BARRE, Vt. — Brad Keselowski will become the latest NASCAR Cup Series driver to tackle Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl when he competes in the 43rd Vermont Lottery Governor’s Cup on July 14 at the historic quarter-mile track.
Blue collar heroes like Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace have both tested their metal at The Road, as have former drivers Clint Bowyer and David Ragan along with Cup Series champions Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch. Most recently, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece have both come seeking Thunder Road glory.
“After years of hearing so much about it, I’m so excited about the opportunity to race at Thunder Road,” Keselowski said. “I understand it is one of the country’s most iconic short tracks and my buddy (Clint) Bowyer told me I’m going to love the place.”
Keselowski, who competed in the 2010 Oxford 250, will pilot a Dale Shaw Racecars Ford Mustang with a team led by the Northeast legend.
The race is sandwiched between NASCAR Cup Series events at Atlanta Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“I’m looking forward to working with Dale and his team,” Keselowski said. “I know this place is challenging and I understand my Cup Series colleagues haven’t had the best results in past years here, but I’m hoping we can change that trend and walk into the Cup garage at New Hampshire with some bragging rights.”
“We’re very excited to have Brad Keselowski come to Thunder Road for the Vermont Governor’s Cup,” said Thunder Road managing partner Cris Michaud. “Brad will be the fourth NASCAR champion Pat [Malone] and I have welcomed to Barre and he might just be the one to steal it away from our local teams.”