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Thank you to Five Star Race Car Bodies for their support of today’s coverage.Until next time, have a goodnight.
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That will conclude our coverage of the Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road Speedbowl, where Jason Corliss beat out Nick Sweet in the closest finish in ACT/Thunder Road history.Congratulations to Corliss and his team on their first Late Model win.
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Memorial Day Classic Unofficial Finish

1 66VT Jason Corliss
2 88VT Nick Sweet
3 99VT Cody Blake
4 44VT Dave Pembroke
5 58VT Jimmy Hebert
6 9VT Chip Grenier
7 60VT Derrick O’Donnell
8 14VT Phil Scott
9 68VT Brooks Clark
10 1VT Shawn Fleury
11 40VT Eric Chase
12 85VT Trampas Demers
13 4VT Eric Badore
14 18VT Jamie Fisher
15 17VT Lance Allen
16 38VT Tyler Cahoon
17 29VT Jason Allen
18 9ME Emily Packard
19 26VT John Donahue
20 16VT Joey Becker
21 25VT David Whitcomb
22 11NH Brett Gervais
23 51VT Joey M. Laquerre
24 4NY Brandon Atkins
25 13VT Boomer Morris
26 10VT Josh Demers
27 27VT Kyle Pembroke
28 74VT Jerry Lesage
29 72VT Scott Coburn
30 3VT Ricky Roberts
31 15VT Joey Laquerre
5:59
Cody Blake (3rd), Jason Corliss (winner), and Nick Sweet (2nd) in victory lane. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:57
We spoke with Thunder Road owner Tom Curley, who told his that he spoke with Jason Corliss earlier today and told him that he thought he could win today’s race.”This kid has a lot of talent,” said Curley. “I’ve watched him come through the ranks here at Thunder Road. He’s not always had the best of equipment and he’s always been able to remain competitive. I compare him to Nick Sweet in the way that he’s a very well-respected driver.”
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Today’s finish was the closest finish in ACT and Thunder Road history.
5:30
Jason Corliss shares a moment with Thunder Road owner Tom Curley following his win. (Speed51.com Photo)
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Corliss in victory lane: “First off, I need to thank Nick Sweet. He’s a class act driver.”
5:27
A very excited Jason Corliss celebrates with his crew. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:25
Unofficially, Corliss’ margin of victory was 0.008 seconds over Nick Sweet.
5:24
Jason Corliss in Memorial Day Classic victory lane. (Speed51.com Photo)
5:13
CEHCKERED FLAG: Jason Corliss uses a lapped car as a pick in turn four to beat out Nick Sweet in a photo finish.
5:12
WHITE FLAG: Corliss once again tries the outside, but Sweet slams the door.
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Lap 97: Sweet and Corliss are able to breakaway from Blake.
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Lap 95: The top-three are nose-to-tail as the approach lapped traffic double file in front of them.
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Lap 94: Corliss tries to stick a nose to the outside of Sweet, but Sweet slams the door.
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The top-three go through turn two. (Speed51.com Photo)
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Lap 90: Corliss takes sole position of second and continues to work the back bumper of Sweet’s No. 99.
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Lap 87: Corliss now sets to the outside of Blake to take second and is applying heavy pressure to Sweet’s back bumper.
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Lap 83: Corliss can’t make it stick and falls back into the third spot behind Sweet and Blake.
5:09
Lap 80: Corliss is now trying to use the bottom of the race track to get by Blake for second.
5:07
Lap 77: Pembroke under Grenier for fifth.
5:07
Lap 76: The top-three have broken away from the rest of the field.
5:06
Lap 74: Throw a blanket over the top-three as they run nose-to-tail on the high side of the race track working slower traffic.
5:05
Lap 70: Blake is now within a car-length of Sweet. Corliss is also closing in on the front two as well.
5:04
Lap 65: Blake continues to narrow the gap between himself and Sweet.
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Lap 60: Sweet leads Blake, Corliss, Hebert, and Grenier.
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Lap 58: Corliss with a very strong run thus far. He’s now closing in on Blake for second.
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Lap 56: Joey Laquerre has taken his car to the infield.
5:01
Lap 54: Gervais, Whitcomb, and Becker all go one lap down.
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Lap 52: It appears that Blake is closing in on Sweet as Sweet has a difficult time passing the slower cars of Whitcomb and Becker.
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Lap 50: Sweet continues to lead Blake, Corliss, Hebert, and Grenier.
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Lap 48: Corliss to the inside of Hebert for third. They’re door-to-door into turn one.
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Lap 45: Sweet leads Blake by nearly a half straightaway. Two lapped cars separate the two.
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Lap 43: Joey M. Laquerre goes one lap down.
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Lap 40: Blake to the outside of Hebert for second. He takes the spot and will now try to chase down Nick Sweet, who is currently in another zip code.
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Lap 39: O’Donnell sets to the outside of Allen and makes the pass for seventh.
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Lap 37: Corliss around Grenier for the fourth spot.
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Lap 35: Donahue, Atkins, Morris, and Lesage are now all one lap down.
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Lap 33: Blake is on the rear bumper of Hebert’s No. 58 as they work around the lapped car of Josh Demers.
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Lap 30: Sweet has been able to extend his lead over Hebert as he dices his way through lapped traffic.
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Sweet leads the way up front. (Speed51.com Photo)
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Lap 26: Kyle Pembroke and Josh Demers go one lap down.
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Lap 22: Sweet now approaching the tail end of the field. He puts Roberts and Coburn one lap down.
4:53
Lap 20: Give the third position to 2013 Governor’s Cup winner Cody Blake.
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Lap 19: Blake works the outside of Grenier for the third spot.
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Lap 15: Sweet, Hebert, Grenier, Blake, and Corliss are the top-five.
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Lap 12: Sweet continues to extend his lead up front. Meanwhile, Grenier begins to close in on Hebert for the runner-up position.
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Lap 11: O’Donnell takes the ninth spot and now looks to the outside of Chase for eighth.
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Lap 9: O’Donnell and Scott battle for the ninth spot deeper in the field.
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Lap 7: Pembroke to fifth. Allen and Corliss door-to-door for sixth.
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Lap 5: Sweet has opened up a five car-length lead over Hebert up front.
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Lap 4: Blake is wasting no time attempting to get to the front. He’s up to the fourth spot.
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Lap 2: Sweet out to the early lead. Hebert falls into second and Grenier takes third from Allen.
4:49
GREEN FLAG: Sweet and Hebert lead the field to the green flag. The 52nd running of the Memorial Day Classic is underway.
4:48
Today’s polesitter Nick Sweet won this event back in 2012 after starting from the pole position. Can he do it again today?We’ll find out shortly, as the lights are out on the pace car and we’ll be going green next time by.
4:47
Drivers will now be given a few hot laps to work heat into their tires for today’s event.
4:46
The field is now crossed over behind the pace car.
4:46
4:45
Fans are on their feet for the wave-by lap and crews are proudly displaying their battle flags on the fronstretch as the field rolls by.
4:44
52nd Memorial Day Classic Starting Lineup

