Barre, VT — 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.
But the two-time Thunder Road “King of the Road” was able to come back each time, and he easily cleared Hebert on the race’s final restart with three laps to go. Sweet became the second three-time winner of the Merchants Bank 150.
Hebert settled for second, while Lee USA Speedway winner Scott Payea nipped Phil Scott at the line for third. Cody Blake, point leader Bobby Therrien, Dillon Moltz, Eddie MacDonald, Jason Corliss, and Brad Babb completed the top-10.
Cameron Ouellette earned his fourth career win in the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman feature. Ouellette took the lead from fellow Barre driver Doug Crowningshield on lap nine of the caution-filled 30-lap event, then held off charges from “Double O” Joe Steffen and Crowningshield for the victory.
Mike Martin finished fourth, followed by Jason Woodard. Joel Hodgdon, Stephen Donahue, defending Champion Brendan Moodie, Mark Barnier, and rookie Kyle Streeter completed the top-10.
East Calais’ Tyler Austin won his second straight Allen Lumber Street Stock season opener in their 25-lap feature. Austin grabbed the top spot from Reilly Lanphear on a lap-14 restart and powered away from the field.
Rookie Brandon Lanphear edged cousin Reilly for second. Greg Collette and Michael Gay snuck into fourth and fifth as the field scrambled through a last-lap crash. Kevin Streeter, Bunker Hodgdon, Alan Maynard, Kelsea Woodard, and Garry Bashaw were sixth through 10th.
The ACT Late Model Tour makes its annual visit to Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway for the Spring Green 116 this Saturday, May 14. Post time for the event is 5:00pm. Thunder Road will host a special Sunday weekly event on Sunday, May 22 sponsored by Harvest Equipment, featuring the annual Kids Rides with a 1:00pm post time.
-American Canadian Tour Press Release
-Photo Credit: Alan Ward