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Hoar Steals Second Merchants Bank 150

Hoar Steals Second Merchants Bank 150

The sun shined on eight-time American Canadian Tour Champion Brian Hoar, as his trademark patience brought him his second Merchants Bank 150 in as many years on a beautiful afternoon at Barre, VT's Thunder Road on Sunday, April 28.  Middlesex, VT’s Dave Pembroke came home a stout second, and 7-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr brought home a third place finish.

The race began with pole sitter Jay Laquerre running to a large lead in the early going, but it wasn’t long before Pembroke and Hoar muscled their way to the front in the outside lane, with Pembroke snatching the lead on lap 36.  From there Pembroke surged, making short work of lap traffic and building his lead during a long 82-lap green flag run.  ACT Rookie of the Year competitor Bobby Therrien impressed early, working his way towards the front of the pack as high as third in his third career ACT event before the caution. 

When the race restarted, Pembroke was away again while young Therrien battled the veteran Hoar for second place.  Meanwhile, Cyr, 2012 King of the Road Nick Sweet, and New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 Champion Jimmy Hebert crept through the field on their way to the leaders.  When lap 100 struck, the veterans knew it was time to show their hand.


Pit Notes for Saturday, April 27 Practice

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. 


MacDonald Files Late Entry to Merchants Bank 150

MacDonald Files Late Entry to Merchants Bank 150 

Eddie MacDonald, a two-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner with the American Canadian Tour (ACT), has entered the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road this Sunday, April 28, adding to a star-studded entry list for Thunder Road’s season opening event.

MacDonald, who finished third at the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup ACT season opener, has a long racing resume in New England. He currently races on the K&N East Tour as well as ACT. 

“The team is very busy preparing the car for this weekend’s race,” said MacDonald.  “It was great to come out of the gate with a podium last weekend at Lee, so we can’t wait to head to Thunder Road,” he finished.