Merchants Bank Weekend Kick Off

The 12th annual Merchants Bank weekend at Thunder Road kicked off this morning (Saturday, May 1) with over 110 racecars lining the street in downtown Barre. Thousands of fans turned out for the first glimpse of the cars that teams worked so hard to put together over the winter. The 2009 Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Championship team of Jimmy Hebert won the 2010 Pit Stop Contest. After the car show the drivers paraded through Barre and up Quarry Hill to the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” for practice.

The 12th Annual Merchants Bank 150 is ready to roll on Sunday, May 2 as the 2010 season opener for both Thunder Road International Speedbowl and the ACT Late Model Tour. Over 50 ACT Late Model teams are expected to battle for the 30 qualifying spots, including the 2009 ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, 2009 “King of the Road” Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, 1994 Thunder Road opening day winner Derek Lynch of Warkworth, Ontario, 2009 Milk Bowl champion John Donahue of Graniteville, and 2009 Governor’s Cup champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH among others. Tomorrow’s action starts with class day beginning at 1pm. Post time is set for 1:30pm.