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Nick Sweet Earns First Career ACT Win in Merchants Bank 150

Nick Sweet Earns First Career ACT Win in Merchants Bank 150 Barre Vermont

posted at 10:07 am Mon May 3rd, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Barre's own Nick Sweet earned his first career American Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car win in the 12th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, May 2.

Sweet started from the 12th position after qualifying through a consi. He battled his way to the front, driving around Patrick Laperle and then Dave Pembroke for the lead. Sweet held off six-time and defending ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston late in the event. Hoar took second followed by Laperle in third.

Pembroke led the majority of the first half of the race before battling Laperle just after the halfway point in the 150 lap event. Pembroke drove back around Laperle but then lost the battle with Sweet. Pembroke would hold on for fourth and Mark Lamberton took fifth. Craig Bushey, Joey Laquerre, Chip Grenier, Scott Payea and Mark Hayward rounded out the top ten.

The 12th Annual Merchants Bank 150 was the season opener for the 25th Season of American Canadian Tour racing and also the season opener of the 2010 Thunder Road season. With the win Sweet also earned the first invitation to the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 18.

The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman feature went flag to flag with outside pole sitter George May of Barre taking the win. Mike Ziter of Williamstown took second followed by Barre's Cody Blake in third. Joel Hodgdon and Josh Demers rounded out the top five while Eric Badore, Pete Ainsworth, Tony Rossi, David Finck and Bobby Therrien completed the top ten.

The Allen Lumber Street Stocks and the Junkyard Warriors ran two features. Mike MacAskill of Williamstown, VT took home the first feature win. He was followed to the line by Graniteville's Travis Hull, Bunker Hodgdon of Hardwick, VT, Jean Leblanc of Gorham, NH and William Hennequin of Morrisville rounding out the top five. The second feature saw Tim Campbell of Topsham take the checkers with Hardwick's Greg Adams, Barre's Ron Gabaree, Berlin's Scott Weston and Joe Fecteau from Hardwick taking the top five.

In the Warriors Cabot's Ken Christman earned the win in the first feature with Kevin Hebert and Tommy Elwood finishing in the top three. In the second feature Williamstown's Kevin Wheatley took the win with Barre's Kevin Dodge and Williamstown's Brock Parrott rounding out the top three.

The American Canadian Tour will be back in action next Saturday, May 8 at Airborne Speedway for the Spring Green 100. Thunder Road International Speedbowl will continue the 2010 season Sunday, May 30 with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic doubleheader with the Thunder Road Late Model 100 and Modified Racing Series 100. The Thunder Road Late Models will kick off their 2010 championship contention on Sunday, May 23 at Devil's Bowl Speedway.

Unofficial ACT Merchants Bank 150 Results

1. 88VT Nick Sweet

2. 37VT Brian Hoar

3. 91QC Patrick Laperle

4. 44VT Dave Pembroke

5. 16NY Mark Lamberton

6. 05VT Craig Bushey

7. 15VT Joey Laquerre

8. 9VT Chip Grenier

9. 89VT Scott Payea

10. 77NH Mark Hayward

11. 55NH Phil Scott

12. 97NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.

