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Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic Kicks Off Chase for King of the Road

Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic Kicks Off Chase for King of the Road

Vermont State Late Model Champion Series Begins 

The 51st Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 26 will be the kickoff event in the search for the next King of the Road in the premiere Late Model stock car division.

Barre’s own Nick Sweet will look to defend his Late Model title and win his third championship in five years in Thunder Road’s top-flight division.

“It’s a fresh start for us, and we know we’ve got to bring our A game to this race and every one after it,” said Sweet, who earned four victories in last year’s title chase. “My team and I can’t wait to get started,” he finished.

Race to Read Continues Spring Visits
Race to Read Continues Spring Visits

Allen Lumber Street Stock driver Troy Kingsbury and his #39 Ford headed to Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury, VT for another stop on his Race to Read Tour on a sunny Tuesday, May 7 morning.

Race to Read, the program created by Kingsbury, encourages children to read more books by offering incentives and giveaways such as trophies, t-shirts, water bottles, and most importantly the opportunity to sign the hood of his race car if the children can complete his challenge of reading fifteen books or more.  Thunder Road also has a drawing for students who have made progress on their reading lists, with the winner getting to choose a driver for the night.  If that driver earns a podium finish, that student is sent to celebrate with their driver in Victory Lane. 

Sunday, June 16 at Thunder Road will also serve as Kids Night, where children 12 and under will get free admission into the "Nation's Site of Excitement" and will also get the opportunity to take rides in real racecars around the track during the afternoon.  Free hot dogs will be offered to kids from the brand new MGL concessions stands as well, along with the weekly Race to Read drawing. Front gate will open at 1:30pm.

Thunder Road will be back in action for the 51st Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 26 for the first event of the Vermont State Championship Series and a special appearance from the Devil's Bowl Modified division. 

Photos from Race to Read's visit to Thatcher Brook can be found at

More information about the Race to Read program can be found at

Hoar Steals Second Merchants Bank 150

Hoar Steals Second Merchants Bank 150

The sun shined on eight-time American Canadian Tour Champion Brian Hoar, as his trademark patience brought him his second Merchants Bank 150 in as many years on a beautiful afternoon at Barre, VT's Thunder Road on Sunday, April 28.  Middlesex, VT’s Dave Pembroke came home a stout second, and 7-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr brought home a third place finish.

The race began with pole sitter Jay Laquerre running to a large lead in the early going, but it wasn’t long before Pembroke and Hoar muscled their way to the front in the outside lane, with Pembroke snatching the lead on lap 36.  From there Pembroke surged, making short work of lap traffic and building his lead during a long 82-lap green flag run.  ACT Rookie of the Year competitor Bobby Therrien impressed early, working his way towards the front of the pack as high as third in his third career ACT event before the caution. 

When the race restarted, Pembroke was away again while young Therrien battled the veteran Hoar for second place.  Meanwhile, Cyr, 2012 King of the Road Nick Sweet, and New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 Champion Jimmy Hebert crept through the field on their way to the leaders.  When lap 100 struck, the veterans knew it was time to show their hand.