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2016 Spring Green 116

MacDonald Beats Sweet, Weather for Spring Green Win

 

Eddie MacDonald beat the best of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and the weather to boot on Saturday, May 14, passing Nick Sweet in the closing laps to win the 42nd Spring Green 116 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway.

 

Rowley, MA’s MacDonald had worked from his 13th starting position into the top-5 when a rain shower just past the halfway point threatened to halt the event. But the rain eventually passed, and MacDonald made his move during the final green flag run, getting to the outside of Sweet with 11 laps remaining as the two worked through lapped traffic. MacDonald cleared Sweet a lap later and powered to his sixth career ACT Late Model Tour win.


THERRIEN HAS EDGE HEADING TO AIRBORNE
THERRIEN HAS EDGE HEADING TO AIRBORNE
42nd ACT Spring Green 116 Saturday

The American Canadian Tour heads west to Airborne Park Speedway for the annual Spring Green Championship Stock Car race this Saturday night, May 14. The forty second (42nd) running of the historic event will begin with one of the largest contingents of front runners in the 30-year history of the sanctioning organization. Bobby Therrien from Hinesburg, VT holds a slim 12-point lead over a rebounding Nick Sweet, after the Barre, VT native’s spectacular win at the Merchants Bank 150, held at Thunder Road on May 8. Only twelve (12) points separate the top 2 teams after the first three events of the 2016 campaign. Just twenty-two (22) points separate the top five teams heading into the weekend at Airborne.

SWEET PERFECT AT THUNDER ROAD
SWEET PERFECT AT THUNDER ROAD
Jumps from 10th in ACT standings to 2nd

Nick Sweet from Barre, VT has two “King of the Road” titles at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl. The hometown hero has also won 19 races, which ties him with newly appointed Thunder Road Race Director Cris Michaud. Michaud had three track championship titles during his career in the highly competitive Late Model division.

“There is not much question that Nick is as good as there is at Thunder Road. I am sure he will win some more titles, and certainly a lot more major races. Doing what he did last Sunday is really unusual at T-Road. He won the Merchant’s Bank 150 with a ‘perfect’ score, winning his heat, leading a lap, leading the most laps, and winning the race. He received every point available at an ACT touring event. The Malone Property team jumped from 10th place to 2nd in the standings after three races,” said Michaud.


THUNDER ROAD AMERICAN RACER THREE STARS

THUNDER ROAD AMERICAN RACER THREE STARS

MERCHANTS BANK 150

The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients.

The three stars are chosen by officials and winners will receive certificates for the use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.

The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition.

Congratulations to all teams who competed in the Merchants Bank 150. It was certainly one of the most competitive and exciting races in recent memory. Qualifying was the toughest of the year so far, the 150 only took an hour and 9 minutes, the racing throughout the field was terrific, and there were 23 cars that remained in the lead lap on the tough ¼ mile high-banked Thunder Road.


42nd Spring Green 116 Heads to Airborne Park Speedway
42nd Spring Green 116 Heads to Airborne Park Speedway

Race began in 1974 at Catamount Stadium

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will travel to Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY for the annual Spring Green Championship Stock Car race this Saturday night, May 14. The race began at Catamount Stadium in Milton, VT back in 1974 with 74 laps, and each year has added a lap. Upon the closing of Catamount in 1987, the race was moved to SANAIR Super Speedway in Ste Pie, Quebec for the 1988 edition. Robbie Crouch won his only Spring Green at SANAIR. 1989 was the only year there was no Spring Green race run. Returning in 1990, the race was moved to Airborne Speedway, which holds a record for most Spring Green events, with a total of twenty-two (22). The only other location of the event was three events held at Devil’s Bowl Speedway from its asphalt opening in 2012 thru 2014.


2016 Merchants Bank 150

Sweet Holds Off Hebert for Merchants Bank 150 Win


Local racer Nick Sweet fended off Williamstown’s Jimmy Hebert on a trio of late restarts to win the 18th American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Merchants Bank 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 8.

 

Sweet, driving the #40VT Mad Dog Motorsports Chevrolet in place of his familiar #88VT Buick, first took the lead from Brook Clark on lap 14 and dominated the middle stages of the race. But a series of late spins allowed Hebert to draw alongside, and the former Tiger Sportsman track champion nosed ahead following restarts on laps 133 and 143.


Local Stars Looking to Make Some Noise at Thunder Road on Sunday

Local Stars Looking to Make Some Noise at Thunder Road on Sunday


With the 18th running of the Merchants Bank 150 rescheduled for Sunday May 8, there are plenty of local race teams with hopes of carrying the checkered flag around the high banked ¼ mile oval. The American Canadian Tour (ACT) race is expecting well over 40 Late Models trying to qualify for just 26 starting spots at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”.


Weather Forces Postponement of Merchants Bank 150

Weather Forces Postponement of Merchants Bank 150

                                                    

Rescheduled for Sunday May 8

 

The dismal forecast for Sunday May 1 has forced Thunder Road Speedbowl to postpone the Merchants Bank 150. The race has been rescheduled for Sunday May 8, post time set for 2:00pm.


More than 40 ACT Late Model teams were expected to try and qualify including defending  2015 ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, NH, along with 2015 Merchants Bank champion Brad Babb and multi-feature winner Nick Sweet.

 

Almost 70 Late Models, Tiger Sportsman and Street Stocks lined Main Street in Barre, VT for the annual car show on Saturday April 30. Race Fans were able to check-out the new race cars and meet the drivers, before the parade up Quarry Hill to the “Nations Site of Excitement”. Drivers were able to get in practice on Saturday and will be ready to go on Sunday May 8, for the running of the 18th Merchants Bank 150.


Therrien, Helliwell Open Thunder Road on Top

Therrien, Helliwell Open Thunder Road on Top

 

Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien heads to the “Nations Site of Excitement” as the American Canadian Tour (ACT) points leader this weekend for the 57th season opener of Barre, VT’s Thunder Road. Therrien, with a dominating win in the season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway and a 7th place finish last Sunday at Lee USA Speedway, leads three-time ACT Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. by just two points heading into the 18th Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday at 1:00pm. Helliwell, with a fourth place finish in the opener at Oxford and a strong second last week at Lee, is looking to carry the checkered flag around the high banked ¼ mile track again like he did in 2014. Brad Babb, driving the Joey Laquerre owned 15NH, stole the show in last year’s Merchants Bank 150 with Helliwell settling for second place.  Babb became the 12th different winner in 17 editions of the event.


Lee USA American Racer Three Stars Announced

Lee USA American Racer Three Stars Announced


The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients. 

The three stars are chosen by officials and winners will receive certificates for the use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.

The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition. Again this week it would be difficult not to recognize the outstanding effort, strategies, and excitement that Scott Payea brought with his RPM team victory. Payea joined Wayne Helliwell Jr., Ray Parent, Alex Labbe, Quinny Welch, and Todd Davis who made the 30th opening day at Lee one of the most exciting races during the long history of ACT at Lee USA. 

Congratulations to Red, Judy and the entire Lee staff on their 30th anniversary opener. We at ACT have been happy to be along for the entire trip!


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