What Won the Race: Nick Sweet took the lead for the final time on lap 146 and pulled away from Jimmy Hebert to win the Merchants Bank 150.
|16||28ME||Rowland Robinson, Jr.||150|
|20||27NH||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.||150|
The Skinny: Nick Sweet took the lead from Brooks Clark on lap 8 and seemed to on his way to a Sunday cruise to victory lane. Three cautions over the course of the last 16 laps changed the dynamic of the race and allowed Jimmy Hebert to take the lead on two separate occasions. Sweet closed the deal on the final restart with four laps to go and pulled away for the victory.
Winning Quote: “I think it got exciting at the end, which is good for the fans. It’s unfortunate it wasn’t a very beautiful day here today, but we made the best of it here at Thunder Road.” – Nick Sweet
A consistent rain shower wet the track throughout the morning, but the rain has now stopped and track officials have started the track drying process.
David Whitcomb has made the choice to leave the track, as he didn’t want to race in the cooler weather conditions.
Cameron Oullette won the 35-lap Tiger Sportsman feature.
Unofficially, Boomer Morris and Brooks Clark will start from the front row in the Merchants Bank 150.
Tyler Austin won the 25-lap Street Stock feature.
Car Count: 39 ACT Late Models will attempt to qualify for today’s race.
Title Fight: Unofficially, Bobby Therrien will leave Thunder Road with the points lead after a sixth-place finish. Wayne Helliwell, who entered the race second in points, battled an ill-handling race car all day and finished 20th.
Winning Chassis: Distance Chassis
Winning Engine: Butler McMaster
Winning Shocks: KONI Shocks
Winning Crew Chief: Shane Sweet (dad)
On the Move: Scott Dragon started 27th on the 30-car grid and made his way to the 11th position, a gain of 16 positions.
Biggest Loser: Todd Davis started the race from the seventh spot and retired after 33 laps to finish 29th, a loss of 22 positions.
|9||27NH||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
|28||28ME||Rowland Robinson, Jr.|
Last-Chance Race Results:
|6||28ME||Rowland Robinson, Jr.|
Consolation Race Results:
|6||28ME||Rowland Robinson, Jr.|
Heat Race Results:
|3||27NH||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.||+2|
|8||28ME||Rowland Robinson, Jr.||-2|
Qualifying Events: There will be four 15- lap ACT qualifying heats each qualifying four to the plus/minus. There will then be one 15-lap ACT Consi qualifying two to the plus-minus and two to the tail of the feature lineup. The B-Feature will then qualify two more drivers to the feature. The field of 28 will be completed with one Thunder Road and one ACT provisional.
Practice Results: Scott Payea led the final round of ACT practice over Eddie MacDonald.
Event Schedule: Rain has pushed back today’s schedule. Racing was set to get underway at 2 p.m. but cars are drying the track at that time. When racing begins, ACT Late Model qualifying heats will kick things off. They will be followed by Tiger Sportsman heats, Street Stock heats, ACT consi, Tiger Sportsman consi, a mini-intermission, ACT B-Feature, Street Stock feature, Tiger Sportsman feature and the Merchants Bank 150.
Who To Watch For: Thunder Road regulars including Nick Sweet will be trying to defend their home turf against the ACT regulars. Sweet has won nearly everything there is to win at Thunder Road and will be a threat to win today.
Three-time ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. also won this race two years ago and will be tough to beat at the end.
|16||27NH||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.|
|17||28ME||Rowland Robinson, Jr.|
The Track: Thunder Road International Speedbowl is a high-banked 1/4-mile oval located in Barre, Vermont. The historic race track is best known for its “Widowmaker,” the fourth turn wall that has been known to sneak up on and collect race cars.
Weather: A persistent rain delayed the start of today’s racing program, but the rain has stopped and today’s program is on as scheduled. It is a bit breezy with temperatures in the lows 40s, but nothing New Englanders can’t handle.
Next Series Race: Next up for the American-Canadian Tour will be the Spring Green 116 at Airborne Park Speedway (NY) on Saturday, May 14.