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2015 Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic

Pit Notes: Full Field in Attendance at Thunder Road Open Practice Session

Thunder Road held its second open practice session of the 2015 season on Friday. Drivers from all three weekly divisions converged on Barre, VT’s Thunder Road in preparation for the Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 24.

26 of Thunder Road’s American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models were on hand. South Burlington, VT’s Trampas Demers, the 2005 Memorial Day Classic Champion, was one of the drivers taking advantage of the chance to earn track time and experiment with setups.

2015 Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic

Thunder Road Veterans Take On PASS Stars at Memorial Day Classic

The 53rd Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will be held at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 24 and is shaping up as one of the biggest ever. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Series are making their inaugural visit to Thunder Road, marking the first time Super Late Models take to the high banks in 20 years.

A host of Thunder Road locals and American-Canadian Tour (ACT) regulars have entered the PASS 150-lap event. 1999 “King of the Road” and eight-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar is an early name to watch. The Williston, VT veteran has 16 wins at Thunder Road, including three in the Vermont Milk Bowl and a win with the NASCAR Busch North Series in 2003.

2015 Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic

Demers Ready to Build on Breakout Florida Run in Thunder Road Late Models

Thunder Road’s American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models begin their 2015 championship chase on Sunday, May 24 in the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100. Montpelier, VT’s Josh Demers, entering his sophomore season, will be looking to build on his unexpected performance at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida this past February.

Coming off a 12th-place points finish in Demers’ rookie year at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, expectations were low entering the American Racer Challenge Cup at New Smyrna. At one point, when asked why the team was going to Florida, Demers’ father Randy responded that “someone has to finish last.”

But after gaining experience in a standalone 100-lap event on Sunday, February 15, Demers finished fourth overall in the two-segment Challenge. Among others, Demers placed ahead of defending ACT Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr., two-time Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet, and former NASCAR All-American Series Champion Keith Rocco.