Contributed by: ACT Staff
BARRE, VT – Late Model stock car driver Scott Payea of Milton, VT earned his third career American-Canadian Tour victory in the 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon. Payea waged a race-long battle with defending Thunder Road Track Champion Dave Pembroke of Middlesex, VT, finally taking the lead for good on lap 129. Payea won the Merchants Bank 150 last year, as well.
Payea, 26, started the race from the outside pole position and led the first 46 laps before Pembroke, who started fifth, took over. Pembroke led – if only by two car lengths – for the next 54 laps before Payea nosed his Ouellette Plumbing & Heating/AC Sports #89 Ford Fusion ahead on lap 110. Pembroke led two more laps after a late restart before Payea moved in front to stay.
ACT Castrol Series Champion Patrick Laperle of Montreal paseed Pembroke late for the runner-up position. Former ACT Late Model Tour Champion Phil Scott of Montpelier, VT finished fourth, just ahead of seven-time and defending ACT Late Model Tour Champion Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT.
Randy Potter of Groveton, NH made a late charge to finish sixth ahead of Hyde Park, VT’s Eric Williams. Scott Dragon of Milton, VT and John Donahue of Graniteville, VT finished eighth and ninth, respectively, while Pete Potvin of Graniteville, VT had a career-best effort to complete the unofficial Top 10.
Forty-three cars were on hand to attempt qualifying for 30 starting positions. The Merchants Bank 150 was completed in just over 58 minutes, and was slowed by just six caution periods.
The ACT Late Model Tour travels to Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Speedway for the 34th Annual Furniture World of VT Spring Green 100 on Saturday, May 17. For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.acttour.com.
UNOFFICIAL FINISH – 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150
ACT Late Model Tour – Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, Barre, VT
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Pos-Driver-Hometown (# - denotes rookie)
1. Scott Payea, Milton, VT
2. Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, QC
3. Dave Pembroke, Montpelier, VT
4. Phil Scott, Montpelier, VT
5. Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT
6. Randy Potter, Groveton, NH
7. Eric Williams, Hyde Park, VT
8. Scott Dragon, Milton, VT
9. John Donahue, Graniteville, VT
10. Pete Potvin, III, Graniteville, VT
11. #Tyler Cahoon, St. Johnsbury, VT
12. Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT
13. Brent Dragon, Milton, VT
14. Joe Becker, Jeffersonville, VT
15. Glen Luce, Turner, ME
16. Dave Whitcomb, Essex Jct., VT
17. Ryan Nolin, Georgia, VT
18. Robbie Crouch, Tampa, FL
19. Claude Leclerc, Lanoraie, QC
20. Joey Laquerre, East Montpelier, VT
21. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH
22. Chip Grenier, Graniteville, VT
23. #Jonathan Urlin, London, ON
24. Ron Henry, New Gloucester, ME
25. Cris Michaud, Northfield, VT
26. Trampas Demers, South Burlington, VT
27. Bobby Dragon, Milton, VT
28. Kip Stockwell, Braintree, VT
29. Dennis Demers, Shelburne, VT
30. #Nick Sweet, Barre, VT