1 88VT Nick Sweet
2 58VT Jimmy Hebert
3 17VT Lance Allen
4 9VT Chip Grenier
5 44VT Dave Pembroke
6 99VT Cody Blake
7 66VT Jason Corliss
8 14VT Phil Scott
9 40VT Eric Chase
10 1VT Shawn Fleury
11 60VT Derrick O’Donnell
12 68VT Brooks Clark
13 11NH Brett Gervais
14 9ME Emily Packard
15 29VT Jason Allen
16 15VT Joey Laquerre
17 25VT David Whitcomb
18 16VT Joey Becker
19 4VT Eric Badore
20 85VT Trampas Demers
21 18VT Jamie Fisher
22 4NY Brandon Atkins
23 13VT Boomer Morris
24 38VT Tyler Cahoon
25 51VT Joey M. Laquerre
26 10VT Josh Demers
27 74VT Jerry Lesage
28 27VT Kyle Pembroke
29 26VT John Donahue
30 3VT Ricky Roberts
31 72VT Scott Coburn
4:43
Driver introductions are complete, the National Anthem has been played, the command has been given, and we are moments away from the start of the 52nd running of the Memorial Day Classic.
4:35
Spotters get settled in to guide their drivers for 100 laps. (Speed51.com Photo)
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4:30
Brendan Moodie went on to win the 35-lap Tiger Sportsman feature.
4:30
Shawn Franklin took a ride on “The Widow Maker” that ended with his No. 76 on its side. Franklin was OK and got out of the car under his own power. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:28
Cars have made their way onto the track for driver introductions.
4:28
Jason Corliss gets ready for today’s 100-lap event. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:24
We’ll now have a brief intermission before pre-race ceremonies begin.
4:24
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American-Canadian Tour regular Jimmy Hebert is ready to roll. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:19
2013 Oxford Plains Speedway Pro Late Model champion TJ Brackett is in attendance here at Thunder Road today. Brackett, who owns TJ Brackett Motorsports, is here providing services to Cody Blake and Jason Corliss.
4:17
Today’s polesitter Nick Sweet stands by his car on pit road. (Speed51.com Photo)
4:13
The field for today’s Memorial Day Classic is lined up on pit road. (Speed51.com Photo)
3:58
We’re going to head down to the pit area and will have more coverage of today’s event shortly.
3:53
Tiger Sportsman are now on the track for their 35-lap feature. 23 cars are set to take the green flag.
3:52
3:50
Jessey Mueller slides around turn two on his way to victory in the NMCS feature. (Speed51.com Photo)
3:46
Jessey Mueller wins the Northern Modified Challenge Series second segment. Combined with his second-place finish in the first segment, Mueller is the winner of today’s NMCS event.
3:41
Nine laps into the second Sportsman Modified segment, Ron Proctor leads Todd Stone as the field circles the track under caution.
3:33
3:33
The Northern Modified Challenge Series is now on the track for their second 20-lap feature. The driver with the lowest combined score from both features will be crowned the winner of today’s event.
3:28
Marcel Gravel held off Dave Whitcomb to win the Street Stock feature. (Speed51.com Photo)
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3:26
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3:12
One lap into the Street Stock feature, Jamon Perry goes for a ride on the frontstretch wall. (Speed51.com Photo)
3:07
After a brief intermission, Street Stocks are now rolling onto the track for their 25-lap feature event. 24 cars are set to take the green flag.
2:59
Late Model Consi #2 Unofficial Finish

