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HOAR WANTS TO JUMP START SEASON WITH FIRST MEKKELSEN RV MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC WIN

Brian Hoar

Brian Hoar is looking for a spark to get his stock car racing season on the winning track.  With a pair of top-five finishes in three American-Canadian Tour (ACT) events this season, Hoar is trying to work his way back into the form that won his Goss Dodge team five ACT championships.  He wants to set off that magic spark at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road this weekend.

Despite his winning record and past success at Thunder Road, Hoar has never been able to score in the 100-lap holiday event.  He came within two feet of the win in 1997, but was beaten to the finish line by multi-time “King of the Road” Chuck Beede.

“I’ve been going to the Memorial Day Classic since I was a kid,” said Hoar.  “It’s not an ACT Late Model Tour event, but it’s a very important race on the Thunder Road schedule.  I need to add a Memorial Day Classic win to my resume.”


THUNDER ROAD TEAMS UP WITH LOCAL NEWS STATIONS

Stock car racing fans have long counted on their local television news stations for accurate and timely reports on racing throughout the region.  The 2007 season at Barre’s Thunder Road, along with the traveling American-Canadian Tour, is jam-packed with racing action, and both WCAX-TV 3 (Burlington, VT) and WPTZ NewsChannel 5 (Plattsburgh, NY) are geared up to bring race fans the best coverage available.

WCAX Sports will cover all Thunder Road events on a weekly basis, and will have video segments prepared for both live television news broadcasts and for viewing online at WCAX.com.  Highlights from the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day Extravaganza are currently featured on the WCAX website, and Joey Laquerre’s exciting victory in the Casella 100 was named the number-one play of the week in Mike McGill’s popular “Top 3 on 3” segment.


MEKKELSEN RV MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC FILLED WITH TRADITION

Roy "Pappy" Forsythe won the first Memorial Day event in 1961 driving this car owned by George Barber

The Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 is more than a stock car race at Barre’s Thunder Road.  It is the event with the longest history at the famed ¼-mile oval, and is among the oldest continuously running short track events in United States.  The list of past winners reads like a “who’s who” of northeastern stock car racing, and winners are often referred to, throughout their entire careers, as champions of the event.  This season marks the 45th running of the race since its inception in 1961.

Roy “Pappy” Forsythe of Keene, NH won the inaugural Memorial Day Classic driving a flathead-powered Ford coupe.  Forsythe won nine more feature races that season, setting a record that still stands in 2007.  Legendary Canadian racer Jean-Paul Cabana won four times from 1965 to 1988, topped only by Hudson, NH’s Dave Dion, a nine-time champion of the event.  Dion won the event four years running on two separate occasions – the first from 1975 through 1978, the second from 1989 through 1992.  Dion also won in 1982.  Other past winners include champion drivers Robbie Crouch, Joey Kourafas, Russ Ingerson, Jean-Paul Cyr, Kevin Lepage, and Joey Laquerre.