ACT Result - Nick Sweet Takes Second Merchants Bank 150 in a Row

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Barre, VT – Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet claimed his second straight Merchants Bank 150 win at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Sunday, May 1. The defending track champion came from his 8th starting position to take the lead from Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. on lap 91. Sweet would work his way through lap traffic with ease and never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the event.


Graniteville’s John Donahue led from the outside pole for the first four laps before Polewarczyk took over from the fourth place starting spot. Polewarczyk survived the only restart of the event after a lap 9 caution for a spin. He then took control of the event and lapped the majority of the field before Sweet reeled him in and took the lead.


Polewarczyk held on for second, Donahue claimed third, St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle and seven-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar completed the top five. London, Ontario’s Jonathan Urlin came all the way from the 21st starting position to take sixth, Groveton, NH’s Randy Potter rebounded from an early spin to take seventh, Ben Ashline, Quinny Welch, and Mark Lamberton rounded out the top ten.


The event only saw one caution on lap 9 and completed the race on a 141 lap green flag run. It was completed in just 39 minutes and 24 seconds.


Sweet becomes the second qualifier for the 3rd Annual ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He finished second in the inaugural event in 2009.


The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen saw Bradford’s Derrick O’Donnell claim his fourth career Tiger feature win. He held off second year driver Jason Allen of Barre and Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex. Craftsbury’s Mike Martin and Joey Roberts of Georgia completed the top five.


Washinton’s Paul Giacherio took his first career feature win in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division. He beat out former Street Stock Champion Gary Mullen of Tunbridge and Martin Ingram of Essex. Joe Fecteau of Hardwick and Thomas Placey of Bradford completed the top five.


Kevin Wheatley of Williamstown took his second career win in the Junkyard Warriors. Williamstown’s Brock Parrott and Waterbury’s Jason Woodard completed the top three.


Car show winners were Fayston’s Brooks Clark in the Late Models, Bradford’s Derrick O’Donnell in the Tiger Sportsmen, Williamstown’s Sid Sweet, Jr. in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Waterbury’s Jason Woodard claimed the Junkyard Warrior.


The ACT Late Model Tour has next weekend off before they Oxford Plains Speedway for a 150 lap event on Sunday, May 15. Thunder Road International Speedbowl’s next event is the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 29.


13th Annual Merchants Bank 150

ACT Late Model Tour

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Unofficial Results

1. (8) Nick Sweet, Barre, VT, 150 Laps

2. (4) Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH, 150 Laps

3. (2) John Donahue, Graniteville, VT, 150 Laps

4. (10) Patrick Laperle, St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, QC, 150 Laps

5. (1) Brian Hoar, Williston, VT, 150 Laps

6. (21) Jonathan Urlin, London, ON, 149 Laps

7. (11) Randy Potter, Groveton, NH, 149 Laps

8. (13) #Ben Ashline, Pittston, ME, 149 Laps

9. (19) Quinten Welch, Lancaster, NH, 149 Laps

10. (17) Mark Lamberton, Mooers Forks, NY, 149 Laps

11. (9) Eric Chase, Milton, VT, 149 Laps

12. (3) Glen Luce, Turner, ME, 149 Laps

13. (23) Dave Pembroke, Middlesex, VT, 149 Laps

14. (14) Matt White, Northfield, VT, 149 Laps

15. (6) Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, 149 Laps

16. (5) Phil Scott, Berlin, VT, 149 Laps

17. (16) Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH, 148 Laps

18. (7) Scott Payea, Milton, VT, 148 Laps

19. (15) #Pete Yetman, Peru, MA, 148 Laps

20. (26) Chip Grenier, Graniteville, VT, 148 Laps

21. (25) Dave Whitcomb, Essex Jct., VT, 148 Laps

22. (18) Cody Blake, Barre, VT, 148 Laps

23. (12) Scott Luce, Strong, ME, 148 Laps

24. (20) Tom Carey, Jr., New Salem, MA, 148 Laps

25. (22) Jamie Aube, Bow, NH, 147 Laps

26. (27) Joey Becker, Jeffersonville, VT, 146 Laps

27. (29) Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT, 146 Laps

28. (28) Brett Wheeler, Waterbury, VT, 146 Laps

29. (24) #Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, VT, 146 Laps

30. (30) #Dave Farrington, Jr., Jay, ME, 146 Laps


Time of Race: 39:24    Margin of Victory: 3.649 sec  Cautions: 1 (laps 9)    