1 60VT Derrick O’Donnell
2 25VT Dave Whitcomb
3 14VT Phil Scott
4 85VT Trampas Demers
5 4NY Brandon Atkins
6 38VT Tyler Cahoon
7 10VT Josh Demers
8 27VT Kyle Pembroke
9 3VT Ricky Roberts

 

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CHECKERED FLAG: Derrick O’Donnell wins the second Late Model consolation race. Demers uses a strong run at the end to get by Atkins for fourth.
2:56
WHITE FLAG: O’Donnell leads Whitcomb, Scott, Atkins, and Demers.
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Lap 10: Demers to the outside of Cahoon for fifth.
2:56
Lap 8: Scott up to third with Atkins applying pressure to his back bumper for the spot.
2:55
Lap 6: Whitcomb slips up and the front two make slight contact as they exit turn four. That allows O’Donnell to break away.
2:55
Lap 5: Whitcomb and O’Donnell remain side-by-side with O’Donnell holding the edge at the line.
2:55
Lap 3: O’Donnell to the inside of Pembroke for second. He now sets to the outside of Whitcomb for the lead.
2:54
GREEN FLAG: Whitcomb and Pembroke lead the field into turn one. Whticomb holds the advantage as they exit turn four.
2:54
Late Model Consi #2 Lineup

1 25VT Dave Whitcomb
2 27VT Kyle Pembroke
3 60VT Derrick O’Donnell
4 10VT Josh Demers
5 14VT Phil Scott
6 38VT Tyler Cahoon
7 4NY Brandon Atkins
8 85VT Trampas Demers
9 3VT Ricky Roberts
2:53
Late Model Consi #1 Unofficial Results

1 44VT Dave Pembroke
2 68VT Brooks Clark
3 16VT Joey Becker
4 4VT Eric Badore
5 18VT Jamie Fisher
6 13VT Boomer Morris
7 51VT Joey M. Laquerre
8 74VT Jerry Lesage
9 26VT John Donahue
10 72VT Scott Coburn
2:51
WHITE FLAG: Pembroke continues to lead the way.
2:51
Lap 9: Clark has the advantage over Becker, while Badore holds a slight advantage over Fisher for fourth.
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Lap 7: Becker and Clark remain door-to-door. Fisher and Badore are also side-by-side battling for the fourth spot.
2:50
Lap 5: Clark powers by Fisher to take third and now looks to the outside of Becker for second.
2:50
Lap 3: Pembroke has broken away from Becker and now leads comfortably. Clark to the outside of Fisher for third.
2:49
GREEN FLAG: Pembroke and Becker lead the field to the green flag. Pembroke holds the advantage as they make their way back to the stripe.
2:48
Late Model Consi #1 Lineup

