Thunder Road SpeedBowl
Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic

Memorial Day Classic Doubleheader Returns to Thunder Road

Devil’s Bowl and Airborne Modifieds Return

Thunder Road International Speedbowl will host the 52nd running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 25. The double-header program will once again feature 100 laps for the ACT Thunder Road Late Model division, and a special 50 lap main for the NASCAR Modified division that competes regularly at both Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT and Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.

Derrick O’Donnell from North Haverhill, NH won the “King of the Road” title in 2013 and also the 2013 Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic. “We had a great year in 2013.  I sure like starting our title defense at the opening Classic event again. A good finish can really jumpstart your season,” said O’Donnell. O’Donnell and two-time Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet were both in contention racing each other for the opening day Merchants Bank 150 win before they were sidelined in a late race wreck.

Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic

Coca-Cola Sponsors Labor Day Classic
Becomes Official Soft Drink of Thunder Road

Thunder Road International Speedbowl is proud to announce Coca-Cola as the new official soft drink of the ¼-mile speedway and the headlining sponsor for the prestigious Labor Day Classic. Thunder Road will now sell a variety of bottled Coke products in their concession stands.

The “Nation’s Site of Excitement” is thrilled to add the Coca-Cola name to one of its premier events on the schedule. This season will see the 36th running of the Coca-Cola Labor Day Classic 200, which has built a lot of history over the years.

The inaugural Labor Day Classic event was held in the Speedbowl’s first season back in 1960. Norm Chaloux won that first event and he was soon joined by the biggest names in the track’s history. Roy “Pappy” Forsythe, Ronnie Marvin, Doug and Russ Ingerson, Larry Demar, Jean-Paul Cabana, Dave Dion, Beaver and Bobby Dragon and Robbie Crouch have all etched their names in the Labor Day Classic granite monument.

16th Merchants Bank 150

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Wheels His Way to Merchants Bank Win

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH used a cross over move on Jimmy Hebert with about 15 laps to go to claim his first career Thunder Road win in the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 27. Hebert held on for second while 17 year old Emily Packard came home third.

Hebert led for the majority of the event after taking the lead on lap 26 from his third place starting position. He held off two former Thunder Road Late Model Champions in Nick Sweet and Derrick O’Donnell in a fierce battle, while protecting the low lane. With just under 20 laps to go, Sweet and O’Donnell made hard contact on the backstretch, bringing out the ninth caution of the event. Sweet would be done to the day with front end damage, while O’Donnell returned after changing a flat.