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December 6th, 2016

Sweet Holds Off Hebert for Merchants Bank 150 Win

Barre's Nick Sweet (40VT) duels with Jimmy Hebert (58VT) and Scott Payea (37VT) on his way to victory in the Merchants Bank 150. Photo by Alan Ward

Barre’s Nick Sweet (40VT) duels with Jimmy Hebert (58VT) and Scott Payea (37VT) on his way to victory in the Merchants Bank 150. Photo by Alan Ward

Local racer Nick Sweet fended off Williamstown’s Jimmy Hebert on a trio of late restarts to win the 18th American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Merchants Bank 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 8.

Sweet, driving the #40VT Mad Dog Motorsports Chevrolet in place of his familiar #88VT Buick, first took the lead from Brook Clark on lap 14 and dominated the middle stages of the race. But a series of late spins allowed Hebert to draw alongside, and the former Tiger Sportsman track champion nosed ahead following restarts on laps 133 and 143.

But the two-time Thunder Road “King of the Road” was able to come back each time, and he easily cleared Hebert on the race’s final restart with three laps to go. Sweet became the second three-time winner of the Merchants Bank 150.

Hebert settled for second, while Lee USA Speedway winner Scott Payea nipped Phil Scott at the line for third. Cody Blake, point leader Bobby Therrien, Dillon Moltz, Eddie MacDonald, Jason Corliss, and Brad Babb completed the top 10.

Cameron Ouellette earned his fourth career win in the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman feature. Ouellette took the lead from fellow Barre driver Doug Crowningshield on lap nine of the caution-filled 30-lap event, then held off charges from “Double O” Joe Steffen and Crowningshield for the victory.

Mike Martin finished fourth, followed by Jason Woodard. Joel Hodgdon, Stephen Donahue, defending Champion Brendan Moodie, Mark Barnier, and rookie Kyle Streeter completed the top 10.

East Calais’ Tyler Austin won his second straight Allen Lumber Street Stock season opener in their 25-lap feature. Austin grabbed the top spot from Reilly Lanphear on a lap-14 restart and powered away from the field.

Rookie Brandon Lanphear edged cousin Reilly for second. Greg Collette and Michael Gay snuck into fourth and fifth as the field scrambled through a last-lap crash. Kevin Streeter, Bunker Hodgdon, Alan Maynard, Kelsea Woodard, and Garry Bashaw were sixth through 10th.

The ACT Late Model Tour makes its annual visit to Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway for the Spring Green 116 this Saturday, May 14. Post time for the event is 5:00pm. Thunder Road will host a special Sunday weekly event on Sunday, May 22 sponsored by Harvest Equipment, featuring the annual Kids Rides with a 1 p.m. post time.

ACT LATE MODEL TOUR MERCHANTS BANK 150
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Pos, Start Pos, Driver, (Car #), Hometown, Laps
( 4 ) Nick Sweet ( 40VT ) , Barre, VT , 150 Laps
( 3 ) Jimmy Hebert ( 58VT ) , Williamstown, VT , 150 Laps
( 15 ) Scott Payea ( 37VT ) , Miton, VT , 150 Laps
( 13 ) Phil Scott ( 14VT ) , Middlesex, VT , 150 Laps
( 11 ) Cody Blake ( 99VT ) , Barre, VT , 150 Laps
( 8 ) Bobby Therrien ( 5VT ) , Hinesburg, VT , 150 Laps
( 20 ) Dillon Moltz ( 5CT ) , Waterford, CT , 150 Laps
( 12 ) Eddie MacDonald ( 17MA ) , Rowley, MA , 150 Laps
( 5 ) Jason Corliss ( 66VT ) , Barre, VT , 150 Laps
( 24 ) Brad Babb ( 15NH ) , Windham, ME , 150 Laps
( 27 ) Scott Dragon ( 16VT ) , Milton, VT , 150 Laps
( 17 ) Luke Hinkley ( 31NH ) , Claremont, NH , 150 Laps
( 6 ) Kyle Welch ( 9NH ) , Newport, NH , 150 Laps
( 18 ) Brandon Atkins ( 4NY ) , AuSable Forks, NY , 150 Laps
( 23 ) Trampas Demers ( 85VT ) , S. Burlington, VT , 150 Laps
( 28 ) Rowland Robinson, Jr. ( 28ME ) , Steuben, ME , 150 Laps
( 1 ) Boomer Morris ( 13VT ) , Barre, VT , 150 Laps
( 19 ) Shawn Fleury ( 31VT ) , Middlesex, VT , 150 Laps
( 14 ) Mike Ziter ( 54VT ) , Barre, VT , 150 Laps
( 9 ) Wayne Helliwell, Jr. ( 27NH ) , Dover, NH , 150 Laps
( 10 ) Tyler Cahoon ( 38VT ) , Danville, VT , 150 Laps
( 25 ) Emily Packard ( 9ME ) , E. Montpelier, VT , 150 Laps
( 2 ) Brooks Clark ( 68VT ) , Fayston, VT , 150 Laps
( 30 ) Mark Hudson ( 82MA ) , Norton, MA , 148 Laps
( 21 ) #Devin O’Connell ( 1VT ) , Madison, CT , 144 Laps
( 26 ) Jason Allen ( 29VT ) , Barre, VT , 103 Laps
( 16 ) Darrell Morin ( 17VT ) , Westford, VT , 49 Laps
( 22 ) Rich Dubeau ( 30NH ) , Lebanon, NH , 35 Laps
( 7 ) Todd Davis ( 34NH ) , Claremont, NH , 33 Laps
( 29 ) Quinny Welch ( 78NH ) , Lancaster, NH , 30 Laps