13. 22VT Jean-Paul Cyr

14. 55VT Brent Dragon

15. 02NH Randy Potter

16. 2NH Tracie Bellerose

17. 18VT Jamie Fisher

18. 3NH Michael Kenison

19. 15ON Derek Lynch

20. 7ME Glen Luce

21. 41VT Pete Potvin III

22. 12VT Reno Gervais

23. 16VT Joey Becker

24. 04ME TJ Watson

25. 42MA Jeff Zuidema

26. 40VT Eric Chase

27. 1VT Tony Andrews

28. 42VT Matt White

29. 38VT Tyler Cahoon

30. 6VT Cris Michaud

Unofficial ACT Merchants Bank 150 Results - 1. Nick Sweet (88VT) Barre, VT, 2. Brian Hoar (37VT) Williston, VT, 3. Patrick Laperle (91QC) St-Denis, QC, 4. Dave Pembroke (44VT) Montpelier, VT, 5. Mark Lamberton (16NY) Mooers Forks, NH, 6. Craig Bushey (05VT) Cambridge, VT, 7. Joey Laquerre (15VT) E. Montpelier, VT, 8. Chip Grenier (9VT) Graniteville, VT, 9. Scott Payea (89VT) Milton, VT, 10. Mark Hayward (77NH) Newport, NH, 11. Phil Scott (55NH) Montpelier, VT, 12. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (97NH) Hudson, NH, 13. Jean-Paul Cyr (22VT) Milton, VT, 14. Brent Dragon (55VT) Milton, VT, 15. Randy Potter (02NH) Groveton, NH, 16. Tracie Bellerose (2NH) Gorham, NH, 17. Jamie Fisher (18VT) Shelburne, VT, 18. Michael Kenison (3NH) Groveton, NH, 19. Derek Lynch (15ON) Warkworth, ON, 20. Glen Luce (7ME) Turner, ME, 21. Pete Potvin III (41VT) Graniteville, VT, 22. Reno Gervais (12VT) Island Pond, VT, 23. Joey Becker (16VT) Jeffersonville, VT, 24. TJ Watson (04ME) Cundy's Harbor, ME, 25. Jeff Zuidema (42MA) N.Brookfield, MA, 26. Eric Chase (40VT) Milton, VT, 27. Tony Andrews (1VT) Northfield, VT, 28. Matt White (42VT) Northfield, VT, 29. Tyler Cahoon (38VT) St.Johnsbury, VT, 30. Cris Michaud (6VT) E. Montpelier, VT.

Unofficial Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Feature Results

1. 16 George May

2. 26 Mike Ziter

3. 99 Cody Blake

4. 36 Joel Hodgdon

5. 10 Josh Demers

6. 04 Eric Badore

7. 80 Pete Ainsworth, Jr.

8. 90 Tony Rossi

9. 37 David Finck

10. 4 Bobby Therrien

11. 68 Derrick O'Donnell

12. 55 Brian Delphia

13. 23 Matt Potter

14. 58 Jimmy Hebert

15. 31 Shawn Fleury

16. 18 Lance Allen

17. 50 Joey Roberts

18. 9 Ricky Roberts

19. 48 Tom Therrien

20. 1 Scott Coburn

21. 8 Mike Billado

22. 40 Shawn Powell

23. 00 Joe Steffen

24. 01 #Mike Martin

25. 60 Jeffrey Bousquet

26 06 Jeff French

Unofficial Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Feature Results - 1. George May (16) Barre, VT, 2. Mike Ziter (26) Williamstown, VT, 3. Cody Blake (99) Barre, VT, 4. Joel Hodgdon (36) Craftsbury, VT, 5. Josh Demers (10) Middlesex, VT, 6. Eric Badore (04) Milton, VT, 7. Pete Ainsworth, Jr. (80) Middlesex, VT, 8. Tony Rossi (90) Peacham, VT, 9. David Finck (37) Barre, VT, 10. Bobby Therrien (4) Hinesburg, VT, 11. Derrick O'Donnell (68) Bradford, VT, 12. Brian Delphia (55) Waterbury, VT, 13. Matt Potter (23) Marshfield, VT, 14. Jimmy Hebert (58) Williamstown, VT, 15. Shawn Fleury (31) Middlesex, VT, 16. Lance Allen (18) Barre, VT, 17. Joey Roberts (50) Georgia, VT, 18. Ricky Roberts (9) Washington, VT, 19. Tom Therrien (48) Hinesburg, VT, 20. Scott Coburn (1) Barre, VT, 21. Mike Billado (8) Essex, VT, 22. Shawn Powell (40) Jericho, VT, 23. Joe Steffen (00) Essex Jct., VT, 24. #Mike Martin (01) Craftsbury, VT, 25. Jeffrey Bousquet (60) Worcester, VT, 26. Jeff French (06) Northfield, VT.

Unofficial Allen Lumber Street Stock/Junkyard Warrior Feature #1 Finish
1. 3ss Micheal MacAskill

2. 66ss Travis Hull

3. 83ss Bunker Hodgdon

4. 7ss Jean LeBlanc

5. 47ss William Hennequin

6. 77ss Dave Whitcomb

7. 13ss Markus Farnham

8. 43ss Jamie Davis

9. 59ss Scott Maynard

10. 70ss Paul Giacherio

11. 73ss Vern Woodard

12. 33ss #Thomas Placey

13. 2ss David LaFleche

14. 4jyw Ken Christman

15. 09ss Amanda Habel

16. 35ss #Keith Fortier

17. 63jyw Kevin Hebert

18. 05ss #Donnie Yates

19. 92ss Garry Bashaw

20. 88jyw Thomas Elwood

21. 71jyw Matt Monaghan

22. 17jyw Michael Devino, Sr.