1 44VT Dave Pembroke
2 16VT Joey Becker
3 18VT Jamie Fisher
4 4VT Eric Badore
5 13VT Boomer Morris
6 68VT Brooks Clark
7 51VT Joey M. Laquerre
8 72VT Scott Coburn
9 74VT Jerry Lesage
10 26VT John Donahue
2:47
The first Late Model consolation race is now rolling onto the the race track.
2:46
Based on his +5 plus-minus rating recorded during his qualifying heat race, unofficially, Nick Sweet will start on the pole for today’s Memorial Day Classic.
2:37
2:35
Street Stocks are now rolling onto the track for their first qualifying heat race.
2:34
Jason Durgan wins the first Northern Modified Challenge Series feature over Jessey Mueller and Todd Stone.
2:33
A group of Sportsman Modified cars battle through turns one and two. These are the same type of cars run at nearby Devil’s Bowl Speedway (VT) and Airborne Park Speedway (NY). (Speed51.com Photo)
2:29
The Northern Modified Challenge Series is now on the track for their first 20-lap feature event.
2:28
2:28
Late Model Qualifying Heat #3 Unofficial Finish

1 88VT Nick Sweet
2 99VT Cody Blake
3 29VT Jason Allen
4 15VT Joey Laquerre
5 16VT Joey Becker
6 60VT Derrick O’Donnell
7 13VT Boomer Morris
8 38VT Tyler Cahoon
9 72VT Scott Coburn
10 3VT Ricky Roberts
2:26
CHECKERED FLAG: Nick Sweet wins the final Late Model qualifying heat. Laquerre holds the final transfer spot.
2:25
WHITE FLAG: Blake works the outside of Allen for second, while Becker and Laquerre battle for the final transfer spot.
2:25
Lap 12: Sweet carries the momentum around Allen to take the top-spot.
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Lap 10: Blake looks to the inside of Allen and they make contact. That slows Blake up and allows Sweet to power to his outside.
2:24
Lap 9: The top-three are nose-to-tail that time by.
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Lap 7: Blake now closing in on Allen for the lead with Sweet nipping at his heels.
2:23
Lap 5: Blake and Sweet both clear Becker for second and third.
2:23
Lap 3: Blake and Becker side-by-side for second with Sweet peeking for racing room behind them.
2:22
GREEN FLAG: Allen with the advantage into turn one. Blake looks to the outside of Becker for the second spot.
2:22
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Late Model Qualifying Heat #3 Lineup

1 16VT Joey Becker
2 29VT Jason Allen
3 15VT Joey Laquerre
4 99VT Cody Blake
5 72VT Soctt Coburn
6 88VT Nick Sweet
7 60VT Derrick O’Donnell
8 13VT Boomer Morris
9 3VT Ricky Roberts
10 38VT Tyler Cahoon
2:21
Late Model Qualifying Heat #2 Unofficial Finish

1 58VT Jimmy Hebert
2 9ME Emily Packard
3 17VT Lance Allen
4 1VT Shawn Fleury
5 25VT Dave Whitcomb
6 18VT Jamie Fisher
7 10VT Josh Demers
8 68VT Brooks Clark
9 4NY Brandon Atkins
10 74VT Jerry Lesage
2:20
CHECKERED FLAG: Jimmy Hebert wins the second Late Model qualifying heat.
2:19
WHITE FLAG: Jimmy Hebert leads Packard, Allen, and Fleury.
2:19
Lap 13: Hebert leads that last time by, but they remain-door-to-door into turn one.
2:19
Lap 11: Hebert sets back to the outside, but he appears to be just a tad bit too loose to make it stick.
2:18
Lap 9: Hebert falls back in line and inches up to the rear bumper of Packard’s No. 9.
2:18
Lap 7: Hebert sets to the outside of Packard and the battle for the lead is on. Allen breaks away from Whitcomb to take the third spot.
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Lap 5: Whitcomb and Allen remain side-by-side for the third position. Hebert is beginning to close in on Packard up front.
2:17
Lap 3: Hebert now works the outside of Whitcomb for second. He takes the spot as Allen looks to follow suit.
2:17
GREEN FLAG: Packard has the advantage as the field heads into turn one. She holds on to lead the first lap.
2:16
Late Model Qualifying Heat #2 Lineup

