Locals star in Thunder Road race

WATERBURY - Mekkelsen RV from East Montpelier has been supporting Thunder Road for many of the 52 years of the track's history. The 49th edition of the Memorial Day Classic will host a 100-lap Thunder Road ACT Late Model event and a 100-lap opening event on the 2011 Bond/WIX Tiger Tour.

Coming back to race the full season are veteran racers Scott Payea from Milton, VT, former NASCAR North drivers Jamie Aube, of Ferrisburgh and Mike Bruno from Rutland.

Thunder Road already has some of the best Late Model racers in the country with former Champions Jamie Fisher, Phil Scott, Dave Whitcomb, Dave Pembroke and defending Champion Nick Sweet all ready to start the 2011 campaign at the Memorial Day Classic, Sunday, May 29.

The list of Late Model winners at Thunder Road who will join the impressive field include: multi-time winner John Donahue, Graniteville; Joey Becker, Cambridge; Matt White from Northfield; Brooks Clark and Grant Folsom from Waitsfield; and Reno Gervais, of Island Pond. The newcomers are equally as strong, led by sophomore driver Cody Blake, Barre, and Rookie of the Year contender Jimmy Hebert from Williamstown.

Bond Sportsman Tiger favorites to watch in the 49th annual Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic doubleheader are defending Champion Tony Rossi from Peacham, opening day winner Derrick O'Donnell of Bradford, former Thunder Road Champions Shawn Fleury from Middlesex and Joe Steffen from Essex Junction.

The Tiger division has an outstanding corps of young talent with Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg; Tucker Williams, Hyde Park; Jason Allen, Barre; and Jason Corliss from Danville.

Jason Bonnett from St Albans is the defending Champion of the Bond/WIX Tiger Tour. He will defend his title beginning at Thunder Road.

The limited Late Model Tiger division has been racing at Thunder Road since 1964.

The Bond Tigers will have five (5) 100-lap ACT touring events at five different race venues during the 2011 season.

Gates will open at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 29,. Tickets for the Memorial Day Classic Twin 100s are only $15 for Adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and a special family ticket for two adults and two kids will cost just $30. Post time is slated for 1:30 p.m.

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