BARRE-Two veteran Thunder Road racers have returned home, so to speak.
Jamie Aube from Bow, N.H., and Mike Bruno from Rutland, Vt., will both be returning to their racing roots, Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre for the 2011 season.
"This is great news for Thunder Road fans and competitors," said Tom Curley, a Thunder Road spokesman for the past 32 seasons. "This is like having part of the family returning home. Jamie started his career at Catamount Stadium in Milton and at Thunder Road. He was a mainstay on the old NASCAR North Tour we started back in 1979. Mike left his many years of racing with his dad on dirt tracks, and began his first ever asphalt race at Thunder Road in 1995."
Aube was seventh all-time with 237 starts on the former American Canadian Tour (ACT) Pro Stock Tour, where he finished second in point standings in 1987. He also won seven major events on the former ACT series. Aube went on to become a 3-time NASCAR Busch North (now K&N Pro Series East) Champion, compiling nine Busch North wins along the way. He has won the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway two times, in 1987 and 1989.
"I really want to have some fun as I wind down my actual driving career, and my several experiences with the ACT program have been just that. I decided that if I want to get serious about things, I needed to figure out how these ACT Late Models really work. That is the plan for 2011 when we run the weekly and tour shows at Thunder Road," said Aube.
"I love the place, even though it can be frustrating, but the atmosphere is the best in the business. I worked on the car all day at my New Hampshire shop last weekend, and it was killing me not to be at Lee for the ACT opener, but I am going to stick with my game plan. If things go well by mid-season, I may try Oxford Plains for the 250 and would love to get back to a race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway," concluded Aube.