1 25VT David Whitcomb
2 9ME Emily Packard
3 10VT Josh Demers
4 74VT Jerry Lesage
5 1VT Shawn Fleury
6 58VT Jimmy Hebert
7 18VT Jamie Fisher
8 17VT Lance Allen
9 68VT Brooks Clark
10 4NY Brandon Atkins
2:16
Late Model Qualifying Heat #1 Unofficial Results

1 11NH Brett Gervais
2 40VT Eric Chase
3 66VT Jason Corliss
4 9VT Chip Grenier
5 44VT Dave Pembroke
6 27VT Kyle Pembroke
7 4VT Eric Badore
8 14VT Phil Scott
9 51VT Joey M. Laquerre
10 85VT Trampas Demers
11 26VT John Donahue
2:14
CHECKERED FLAG: Brett Gervais wins the first Late Model qualifying heat. Grenier holds on for the final transfer spot.
2:14
WHITE FLAG: Gervais continues to lead the way. Pembrok to the outside of Grenier for the final transfer spot.
2:13
Lap 11: The top-four are now single file. Gervais, Chase, Corliss, and Grenier. Dave Pembroke now up to fifth.
2:13
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Lap 9: Corliss to third. Grenier attempts to follow him under Pembroke to take fourth.
2:12
Lap 7: Gervais has broken away from the field. Chase clears Pembroke for second and now Corliss looks inside of Pembroke for third.
2:12
Lap 5: Pembroke drifts high in turn four allowing Pemroke to break away. Chase now pressures Pembroke for second.
2:11
Lap 3: Gervais edges ahead that time by, but they remain side-by-side. Chase and Badore also door-to-door for third behind them.
2:11
GREEN FLAG: Gervais and Pembroke are door-to-door into turn one. That remain that way all the way back to the line with the slight advantage to Pembroke on the outside.
2:11
Late Model Qualifying Heat #1 Lineup

1 11NH Brett Gervais
2 27VT Kyle Pembroke
3 40VT Eric Chase
4 4VT Eric Badore
5 66VT Jason Corliss
6 51VT Joey M. Laquerre
7 9VT Chip Grenier
8 44VT Dave Pembroke
9 26VT John Donahue
10 14VT Phil Scott
11 85VT Trampas Demers
2:10
Brendan Moodie and Mike Martin win the final two Tiger Sportsman qualifying heats. Late Models are now on the track.
2:04
2:04
Today’s Memorial Day Classic Qualifying Procedure:Three qualifying heats will each qualify the top-four drivers using the +/- system for positions gained or loss to set the starting lineup.Two consolation races will each qualify three drivers based on the plus-minus system for a total of six.The rest of the field will be set based upon their finish in the consolation race and all 31 drivers will start the main event.
2:00
Joe Steffen wins the first Tiger Sportsman qualifying heat.
1:55
1:55
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1:54
The first Tiger Sportsman qualifying heat (10 laps) is now rolling onto the race track to kick-off today’s racing program.
1:51
It’s a beautiful day for racing in Barre, Vermont and the fans have packed the stand to see some good racing on the high-banked Thunder Road oval. (Speed51.com Photo)
1:44
1:43
Class Day festivities are underway. (Speed51.com Photo)
1:39
2013 “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell has pulled onto the track to an applause from the Thunder Road crowd.
1:28
Class Day festivities will begin shortly. Class Day normally takes place during Thunder Road’s first event of the season, the Merchants Bank 150, but due to weather that weekend it was postponed until today.Every car from every division will make their way onto the Thunder Road oval and align in the infield by division. 2013’s King of the Road and other division champions will be honored and awards will be distributed for best appearing car in each division.
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All 31 cars at the track will start today’s 100-lap Memorial Day Classic. Qualifying heats and consolation races will be used to set the field.
1:17
Speed51.com will be providing live coverage of two other short track events today, the Poker Series Modifieds in Pennsylvania and Border Wars II in Indiana.Poker Series Mods at Evergreen (PA): http://www.speed51.com/2014…ARCA Midwest Tour Border Wars II at Illiana (IN): http://arcamidwesttour.com/…
1:15
For those also hoping to tune into our coverage of the Coastal 200 Late Model event at Wiscasset Raceway (ME), we will not be able to provide coverage of that event today due to technical difficulties at the race track.
1:14
1:01
Memorial Day Classic Late Model Final Practice Results