Leaders: John Donahue, 1-4; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., 5-91; Nick Sweet, 92-150                    

Heat Winners: Pete Yetman, Patrick Laperle, John Donahue, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. 


Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Unofficial Top Ten

Sunday, May 1, 2011

1. Derrick O’Donnell 68 Bradford, VT

2. Jason Allen 29 Barre, VT

3. Pete Ainsworth, Jr. 80 Middlesex, VT

4. Mike Martin 01 Craftsbury Common, VT

5. Joey Roberts 50 Georgia, VT

6. Shawn Fleury 31 Middlesex, VT

7. Jason Corliss 61 Danville, VT

8. Scott Coburn 1 S. Barre, VT

9. Bobby Therrien 4 Hinesburg, VT

10. George May 16 Barre, VT


Allen Lumber Street Stocks Unofficial Top Ten

Sunday, May 1, 2011

1. Paul Giacherio, Jr. 70ss Washington, VT

2. Gary Mullen 29ss Tunbridge, VT

3. Martin Ingram 02ss Essex Jct., VT

4. Joe Fecteau 75ss Hardwick, VT

5. Thomas Placey 33ss Bradford, VT

6. Troy Kingsbury 39ss Waitsfield, VT

7. Nick Pilotte 11ss Jefferson, VT

8. Garry Bashaw 92ss Lincoln, VT

9. Greg Adams, Jr. 38ss Hardwick, VT

10. Jennifer Getty 25ss Cambridge, VT


Junkyard Warriors Unofficial Top Three

Sunday, May 1, 2011

1. Kevin Wheatley 31jyw Williamstown, VT

2. Brock Parrott 23jyw Williamstown, VT

3. Jason Woodard 68jyw Waterbury, VT





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PASS PR - Johnny Clark claims PASS North opening day thriller at Beech Ridge


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Johnny Clark claims PASS North opening day thriller at Beech Ridge

Andy Shaw and Shane Tatro PASS Mod, Sportsman winners



Scarborough ME (4/30) Johnny Clark reclaimed the lead on lap 120 of Saturday's Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North season opener at Scarborough Maine's Beech Ridge Motor Speedway and the defending super late model champ survived several late race cautions to nab the 150 lap feature over a charging Donnie Whitten. Ben Rowe, Lonnie Sommerville and Shawn Turple rounded out the top five.


Clark led the most laps from his pole position start but the win was by no means easy. There were plenty of challengers up front. Travis Benjamin dogged the leader early on until mechanical issues sent him to the pit area. Benjamin returned to finish ninth. Derek Ramstrom was on fire too, taking the lead away from the defending series champ on lap 113.But problems sidelined Ramstrom too, possibly the result of contact with Clark on one of several tooth and nail restarts as the pair battled for the top spot. Ramstrom's troubles gave Trevor Sanborn a shot at the lead and he took advantage, taking over the point for several laps before Clark powered by on a lap 120 restart.


Donnie Whitten was the man on the move, racing up from shot gun on the field into the top ten by lap 40. Whitten spun under green on lap 101 and had to scramble back through the field without the aid of a caution. When the checkers dropped Whitten was two car lengths and one position shy of his goal but his performance kept the packed grandstand on the edge of their seats from start to finish.