BOND AUTO TIGER SPORTSMEN
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Pos, Driver, (Car #), Hometown
Cameron Ouellette ( 90 ) Barre, VT
Joe Steffen ( 00 ) Grand Isle, VT
Doug CrowningshIEld ( 14 ) Barre, VT
Mike Martin ( 01 ) Craftsbury Common, VT
Jason Woodard ( 68 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT
Joel Hodgdon ( 36 ) Craftsbury Commons, VT
Stephen Donahue ( 26 ) Graniteville, VT
Brendan Moodie ( 94 ) Wolcott, VT
Mark Barnier ( 0 ) Essex Jct., VT
#Kyle Streeter ( 22 ) Waitsfield, VT
John C. Lambert ( 8 ) Northfield, VT
#Kevin Dodge ( 88 ) Barre, VT
Sid Sweet ( 51 ) Williamstown, VT
Brian Delphia ( 25 ) Duxbury, VT
Brent Currier ( 1 ) Morrisville, VT
Thomas Smith ( 50 ) Williamstown, VT
Shawn Powell ( 40 ) Jericho, VT
Shannon Tomasovich ( 71 ) Milton, VT

ALLEN LUMBER STREET STOCKS
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

Pos, Driver, (Car #), Hometown
Tyler Austin ( 5 ) E. Calais, VT
#Brandon Lanphear ( 11 ) Morrisville, VT
Reilly Lanphear ( 21 ) Duxbury, VT
Greg Collette ( 33 ) Milton, VT
Michael Gay ( 3 ) So. Burlington, VT
Kevin Streeter ( 67 ) Waitsfield, VT
Bunker Hodgdon lll ( 83 ) Hardwick, VT
Alan Maynard ( 10 ) Fairfax, VT
#Kelsea Woodard ( 55 ) Waterbury Ctr., VT
Garry Bashaw ( 4 ) Lincoln, VT
Jamon Perry ( 62 ) Hardwick, VT
Keith Fortier ( 35 ) Hinesburg, VT
Jennifer Getty ( 25 ) Cambridge, VT
Gary Mullen ( 29 ) Tunbridge, VT
Jamie Davis ( 43 ) Wolcott, VT
Jaden Perry ( 92 ) Hardwick, VT
#Peyton Lanphear ( 22 ) Duxbury, VT
Patrick Tibbetts ( 48 ) Barre, VT
Peter Bert, Jr. ( 82 ) Johnson, VT
Dave Whitcomb ( 77 ) Morrisville, VT
Kelly Miller, Jr. ( 0 ) Johnson, VT
Thomas Chamberlain ( 66 ) Johnson, VT
#Cooper Bouchard ( 7 ) Hinesburg, VT
Matthew Smith ( 04 ) Essex Jct., VT
DNS Richard Gravel ( 68 ) Wolcott, VT
DNS Thomas Merchant ( 38 ) Eden Mills, VT
DNS William Hennequin ( 47 ) Hardwick, VT

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