1 99VT Cody Blake 13.549
2 88VT Nick Sweet 13.555
3 26VT John Donahue 13.600
4 17VT Lance Allen 16.660
5 85VT Trampas Demers 13.669
6 40VT Eric Chase 13.773
7 68VT Brooks Clark 13.790
8 38VT Tyler Cahoon 13.818
9 9ME Emily Packard 13.818
10 25VT Dave Whitcomb 13.826
11 1VT Shawn Fleury 13.830
12 11NH Brett Gervais 13.841
13 4VT Eric Badore 13.853
14 66VT Jason Corliss 13.865
15 4NY Brandon Atkins 13.874
16 14VT Phil Scott 13.882
17 18VT Jamie Fisher 13.903
18 51VT Joey M. Laquerre 13.909
19 29VT Jason Allen 13.932
20 27VT Kyle Pembroke 13.938
21 74VT Jerry Lesage 13.941
22 3VT Ricky Roberts 14.003
23 72VT Scott Coburn 14.208
12:57
12:57
Final practice has concluded with Cody Blake at the top of the speed chart. Blake turned a fast lap of 13.549 seconds. We’ll have full results momentarily.
12:52
We’d like to note a small change in the schedule for the Northern Modified Challenge Series. Instead of running a qualifying heat race, they will now run two 20-lap features here today.
12:50
12:50
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12:50
Jason Allen and Emily Packard are the only cars on the track as final practice winds down.
12:49
Kyle Pembroke (27VT) leads Jerry Lesage (74VT) into turn one during final practice. (Speed51.comPhoto)
12:47
12:47
It will be the richest Super Late Model race in the Northwest this year. Evergreen Speedway’s Summer Showdown will pay $20,000 to the winner of the 200-lap event on Saturday, June 28th. The famous Monroe, Washington track will host over 50 Super Late Models looking to take home a big check. Make your plans now to join Grand Marshal Hershel McGriff and the star studded field. Click here for more information.
12:46
Cody Blake to the top of the speed chart.
12:46
Brandon Atkins (4NY) and Trampas Demers (85VT) go side-by-side through turn one. (Speed51.comPhoto)
12:45
Nick Sweet currently sits at the top of the speed chart five minutes into this practice session.
12:43
John Donahue leads the Late Models onto the track for their final practice session in preparation for today’s 52nd running of the Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road.
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12:38
Anderson Speedway will host the Redbud 300 with a new date in 2014. This year’s Super Late Model ARCA/CRA Super Series event will take place on Saturday, June 14 at the famed quarter-mile high-banked oval in Anderson, Indiana. Last year, Johnny Van Doorn picked up a big win in a star-studded field. Click here for more information.
12:37
A group of Tiger Sportsman cars drive into turn three during final practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:31
Tiger Sportsman cars are now on the track for their final practice session of the afternoon.
12:29
Who will add their name to the list of Memorial Day Classic winners today? (Speed51.com Photo)
12:27
12:27
The 35th Annual SUPERSEAL Slinger Nationals presented by Miller Lite will take place on Tuesday, July 15th at the Slinger Super Speedway in Slinger, WI. This year’s 200-lap event will feature a variety of the top short track stars including six-time Slinger Nationals champion Matt Kenseth. VIP and General Admission tickets are on sale now. Click here for more information.
12:21
2013 Governor’s Cup winner Cody Blake set fast time during the third Late Model practice session. (Speed51.com Photo)
12:17
Memorial Day Classic Late Model Practice #3 Results

