PASS Super Late Models Ready For Historic First Visit To Thunder Road This Sunday

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NAPLES, ME (May 21) – Not very long ago, it was pretty unlikely for New England race fans to think that the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models Pres. By Kenny U-Pull would ever race at Vermont’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl. But, what was once a dream for many will become a reality when the stars of PASS hit Thunder Road for the first time ever this Sunday afternoon as part of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. The PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Models will compete for 150 green flag laps, along with action for Thunder Road’s ACT Late Models, the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and the Allen Lumber Street Stocks.
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Thunder Road Veterans Take On PASS Stars at Memorial Day Classic

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Barre, VT—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.
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Bear Ridge – Piersons nephew/uncle claim feature wins in DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds & Coupes

Piersons nephew/uncle claim feature wins in DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds & Coupes
Johnson authoritively takes the USAC DMA Midget win

BRADFORD, VT – It’s the end of a long drought in the Bond Auto DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds for Adam Pierson, Corinth VT who finally captured the win Saturday night at Bear Ridge Speedway, winning the 40-lap, one caution short of a non-stop, feature. While Pierson battled it out with Kevin Chaffee, Bradford VT for the second place spot pole sitter TC Forward held on to the point for half of the race. On lap twenty a bobble by Forward gave Pierson, Chaffee and Derek Graham, Woodsville NH the opportunity they were looking for, getting by Forward shuffling him back to fourth. With lapped cars coming into play the three would settle for that running order finish, giving Pierson his first win in the DIRTcar Sportsman Mods since 2013. Chaffee came home second with Graham in third. Josh Sunn claimed fourth and Forward crossed the line in fifth.
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Veteran Drivers Dominate Devil’s Bowl Speedway Season Opener

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WEST HAVEN, VT – The youth movement was put on hold at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday night, May 9, as the two oldest drivers at the speedway ran away at the front of the pack. Two-time Bond Auto Parts Modified division champion Ron Proctor and long-time racer Leon Gonyo – each of whom turns 62 years old soon – finished 1-2 in the 100-lap main event kick off the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series campaign.

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PASS North Closing on Historic Visit to Thunder Road

1000-DSC_5175Barre, VT—The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Super Late Models make their inaugural visit to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 24 as part of the 53rd Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. The 150-lap event, held in tandem with the 100-lap Classic for Thunder Road’s American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models, is shaping up to be one of the biggest events of the early 2015 season.

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ACT Awards Merchants Bank 150 Three Stars

dfhfghfghfgWaterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three non-podium finishers, in no particular order of performance, who had outstanding races at ACT U.S. Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the award recipients.

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Great Run for Packard in ACT at Thunder Road

dfhfghfghfgEAST MONTPELIER, Vt. – Thunder Road is always a challenge for any driver, but this weekend Packard was up to the challenge. Starting back in the 23rd starting spot, Packard, driving three wide right up the middle at times, found herself finishing 6th when the checkers fell on the 17th Annual Merchants Bank 150. Packard and the 9ME Northstar Fireworks/Packard Fuels team spent Saturday working on getting the car tuned in and to Emily’s liking. “We had a pretty decent day of practice,” said Packard. “We had limited tires to practice on, so we kept the number of laps that we ran fairly low. We weren’t that far off and our practice times were consistent all day.”

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Tough Day for Eddie MacDonald at Thunder Road

hghdhdfhdfEddie MacDonald returned to the track to finish 17th after a spectacular crash over the turn two embankment early in the American Canadian Tour’s 17th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Sunday, May 3. The Freddie Peterson owned Chevy sustained heavy front end damage after a blown left rear tire sent the car and Eddie Mac sailing off the track and down the hill on lap five.
“That was definitely a hard crash,” said Eddie Mac after the race. ”I made contact with another car the lap before, and unfortunately it cut down the tire. When I went into turn one I just sailed up the track and over turn two. It is a strange feeling to look out the windshield straight down at the ground. There was a stone wall there that stopped the car from flipping over but it tore up the front of the car and bent something underneath. The crew did a great job to get me back out there but it was a long day to ride round and not compete for the win.”

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Babb Scores Emotional First ACT Win in Merchants Bank 150

gdfbdcbcBarre, VT—Brad Babb came into the season looking for his first career American-Canadian Tour victory. He and his Joey Laquerre–owned team earned it in perhaps the most dramatic way possible on Sunday, May 3.

Babb took the lead from Scott Dragon with 18 laps to go and went on to win the Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road. The win came following a pre-race tribute to Laquerre’s late grandson Joey M. Laquerre, leading to an emotional celebration in Victory Lane.

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