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Merchants Bank 150 Postponed Due to Rain

Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road Postponed Due to Rain


Unexpected rain storms arrived early in the afternoon of Sunday, April 30, forcing the postponement of the Merchants Bank 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT). The event will be made up on a date to be determined.


Thirty-five ACT Late Models were in the pits for Sunday’s event, which was scheduled to be the season opener for Thunder Road. Jimmy Hebert and Bobby Therrien had topped ACT practice sessions before the rains rolled in.


The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will also be on the card. Admission is $25 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. All rain checks from the originally scheduled date will be honored.

Pit Notes: Payea, Therrien Top Merchants Bank 150 Practice Day

Pit Notes: Payea, Therrien Top Merchants Bank 150 Practice Day


Milton’s Scott Payea and Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien topped the practice charts at Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl on Saturday, April 29 as part of an open practice day for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Merchants Bank 150. Payea set the fast time in the opening practice session at 13.304 seconds. Therrien was right behind in the session at 13.369 seconds, and later ran a lap of 13.392 that led the final session.


The ACT Late Models had five practice sessions on the day with a different driver topping each session. Northfield’s Matt White paced the second practice session, while Fayston’s Brook Clark sat atop the third session. Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. paced the fourth session.


58th Season Begins New Era at Thunder Road 

Thunder Road Speedbowl opens the doors for its 58th season of competition this Sunday, April 30 with the 19th Merchants Bank 150. The stars of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will take on the weekly Thunder Road Late Model standouts, while the Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks begin their 2017 championship battles.

The event will be the first at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” since former track champion Cris Michaud and local businessman Pat Malone officially purchased the speedway. Thunder Road had been run since 1982 by founder Ken Squier and partner Tom Curley, who are both members of the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame.