Saturday, December 29 2007 @ 02:43 PM EST
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Barre’s Thunder Road will host the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) championship Late Model stock car racing series on four occasions in 2008. The newly-released ACT schedule will bring the popular series to seven race tracks from April through September, and includes Thunder Road’s Merchants Bank 150 and Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 in May, August’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, and the season-ending Chittenden Milk Bowl in September.
Merchants Bank 150 Victory Lane in 2007 (L-R) - Merchants Bank's Terry Bessette, Jean-Paul Cyr (3rd), winner Scott Payea, runner-up Ron Henry, Merchants Bank's Tom Leavitt
“We are very excited to have the ACT Late Model Tour back at ‘The Nation’s Site of Excitement’ for four great events next year,” said Thunder Road Promoter Tom Curley. “The Tour racers have been stellar in the Merchants Bank, Bond Auto, and Chittenden Milk Bowl events, and it will be a nice homecoming when they rejoin the Memorial Day Classic.”
The 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 will lift the lid on Thunder Road’s 49th season, Sunday, May 4. Thunder Road graduate Scott Payea of Milton picked up his first career ACT Late Model Tour victory at the event in 2007. Jean-Paul Cyr is a three-time winner of the Merchants Bank 150, and the seven-time and current ACT Champion. Other past winners include Scott Dragon, Ken Dufour, Tracie Bellerose, Phil Scott, and 2007 Late Model “King of the Road” Track Champion Dave Pembroke of Montpelier. Thunder Road’s weekly championship NAPA Tiger Sportsman, Allen Lumber Street Stock, and Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior divisions will also be in action.