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Modifieds Return to Thunder Road for 2008 Memorial Day Doubleheader

The True Value Modified Racing Series will visit Thunder Road at the 46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic, May 25, 2008 (Remember When? Photography photo)

Ground-pounding, open-wheel Modified stock cars will return to Vermont in 2008, as the True Value Modified Racing Series makes its debut at Barre’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl during the 46th Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic, Sunday, May 25.  TVMRS founder and competitor Jack Bateman of Canaan, NH tested his car at the high-banked ¼-mile oval recently, and made the agreement with Thunder Road Promoter Tom Curley to bring the touring series to “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” next season for a 100-lap event as part of a doubleheader with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Thunder Road Late Models.

“I think it’s going to be a great race,” said Bateman.  “I’ve raced Thunder Road a lot in my career, but always in full-fendered cars like a Late Model or a Pro Stock.  I wanted to test my Modified at the track before we made the decision to have a race there, and it went extremely well, better than I expected.”

Bateman reports that on used tires, his lap times were in the 12.6-second range – three-tenths of a second quicker than the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award time set by Joey Polewarczyk at the Chittenden Milk Bowl last month.  “It wouldn’t surprise me to see lap times in the 12.1s and 12.2s for cars on new tires,” said Bateman.  “If the guys are really hooked up, the laps could be even faster.”

Thunder Road’s Jared Henry Wins Use of Mekkelsen RV Camper

Jared Henry (right) with Bruce Mekkelsen of Mekkelsen RV

Stock car driver Jared Henry of East Barre has won the use of a recreational vehicle from Mekkelsen RV in East Montpelier.  As part of the Mekkelsen RV Winner’s Circle program at Barre’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, Henry’s name was entered into a random draw with some 47 other drivers that had won a feature event at the Barre track prior to the Chittenden Milk Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 29.  Henry’s name was selected to win the use of a 29-foot Class C motorhome for four days and three nights, with 500 free miles.

Henry scored his first career Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior victory on May 28.  Ironically, the event was the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic.  “I was thinking about going to Daytona Beach in February,” he said, “and now I guess I have another reason – that camper will come in handy!”



Lenny’s “Hottest Shoe” Award Winners Announced at Thunder Road

Stockwell with his $150 Lenny's "Hot Shoe Challenge" check in July

The winners of the annual Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel “Hottest Shoe” Awards for stock car racers at Barre’s Thunder Road have been decided.  Braintree’s Kip Stockwell (American-Canadian Tour Late Model), hometown driver Nick Sweet (NAPA Tiger Sportsman), and Hinesburg youngster Bobby Therrien (Allen Lumber Street Stock) each posted to most feature event wins in their respective divisions in 2007, and have earned bonus checks from Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, to be given at the annual ACT/Thunder Road Awards Banquet in January.

Stockwell posted three 50-lap victories in his first full season of racing at Thunder Road since 1997 in the ACT Late Model division.  Stockwell took his first win of the year on Pepsi Fireworks Night in July, earning a $150 Lenny’s “Hot Shoe Challenge” bonus.  He took the Lenny’s “Double Dip” bonus of $75 for his second win of the season on Calkins Portables/Pelletier Quick Lube Night in August, and locked in his third win on NAPA/Make-A-Wish Night the following week.  Stockwell’s “Hottest Shoe” bonus will be $500.

Other ACT Late Model drivers collecting bonuses from Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel in 2007 were Scott Payea, Joey Becker, Dennis and Trampas Demers, Marcel Gravel, Eric Williams, Phil Scott, Dwayne Lanphear, John Donahue, and Patrick Laperle, as well as 2007 Thunder Road Rookie of the Year Chip Grenier and the “King of the Road,” Track Champion Dave Pembroke.