Laperle Files Entry to Merchants Bank 150

Laperle Files Entry to Merchants Bank 150

Barre, VT - Two-time and defending Serie ACT Castrol Champion Patrick Laperle has filed his entry for the 14th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road. The former ACT US star, who won the ACT Championship in 2008, will make his return to the Barre high banks to kick off the 2012 season.

Laperle’s resume at Thunder Road makes him an early favorite for the Merchants Bank 150. His nineteen (19) ACT wins, four (4) of which have been at Thunder Road, is third overall on the All-Time ACT Win List.

Laperle is enthusiastic about starting the 2012 racing season.

Merchants Bank 150

  Drivers Gear Up for Merchants Bank 150

Barre, VT -- After a fierce battle for the win at the ACT season opener at Lee USA, the pressure heats up at Thunder Road for the second race of the 2012 ACT season. Many drivers will have a chip on their shoulder from missed opportunities in the opener, and will look for vengeance at The ‘Road.

The long offseason has finally come to a close as drivers prepare for the first race at "The Nation’s Site of Excitement" Thunder Road in Barre, VT. The Late Model stars of the northeast will be looking to send a message in their respective championship hopes at The Merchants Bank 150.

Serie ACT Castrol
Patrick Laperle Looks to Defend ACT Serie Castrol Title
In 2011, Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC dominated the field on his way to his second Serie ACT Castrol Championship. After a historic season in which he posted 11 top fives in 12 starts with an average finish of 3.66, he will look to make an attempt at back-to-back championships in 2012, a feat that has never been done in the series.
The road to the championship will not be easy, however, due to challenges from two other former champs. Karl Allard of St-Félicien, QC will be hungry for a championship after finishing second to Laperle in 2011. Allard has already had a taste of the top, when he won the Serie ACT Castrol Championship in 2010. Allard will look to return the championship trophy to the Larue Industrial Snowblower/Gayor Construction mantle in 2012.

American Canadian Tour
Brian Hoar Tops $200 Grand in ACT Earnings With Lee Win
Eight-time American Canadian Tour Late Model Stock Car Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT topped the $200,000 mark in career earnings with his win in the NH Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH on Sunday, April 15.
Hoar secured his 34th career ACT Late Model win in his Goss Dodge and pocketed over $3,500 for car owner Rick Paya. His win brings his career earnings to $200,074 for his 132 point counting event starts to date, including point fund awards. He sits second on the all-time ACT Late Model career earnings list, trailing seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr with $219,957.

NH Governor's Cup
Brian Hoar Wins Second Straight NH Governor’s Cup
Eight-time American Canadian Tour Late Model Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT claimed his second straight NH Governor’s Cup 150 season opener at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH on Sunday, April 15. Hoar escaped a late race assault from multi-time Lee USA Speedway Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH to earn the win.
Jeff Taylor of Farmington, ME led early in the event after starting on the pole with a +6 in ACT’s plus/minus handicap system. Helliwell worked his way from the fifth starting position to take over the lead on lap 10 and appeared dominant for the next 60 laps. However, Ben Rowe of Turner, ME came from the 10th starting position to run down Helliwell just before the halfway mark. Rowe also appeared to have the race in hand until Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA took over the lead with 118 laps complete.
Hoar and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH came flying through the pack after pitting around lap 117 for fresh tires. Polewarczyk caught MacDonald on lap 130 but got into the back of him coming off turn two sending them both to the rear. That brought out the fourth caution of the event and handed Hoar, who came from the 9th starting spot, the lead.

NH Governor's Cup Unofficial Results
NH Governor’s Cup 150 Unofficial Results
American Canadian Tour
Lee USA Speedway – Lee, NH
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Pos. (Start) Driver, Hometown, Laps Completed
1. (9) Brian Hoar, Williston, VT, 150 Laps
2. (5) Wayne Helliwell Jr., Dover, NH, 150 Laps
3. (19) Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, ME, 150 Laps
4. (13) Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, NH, 150 Laps
5. (3) Ben Ashline, Pittston, ME, 150 Laps
6. (1) Jeff Taylor, Farmington, ME, 150 Laps
7. (12) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA, 150 Laps
8. (6) Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT 150 Laps
9. (18) Jeffrey Labrecque Jr., Rochester, NH, 150 Laps
10. (25) Ray Parent, Tiverton, RI, 150 Laps
11. (21) Shawn Martin, Turner, ME, 149 Laps
12. (4) Randy Potter, Groveton, NH, 149 Laps
13. (20) Karl Allard, Saint-Felicien, QC, 149 Laps
14. (14) Quinten Welch, Lancaster, NH, 149 Laps
15. (26) Todd Patnode, Richmond, NH, 149 Laps
16. (23) Luke Hinkley, Claremont, NH, 149 Laps
17. (15) Eric Chase, Milton, VT, 148 Laps
18. (24) Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT, 148 Laps
19. (28) Ricky Rolfe, Albany Twp, ME, 148 Laps
20. (8) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, QC, 147 Laps
21. (17) Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, 147 Laps
22. (27) James Linardy, Somerville, MA, 147 Laps
23. (22) Mike Kenison, Lancaster, NH, 146 Laps
24. (7) Glen Luce, Turner, ME, 136 Laps
25. (10) Ben Rowe, Turner, ME, 132 Laps
26. (16) Derek Lynch, Warkworth, ON, 131 Laps
27. (2) Nick Sweet, Barre, VT, 124 Laps
28. (11) Mark Lamberton, Mooers Forks, NY, 87 Laps
Lap Leaders: Jeff Taylor, 1-9; Wayne Helliwell, Jr., 10-72; Ben Rowe, 73-118; Eddie MacDonald, 119-130; Brian Hoar, 131-150.
Time of Race: 1:23:31
Margin of Victory: 0.366 seconds
Cautions: 8 (laps 36, 44, 117, 130, 131, 132, 132, 137)
Heat Winners: Eddie MacDonald, Brian Hoar, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
Consi Winners: Brent Dragon, Ben Ashline
B-Feature Winner: Ray Parent