Rowe, Sanborn, Sommerville, Ramstrom Shawn Turple and Bill Rodgers were all at or near the front all day. Quebec's Alex Gingras earned his best PASS finish to date with a sixth place run. It was a good day at the races for our friends from the North, with New Brunswick's Sommerville fourth, Nova Scotian Shawn Turple fifth and Gingras just outside the top five.


Plenty of new faces dotted the results including. Jonathon Hicken, Kyle DeSouza, Matt Matheson and Bryan Kruscek Larry Gelinas returned to PASS North competition for the first time in several years in the McKeage 40 but the multi time PASS North winner was sidelined early..Defending race winner Mike Rowe was behind the wheel of a new ride but the team had a tough day finishing eighteenth, two laps down.


Clark, Benjamin and Sanborn each claimed a heat race win and Kirk Thibeau won the consolation round. Sixteen cars finished on the lead lap. Clark's margin of victory was .336 seconds.


Both the PASS Mod and Sportsman divisions got their touring seasons underway at Beech Ridge and defending PASS Mod Champion Andy Shaw scored a dominant win from the pole, leading all 40 laps. Alan Wilson, Mod newcomer Travis Buzzell, Dana Reed and Scott McDaniel raced home second through fifth. Shaw and Wilson both scored a heat race win.


Shane Tatro and Carey Martin dueled early on in the PASS Sportsman's 75 lap feature but it was Tatro claiming the lead for good just past the half way mark to take down the opening day win. Clyde Hennessey snuck by Martin for second and Martin had to settle for third. Craig Smith and Kevin Douglas rounded out the top five. Martin and Tatro won their qualifiers.


The PASS North super late models take a week off before they head to Star Speedway in Epping New Hampshire on Saturday May 14th. Feature racing goes green at 6:06 PM. For more information click on the Star Speedway link on the PASS Master schedule at www.proallstarsseries.com .


Unofficial finish

PASS North Super Late Model 150 – Beech Ridge Motor Speedway-Scarborough ME 4/30


1 54 Johnny Clark 2 7 Donnie Whitten 3 4 Ben Rowe 4 48 Lonnie Sommerville 5 0T Shawn Turple 6 27 QC Alex Gingras 7 29 Trevor Sanborn 8 53 Bill Rodgers 9 17 Travis Benjamin 10 77 Scott Chubbuck 11 33 Richie Dearborn 12 14M Matt Frahm 13 22 Aaron Ricker 14 5 John Hicken 15 84 Scott Mulkern 16 47 Kelly Moore 17 17T Chris Thorne 18 24 Mike Rowe 19 28 Kirk Thibeau 20 17A Scott Alexander 21 73 Doiron 22 88 Kyle DeSouza 23 2 Matt Matheson 24 10 Scott Dragon 25 0 Bill Penfold 26 35 Derek Ramstrom 27 40 Larry Gelinas 28 60 DJ Shaw 29 21 David Oliver 30 00 Bryan Kruscek 31 20 Mike Landry


PASS Sportsman 75 lap feature - Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough ME - 4/30


1 7 Shane Tatro 2 8 Clyde Hennessey 3 18 Carey Martin 4 15 Craig Smith 5 16 Kevin Douglas 6 38 Dan McKeage 7 51 RJ Austin 8 22 Steve Bennett Jr. 9 58 Lyman McKeage 10 75 Doug Wolfe 11 10 Donnie Morse 12 35 Bobby Nadeau 13 34 Spencer Morse 14 01 Rob Drew 15 777 Mike St. Germain 16 1 Ken Marier 17 42 Corey Bubar


PASS Mod 40 lap feature - Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, Scarborough ME – 4/30


1 66 Andy Shaw 2 83W Alan Wilson 3 3 Travis Buzzell 4 60 Dana Reed 5 14 Scott McDaniel 6 33 Bill Dixon 7 53 Leo Oliveira 8 56X Rich Ferreira 9 85 Mitch Miller 10 28 Mark Lundblad Jr. 11 50 Sumner Sessions 12 61 Shawn Austin 13 21 Charlie Small


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