday, May 23, opening event at the newly renovated and paved Devil's Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, the ACT Late Models from Thunder Road have been invited to compete at the historic speedway. It will be the first point-counting event of the season for the Thunder Road Late Models.
It all started with the announcement by the Champlain Valley Racing Association (CVRA) in the fall of 2009. The Richards family ownership intended to redesign both their dirt tracks for the 2010 racing season, converting them to asphalt. Sister track Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, NY was completed late last fall, and Devil's Bowl expects to have pavement down the first week of May. It was a natural for the most popular asphalt Late Model division in the Northeast to join in the opening day celebration at Devil's Bowl.
"We had already committed to run the ACT Late Model Tour at the Malta track, and with the increase of ACT US events, we were in some kind of bind when we found out Devil's Bowl was also going to go through a conversion to asphalt, " said Tom Curley, President of ACT. "We very much wanted to be a part of the Devil's Bowl program, and the Thunder Road group of Late Model racers have all had plenty of 'touring type' experience over the years, so this became very doable. There are a lot of excited teams to be able to open the big mile, and that is good for Devil's Bowl and for asphalt racing in the region," Curley concluded.
Three-time Thunder Road Champion, Cris Michaud from Williamstown likes the new twist on having Thunder Road points awarded toward the 2010 Championship. "I think it is kind of neat that we get to open the new track. It will certainly be a change from the high-banked mile to the relatively flat half mile, but it should be fun. Our team is looking forward to the challenge," said Michaud.