Thunder Road SpeedBowl
2015 Merchants Bank 150

Babb Scores Emotional First ACT Win in Merchants Bank 150

Brad Babb came into the season looking for his first career American-Canadian Tour victory. He and his Joey Laquerre–owned team earned it in perhaps the most dramatic way possible on Sunday, May 3.

Babb took the lead from Scott Dragon with 18 laps to go and went on to win the Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road. The win came following a pre-race tribute to Laquerre’s late grandson Joey M. Laquerre, leading to an emotional celebration in Victory Lane.

Thunder Road Car Show and Practice

Pit Notes: Thunder Road Car Show and Practice

The annual Thunder Road Car Show and open practice were held on Saturday, May 2. A fleet of stock cars from all three Thunder Road racing divisions lined Barre, VT's Main Street from 9:00am-12:00pm, with the 2014 track champions leading the race car parade up Quarry Hill.

The Pit Stop Challenge featured the crews of last year's Thunder Road and ACT Champions: ACT Tour Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Late Model “King of the Road” Derrick O'Donnell, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Champion Jason Woodard, and Allen Lumber Street Stock title holder Tommy “Thunder” Smith. Williamstown, VT's Smith and his #50 One Credit Union Tiger Sportsman team won the challenge by changing two tires in 28.04 seconds.

2015 Merchants Bank 150

Helliwell, ACT Tour Take on Local Stars in Merchants Bank 150

The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will help Barre, VT’s Thunder Road open its 56th season of competition on Sunday, May 3 with the 17th Annual Merchants Bank 150. Wayne Helliwell Jr. will be going for his second straight win in the event, but a host of ACT Tour and local Thunder Road Late Model drivers are looking to take the trophy home.

Dover, NH’s Helliwell picked up his first Thunder Road win in last year’s Merchants Bank 150, taking the lead using a crossover move on Jimmy Hebert with 16 laps remaining. The two-time ACT Tour Champion became the 11th different winner in 16 editions of the event. Helliwell and his Bruce Bernhardt–owned team come into this year’s event with the ACT Tour point lead after their victory in last Sunday’s New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH.