TRUE VALUE MODIFIED RACING SERIES
PREPARES FOR THUNDER ROAD
It’s been over 40 years since a modified race car has turned a lap
at the historic Thunder Road International Speedbowl, Barre, VT, but
the True Value Modified Racing Series will bring that long drought
to an end, Memorial Day weekend, May 24, 25, when the fifth year
series rolls into Vermont for the first time for 100 laps of ground
pounding open-wheel modified racing at “The Nations Site of
Excitement.” The TVMRS will join with the American-Canadian Tour
Late Models who will compete in the 46th annual Mekkelsen RV
Memorial Day Classic. To say series drivers and officials are
anxiously looking forward to the holiday weekend program is almost
“Everywhere you go, all you hear is Thunder Road.” said
series announcer John Spence Sr. Up and down pit road at Waterford ,
Monadnock, and Lee, drivers, car owners, media and fans were really
buzzing about this event. The enthusiasm is at an all time high and
has been since Tom Curley and Jack Bateman announced the date. This
is not only an historical event in Vermont , but in New England
motorsports. I told Tom at Lee if Mother Nature is good he’ll hit a
grand slam with this one.” Spence added, “The break in the schedule
since Waterford really allows everyone to be ready. The officials
are looking forward to it just as much as the competitors are.”
Present point leader David Pinkham, Buxton ME, recent winner
at Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut was quick to point out in post
race interviews “We won at this historic race track now lets go get
the next one (Thunder Road). I’d really like to win that one.”
Pinkham feels a Thunder Road victory would fulfill his career.
Pinkham’s comments are echoed by many. Defending champion
Kirk Alexander is focused on Thunder Road . Alexander has won at
every track competed on by the modified racing series. Now T-Road
and later Wiscasset are on the list to conquer.
Carrying the home torch are going to be brothers Dwight and
Peter Jarvis, both long time racers out of Ascutney VT. Dwight has
never raced at Thunder Road , Peter did over 20 years ago. Both
would like to win the inaugural event in their home state. Dwight is
the 2006 TVMRS champion while Peter is the 2007 Rookie of the Year.
Also carrying the “Green Mountain State” banner will be
Thunder Road standout Jean Paul Cyr, Milton , VT , who will pilot
the Roscoe Racing # 25 modified owned by Gary Casella. Cyr drove the
car to a 12th place finish at Lee April 20.
Additional expected entries include, Les Hinckley, Windsor
Locks CT, Rob Goodenough, Swanzey, NH, Chris Pasteryak, Lisbon, CT,
Louie Mechalides, Tygnsboro, MA Sean Bodreau, Claremont, NH, Jack
Bateman, Canaan, NH, and Eddie Dachenhausen, Danbury, CT, and Vinnie
Annarummo, Swansea, MA, to name a few.
TVMRS heat races, 12 laps in distance, will determine
starting positions for the 100 lap green flag race. Qualifying races
for both the ACT and TVMRS are slated for a 1:30 PM start on Sunday
The Thunder Road event is also the second qualifier race for
the Sunoco Race Fuels sponsored Mod Mania weekend at Thompson CT.
Speedway Sept 6, 7.
John H. Spence Sr./True Value Modified Racing Series
May 13, 2008