Thunder Road SpeedBowl
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.

Donahue Scores at Thunder Road

Late Model stock car driver John Donahue of Graniteville, VT scored a popular victory in the 50-lap Harvest Equipment Mother’s Day Special at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre Sunday evening.  Donahue, who started seventh in the 28-car field, was in the midst of a stellar battle for the lead with Trampas Demers before the caution flag flew for a wreck on lap 40.  During the caution period, Demers’ car suffered a driveline failure, ending his chances for the night.

Following the restart, Donahue was able to stretch his lead out to a three car-length margin over Hyde Park’s Eric Williams.  Donahue and Williams crossed the finish line in first and second, respectively.

Mike Bailey of South Barre posted a career-best third-place finish after holding off Jeffersonville’s Joe Becker.  Bailey demolished his car in a qualifying crash at last week’s Merchants Bank 150, and nearly crashed again in Harvest Equipment qualifying.  Becker and his team were instrumental in the repair of Bailey’s car.  Jerry Lesage of Winooski finished in fifth place.