BARRE, Vt. – In a race that had eluded him his entire racing career, Nick Sweet methodically worked his way to the victory in the American-Canadian Tour 50th Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl Sunday.
The Memorial Day Classic was the first of four events in the Vermont State Late Model Championship series. Sweet held off Lt. Governor Phil Scott and Brent Dragon, who flew through the field from the 12th and 16th starting positions, to finish second and third.
The race began with pole sitter and former Oxford Plains Speedway champion Ricky Rolfe showing the way early, only to engage with a heated back and forth struggle with Scott Payea.
Rolfe and Payea traded the lead back and forth, side by side for more than half of the race. Scott and Sweet trailed the pair for the majority of the exchange as the top four ran in a tight battle for the point. Scott took over on the outside lane for 12 laps only to see Sweet steal it away for good on a lap 68 restart.
Weekly standouts Brooks Clark, who started 14th on the grid, and Payea came home fourth and fifth respectively.
The race was completed in 42 minutes and 24 seconds. The race was slowed by five minor cautions.