Eric Williams wins the 11th Annual Merchants Bank 150

Eric Williams wins the 11th Annual Merchants Bank 150


Eric Williams of Hyde Park, VT dominates the 11th Annual Merchants Bank 150 as the last 106 laps are completed without a caution. Williams started fifth and worked his way to first during a caution plagued opening 44 laps. Williams took the lead from Dave Pembroke on about lap 50. Scott Payea caught Williams on lap 122 as they worked their way through heavy lap traffic, but once traffic cleared Williams was too strong.

Williams said, “It was an unbelievable day to pick up this win on the same day my son won his first ever race (at Thunder Road). To be come the second NHMS Qualifier was frosting on the cake.”


Patrick Laperle appeared to be catching Williams after working his way up from 23rd, but never got a chance to contend for the lead as the laps ran out. Laperle would end up second, Payea third, Dave Pembroke fourth and Brian Hoar fifth.


Eric Williams joins Brad Leighton as the first two qualifiers for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The 50th Anniversary season at Thunder Road kicked off with a bang and will continue with the Memorial Day Classic on May 24 as the ACT Tour will be back in town and the True Value Modifieds will join them. The ACT Tour will continue next week with their third event of the season on May 9 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.

Unofficial Merchants Bank 150 Finish

Fin   Start  
Pos. Pos. Car # Driver Hometown Sponsor
1 5 7 VT Eric Williams Hyde Park, VT Ward Systems Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2 23 91 Patrick Laperle St-Denis-sur-Richelieu Laperle Motorsports
3 7 89 Scott Payea Milton, VT Ouellette Plumbing and Heating/AC Sports Ford
4 4 44 Dave Pembroke Montpelier, VT VSECU/Cabot/SR Services Chevrolet Impala
5 13 37 Brian Hoar Williston, VT Goss Dodge/RPM Racing Engines Dodge
6 11 88 Nick Sweet Barre, VT Saint J Auto Pontiac Grand Prix
7 6 55 VT Brent Dragon Milton, VT Beverage Mart/Furniture World/Charlebois Chevrolet
8 16 02 NH Randy Potter Groveton, NH P&R Excavating/JML Trucking Chevrolet
9 12 97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Hudson, NH Pole's Automotive/NH Precision Chevrolet
10 8 7 ME Glen Luce Turner, ME TK & Sons Conrete Chevrolet Impala
11 20 86 Dennis Demers Shelburne, VT Shelburne Limestone Corp. Chevrolet Impala
12 17 41 Pete Potvin, III Graniteville, VT Tenco New England Chevrolet
13 2 32 Mike Olsen North Haverhill, NH RPM Racing Engines Chevrolet
14 14 16 Joey Becker Jeffersonville, VT Richard Green Trucking Ford Fusion
15 1 85 Trampas Demers South Burlington, VT Jiffy Mart Chevrolet
16 9 6 Cris Michaud Northfield, VT Merchants Bank/Burrell Roofing/Heney Realtors Ford
17 26 18 Jamie Fisher Shelburne, VT S.D. Ireland Brothers Chevrolet
18 25 77 NH Mark Hayward Unity, NH A1 Siteworks / Smith Bros. Siteworks Ford
19 24 55 NH Phil Scott Montpelier, VT Harrison Concrete/Subway/Fast 1/Irving Ford
20 19 26 VT John Donahue Graniteville, VT National Guard Ford
21 27 2 Daniel Descoste St-Joseph du Lac, QC Systemes Interiurs Descoste Chevrolet Impala
22 30 42 VT Matt White Northfield, VT White’s Heating/Bethel Central Market Toyota
23 18 51 ME Ricky Rolfe Albany, ME Brackett Mechanical Inc/Otis Federal Credit Union Ford
24 21 15 VT Joey Laquerre East Montpelier, VT Laquerre's Marine & Sports Center Pontiac
25 29 78 NH Quinten Welch Lancaster, NH Cutting Blade Lawncare Chevrolet
26 15 38 NH Ricky Wolf Jr. Northwood, NH BG Environmental Chevrolet
27 3 11 VT Jean-Paul Cyr Milton, VT Cyr Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo
28 28 9 VT Chip Grenier Graniteville, VT Grenier Motorsports Toyota
29 10 73 Joey Doiron Berwick, ME JBS Machine Ford
30 22 22 VT Gary Caron Colchester, VT VT Wholesale Lumber Chevrolet Impala