Annual Port-A-Potty Grand Prix To Close Out July At Thunder Road

(Press release from Thunder Road International Speedbowl)

The annual Port-a-Potty Grand Prix as part of WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets Night is one of the most spectacular feats of physical skills for the Thunder Road teams and one event every fan has marked on the calendar (Photo: Alan Ward/Thunder Road)

The sights and sounds of Barre’s Thunder Road returns this Thursday, July 28th with the annual WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets Night. Along with championship action for the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and rk Miles Street Stocks, the Burnett Scrap Metals also return to the stage for their part in the most amazing feat of athletic skill in motorsports – the iconic Port-a-Potty Grand Prix!

Graniteville’s Christopher Pelkey moved to the outside lane just after the halfway mark last Thursday to rocket his Casella/Hutch Concrete machine into the winner’s circle for his second consecutive Midseason Championship. In doing so, he jumped back to the top of the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Model standings over Stephen Donahue and Kyle Pembroke with a 29-point lead. Pelkey will need to maintain a strong and consistent record from here on out to keep ahead of the competition as they prepare for WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets Night.

Equally as powerful in the outside groove last Thursday night was Milton’s Sam Caron in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers. Although he didn’t have laps enough to chase down rookie Kaiden Fisher’s multi-car-length lead, Caron was powerful enough to take the Flying Tiger point lead by just one point over Justin Prescott, who was mired in traffic during Midseason Championships. The ultra-competitive Flying Tigers will be back on Thursday as Caron, Prescott and more look to return to the winner’s circle in the WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets trophy dash.

With an injured Jeffrey Martin sitting on the sidelines and his Chevy Cavalier’s computer melting on the racetrack with Nick Pilotte behind the wheel, Dean Swister Jr. now leads the point standings with heavy competition on his rear bumper. After winning three races in a row, Williamstown’s Josh Lovely now sits second in the standings, just ten points behind Switser. Lovely’s Ford Mustang has been the force in rk Miles Street Stock competition over the last month and certainly shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. 

In the Burnetts Scrap Metals Road Warriors its brother versus brother, times two! After both ending up in the podium last Thursday, Ryan and Neal Foster have proved their both tuned up while the Sayers brothers, Ryan and Taylor, are equally hot to trot each time out. Don’t look away from Nate ‘Tater’ Brien or Flyin’ Fred Fleury either, after an off week for the veterans they’ll be hungry to return to WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets victory lane. 

The Nation’s Site of Excitement, Barre’s Thunder Road returns Thursday, July 28th with WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets Night. All four Thunder Road divisions will be on hand including the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors. All three current point leaders and a special team of Road Warriors will also participate in the annual Port-a-Potty Grand Prix for the chance at one of the most iconic trophies in all of motorsports, the Golden Toilet Seat!  Post Time is set for 7:00pm with full race day schedule and pricing information available online at

All racing events at Thunder Road Speedbowl, including WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets Night and the $100,000 Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl, will be broadcast live and around the world on FloRacing with a monthly or yearly subscription. For more information about FloRacing, visit or

WDEV has been broadcasting over the state of Vermont since 1931 and has been owned by the Radio Vermont Group since 1935. Owned and operated by Ken Squier, WDEV features a plethora of programing including iconic coverage of local sports, news, weather, talk shows and, of course, Music to Go to the Dump By every Saturday morning. Along with being the first New England radio station to broadcast the Boston Red Sox, a relationship that continues to this day, WDEV frequently broadcasts live from Thunder Road and Norwich Cadets college hockey during the winter. Find WDEV on the dial at AM 550 and 96.1 FM Waterbury, 96.5 FM Barre, 98.3 FM Montpelier, 101.9 FM Island Pond. 

Calkins Portable Toilets has been providing Northern Vermont with portable toilets, handicap accessible portable toilets and wash stations for over 25 years. The staff at Calkins’ Montpelier office are friendly, reliable and ready to provide you with sanitary stations for weddings, constructions sites, unforeseen emergencies or any sort of special outdoor event for the day, week or as long as you like! Call Calkins Portable Toilets at (802) 282-7634 and remember, Calkins is No. 1 in the No. 2 Business! 

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ThunderRoadVT.


  1. I saw this on the schedule and actually went to T Roads website to try to figure out what this was. It turns out its exactly what I hoped it would be. I hope to tune in for this one.
    As far as iconic prestigious modern day race events it probably goes in no particular order; the Indy 500 Daytona Lemans Monaco and the running of the toilets in VT. There is definitely a Jeff Foxworthy joke somewhere in there. Should be fun.

  2. Marcia Hines says

    The port-a-potty gran prix over MANY years is Ken Squier’s favorite. Co-sponsor radio station WDEV is Ken’s radio station. It’s hilarious to watch, and everybody at the track seems to enjoy it.

  3. It sounds like some quality entertainment. Due to impending weather, they postponed the Toiletbowl 500 to Friday Sept 9th per presser posted on this site. I was looking forward to it. Hopefully I remember to tune in for the make-up.

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