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Sweet is Still the ‘King of Barre’ in Fourth Community Bank 150 Triumph 

Prescott Earns Powerhouse First Tiger Win, Switser and Putney Take 4-Cylinder Gold 

Alan Ward photo

Barre, VT — With 117 cars on hand for the 63rd Season Opener at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, 17 qualifying races were needed before the four feature races took the green creating some of the best stock car racing in the United States at the ‘Nation’s Site of Excitement.’ When all the dust settled Sunday afternoon, a first time winner stood amongst hardened veterans and the ‘King of Barre’ remained on his throne. 

The rk Miles Street Stocks pulled an impressive 32 cars for opening day as part of the ACT Community Bank 150. Three qualifying heats set the scene for an exciting 25 lap feature that took a turn for the worst on lap 2. With outside polesitter Thomas Peck getting loose in turn two a pile-up ensnared former champions Jamie Davis and ‘The Farmer’ Gary Mullen along with rookie Zach Audet in the #9.  

Even with a final caution on lap 14, Waterford, Vermont’s Dean Switser Jr. led the way from the start, flying under the checkered with Jeffery Martin hot on his tail for second. Following the post-race inspection of apparent 3rd place driver James Dopp, it was determined his left-side weight was over rule requirements and Haidyn Pearce was awarded the bronze on opening day. 

The Burnetts Scrap Metals Road Warriors included a strong field of 18 cars for the first of May for the large crowd on hand. A relatively clean feature event for the crash-bang division with the first caution on lap 9 as Robert Catchapaw rode the wall in his Dukes of Hazzard inspired #03. The ensuing restart took Road Warrior stalwarts Jason Kirby and Rodney Campbell out of competition with three weeks to prepare for Memorial Day weekend. ‘Barbie Boy’ Frank Putney took the win in his hot pink ride followed by Nate ‘Tater’ Brien and Flyin’ Fred Fleury to fill out the podium. 

The Number One Support Division in North America rolled out 28 strong after their B-Feature for a 40 lap dash with all eyes set on the Community Bank bonus in victory lane. The Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers also had trouble on lap 2 between the #66VT of JT Blanchard and #28VT of Ryan Boutin. After the cleanup, they blistered the high banks until a small scuffle on the 21st circuit with Kevin Streeter’s #67VT brought out caution number two.  

After taking the green, a huge pileup started in turn three with multiple cars scrambling and spinning to avoid the mayhem. Six cars were involved but all managed to return for the closing laps. In the final 17 laps, Williston, Vermont’s Justin Prescott managed to pace the field ahead of Derrick Calkins and Mike Billado. They would remain in line under the checkered flag.  

Following a post-race burnout, Prescott received huge applause from the jovial crowd with a very excited pit crew behind him. Barre’s Jason Pelkey took a strong 4th place finish while rookie driver Kaiden Fisher grabbed his first top-5 in the Flying Tiger division. 

Lastly came the big dance. Thirty-four American-Canadian Tour Late Models from across New England and Quebec converged onto Thunder Road to qualify for one of twenty-six starting positions for the 24th Community Bank 150. After Cody Leblanc earned the ACT provisional and Scott Dragon earned the Thunder Road provisional, twenty-eight cars lined the front stretch, ready to take on the second ACT Late Model Tour event for 2022.  

Marcel Gravel took a +6 in heat one to start on the pole, leading the first third of the annual 150-lapper. Although stalked close behind by former King of the Road Derrick O’Donnell and 2021 Thunder Road midseason champion Christopher Pelkey. St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle brought out the first two cautions on laps 28 and 43 for separate spins with an ill-handling car. After throwing everything they could at it, Laperle would end his frustrating day on lap 49. 

After patiently making his way from 12th on the start, Barre’s Nick Sweet methodically made his way to the front and around Gravel for the lead on lap 53. Following a lap 64 caution involving Thunder Road locals Darrell Morin and Tyler Cahoon in turn four, Sweet would continue to patiently make his way through lap traffic even when completely boxed in on the bottom with O’Donnell and Pelkey gaining behind him. On lap 88, after suffering with electrical issues all day, Rookie of the Year candidate Cody Leblanc turned into the infield after his ignition quit.  

