Two-time and defending Merchants Bank 150 winner Nick Sweet (88VT) battles with Chip Grenier (9VT) and Scott Luce (07ME) during the 13th running of the event in 2011.

Barre, VT — The long offseason has finally come to a close as drivers prepare for the first race at “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” Thunder Road in Barre, VT. The Late Model stars of the Northeast will be looking to send a message in their respective championship hopes at The Merchants Bank 150.

After a fierce battle for the win at the ACT season opener at Lee USA Speedway, the pressure heats up at Thunder Road for the second race of the 2012 ACT season. Many drivers will have a chip on their shoulder from missed opportunities in the opener, and will look for vengeance at The ‘Road.

After following up his record breaking eight ACT Championships with a win at Lee USA Speedway in the 2012 ACT season opener, Brian Hoar of Williston, VT will look to continue his march towards the ACT Championship. However, there will be stout competition waiting for him on the Barre high banks on Sunday, April 29.

Nick Sweet of Barre, VT, the former “King of the Road” and two-time Merchants Bank 150 winner in 2010 and 2011, will look to complete the impossible and win three Merchants Bank 150s in a row. Multi-time Champion Phil Scott of Berlin, VT will be looking to kick his season off strong and add to his all-time leading 27 wins at Thunder Road. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH finished runner-up in the 2011 Merchants Bank 150, and will be hungry for a win in his quest for the 2012 ACT Championship.

Other contenders include the 13-time winner at Thunder Road “Irish” John Donahue, ACT stars Austin Theriault and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and multi-time Thunder Road Champion Cris Michaud of East Montpelier, VT

Gates open for the 14th Merchants Bank 150 at 10am on Sunday, April 29, 2012. Post time is set for 1:00 pm. Admission is: Adult $20.00, Children 12 and under are free.

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