Weather Forces Postponement of Merchants Bank 150

Weather Forces Postponement of Merchants Bank 150


Rescheduled for Sunday May 8


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Waterbury, VT –The dismal forecast for Sunday May 1 has forced Thunder Road Speedbowl to postpone the Merchants Bank 150. The race has been rescheduled for Sunday May 8, post time set for 2:00pm.


 More than 40 ACT Late Model teams were expected to try and qualify including defending  2015 ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, NH, along with 2015 Merchants Bank champion Brad Babb and multi-feature winner Nick Sweet.


Almost 70 Late Models, Tiger Sportsman and Street Stocks lined Main Street in Barre, VT for the annual car show on Saturday April 30. Race Fans were able to check-out the new race cars and meet the drivers, before the parade up Quarry Hill to the "Nations Site of Excitement". Drivers were able to get in practice on Saturday and will be ready to go on Sunday May 8, for the running of the 18th Merchants Bank 150.



For additional information contact the ACT office at 802.244.6963media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.comorwww.thunderroadspeedbowl.com







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Wade Purchase Re-Tools in a Charge Toward the 2016 Pro Stock Crown

Wade Purchase Re-Tools in a Charge Toward the 2016 Pro Stock Crown

By Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

Brighton Speedway's new season of action is underway and after some late night's at their Prince Edward Country shop, Wade Purchase is ready to rock. With a year of running the fan favourite 1962 Chevrolet Belair in the rear-view mirror, the team has converted the #53 machine – that finished 5th in the final 2015 point standings, after suffering engine problems in the final double points night of the year – into a more conventional Monte Carlo bodied ride.

"The Belair got a lot of attention at the track and on social media," said the 20 year-old second generation speedster. "While the car was a fun project for us to put together, it was a much heavier than the others in the field and wasn't as competitive as we had hoped. Still, after being awarded the Pro Stock division's best appearing car and getting nominated as one of the best appearing in the province, we deemed the experiment as a success. Now, its time to focus on the future."

Switching to a body kit that will blend-in with a highly competitive field at the popular local clay oval, Wade Purchase – who'll be entering his 4th season of action – says he's looking forward to getting back behind the wheel.

With Mat Purchase – the driver's father and crew chief – calling the shots and orchestrating the switch, team members Kali Michael, Stephanie Purchase, Travis Coates, Jessy Doornbos, Katie McKinley and Kevin Rallison are also helping to get things ready for battle. Wade Purchase says that no success on the track comes without some teamwork behind the scenes and its great to have so many people pitching-in to make sure he's ready for opening night.


"There is always a lot to do and my entire team is putting in some long hours in the shop," said the driver. "It seems like a lot of work now, but every second we've spent tweaking body panels and fitting pieces together will all have its own reward when we're relaxing after a strong run after the year's first main event."

For 2016, the #53 Purchase Racing Pro Stock will be proudly supported by Independent Alternator & Starter, Team Re/Max Real Estate of Wellington, K-D Transmissions, PartSource, Millpond Music & Entertainment, Tag Ironworks & Fabrication, The Vinyl Solution and Dino's Pizza. Team media and promotional services are provided by Clarke Motorsports Communications.

Follow the team throughout the season by liking 'Wade Purchase Racing' at www.facebook.com.

Photo attachment: Wade Purchase Racing collection

With a brand new look for new season, the #53 Pro Stock of Wade Purchase is set to content for the 2016 track championship at Brighton Speedway.

 Prepared by: Jim Clarke, Clarke Motorsports Communications/First Draft Media

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Team 33 s’implique en Sport Compact Élite

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Le 29 avril 2016, Vallée-Jonction


Team 33 s'implique en Sport Compact Élite

Après l'annonce faite récemment qui annonçait la venue de 2 partenaires pour des bonis de courses à chaque programme soit Jack Performance et Équipe Sportsman Qc 67 Dominic Jacques nous sommes très heureux de vous annoncer l'implication d'une autre équipe qui a fait ses débuts en Sport Compact Élite soit le Team #33 Philippe Poulin.

En effet, le pilote de Saint-Prosper et son équipe ont décidé de s'impliquer afin de supporter le développement en remettant la somme de 33$ à la meilleure recrue en finale à chaque programme. Un prix représentatif pour l'équipe qui a remporté le championnat Sportsman Qc Lucas Oil en 2014.

Cette saison, l'Autodrome Chaudière accueillera parmi ses pilotes Sport Compact Élite 7 recrues soient; #9 Gabrielle Lamontagne, #12 Mario Perron, #29 Danny Groleau, #46 Carl Genois, #51 Jeff Côté, #92 Kim Ouellette et finalement le #113 Samuel Boyer.

Un 3e prix de soirée qui vient confirmer l'importance pour le promoteur, André Poulin, d'aller chercher le maximum pour les pilotes régionales et qui démontre l'implication de ses deux équipes de la Série Sportsman Qc de redonner à une classe qui leur a permis d'évoluer en stock-car.

Premier rendez-vous de la saison samedi prochain, le 7 mai pour les séances de pratiques et d'inspections. Une journée où nombreux seront les amateurs présents impatients de voir le début de la saison arriver!

Marie-Claude Levasseur, Relationniste

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