The last caution on lap 116 came out for the spinning Marcel Gravel in turn two. A great day turned sour for the Wolcott driver, pulling it into the pits on lap 132 to end his day. By then, it was the Sweet show through and through, leaving only the battle for second. Sweet took his 4th Community Bank 150 win followed by O’Donnell and Pelkey for 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Thunder Road regular Kyle Pembroke and defending King of the Road Jason Corliss took 4th and 5th followed by Stephen Donahue, Jimmy Hebert, Rich Dubeau, D.J. Shaw and Evan Hallstrom to round out the top-10.  

Thunder Road will roar again on Sunday, May 29th for the 59th running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. Along with 125 laps for the Maplewood/Irving Oil Late Models, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnetts Scrap Metals Road Warriors, the mighty tour-type modifieds return to ‘The Road.’ The $10,000-to-win Granite Capital 100 for the Monaco Modified Tri-Track Series will feature some of the biggest names in Modified racing when they hit the track, it’s a can’t miss show! 

The ACT Late Model Tour continues the 2022 season with a 150 lap event alongside the Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model and Modified divisions at Winchester, New Hampshire’s Monadnock Speedway on Sunday, May 22nd

For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour. 

For more information, contact the Thunder Road offices at (802) 244-6963, media@thunderroadvt.com, or visit www.thunderroadvt.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ThunderRoadVT. 

Thunder Road International Speedbowl – Barre, VT 

Community Bank 150 

Sunday, May 1, 2022 

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS 

ACT Late Model Tour (150 Laps)  

Pos., Start Pos., Driver, Car #, Hometown, Laps 

1. (12), Nick Sweet (40VT), Barre VT, 150 

2. (4), Derrick O’Donnell (60NH), N. Haverhill NH, 150 

3. (2), Christopher Pelkey (64VT), Graniteville VT, 150 

4. (7), Kyle Pembroke (27VT), Montpelier VT, 150 

5. (23), Jason Corliss (66VT), Barre VT, 150 

6. (11), Stephen Donahue (2VT), Graniteville VT, 150 

7. (14), Jimmy Hebert (58VT), Williamstown VT, 150 

8. (15), Rich Dubeau (30NH), Lebanon NH, 150 

9. (18), DJ Shaw (04VT), Ctr. Conway NH, 150 

10. (26), Evan Hallstrom (48VT), Northfield VT, 150 

11. (10), Derek Gluchaki (03MA), Dartmouth MA, 150 

12. (8), Jimmy Renfrew Jr. (00NH), Candia NH, 150 

13. (13), Tyler Cahoon (38VT), St. Johnsbury VT, 150 

14. (25), Brandon Lanphear (16VT), Morrisville VT, 150 

15. (5), #Stephen Martin (01VT), Craftsbury Common VT, 149 

16. (20), #Jamie Swallow Jr. (4NH), Stark NH, 149 

17. (6), Brooks Clark (68VT), Fayston VT, 149 

18. (3), Erick Sands (36NH), Derry NH, 149 

19. (28), Scott Dragon (0VT), Milton VT, 149 

20. (19), Brendan Moodie (94VT), Wolcott VT, 149 

21. (21), Darrell Morin (17VT), Westford VT, 149 

22. (9), Chip Grenier (62VT), Orange VT, 148  

23. (17), Shawn Swallow (04NH), Groveton NH, 148 

24. (24), Cooper Bouchard (7VT), Hinesburg VT, 148 

25. (22), Alexandre Tardif (21QC), Quebec City, Canada, 148 

26. (1), Marcel J. Gravel (86VT), Wolcott VT, 132 

27. (27), #Cody Leblanc (7NH), Berlin NH, 88 

28. (16), Patrick Laperle (91QC), St-Denis QC, 49 

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers (40 Laps)  

