Contributed by: ACT Staff
Pit Notes for Saturday, April 27 Practice
The stars of the American Canadian Tour and Thunder Road’s local divisions lit up Barre, VT for the annual Car Show on Saturday, April 27 before heading to The Nation’s Site of Excitement for a practice in preparation for the 15th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 28.
Over 80 stock cars were displayed on Main Street in Barre, VT for Thunder Road’s Annual Car Show. A large gathering of fans were treated to blue skies, driver autographs and pictures, remote-controlled cars, Troy Kingsbury’s Race to Read program, and WDEV Radio. The annual Pit Stop contest featured last year’s champions battling to see who could complete the fastest two-tire change. 2012 Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Champion Bobby Therrien stole the show with a fast time of 32.93.
When the festivities concluded, the Catamount Pipe Band led the Champions of Thunder Road and ACT down the street to prepare for the historic parade up Quarry Hill. When noon struck, the streets lined with fans and the field came to life to begin their one-mile march towards the Nation’s Site of Excitement.
Over 40 ACT Late Model Championship Cars were on hand for the optional practice day. Northfield, VT’s Matt White led the initial practice, while Shelburne, VT’s Trampas Demers paced the second. 2011 Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Champion Derrick O’Donnell showed the way in the third practice, but it was Milton, VT’s Eric Chase who set the fastest time of the day in the fourth practice with a blistering time of 13.042. Demers was also the fastest car in the fifth session. Other fast cars included Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Jean-Paul Cyr, Travis Stearns, and Nick Sweet.
Shawn Fleury, Mike Ziter, Tucker Williams, and Eric Badore led the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen in practice, while Greg Adams, Bunker Hodgdon, and Alan Maynard ran the fastest times in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks. No accidents occurred during the 5 hour practice session.
The 15th Annual Merchants Bank 150 will begin with the opening Class Day activities. The Champions will be honored in front of their peers with the raising of their flags, and the top three Car Show winners from each division will be announced. Post time is set for 1pm, front gates will open at 10am. Tickets are $20 for Adults, children 12 and under are free.