Unofficial Allen Lumber Street Stocks/Junkyard Warriors Feature #1 Results - 1. Micheal MacAskill (3ss) Williamstown, VT, 2. Travis Hull (66ss) Graniteville, VT, 3. Bunker Hodgdon (83ss) Hardwick, VT, 4. Jean LeBlanc (7ss) Gorham, NH, 5. William Hennequin (47ss) Morrisville, VT, 6. Dave Whitcomb (77ss) Elmore, VT, 7. Markus Farnham (13ss) Randolph Ctr., VT, 8. Jamie Davis (43ss) Wolcott, VT, 9. Scott Maynard (59ss) S. Burlington, VT, 10. Paul Giacherio (70ss) Washington, VT, 11. Vern Woodard (73ss), 12. #Thomas Placey (33ss) Bradford, VT, 13. David LaFleche (2ss) Graniteville, VT, 14. Ken Christman (4jyw) Cabot, VT, 15. Amanda Habel (09ss) Roxbury, VT, 16. #Keith Fortier (35ss) Hinesburg, VT, 17. Kevin Hebert (63jyw) Williamstown, VT, 18. #Donnie Yates (05ss) N. Montpelier, VT, 19. Garry Bashaw (92ss) Lincoln, VT, 20. Thomas Elwood (88jyw) Morrisville, VT, 21. Matt Monaghan (71jyw) Colchester, VT, 22. Michael Devino, Sr. (17jyw) Milton, VT.

Unofficial Allen Lumber Street Stock/Junkyard Warrior Feature #2 Finish

1 34ss Tim Campbell, Sr.

2 38ss Greg Adams

3 9ss Ron Gabaree

4 04ss Scott Weston

5 75ss Joe Fecteau

6 29ss Gary Mullen

7 4ss Shawn Swallow

8 6ss Daniel Lathrop

9 18ss #Jayme Lee

10 31jyw Kevin Wheatley

11 8jyw Kevin Dodge

12 23jyw Brock Parrott

13 1jyw Chad Brown

14 03ss Lloyd Blakely

15 22ss Thomas Smith

16 51ss #Sid Sweet Jr.

17 07ss Eric Johnson

18 78ss #Alex Whitcomb

19 26ss Danny Doyle

20 25ss Jennifer Getty

21 23ss Kyle Hess

22 38jyw George Sanders

Unofficial Allen Lumber Street Stocks/Junkyard Warriors Feature #2 Results - 1. Tim Campbell (34ss) W. Topsham, VT, 2. Greg Adams (38ss) Hardwick, VT, 3. Ron Gabaree (9ss) Barre, VT, 4. Scott Weston (04ss) Berlin, VT, 5. Joe Fecteau (75ss) Hardwick, VT, 6. Gary Mullen (29ss) Tunbridge, VT, 7. Shawn Swallow (4ss) Stark, NH, 8. Daniel Lathrop (6ss) Hyde Park, VT, 9. #Jayme Lee (18ss) Barre, VT, 10. Kevin Wheatley (31jyw) Williamstown, VT, 11. Kevin Dodge (8jyw) Barre, VT, 12. Brock Parrott (23jyw) Williamstown, VT, 13. Chad Brown (1jyw) Essex Jct., VT, 14. Lloyd Blakely (03ss) Graniteville, VT, 15. Thomas Smith (22ss) Williamstown, VT, 16. #Sid Sweet Jr. (51ss) Williamstown, VT, 17. Eric Johnson (07ss) Middlesex, VT, 18. #Alex Whitcomb (78ss) Montpelier, VT, 19. Danny Doyle (26ss) Hancock, VT, 20. Jennifer Getty (25ss) Cambridge, VT, 21. Kyle Hess (23ss) Morrisville, VT, 22. George Sanders (38jyw) Northfield, VT.

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Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)
Barre, VT 05641 (Set as Local)

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