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MEKKELSEN RV MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC PAST CHAMPIONS
Year Driver Hometown Division/Series
1961 Roy "Pappy" Forsythe Keene, NH Sportsman Coupe
1962 Paul Martel Plymouth, NH Sportsman Coupe
1963 Russ Ingerson North Haverhill, NH Sportsman Coupe
1964 Ronnie Marvin Bethlehem, NH Sportsman Coupe
1965 Jean-Paul Cabana Sherrington, QC Modified
1966 Larry Demar Hardwick, VT Flying Tiger
1967 Russ Ingerson North Haverhill, NH Flying Tiger
1968 Ron Barcomb Winooski, VT Flying Tiger
1969 Bobby Dragon Milton, VT Flying Tiger
1970 Jimmy Gates Hardwick, VT Limited Sportsman
1971 George Horne St. Johnsbury, VT Late Model Sportsman
1972 Jean-Paul Cabana Sherrington, QC Late Model Sportsman
1973 Jean-Paul Cabana Sherrington, QC Late Model Sportsman
1974 Joey Kourafas Sharon, MA Late Model Sportsman
1975 Dave Dion Hudson, NH Late Model Sportsman
1976 Dave Dion Hudson, NH Late Model Sportsman
1977 Dave Dion Hudson, NH Late Model Sportsman
1978 Dave Dion Hudson, NH Late Model Sportsman
1979 TRACK CLOSED NO EVENT HELD THIS YEAR
1980 Mike Barry Bolton, VT NASCAR North Tour
1981 TRACK CLOSED NO EVENT HELD THIS YEAR
1982 Dave Dion Hudson, NH NASCAR North Tour
1983 Robbie Crouch Tampa, FL NASCAR North Tour
1984 Robbie Crouch Tampa, FL NASCAR North Tour
1985 Joey Kourafas Sharon, MA NASCAR North Tour
1986 Robbie Crouch Tampa, FL ACT Pro Stock Tour
1987 Kevin Lepage Shelburne, VT ACT Pro Stock Tour
1988 Jean-Paul Cabana Sherrington, QC ACT Pro Stock Tour
1989 Dave Dion Hudson, NH ACT Pro Stock Tour
1990 Dave Dion Hudson, NH ACT Pro Stock Tour
1991 Dave Dion Hudson, NH ACT Pro Stock Tour
1992 Dave Dion Hudson, NH ACT Pro Stock Tour
1993 Mike Weeden Haverhill, MA ACT Pro Stock Tour
1994 Derek Lynch Norwood, ON ACT Pro Stock Tour
1995 Ralph Nason Unity, ME ACT Pro Stock Tour
1996 Kip Stockwell Braintree, VT ACT Late Model Tour
1997 Chuck Beede Williamstown, VT ACT Late Model Tour
1998 Greg "Burger" Blake East Barre, VT ACT Late Model Tour
1999 Phil Scott Middlesex, VT ACT Late Model Tour
2000 Pat Corbett Williamstown, VT ACT Late Model Tour
2001 Cris Michaud Williamstown, VT ACT Late Model Tour
2002 Joey Laquerre East Montpelier, VT ACT Late Model Tour
2003 Pete Fecteau Morrisville, VT ACT Late Model Tour
2004 Joey Becker Jeffersonville, VT ACT Late Model Tour
2005 Trampas Demers South Burlington, VT Thunder Road Late Model
2006 Brent Dragon Milton, VT Thunder Road Late Model
2007 ??? ??? Thunder Road Late Model

“NEW BREED” TO TAKE ON LATE MODELS AT MEKKELSEN RV MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC
Rookie Chip Grenier's Streeter Concrete #9
Late Model stock car drivers at Barre’s Thunder Road may be in for a surprise on Sunday.  Based on a trend of stellar performances by Thunder Road’s “new breed” young guns, a total changing of the guard may be next on the horizon.

Sophomore hometown racer Mike “Beetle” Bailey turned heads with a back-to-front run against an all-star American-Canadian Tour (ACT) field at the Merchants Bank 150 season opener earlier this month.  He backed it up by flirting with a “Triple Crown” sweep of the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day event, winning his qualifying heat and the bonus-points semi-feature before finishing sixth in the 50-lap main event.

Rookie Chip Grenier of Northfield has produced solid results as well, winning his Merchants Bank 150 qualifier and finishing eighth in the Casella 50.  Defending Rookie of the Year Marcel Gravel of Wolcott ran in the lead pack for a majority of the Merchants Bank 150 before finishing a strong 11th, and former NAPA Tiger Sportsman Champion Shawn Fleury of Middlesex has shown signs of promise in the Late Model division this year.


DAVE DION REMEMBERS MEKKELSEN RV MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC

Dave Dion in 2005

No stock car driver in the history of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic, and perhaps the entire history of Barre’s Thunder Road, has had more success than “Dynamite” Dave Dion.  The Hudson, NH native, now living in Florida, won the spring holiday race a record nine times during his storied career.

He took time to remember the race recently.

“The Memorial Day Classic always had great meaning to the entire team,” Dion said.  “We always felt that the fact that all of us were military veterans played a big part in our magical, and often unlikely, success that day.  Memorial Day in Vermont has always been one of the fondest days in my life and will continue to be so.”

Dion’s first win the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic came in 1975, a year in which he dominated Late Model Sportsman racing at Thunder Road.  The Vietnam veteran won a second time the following year, and continued through 1978 for four consecutive victories.  A fifth win came in 1982, followed by another unprecedented four-year streak from 1989 to 1992.