O’Donnell, Sweet, Woodard, Smith Honored at Banquet of Champions

O'Donnell, Sweet, Woodard, Smith Honored at Banquet of Champions

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Barre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl honored its 2014 Champions with the annual Banquet of Champions at the Barre Elks Club on Saturday, March 21. Derrick O'Donnell received the top honors for the second consecutive season in the Late Model division, while Nick Sweet also went back-to-back in claiming Vermont State Late Model Championship. Jason Woodard and Tommy Smith earned the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stock championships, respectively.

O'Donnell, of North Haverhill, NH, became the sixth driver in Thunder Road history to repeat as "King of the Road", doing so in his first two years in the division. O'Donnell caught fire in the second half of the season, ending the year with seven straight podium finishes, including the third Late Model victory of his young career in mid-August. O'Donnell also finished runner-up in three of the biggest races on the 2014 calendar: the Vermont Governor's Cup, the Labor Day Classic, and the Milk Bowl.

"It's pretty difficult to win one championship, let alone two," O'Donnell said in his acceptance speech. "I work extremely hard to have the chance to do this. (But) like everybody else has said, it's not possible without people behind you."

Barre's Nick Sweet was honored for winning the Vermont State Late Model Championship. Sweet earned his second straight Vermont state title by finishing in the top-three in each event on the 2014 schedule, highlighted by a victory in the Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road in September. 

Thunder Road officials also handed out several special awards during the evening's festivities. Jeb Wallace-Brodeur of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus was awarded the Pete Hartt Memorial Media Award. Wallace-Brodeur is a longtime photographer for the central Vermont newspaper, and his photos of the action at the "Nation's Site of Excitement" frequently grace the front pages of the well-read newspaper.

Groundskeeper Calvin Lyford was awarded the annual Ken Squier Award for his dedication to Thunder Road. Lyford was honored for his commitment to maintaining the speedway and keeping it in prime condition for racing action throughout the summer.

Waterbury's Jason Woodard celebrated his first Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen division championship in his third year in the division. The winless Woodard nonetheless earned the title with his remarkable record of finishing eighth or better in every event during the 2014 season. Caleb Nelson of Moretown was honored for his Tiger Sportsmen Rookie of the Year title.

Veteran Tommy "Thunder" Smith of Williamstown claimed his first career Allen Lumber Street Stock title. The division's all-time winningest driver added two more victories during his title campaign, bringing his career total to 29. Thomas Merchant of Eden Mills received the Street Stock Rookie of the Year award. The late Marvin Johnson was posthumously awarded the annual Ed Carroll Sportsmanship Award for his positive attitude in the Street Stock pit area. The track also announced the creation of the annual Marvin Johnson Memorial Non-Winner's Race for Street Stock drivers in 2015 in his honor.

The Banquet of Champions officially concludes the 2014 Thunder Road season. The 55th season of stock car racing at Thunder Road will commence on the weekend of Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 with the 17th annual Merchants Bank 150. For the full 2015 schedule of events and to order your season pass visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com.


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Michaël Tremblay se joint aux recrues 2015

Michaël Tremblay se joint aux recrues 2015

Après avoir recruté des pilotes dans les régions de Chicoutimi, Saint-Félicien et Trois-Rivières, voilà que la Série Sportsman aura un pilote de la région de Charlevoix parmi ses recrues de la saison 2015. 

C'est à bord de la voiture #13, voiture de location d'Yves Pelchat, que Michaël Tremblay participera au championnat des recrues. 

Débutant en 2010 avec des courses d'accélérations de motoneiges dans plusieurs villes du Québec, il fait rapidement le saut, soit en 2011, dans le monde du Stock Car. Participant à plusieurs courses dans la catégorie Kamikaze ainsi qu'à des Enferà l'Autodrome Saint-Félicien et sur le circuit de Montmagny, il prend goût à ce sport qui lui procure l'adrénaline qu'il recherche. 

Il continue son parcours en courses d'accélérations de motoneiges, dans la catégorie Kamikaze et lors des Enfers jusqu'en 2013. 

L'année 2014 en aura été une de réussite pour Michaël. Il remporte les championnats dans les catégories Pro 8 ainsi que Kamikaze à l'Autodrome Saint-Félicien. Aussi, à ce même autodrome, il  remporte l'Enfer 150 dans la catégorie Amateur. En plus de participer à deux Enfers à l'Autodrome Riverside Speedway de Ste-Croix, il obtient la deuxième position lors de la course d'auto-cross à l'Autodrome Saint-Félicien. 

Prêt à relever ce nouveau défi, ce pilote de 36 ans a un but précis; bien représenter sa région et prendre part à l'ensemble des programmes de la saison 2015. 

Il pourra compter sur le support de l'équipe d'Yves Pelchat, #8 en Sportsman Québec ainsi que sur l'Hebdo Charlevoisien qui le suivra tout au long de la saison. 

Bonne saison Michaël !

Marie-Claude Levasseur, Relationniste

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NASCAR and K&N Filters Announce Multi-Year Extension

NASCAR and K&N Filters Announce Multi-Year Extension

Company to Remain Entitlement Sponsor of NASCAR K&N Pro Series through 2021;

K&N Filters to be Series Entitlement Sponsor for 12–Consecutive Years


DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (March 20, 2015) —NASCAR® announced today it has reached a five-year agreement with K&N Filters to continue as the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR K&N Pro Seriesthrough 2021. The renewed deal ensures that K&N Filters will own exclusive rights as the title sponsor for a total of 12-consecutive years. Additionally, K&N Filters acquires the designation as the "Official Automotive Filters of NASCAR."


The extended agreement is the latest in a number of landmark partnerships and renewals recently signed with the sanctioning body. In recent history, NASCAR has announced momentous 10-year deals with series entitlement sponsor XFINITY; broadcast partners FOX and NBC; and international broadcast rights partner IMG. NASCAR also announced a seven-year extension with series entitlement sponsor Camping World in 2014.


"The NASCAR K&N Pro Series features the most competitive regional racing in the country and thanks to this newly signed agreement the series has never been healthier," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations. "K&N Filters has the unique ability to showcase its products to a fiercely brand-loyal fan base on a national stage, while partnering with NASCAR to introduce professional motorsports' stars of tomorrow."


The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is universally recognized in the racing industry as the top rung in NASCAR's developmental ladder – notable alumni include Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick, both finalists in last year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™, as well as rising stars like Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Darrell Wallace Jr. The series introduces NASCAR fans and industry stakeholders to the next generation of stars, and the diverse mix of short tracks, road courses and national series speedways appeals to a broad range of motorsports fans.


"K&N Filters has played an integral role in NASCAR for years and we're thrilled to renew our commitment to the sport and specifically as the title sponsor of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series," said Jesse Spungin, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, K&N Filters. "Our ability to leverage the power of NASCAR's intellectual property on and off the track while cultivating the sport's rising stars across the country elevates our brand and drives our business."


K&N Filters is the established leader in reusable filters, high flow oil filters and high performance intake systems. In addition to its series entitlement, K&N Filters' Contingency Sponsorship extends to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series™ and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour™ as well as the three national series.


The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will kick off the 2015 season at Kern County Raceway Park with the running of the NAPA Auto Parts 150 on March 28.



The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR atwww.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.


About K&N Filters

K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world's leader in performance filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports, from off-road and powersports, to drag racing, stock cars and road racing.



Chris Tropeano

NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications

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