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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.


HOAR WANTS TO JUMP START SEASON WITH FIRST MEKKELSEN RV MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC WIN

Brian Hoar

Brian Hoar is looking for a spark to get his stock car racing season on the winning track.  With a pair of top-five finishes in three American-Canadian Tour (ACT) events this season, Hoar is trying to work his way back into the form that won his Goss Dodge team five ACT championships.  He wants to set off that magic spark at the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road this weekend.

Despite his winning record and past success at Thunder Road, Hoar has never been able to score in the 100-lap holiday event.  He came within two feet of the win in 1997, but was beaten to the finish line by multi-time “King of the Road” Chuck Beede.

“I’ve been going to the Memorial Day Classic since I was a kid,” said Hoar.  “It’s not an ACT Late Model Tour event, but it’s a very important race on the Thunder Road schedule.  I need to add a Memorial Day Classic win to my resume.”


THUNDER ROAD TEAMS UP WITH LOCAL NEWS STATIONS

Stock car racing fans have long counted on their local television news stations for accurate and timely reports on racing throughout the region.  The 2007 season at Barre’s Thunder Road, along with the traveling American-Canadian Tour, is jam-packed with racing action, and both WCAX-TV 3 (Burlington, VT) and WPTZ NewsChannel 5 (Plattsburgh, NY) are geared up to bring race fans the best coverage available.

WCAX Sports will cover all Thunder Road events on a weekly basis, and will have video segments prepared for both live television news broadcasts and for viewing online at WCAX.com.  Highlights from the Casella Waste Management Mother’s Day Extravaganza are currently featured on the WCAX website, and Joey Laquerre’s exciting victory in the Casella 100 was named the number-one play of the week in Mike McGill’s popular “Top 3 on 3” segment.