1 99VT Cody Blake 13.517
2 88VT Nick Sweet 13.526
3 18VT Jamie Fisher 13.534
4 9ME Emily Packard 13.559
5 60VT Derrick O’Donnell 13.567
6 11NH Brett Gervais 13.624
7 85VT Trampas Demers 13.645
8 15VT Joey Laquerre 13.666
9 66VT Jason Corliss 13.675
10 44VT Dave Pembroke 13.695
11 25VT Dave Whitcomb 13.698
12 17VT Lance Allen 13.700
13 1VT Shawn Fleury 13.702
14 4VT Eric Badore 13.711
15 26VT John Donahue 13.730
16 29VT Jason Allen 13.760
17 27VT Kyle Pembroke 13.786
18 14VT Phil Scott 13.788
19 58VT Jimmy Hebert 13.790
20 16VT Joey Becker 13.820
21 51VT Joey M. Laquerre 13.826
22 74VT Jerry Lesage 13.833
23 4NY Brandon Atkins 13.849
24 40VT Eric Chase 13.849
25 68VT Brooks Clark 13.869
26 10VT Josh Demers 13.876
27 3VT Ricky Roberts 13.876
28 38VT Tyler Cahoon 13.900
29 13VT Jim Morris 13.908
30 72VT Scott Coburn 14.030
12:13
12:13
The Third Annual ARCA Fest at the Milwaukee Mile moves to the weekend of June 6-8 this year. See the best in the ARCA Midwest Tour, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, Mid-American Series, Vintage, and Midwest Trucks compete on the historic mile oval. Tickets go on sale on March 15.Click here for more information.
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The third practice session has concluded with Cody Blake sitting at the top of the speed chart. Nick Sweet, Jamie Fisher, Emily Packard, and Derrick O’Donnell complete the top-five on the chart.
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Brandon Atkins, John Donahue, Lance Allen, and Scott Coburn are currently the only cars on the track as the third practice session winds down.
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Emily Packard hopes to carry over momentum into today’s event after a career-best third-place finish in the Merchants Bank 150 in April. (Speed51.com Photo)
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Brooks Clark finished fourth in the Thunder Road “King of the Road” standing in 2013. (Speed51.comPhoto)
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Nick Sweet, Jimmy Hebert, Derrick O’Donnell, Dave Whitcomb, and a host of others make their way onto the track.
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The World Crown 300 is one of the prestigious Super Late Model events on the Southern Super Series schedule. Last year, Preston Peltier added his name to a winner’s list of who’s won in stock car racing. Past winners include Dick Trickle, Gary Balough, Darrell Waltrip, Rich Bickle, Ronnie Sanders, Chase Elliott and more. Make your plans now to be a part of the 31st Annual event on Saturday, August 9th. Click here for more information.
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A number of drivers including Coby Blake, Jamie Fisher, Trampas Demers, Dave Pembroke, and Jason Corliss are on the track early on during this practice session.
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Rookie Eric Badore enters today’s race in a car that ACT Late Model fans may think looks familiar. That is because he is in a car previously driven by Thunder Road legend Scott Payea. Payea announced his retirement from racing last year during Thu
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Late Models are now on the track for their third practice session.
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Eric Chase drops down into the high banks of Thunder Road during the second practice session. (Speed51.com Photo)
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Tiger Sportsman cars are now on the track for their second practice session of the day The next Late Model practice will be at 11:50am.
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Its a new date for the Battle of Berlin 251 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. This year’s event will take place on July 18-19 featuring the stars of the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. Last year, Johnny VanDoorn held off Travis Braden to pick up the big win. Click here for more information.
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Jason Corliss at speed during practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
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Memorial Day Classic Practice #2 Results

