Thunder Road SpeedBowl
TITLE DEFENSES BEGIN IN EARNEST
Barre, VT – Thunder Road’s “Kings of the Road” begin defense of their stock car racing championships in earnest on Sunday with the 41st running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. The event is expected to draw over 120 cars from across the track’s four divisions.
The 100-lap race will be the first point counting event of the season for the Late Model competitors. Cris Michaud, from Williamstown, VT, the division’s defending champion, won the 2001 Mekkelsen event. Other past titleholders expected to attend the Memorial Day Classic include Phil Scott (1996, 1998 & 2002), Jamie Fisher (2003), Pete Fecteau (1997) and Dave Whitcomb (1995). Scott and Fecteau are also past winners.
Many ACT Late Model Tour regulars are also expected to attempt to qualify for the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. Among them are Brent Dragon, David Avery, Jean-Paul Cyr, Dave Wilcox, as well as others. “With two of the biggest ACT Tour events of the season scheduled at Thunder Road (the $10,000 to win Labor Day Classic on Sept 3-4 and the New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl, Oct 1-2), it only makes sense to get as much seat time at the track as possible,” explained Brent Dragon. Dragon posted his first career Late Model win at Thunder Road last August and ran second to Dave Pembroke earlier this year in the Merchants Bank 150.

41st MEKKELSEN RV MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC PAST WINNERS
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Barre, VT - Thunder Road's Late Model competitors look to add their names to the impressive list of previous Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic winners in Sunday's 41st running at the quarter-mile high-banked oval. Steeped in history, the 100-lap Late Model race had a winner's list that reads like a who's who among the region's elite drivers. Twenty-six different hot shoes have carried the Memorial Day checkers but just four (Dave Dion, Jean-Paul Cabana, Robbie Crouch and Russ Ingerson) have been victorious more than once.

MERCHANTS BANK CAR SHOW REWARDS SHARP LOOKING CARS
BARRE, VT - On April 30, the Saturday before the originally scheduled Merchants Bank 150 season opening event at Thunder Road, over 100 cars turned out for the annual stock car show. This year's extravaganza, held on Main Street in Barre City drew some 3,000 people according to police estimates. At the end of the car show the participating cars paraded from downtown to the racetrack.