Lee USA Speedway Saturday Pit Notes
ACT Pit Notes
Lee USA Speedway – Lee, NH
NH Governor’s Cup Practice
Saturday, April 14, 2012
·        40 ACT Late Models took advantage of Saturday’s practice at Lee USA Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s (April 15) New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150.
·        Fourteen (14) different drivers ran within three (3) tenths of a second near the top of the speed charts.
·        Two former NH Governor’s Cup Champions Brian Hoar of Williston, VT and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH turned the two fastest laps of the day, both with 15.6 second laps.
·        Spencer MacPherson of Carleton Place, Ontario had his day cut short after his NAPA Chevrolet broke loose entering turn one sending him hard into the outside wall. MacPherson and team left the track early bound for a local shop to fix the rear clip for tomorrow. The trip from MacPherson’s hometown to Lee USA Speedway is over seven (7) hours.
·        AJ Panessiti of Barnstead, NH also left early after having rearend issues during the second practice session.

VP Race Fuel
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today that VP Racing Fuels (VP) would become the “Official Fuel” of ACT for 2012. The ambitious program will begin a major effort on the part of ACT to create both a more “green” environment, and equally important, to begin to contain fuel expenses for over 400 Late Model race teams in the ACT system, and 100 competitors at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT.
The program will address the fuel needs of the ACT US, ACT Series Castrol Quebec, and Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT.
VP’s C9, an unleaded racing fuel with no ethanol components, will be introduced immediately as a “spec fuel” option in 2012 for the ACT Castrol Series as well as for the ACT Late Models and for all weekly divisions at Thunder Road. C9 will be permitted for use immediately in the ACT Castrol Series. To allow for consumption of leftover Sunoco 110, that fuel will be allowed only until June 30th on the Castrol Series.

ACT Merchants Bank 150 Opens Thunder Road
The ‘Nation’s Site of Excitement’, Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl will open for the 53rd year of stock car racing with the traditional Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 29, 2012. There has been over $30,000.00 in purse and prize money posted for the event, with the winner receiving $3,000.00 for the 150 lap contest. Defending event champion Nick Sweet from Barre, VT has an opportunity to become the first driver to win three in a row. The St J Auto team has back-to-back wins in 2010 and 2011 already in the record books.
“The opening Merchants Bank 150 has become really special for our family team. I was born and raised in Barre, I live and work in Barre, and winning at Thunder Road in front of a home town crowd is about as good as it gets in racing for us,” said Sweet.
Sweet has three ACT US career wins; all have come at Thunder Road. “We have been lucky to finish second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and second in the Oxford 250--that was unbelievable--but winning at home is, well, there really is nothing like it. I know how tough it is to race with Phil (Scott, three-time Thunder Road Champion), Dave Pembroke (defending Thunder Road Champion) and Cris Michaud (another three-time Champion) every week at the ‘Road. When you add in the ACT US teams….it really sets the bar high. We will sure give it our best effort to win our third one,” concluded Sweet.

NH Governor's Cup at Lee USA Speedway
There will be no less than (13) thirteen former champion drivers entered in the 2012 ACT opener at Lee USA on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Between them they have accumulated 48 track and/or touring series championships during their careers. The annual opening New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway is expected to field the best opening day group of racers in its 22 event history.
Heading the list of former champions is Brian Hoar, Williston, VT. He is an (8) eight-time ACT Champion and also owns a Thunder Road and Airborne track championship. Hoar also is the defending NH Governor Cup winner. Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT is a (7) seven-time ACT Champion and also is the 2009 Thunder Road track Champion.
Part-time ACT driver and noted car builder with nine (9) Oxford Plains Speedway Pro Stock titles, Jeff Taylor from Farmington, ME, along with two-time Oxford Champion Ricky Rolfe from Albany Township, ME will look to take the Cup back to the Pine Tree State.

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