Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Modifieds to Make History at Thunder Road This Weekend

Open-wheel cars return to Barre, VT track after 43-year absence

The open-wheeled True Value Modified Racing Series stock cars will make their historic debut at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl at this weekend’s 46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic.  Modifieds have not raced at the high-banked 1/4-mile oval in over than 40 years, and return as part of a twin 100-lap doubleheader with the American-Canadian Tour Late Models on Sat./Sun., May 24/25.

“I told my crew over the winter that if we only win one race this year, I wanted it to be at Thunder Road,” said current True Value Modified point leader David Pinkham of Buxton, ME.  Pinkham raced at Thunder Road with ACT in the 1995 Chittenden Milk Bowl, and has been waiting for an opportunity to come back ever since.

“We’re going for the championship, and winning a couple of weeks ago at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl was very big, but my own personal goal for the season is to win at Thunder Road,” Pinkham said.  “I love that place, there’s just so much history.  You look at the names in the record books there, and any short track racer anywhere will want to be a part of it.  This weekend is very important for a lot of people.”

46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic Schedule

46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic
DOUBLEHEADER - Sat./Sun., May 24/25
Saturday, May 24
10:00am Pits Open - ACT & True Value Mods ONLY
10:30am Tire Compound Opens
12:00pm Pits Open - Sportsman, SS, Warrior
  1:00pm Practice - All divisions (format TBA)
  3:30pm Qualifying - Sportsman, SS, Warrior
  4:30pm Practice - ACT & True Value Mods ONLY
  5:30pm Close Track
  6:00pm Close Pits
Sunday, May 25
  7:00am ACT Licensed Crew Chief Breakfast (at Caesar's Fare)
  8:00am Pits Open - All divisions
  8:30am Tire Compound Opens/Tech Inspection
10:00am Driver Meeting
10:30am True Value Modified Driver Meeting
11:00am Practice
  1:00pm Track Closed
  1:15pm Pre-race ceremony
  1:30pm ACT Late Model Tour Heats
  2:00pm Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior Feature (18L)
  2:20pm True Value Modified Heats
  2:45pm ACT Consi(s)
  3:00pm Allen Lumber Street Stock Feature (25L)
  3:20pm ACT "B" Feature
  3:40pm NAPA Tiger Sportsman Feature
  4:00pm ACT Driver Intros
  4:15pm Mekkelsen RV ACT Late Model Tour 100
  5:00pm ACT Victory Lane
  5:15pm True Value Modified Driver Intros
  5:30pm Mekkelsen RV True Value Modified 100
  6:15pm True Value Modified Victory Lane

Memorial Day Classic Doubleheader up Next at Thunder Road

Stock car racing fans will have a new reason to celebrate Memorial Day on the weekend of Sat./Sun., May 24/25, as a doubleheader for the ages comes to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl.  The American-Canadian Tour Late Models will be in town for the 46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic, and will be joined for the first time at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” by the open-wheel True Value Modified Racing Series.  Even more reason to celebrate is the ticket price: At just $20 for adult general admission or only $40 for a “Family” ticket for any two adults and two children (12 and under), the prices are the best racing bargain in New England.

The Modifieds have been absent from Thunder Road’s 1/4-mile, high-banked track for more than 40 years, and will return with former TVMRS champions Kirk Alexander of West Swanzey, NH and Dwight Jarvis of Ascutney, VT, top drivers Les Hinckley of Windsor Locks, CT, Louie Mechalides of North Tyngsboro, MA, and rookie sensation David Pinkham of Buxton, ME.

The ACT Late Model Tour visited Thunder Road for the 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on May 4, with Milton, VT youngster and current point leader Scott Payea taking the checkered flag.  Payea will be joined by Série ACT Castrol Champion and Chittenden Milk Bowl winner Patrick Laperle of Montréal, ACT and Thunder Road standout John Donahue of Graniteville, VT, and New Hampshire’s Randy Potter and Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk.