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Thunder Road American Racer Three Stars

THUNDER ROAD AMERICAN RACER THREE STARS

MERCHANTS BANK 150

The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients.

The three stars are chosen by officials and winners will receive certificates for the use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.

The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition.

Congratulations to all teams who competed in the Merchants Bank 150. It was certainly one of the most competitive and exciting races in recent memory. Qualifying was the toughest of the year so far, the 150 only took an hour and 9 minutes, the racing throughout the field was terrific, and there were 23 cars that remained in the lead lap on the tough ¼ mile high-banked Thunder Road.

THUNDER ROAD

18TH MERCHANTS BANK 150

DILLON MOLTZ, Waterford, CT— 5CT   The first trip to the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” can be intimidating to most racers. Generally, there are a lot more teams who leave Thunder Road vowing never to return than even those who have not taken a maiden voyage over one of the tall berms on each corner, tested the widow maker, or drowned the car in styrofoam blocks! The RB Performance team came to Thunder Road to race. In what many have felt was one of the most competitive races in many years at Thunder Road, with 40 teams and a solid mix of ACT touring teams and Thunder Road regulars, the stage was set to just try and make the Merchants Bank 150 race. Dillon qualified 20th for the race. The surprise was that the #5CT figured out the high banks when needed and the widow maker, and raced from 20th to a very respectable 7th place finish among the 23 other teams who completed the 150 laps. For a first time effort that was a significant statement and the #5CT team has jumped from a 12th place finish at the ACT Oxford opener, a 14th place finish at the NH Governor’s Cup at Lee USA, to a 7th place finish at the Road. The #5CT now sits in the top ten (8th) in points and have positioned themselves to begin a run to the top five heading to hometown Waterford Speedbowl in a couple weeks. Congratulations to the Bracket-Rolfe led team on a successful Thunder Road debut and your selection as a winner of an American Racer 3-Star award.

TYLER CAHOON, Danville, VT – #38VT, — The Cahoon family is the definition of what a racing family operation at the local and regional level of stock car racing should be. They are all involved. Stacey is a champion contender who has shared his knowledge with his wife and both kids, who have all found their own specialties in the often complex world of weekly and special event stock car racing. They have all been a big part of the success of the Late Models at the White Mountain Motorsports Park in N. Woodstock, NH. At one time when Tyler, younger brother of crew chief Patrick, was just getting started in the very, very stock 4-cyl Street Stock division at Thunder Road, while standing on top of the grandstands with father Stacey, the two of us couldn’t stop laughing at one of his initial episodes at trying to maneuver around the high banks of TR in a real jalopy 4 cyl car. Eventually, big brother Pat, with the set-ups and dialing the wrenches on an ACT Late Model, helped mold younger Tyler into a very competitive driver. There was no doubt that mid-race at the Merchants Bank 150 the #38VT was hauling the mail in the high groove as they became an early team to test the 18-degree banking. Challenging for a top ten in the 30-car field with just 5 laps to go, Tyler was caught up in one of the late multi-car bumping and banging episodes. He was relegated to a 21st place finish. He deserved better than that for what was a very good effort on the part of this family and friends team. For the bad luck suffered after a successful run, an American Racer Star is given to the Cahoon team for a great effort, in spite of the disappointing finishing position.

PHIL SCOTT, Middlesex, VT – 14VT— Phil Scott is a three-time “King of the Road” Champion, having won titles in 1996, 1998, and 2002. He is also the winningest ACT Late Model driver in the history of Thunder Road, with 29 wins to his credit. His two closest competitors, Cris Michaud and David Pembroke have both retired with 20 wins each. The Merchants Bank 150 reminded many fans of the days when the #14VT would pull to the outside and start his patented run to the front at Thunder Road. A Lt. Governor of the State, who is actively campaigning to become Governor of Vermont in the coming election, made a run on Sunday that was vintage Phil Scott. Perhaps what was most impressive was “THE LIFT”, which every fan and hopefully racer was able to see. A fierce battle with eventual second place finisher Jimmy Hebert late in the race resulted in a bump that turned Hebert just about 90 degrees around out of turn 2--the save was remarkable, equally so was the lift the #14VT gave to allow the save to be made. For an outstanding opening day competitive effort, Phil Scott is awarded an American Racer 3 Star award for his very competitive run and also his veteran leadership by example with the “lift” he showed to those younger drivers he competes with.

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