troadBarre, VT – Eddie MacDonald, a two-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner with the American Canadian Tour (ACT), has entered the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road this Sunday, April 28, adding to a star-studded entry list for Thunder Road’s season opening event.

MacDonald, who finished third at the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup ACT season opener, has a long racing resume in New England. He currently races on the K&N East Tour as well as ACT.

“The team is very busy preparing the car for this weekend’s race,” said MacDonald. “It was great to come out of the gate with a podium last weekend at Lee, so we can’t wait to head to Thunder Road,” he finished.

MacDonald will join early-season ACT point leader Jimmy Hebert, ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., and last year’s Bond Auto ACT Invitational Winner Ray Parent as favorites looking for their first victories at one of the Tour’s toughest tracks. Milton, VT’s Jean-Paul Cyr and Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar, who have 15 ACT Championships between them, are also expected to contend for the opening day win.

The weekend will begin with the annual Car Show this Saturday, April 26 from 9-12am, where all of the Thunder Road division’s new cars will be lined up on Main Street in Barre. The car show will feature remote-controlled racecars, Troy Kingsbury’s Race to Read Program, WDEV Radio, and a Pit Stop Contest that will spotlight last year’s champions to see who can complete the fastest pit stop. The Car Show will begin at 9am, and at high noon the engines will fire and the field will be led by the war pipes of Thunder Road -The Catamount Pipe Band – up the hill to the track.

“I think the Car Show is a huge tradition for us at Thunder Road, and there’s nothing quite like it in the country,” said Co-owner and Promoter of Thunder Road Tom Curley. “It’s the sign that spring-time is here, and the racers get the added thrill of parading up the roads in Barre on their way to the Nation’s Site of Excitement. It’s a sight to see,” he finished.

The following day (Sunday, April 28), the Thunder Road season will kickoff with the 15th Annual Merchants Bank 150. Post time is 1pm.

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