Thunder Road Welcomes ACT Tour for Merchants Bank 150 Season Opener

Thunder Road Welcomes ACT Tour for Merchants Bank 150 Season Opener

Barre, Vt. – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) returns to Barre, Vt.’s Thunder Road Speedbowl this Sunday, April 30 for the 19th Merchants Bank 150. The event kicks off the 58th season of competition on the quarter-mile oval and is the first of two visits this year for the ACT Late Model Tour.

A pair of multi-time Merchants Bank 150 winners will lead the charge into this year’s event. Three-time and defending event champion Nick Sweet of Barre will look to go back-to-back, while two-time event champion Scott Payea of Colchester is attempting to match Sweet in the record books.
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Eighth Place Finish for Eddie MacDonald in ACT’s Governor’s Cup

photo by Rich Hayes

By: Dick Casey

Eddie MacDonald dealt with an ill-handling EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy for three quarters of the annual American Canadian Tour’s New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 opener at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 23. Driving the Freddie Peterson owned #17, Eddie Mac waited for a much needed caution that did not happen until lap 98.

“The car was hitting the track in the turns and sliding up the track so it was impossible to pass any cars,” said Eddie Mac. “Rollie (crew chief LaChance) and I decided to wait until the first caution to pit and just try to maintain our 14th starting position. We thought with 29 cars in the field there would be an earlier caution especially this being the first race of the season but everyone stayed out of trouble until lap 98.”

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DILLON MOLTZ WINS 31ST NH GOVERNOR’S CUP

photo by Rich Hayes

Lee, NH – A stout 29-car field kicked off the 2017 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model Stock Car Championship schedule Sunday at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire. The race, originally scheduled for April 9th, had been postponed due to weather.

 

The 31st running of the Annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup, a 150-lap race, was won by Waterford, CT driver Dillon Moltz.  He was joined on the podium by a pair of Quebec drivers: Alex Labbé of Victoriaville and Jonathan Bouvrette of Blainville.  The defending race winner, Scott Payea (Colchester, VT) and 2017 ACT Rookie contender Jason Corliss (Barre, VT), rounded out the top-5.

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Thunder Road Welcomes ACT Tour for Merchants Bank 150 Season Opener

Barre, Vt. – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) returns to Barre, Vt.’s Thunder Road Speedbowl this Sunday, April 30 for the 19th Merchants Bank 150. The event kicks off the 58th season of competition on the quarter-mile oval and is the first of two visits this year for the ACT Late Model Tour.

 

A pair of multi-time Merchants Bank 150 winners will lead the charge into this year’s event. Three-time and defending event champion Nick Sweet of Barre will look to go back-to-back, while two-time event champion Scott Payea of Colchester is attempting to match Sweet in the record books.

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THE GOVERNOR’S CUP 150 AT LEE USA SPEEDWAY

photo by Rich Hayes

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway kicked off the 2017 racing season on Sunday afternoon with the traditional season-opening American Canadian Tour (ACT) New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150.  A strong field of entries was on hand for the day’s racing action, but none was stronger than Connecticut racer “Thrillin’ Dillon” Moltz, who took down the win in dominating fashion.

 

2013 Governor‘s Cup winner Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown VT led the early laps of the main, but Quebec driver Jonathan Bouvrette slipped past just after the ten lap mark to take over the point.  At the 50 lap mark, Moltz was past Hebert to move into second, and just six laps later, he made his way past Bouvrette to the lead.

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LEE USA ACT preview

Lee, NH – After a two week delay due to some late season winter weather, Lee USA Speedway is readying to open the 2017 campaign next weekend, with the annual running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model event now scheduled to go green on Sunday, April 23.

The traditional season-opener will also feature the North East Mini Stock Tour and the wildly-popular scaled down, motorcycle engine powered hotrods better known as the Northeast Classic Lites. Both divisions are expected to see strong fields of entries in action at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.
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