33rd M&M Beverage Enduro Takes Thunder Road Spotlight on Sunday

Barre’s Thunder Road hosts the 33rd running of the M&M Beverage Enduro 200 this Sunday, August 6. “The People’s Race” is one of the most popular on the schedule every year and is shaping up for another successful outing in 2017.

The event routinely draws 100 entries or more with the field full of amateur racers looking to tackle the Barre high banks. Cars will be lined up three-wide to start and there are no yellow flags during the event. The winner will take home $3,000 and bragging rights as the newest Enduro champion. Entry forms will be available the day of the event.

“Ever since the Enduro was first held in 1985, it’s been part of the tradition of Thunder Road,” track co-owner Cris Michaud said. “For some drivers, it’s been a stepping stone into becoming a weekly racer. For others, it’s a chance to do something once a year that they might not otherwise get to do. Either way, it’s one of the most fun events of the year for the drivers and the fans, and we always look forward to it on the calendar.”

The Allen Lumber Street Stocks will be part of the program as well with the annual Brian Perry & Sons Construction Street Stock Special. The $500-to-win 50-lap event is the biggest of the year for the division and is always a high-octane affair.

With a large field expected, the event could also have a major impact on the Street Stock point standings, as just 41 points separate the top seven drivers. Hinesburg’s Cooper Bouchard ascended to the head of the class on Thursday and leads fellow sophomore driver Brandon Lanphear of Morrisville by 11 points with six events remaining.

2015 Street Stock Champion Jamie Davis of Wolcott sits 17 points back in his quest for a second title. Alan Maynard, Kevin Streeter, Reilly Lanphear, and Kelsea Woodard are also in the mix, though Maynard’s return on Sunday is in doubt after a vicious wreck on Thursday.

Post time is 6:00pm for the 33rd M&M Beverage Enduro 200 plus the Brian Perry & Sons Street Stock Special. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm and the front gates will open at 3:00pm. Pre-race safety inspection for Enduro cars begins at 12:00pm. Admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.