Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Garand Edges Hebert for Thunder Road Sportsman Victory

Veteran stock car driver Rick Garand of Middlesex, VT edged 17 year-old James Hebert of Williamstown, VT for his first NAPA Tiger Sportsman victory since 1995 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sunday.  Garand and Hebert raced inches apart over the final five laps for the win during the 46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic.

“The last race I won was the day before my son was born 13 years ago,” said Garand in victory lane.  “I’m glad I finally got to win again for him, and I’m happy for these young kids like Jimmy Hebert.  It was a lot of fun out there today.”

Garand’s Dukette Sandblast/J. Morgans Chevrolet notched the win over Hebert, Milton, VT’s Eric Badore, Barre, VT’s Doug Crowningshield, and Midlesex, VT’s Pete Ainsworth.  Joel Hodgdon, Tom Therrien, Ricky Roberts, Craig Bushey, and Mark Barnier completed the unofficial top ten in order.

Warrior Schroeder Wins Saturday Thunder Road Feature, Doubleheader Sunday

Stock car driver Fred Schroeder won a special two-segment feature race for the Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior division at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Saturday afternoon (May 24) to open the 46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic weekend.  Schroeder, of Bristol, VT, took his first career win over South Burlington, VT’s Mike Gay and Waterbury, VT’s Neal Foster.

Schroeder drove his Tuck’s Repair/Ladies Workout Express #12 Dodge Spirit to finishes of fourth and third in the two 8-lap segments, for combined low total score of 7.  Gay’s Green Image Landscape/Power Shift #30 Mazda 323 posted finishes of third and sixth for a total of 9 points, while Foster drove his self-sponsored #19 Volkswagen Golf to finishes of ninth and first for a total of 10 points.  Travis Hull of Graniteville (11 points) and Jamie Davis of Wolcott (11 points) rounded out the unofficial top-five finishers.

The American-Canadian Tour Championship Late Models and open-wheel True Value Modifieds will hold a historic twin-100 doubleheader at Thunder Road on Sunday.  Modifieds have been absent from Thunder Road since 1965.  More than 20 True Value Modified Racing Series cars from seven states practiced at Thunder Road on Saturday, with more anticipated to arrive on Sunday.  Over 30 ACT Late Models from the northeastern U.S. and Canada were on hand Saturday, along with car from Thunder Road’s weekly NAPA Tiger Sportsman and Allen Lumber Street Stock divisions, in addition to the Warrior class.

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.”