1 66VT Jason Corliss 13.482
2 88VT Nick Sweet 13.513
3 60VT Derrick O’Donnell 13.534
4 99VT Cody Blake 13.540
5 26VT John Donahue 13.546
6 9VT Chip Grenier 13.560
7 85VT Trampas Demers 13.567
8 14VT Phil Scott 13.650
9 18VT Jamie Fisher 13.658
10 25VT Dave Whitcomb 13.675
11 4VT Eric Badore 13.685
12 68VT Brooks Clark 13.690
13 58VT Jimmy Hebert 13.691
14 15VT Joey Laquerre 13.706
15 1VT Shawn Fleury 13.736
16 44VT Dave Pembroke 13.739
17 74VT Jerry Lesage 13.754
18 40VT Eric Chase 13.778
19 29VT Jason Allen 13.779
20 38VT Tyler Cahoon 13.785
21 27VT Kyle Pembroke 13.790
22 17VT Lance Allen 13.802
23 11NH Brett Gervais 13.807
24 51VT Joey M. Laquerre 13.826
25 3VT Ricky Roberts 13.886
26 9ME Emily Packard 13.892
27 4NY Brandon Atkins 13.923
28 16VT Joey Becker 13.942
29 13VT Jim Morris 13.964
30 10VT Josh Demers 14.007
31 72VT Scott Coburn 14.017
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Jason Corliss ends the second practice session at the top of the speed chart. Sweet, O’Donnell, Blake, and Donahue complete the top-five.
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Trampas Demers rockets through turn one during practice. (Speed51.com Photo)
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Dave Pembroke exits the track after a practice run. (Speed51.com Photo)
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A long line of Late Models wait to hit the track. (Speed51.com Photo)
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Trampas Demers was fastest during the first Late Model practice. He turned a fast lap of 13.367 seconds. Corliss, Sweet, Whitcomb, and Allen completed the top-five.
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Late Models are now rolling onto the track for their second practice of the day.
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Four Thunder Road Late Model rookies, Eric Badore, Josh Demers, Jason Allen, and Scott Coburn are on the roster for today’s race.
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Joey M. Laquerre pushes his new-look No. 51VT through tech earlier this morning. (Speed51.comPhoto)
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Memorial Day Classic Late Model Roster

1VT Shawn Fleury
3VT Ricky Roberts
4NY Brandon Atkins
4VT Eric Badore
9ME Emily Packard
9VT Chip Grenier
10VT Josh Demers
11NH Brett Gervais
13VT Boomer Morris
14VT Phil Scott
15VT Joey Laquerre
16VT Joey Becker
17VT Lance Allen
18VT Jamie Fisher
25VT David Whitcomb
26VT John Donahue
27VT Kyle Pembroke
29VT Jason Allen
38VT Tyler Cahoon
40VT Eric Chase
44VT Dave Pembroke
51VT Joey M. Laquerre
58VT Jimmy Hebert
60VT Derrick O’Donnell
66VT Jason Corliss
68VT Brooks Clark
72VT Scott Coburn
74VT Jerry Lesage
85VT Trampas Demers
88VT Nick Sweet
99VT Cody Blake
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Northern Modified Challenge Series cars are now on the track for their first practice session of the day.
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31 Late Models are currently in the pit area for today’s event.
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Today’s Schedule of Events10:00am Bond Auto Tigers
10:10am ACT Late Models
10:30am Allen Lumber Street Stocks
10:40am Modified Challenge Series
10:50am Bond Auto Tigers
11:00am ACT Late Models
11:20am Allen Lumber Street Stocks
11:30am Modified Challenge Series
11:40am Bond Auto Tigers
11:50am ACT Late Models
12:10pm Allen Lumber Street Stocks FINAL
12:20pm Modified Challenge Series FINAL
12:30pm Bond Auto Tigers FINAL
12:40pm ACT Late Models
12:55pm CLOSE TRACK
1:00pm Driver’s Meeting
1:15pm POST CLASS DAY
1:30pm Qualifying Heats Begin
Bond Auto Tiger Heats
ACT Late Model Heats
Allen Lumber Street Stock Heats
Modified Challenge Series Heats
ACT Late Model Consi
Mini-Intermission (5 min.)
Modified Challenge Series Feature (50 laps)
Allen Lumber Street Stock Feature (25 laps)
Bond Auto Tiger Feature (35 laps)
Intermission
Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100
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Teams were busy preparing their cars in the pit area earlier today. (Speed51.com Photo)
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Today’s coverage of the ACT Tour Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT is presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies in Twin Lakes, WI. Five Star is committed to being at the forefront of creating original body designs and innovative body accessories. With their latest Ultraglass products, Five Star has developed body panels that are ultra-strong. No composite is made stronger. To find out more on Five Star Race Car Bodies’ Ultraglass products and for video demonstrations on just how tough Ultraglass products are, Click here for more information.
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Good morning from the beautiful Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont. We are here for today’s 52nd running of the Memorial Day Classic for the ACT-type Late Models.It’s a beautiful day for racing here on “the hill” in Vermont with blue skies and temperatures in the low 60’s.
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Trackside Now: Speed51.com – ACT Memorial Day Classic – Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) – 5/25/14