Pos., Driver (Car #), Hometown 

1. Justin Prescott (44VT), Williston, VT 

2. Derrick Calkins (15VT), Hinesburg VT 

3. Mike Billado (8VT) Grand Isle, VT 

4. Jason Pelkey (64VT) Barre VT 

5. #Kaiden Fisher (18VT) Shelburne VT 

6. Mike Martin (01VT) Craftsbury Common VT 

7. Jason Woodard (68VT) Waterbury Center VT 

8. Tyler Austin (5VT) E. Calias VT 

9. Joel Hodgdon (36VT) Craftsbury Common VT 

10. Craig Bushey (05VT) Fletcher VT 

11. Kevin Streeter (67VT) Waitsfield VT 

12. Jaden Perry (92VT) Hardwick VT 

13. Cameron Ouellette (90VT) Barre VT 

14. Sam Caron (07VT) Colchester VT 

15. Robert Gordon (20VT) Milton VT 

16. Kevin Boutin (25VT) Fairfax VT 

17. Chris LaForest (56VT) Barre VT 

18. Logan Powers (31VT) Middlesex VT 

19. Ryan Boutin (28VT) Fairfax VT 

20. Kelsea Woodard (55VT) Waterbury Center VT 

21. Tanner Woodard (86NH) Waterbury Center VT 

22. Michael MacAskill (3VT) Williamstown VT 

23. Colin Cornell (35DG) E. Burke VT 

24. Bryan Wall Jr. (77NH) E. Kingston NH 

25. Ryan Ware (32VT) E. Burke VT 

26. Rich Lowrey (8NH) South Hero VT 

27. Adam Maynard (45VT) Milton VT 

28. J.T. Blanchard (66VT) Graniteville VT 

rk Miles Street Stocks (25 Laps)  

Pos., Driver (Car #), Hometown 

1. Dean Switser Jr. (16), Waterford VT 

2. Jeffrey Martin (8), Barre VT 

3. Haidyn Pearce (2), Chelsea VT 

4. Josh Lovely (54), Williamstown VT 

5. Kyler Davis (68), Berlin VT 

6. Justin Blakely (17), Graniteville VT 

7. Tyler Whittemore (74), Barre VT 

8. Kyle MacAskill (7), Williamstown VT 

9. Trevor Jaques (57), Milton VT 

10. Tommy Smith (22), Williamstown VT 

11. Todd Raymo (24), Swanton VT 

12. Kasey Collins (98), Berlin VT 

13. Jamie Davis (43), Johnson VT 

14. Luke Peters (26), Groton VT 

15. Gary Mullen (29), Tunbridge VT 

16. Mark Beaulieu (11), Essex Junction VT 

17. Michael Gay (3), So. Burlington VT 

18. William Hennequin (47), Morrisville VT 

19. Eric MacLauglin (6), Milton VT 

20. Kyle Gravel (5), Wolcott VT 

21. Thomas Peck (96), Waterbury VT 

22. Juan Marshall (79), Pittsfield VT 

23. Zach Audet (9), Morrisville VT 

24. Cam Powers (30), E. Montpelier VT 

25. Curtis Frank (33), E. Thomsham VT 

26. Mekayla Bowen (12), Morrisville VT 

27. Patrick Tibbetts (34), Plainfield VT 

28. Jesse Laquerre (71), Berlin VT 

29. Paige Whittemore (73), Graniteville VT 

30. Scott Weston (04), Berlin VT 

DNS – Taylor Hoar (48), South Hero VT 

DSQ – James Dopp (0), Northfield VT 

Burnett Scrap Metal Road Warriors (20 Laps)  

