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Joey Polewarczyk Jr. Scores Second Career Oxford Plains Speedway Win

Joey Pole battled Ricky Rolfe during the early stages of the New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway as the first 84 laps were run caution free. After one of the two cautions Rolfe had carburetor issues and fell back in the pack. Pole took advantage of the opportunity and broke away from the field chased by Tim Brackett. Brackett and Pole swapped the lead with Pole running exclusively in the outside groove.


SERIES ACT CASTROL
Patrick Laperle Wins St-Eustache 100

2008 ACT Tour Champion Patrick Laperle won the St-Eustache 100 and becomes the first Canadian competitor to qualify for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Laperle battled with Donald Theetge for the second half of the race after Daniel Descoste led the first 44 laps. Descoste’s run near the front ended with a seven car pile-up on the backstretch. Also having a strong run was Brandon Watson who started ninth.

Laperle and Theetge rubbed fenders for the final 56 laps of the race as they battled for the lead. The race was slowed by 9 cautions with the final coming on lap 64. The unofficial top five was Patrick Laperle, Donald Theetge, Brandon Watson, Pete Vanderwyst and Martin Lacombe.
Laperle becomes the fourth qualifier for the ACT Invitational. He joins Brad Leighton winner at Lee USA Speedway, Eric Williams winner at Thunder Road and Scott Payea last week’s winner at Airborne Speedway.

The ACT Tour is also running today at Oxford Plains Speedway. They will be in action again next weekend at Thunder Road International Speedbowl for the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day 150.

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St-Eustache 100 at Autodrome St-Eustache Postponed Due to Rain

The St-Eustache 100 at Autodrome St-Eustache has been canceled for today due to heavy rains. The car count was in the mid-twenties and all competitors are expected to return for tomorrow's post time of 12 noon. The St-Eustache 100 is the season opener for most of the Series ACT Castrol drivers although several showed up at last week's ACT Tour race at Airborne Speedway. The weather forecast looks better for tomorrow and there should be no problem getting the race in. It should be a great show with 2008 Series ACT Castrol Champion Alexandre Gingras, 2007 Champion Patrick Laperle, Claude Leclerc, Sylvain Lacombe, Karl Allard, and fourth place finisher in the Furniture World 100 last week, Donald Theetge.

Also tomorrow is the fourth event on the ACT Tour 2009 schedule. Over forty competitors are expected for tomorrow's New England Dodge Dealers 150. Last year's New England Dodge Dealer's 150 winner, Ricky Rolfe should contend for the victory as he returns to his hometrack. Also a contender at his hometrack is Glen Luce, who finished second in the 2008 Oxford 250. Scott Payea will look to continue his strong start to the season but will have to compete with Brent Dragon, John Donahue, and Randy Potter, as well as Oxford Plains Speedway regulars Shawn Martin, Scott Luce, Travis Stearns and Travis Adams. Post time for the New England Dodge Dealers 150 is 2 pm.


Thunder Road
ACT TOUR and TRUE VALUE MODIFIEDS HEADED TO THUNDER ROAD
 
Teams from all over New England will celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont for the traditional running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic Doubleheader. It is the only time in 2009 when fans can see the stars from both the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models and the open wheel ground-pounding monsters from the True Value Modified Racing Series racing together on one card.
 
                                         

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Scott Payea Wins Spring Green 100

 

Scott Payea of Milton, VT steals the Furniture World of Vermont Spring Green 100 victory after a race long battle between Randy Potter of Groveton, NH and Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, NH. Potter and Leighton fought for the first 90 laps, swapping the lead back and forth. Potter appeared to gain the upper hand until Payea took the lead with less than ten laps remaining. Payea held off Potter during the final shootout setup by a caution with three to go.

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.

Pit Notes from the Merchants Bank 150

Pit Notes from the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road 5/2/09

  • The 50th Anniversary season at Thunder Road “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” kicks off this weekend with the 11th running of the Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, May 3rd.
  • The weekend started with the Annual opening day car show in downtown Barre. Main Street was packed with 117 cars from Thunder Road’s four divisions. It was a beautiful day for the thousands of fans that came out to see the cars up close and personal.
  • The fans also got to witness the always-entertaining Pit Stop Contest. Cris Michaud’s crew took home the victory over the crews of Eric Williams, Craig Bushey, Jason Corliss and Travis Hull as well as a crew from Barre City.
  • A total of 39 ACT Tour Late Models showed up to take advantage of Saturday’s practice session, which totaled over two hours. More cars are expected to show up tomorrow and should push the total cars attempting to qualify for the 11th Annual Merchants Bank 150 over 40.
  • Jean-Paul Cyr looked very comfortable in his new ride for 2009. Cyr is planning on a full season at Thunder Road in an attempt to capture the “King of the Road” title in the 50th Anniversary season.
  • Scott Payea also looked fast and should be strong as he tries for a third straight Merchants Bank 150 victory. He is running the full ACT Tour again this second and will be looking to take the title after a tough second place finish last year.
  • “King of the Road” Eric Williams also looked to be a contender, as he will try for his first ever Merchants Bank 150 win.
  • Randy Potter of Groveton, NH missed some valuable practice time this afternoon as he had trouble with warped brake rotors. Competing car owner Pete Duto gets the sportsmanship award for the day as he drove to his shop to pick up new rotors for Potter. Potter completed repairs and was able to practice again.
  • Series ACT Castrol regular Daniel Descoste from Quebec went for a wild ride of the top of turns three and four. It appeared he got too high entering turn three before losing control. His crew says there was no serious damage and he should be ready to go tomorrow.
  • The NAPA Tiger Sportsman looked real sharp during their practice time. They also had a healthy field of cars as over 30 attended the car show and practice. Scott Coburn took home the opening day victory last season and will look to make it back to back this year.
  • The Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Junkyard Warriors practiced together once again. They look like they are ready to really mix it up together this season as they took it three wide a number of times in practice.
  • Other than that, only a few accidents with minor damage occurred throughout the whole day and the cars are ready for competition tomorrow.
The weather forecast looks great for the Merchants Bank 150. Practice will begin at 10:50 p.m., Class Day activities will be at 1 p.m. and post time is set for 1:30 p.m.

