Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Modified Memories - 1965

June 1965:  A mixed field of flathead Sportsman Coupes and overhead Modifieds rolls down through Turn 4 for a start.  #93 Tony Colicchio (Coupe), #5A Jean-Paul Cabana (Modified), #03 Paul Martel (Coupe), #6 Dick Nephew (Modified), #70 Ernie Reid (Modified)

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!”