Thunder Road SpeedBowl
The historic Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic marked the official start to weekly racing at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont on Sunday, May 28th. Fans and drivers have anxiously waiting to get back on track since Aprilís Merchants Bank opening event following the Casella Motherís Day Sportsman Series 100 rained out on April 14. Over 136 race cars turned out for the 42nd running of the Memorial Day race. The Late Model divisionís 100-lapper was not the only race that brought the fans to their feet as the NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Power Shift Warriors provided the fans with plenty of door-to-door action. (PHOTO: Matt White bounces off Thunder Road's front stretch wall during NAPA Tiger Sportsman action)

Brent Dragon of Milton, VT made an unexpected visit to Barre, Vermontís Thunder Road International Speedbowl Sunday for the 42nd annual Mekkensen RV Memorial Classic and did not leave disappointed. The second-generation racer dominated the 100-lap feature race after starting on the front row next to pole-sitter Eric Williams. Williams, from Hyde Park, VT finished second with Waterbury Center, Vermontís Chad Wheeler in third. Completing the top five were Roger Brown from Lancaster, NH and Mooers Forks, NY driver Mark Lamberton. (PHOTO: The 28-car starting field lined up in front of a huge crowd on a glorious day)

Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic Kick off LM Chase
Thunder Road's weekly Late Model point battle begins tomorrow with one of the biggest races of the season, the 42nd annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. Some 30 cars are expected to attempt to qualify for the event, one of two 100 lappers on tap for 2006, including several ACT Tour competitors. The Tour drivers have the weekend off following a partial rain-out last Sunday at New Hampshire's Lee USA Speedway.

Cris Michaud of Williamstown, Vermont is the last of the 2005 Thunder Road title holders to begin defense of a championship. The NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Power Shift Junk Yard Warriors began their title hunts at April's Merchants Bank 150 opening event at the ľ mile oval.

The Memorial Day Classic is a historical race for the Barre speedplant. The prestige of the event is drawn from the extensive list of past winners including the inaugural victor, Roy "Pappy" Forsythe, who captured the checkered flag in 1961. The list of previous champions reads like a who's who of late model racing across the region. Among those who've claimed victory in the Memorial Day Classic are legendary Canadian racer, Jean-Paul Cabana (4 wins), Bobby Dragon, Dave Dion (9 wins), Robbie Crouch (3 wins), and others.