MERCHANTS BANK 150 SCHEDULE

 

 

 

 

Schedule Subject
     to Change     
 
Saturday,  May 2, 2009 
8:00 - 11:00        Advance pit registration at CAR SHOW
8:00 - Noon        1st round tire(4) for car show entrants only
                             (car must be at car show and hauler in pits)
Noon                    Pit Registration
                             Balance 1st round tires (4)
           (car must be in pits-tires will be based on 1st in pits)
                             2nd round tire by draw ALL (2) tires
 
 
SAT. PRACTICE:
Noon               Safety inspection SS/PSW
 
12:30 - 12:50   NAPA Tiger Sportsman CAR SHOW
12:50 - 1:10     LATE MODEL CAR SHOW
1:10 - 1:30       Allen Lumber/Power Shift Warrior CAR SHOW
1:30 - 2:00      NAPA Tiger Sportsmen
2:00 - 2:30      LATE MODEL
2:30 - 2:50      Allen Lumber/Power Shift Warrior 
2:50 - 3:20      NAPA Tiger Sportsman
3:20 - 3:40      LATE MODEL
3:40 - 4:00      Allen Lumber/Power Shift Warrior 
      3:45 LATE MODEL TIRES RELEASED FOR SCUFF
4:00 - 4:20     NAPA Tiger Sportsman
4:20 - 4:50     LATE MODEL
4:50 - 5:05     Allen Lumber/Power Shift Warrior FINAL
5:05 - 5:25    NAPA Tiger Sportsmen FINAL
5:30 - 6:00    LATE MODEL FINAL
 
ALL LM TIRES MUST BE RETURNED
 
                           CLOSE TRACK
 
Sunday , May 3, 2009
7:30         OFFICIALS MEETING TECH TRAILER
8:00         Pit Gates Open
                Tire Compound Open
8:30        Merchants Bank 150 Inspection
10:00      Drivers Meeting
 
SUN. PRACTICE:
10:50                    Past Champions Practice (25,37,11,75,14,91,6,18,44,7)
11:00 - 11:15      Allen Lumber SS/Power Shift Warrior
11:15 - 11:45      LATE MODEL
11:45 - 12:05      NAPA Tiger Sportsman FINAL
12:05 - 12:35      LATE MODEL FINAL
12:35 - 12:50      Allen Lumber SS/Power Shift Warrior FINAL
                                              CLOSE TRACK
 1:00                    CLASS DAY ATIVITIES
 1:30                    ACT HEATS (15 laps)
                             Sportsman Heats (12 laps)
                             SS/PSW Heats (10 laps)
                             ACT Consi (s) TBA
                            Sportsmen Consi (12 laps)
                            SS/PSW Main Event (25 laps)
                                            5 Minute Mini Intermission
                            ACT LAST CHANCE TBA
                           Sportsman “B” Feature TBA
                           SS/PSW ‘Reserve’ Feature (25 laps)
                                             INTERMISSION
                           Grid 11th Annual Merchants Bank 150
                          Merchants Bank 150
                          Victory Lane
                          SPORTSMAN FEATURE (35 laps)
 
 

50th Anniversary Season at Thunder Road
NASCAR CUP DRIVER DAVID RAGAN COMING TO THUNDER ROAD
 
Unidilla, Georgia’s Sprint Cup Series aspiring stock car driver, David Ragan, will race at Thunder Road Thursday August 27th in the final evening program of its 50th season.
 
“We wanted superstars from our past, present, and future to highlight our 50th anniversary activities,” said track co-owner Tom Curley. With 82-time Cup winner and Daytona 500 Champion Bobby Allison appearing on Thursday, June 18th and one of the very best NASCAR stars of today, Tony Stewart, coming to race the CARQUEST Vt Governor’s Cup on June 25th, we wanted a racer who we believe is ready for future stardom on NASCAR’s top level of racing. David Ragan is the real deal,” concluded Curley.
                  

BRAD LEIGHTON WINS NH GOVERNOR'S CUP

Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, NH wins the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. Leighton came from deep in the field starting 19th to become the first qualifier for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The deciding battle of the race came on lap 130 when Leighton got by defending NH Governor’s Cup Champ Joey Pole of Hudson, NH. The two had to fight through heavy lap traffic due to a long green flag run from lap 52 to the finish.

 

Leighton said, “It’s a real honor to be the first qualifier for the New Hampshire Invitational. The Invitational is going to be a huge boost for the ACT series and attract tremendous regional exposure. And it’s great to be part of it.”

 

Rounding out the top five were Joey Pole, Scott Payea, Eddie MacDonald, and Quinny Welch. Coming home sixth was Ricky Wolf Jr., John Donahue, Wayne Helliwell Jr., Brian Hoar, followed by teammate Mike Olsen finishing in tenth.


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