Robbie Crouch, winner of some of the biggest races in the history of Thunder Road, has been elected to the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. The organization recently announced that the Tampa, FL native and longtime Milton, VT resident will be a member of the Class of 2018.
Crouch recorded 18 wins at Thunder Road during his illustrious career. Many of those wins came during his heyday with the ACT Pro Stock Tour during the 1980s and 1990s. He is the only four-time winner of the Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank and was a three-time winner of the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic. He also earned four wins in the Vermont Governor’s Cup when it was held at the former Catamount Stadium in Milton.
After many years on the racing sidelines, Crouch returned to Thunder Road competition in 2008, competing weekly in the Maplewood/Irving Late Models. He recorded the final win of his Thunder Road career on July 25, 2008 in a 50-lap main event. A hard crash in the 2009 Vermont Governor’s Cup would mark his last appearance at the track as a racer. He remains a regular presence at Milk Bowl opening ceremonies and other special occasions.
Crouch is the third person to be elected to Vermont Sports Hall of Fame primarily for their accomplishments in motorsports. He joins racer Bobby Dragon from the Class of 2015 and late Thunder Road co-owner Tom Curley from the Class of 2014. Crouch will be inducted during the official ceremonies scheduled for April 21. He is part of an 11-member class for the Hall of Fame, which was founded in October 2011.