Contributed by: ACT Staff
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.”