Merchants Bank 150

Nick Sweet Earns First Career ACT Win in Merchants Bank 150

Barre’s own Nick Sweet earned his first career American Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car win in the 12th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, May 2. Sweet started from the 12th position after qualifying through a consi. He battled his way to the front, driving around Patrick Laperle and then Dave Pembroke for the lead. Sweet held off six-time and defending ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston late in the event. Hoar took second followed by Laperle in third.

Pembroke led the majority of the first half of the race before battling Laperle just after the halfway point in the 150 lap event. Pembroke drove back around Laperle but then lost the battle with Sweet. Pembroke would hold on for fourth and Mark Lamberton took fifth. Craig Bushey, Joey Laquerre, Chip Grenier, Scott Payea and Mark Hayward rounded out the top ten.

The 12th Annual Merchants Bank 150 was the season opener for the 25th Season of American Canadian Tour racing and also the season opener of the 2010 Thunder Road season. With the win Sweet also earned the first invitation to the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 18.

The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman feature went flag to flag with outside pole sitter George May of Barre taking the win. Mike Ziter of Williamstown took second followed by Barre’s Cody Blake in third. Joel Hodgdon and Josh Demers rounded out the top five while Eric Badore, Pete Ainsworth, Tony Rossi, David Finck and Bobby Therrien completed the top ten.

The Allen Lumber Street Stocks and the Junkyard Warriors ran two features. Mike MacAskill of Williamstown, VT took home the first feature win. He was followed to the line by Graniteville’s Travis Hull, Bunker Hodgdon of Hardwick, VT, Jean Leblanc of Gorham, NH and William Hennequin of Morrisville rounding out the top five. The second feature saw Tim Campbell of Topsham take the checkers with Hardwick’s Greg Adams, Barre’s Ron Gabaree, Berlin’s Scott Weston and Joe Fecteau from Hardwick taking the top five.

In the Warriors Cabot’s Ken Christman earned the win in the first feature with Kevin Hebert and Tommy Elwood finishing in the top three. In the second feature Williamstown’s Kevin Wheatley took the win  with Barre’s Kevin Dodge and Williamstown’s Brock Parrott rounding out the top three.

The American Canadian Tour will be back in action next Saturday, May 8 at Airborne Speedway for the Spring Green 100. Thunder Road International Speedbowl will continue the 2010 season Sunday, May 30 with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic doubleheader with the Thunder Road Late Model 100 and Modified Racing Series 100. The Thunder Road Late Models will kick off their 2010 championship contention on Sunday, May 23 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Unofficial ACT Merchants Bank 150 Results

1.            88VT      Nick Sweet

2.            37VT      Brian Hoar

3.            91QC     Patrick Laperle

4.            44VT      Dave Pembroke

5.            16NY      Mark Lamberton

6.            05VT      Craig Bushey

7.            15VT      Joey Laquerre

8.            9VT        Chip Grenier

9.            89VT      Scott Payea

10.          77NH     Mark Hayward

11.          55NH     Phil Scott

12.          97NH     Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.

13.          22VT      Jean-Paul Cyr

14.          55VT      Brent Dragon

15.          02NH     Randy Potter

16.          2NH       Tracie Bellerose

17.          18VT      Jamie Fisher

18.          3NH       Michael Kenison

19.          15ON     Derek Lynch

20.          7ME       Glen Luce

21.          41VT      Pete Potvin III

22.          12VT      Reno Gervais

23.          16VT      Joey Becker

24.          04ME     TJ Watson

25.          42MA    Jeff Zuidema

26.          40VT      Eric Chase

27.          1VT        Tony Andrews

28.          42VT      Matt White

29.          38VT      Tyler Cahoon

30.          6VT        Cris Michaud


Unofficial Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Feature Results

1.            16           George May

2.            26           Mike Ziter

3.            99           Cody Blake

4.            36           Joel Hodgdon

5.            10           Josh Demers

6.            04           Eric Badore

7.            80           Pete Ainsworth, Jr.

8.            90           Tony Rossi

9.            37           David Finck

10.          4              Bobby Therrien

11.          68           Derrick O’Donnell

12.          55           Brian Delphia

13.          23           Matt Potter

14.          58           Jimmy Hebert

15.          31           Shawn Fleury

16.          18           Lance Allen

17.          50           Joey Roberts

18.          9              Ricky Roberts

19.          48           Tom Therrien

20.          1              Scott Coburn

21.          8              Mike Billado

22.          40           Shawn Powell

23.          00           Joe Steffen

24.          01           #Mike Martin

25.          60           Jeffrey Bousquet

26           06           Jeff French


Unofficial Allen Lumber Street Stock/Junkyard Warrior Feature #1 Finish
1.            3ss          Micheal MacAskill

2.            66ss       Travis Hull

3.            83ss       Bunker Hodgdon

4.            7ss          Jean LeBlanc

5.            47ss       William Hennequin

6.            77ss       Dave Whitcomb

7.            13ss       Markus Farnham

8.            43ss       Jamie Davis

9.            59ss       Scott Maynard

10.          70ss       Paul Giacherio

11.          73ss       Vern Woodard

12.          33ss       #Thomas Placey

13.          2ss          David LaFleche

14.          4jyw      Ken Christman

15.          09ss       Amanda Habel

16.          35ss       #Keith Fortier

17.          63jyw    Kevin Hebert

18.          05ss       #Donnie Yates

19.          92ss       Garry Bashaw

20.          88jyw    Thomas Elwood

21.          71jyw    Matt Monaghan

22.          17jyw    Michael Devino, Sr.


Unofficial Allen Lumber Street Stock/Junkyard Warrior Feature #2 Finish

1              34ss       Tim Campbell, Sr.

2              38ss       Greg Adams

3              9ss          Ron Gabaree

4              04ss       Scott Weston

5              75ss       Joe Fecteau

6              29ss       Gary Mullen

7              4ss          Shawn Swallow

8              6ss          Daniel Lathrop

9              18ss       #Jayme Lee

10           31jyw    Kevin Wheatley

11           8jyw      Kevin Dodge

12           23jyw    Brock Parrott

13           1jyw      Chad Brown

14           03ss       Lloyd Blakely

15           22ss       Thomas Smith

16           51ss       #Sid Sweet Jr.

17           07ss       Eric Johnson

18           78ss       #Alex Whitcomb

19           26ss       Danny Doyle

20           25ss       Jennifer Getty

21           23ss       Kyle Hess

22           38jyw    George Sanders