Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Alexander Adds Thunder Road to Modified Win List

Open-wheel True Value Modified Racing Series stock car driver Kirk Alexander of West Swanzey, NH won the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon.  Alexander has now posted at least one victory on every track the True Value Modifieds have visited since 2004.  The Memorial Day Classic was the series’ first appearance at the historic 1/4-mile oval, and the first Modified division event at the track since 1965.

“You know, I’m fortunate to win a lot of races, but I just can’t believe I won at Thunder Road,” said an exhausted Alexander in victory lane.  “This place is so great, with so many great fans, and it’s so important for all of us to race here.  It’s an amazing feeling to win here.”

Alexander started next-to-last on the 25-car grid, and methodically picked his way through traffic before restarting on outside of the front row on the final restart at lap 83.  From there, he passed leader Peter Jarvis of Ascutney, VT and pulled away to a four car-length lead for the win.  Jarvis was passed on lap 94 by his brother, Dwight.  Dwight Jarvis, also of Ascutney, VT, finished second.  Peter Jarvis held off Eddie Dachenhausen of Danbury, CT for the third position.

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.