Pos., Driver (Car #), Hometown 

1. Frank Putney (88), Graniteville VT 

2. Nate Brien (16), Williamstown VT 

3. Fred Fleury (99), Graniteville VT 

4. Taylor Sayers (95), Barre VT 

5. Ben Bushey (07), Springfield VT 

6. Karl Sheldon (93),  

7. Neal Foster (19), Moretown VT 

8. Ryan Sayers (94), Barre VT 

9. Josh Vilbrin (77), Graniteville VT 

10. Bill O’Connor (96), S. Washington VT 

11. George Hoyt (1), Braintree VT

12. Nick Copping (50), Barre VT 

13. Bobby Bell (11),  

14. Kris Russell (53), St. Johnsbury VT 

15. Rodney Campbell (10), Worcester VT 

16. Jason Kirby (71), Milton VT 

17. Robert Catchapaw (03), Waterbury VT 

ACT & Thunder Road Ready for the 24th Community Bank N.A. 150

Barre, VT — The ACT Late Model Tour was built on the idea of pitting local, hometown favorites against the greatest touring drivers in the Northeast. It’s a simple and exciting formula that builds storylines, spawns thrilling fan engagement and creates some of the greatest feuds in stock car racing. The ACT formula is not viewed anywhere better than at the home of American-Canadian Tour racing, Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road Speedbowl. With Tour regulars coming off a screaming Northeast Classic 50 lap spectacular at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ready to battle the Thunder Road faithful in their first event of 2022, there is no clear favorite.

In twenty-four editions, only three outsiders have taken the Community Bank N.A. 150 checkered flag, giving those with plenty of Thunder Road seat-time the advantage. Of them, Jean-Paul Cyr used ‘Bank Race’ wins to propel himself into his 3rd and 5th ACT Late Model Tour championships in 2004 and 2006, while most recently the ‘King of Barre,’ Nick Sweet, used the early-season win to take down his Tour championship in 2016.

The Community Bank N.A. 150 also lends itself heavily to the dark horse driver. In 2000, Tracie Bellerose broke out to claim her first ACT Late Model Tour win in the race’s second edition, growing her team’s confidence to take the track championship that same year. Similarly, Ken Dufour also took his first ACT win the following year as did Scott Payea in 2007, Nick Sweet in 2010, Maine’s Brad Babb in 2015, Jason Corliss in 2018 and most recently, Brooks Clark in 2021.

When asked, the Fayston, Vermont driver is still awestruck by that first ACT Late Model win at his home track. “Winning any race at Thunder Road is a big deal but winning an ACT race there means you’ve not only beat the best weekly racers in the Northeast but also some of the best tour racers in the region,” said Clark. “Winning the Community Bank 150 last year was not only a dream come true but a huge confidence boost to start the season. Sweeping the ACT races at Thunder Road and etching my name in granite is still surreal to me.” Clark is ready to defend his 2021 Community Bank N.A. 150 win in the Sticks & Stuff #68VT this Sunday.

Alongside Clark, fellow Thunder Road turf-defenders include three-peat track champion Jason Corliss, 2021 Rookie of the Year Brandon Lanphear in the Green’s ACE Hardware #16VT, 2021 championship runner-up Christopher Pelkey and multi-time winner Tyler Cahoon. Williamstown’s Jimmy Hebert is ready for action following a late race dust-up at NHMS, as are ACT title-hunters DJ Shaw, Jonathan Bouvrette, Jimmy Renfew Jr., and Northeast Classic victor Derek Gluchacki. Patrick Laperle is ready to return to Thunder Road after a successful podium finish at New Hampshire as is Quebec’s Michael Lavoie.

The 24th Community Bank N.A. 150 weekend starts on Saturday, April 30th with the annual Thunder Road car show at the track starting at 9:00am with practice for all divisions starting at 1:00pm. On Sunday, May 1st the ACT Late Model Tour is set for a 1:30pm post time following the annual Thunder Road Class Day Activities that start promptly at 12:55pm. The ACT Late Model Tour will also be supported by the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers, rk Miles Street Stocks and Burnett Scrap Metals Road Warriors.

Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 years old and kids 5 and under are free! Front Gates open at 9:00am on Saturday for the car show and open at 10:00am on race day Sunday. All races at Thunder Road Speedbowl, including the Community Bank N.A. 150 and the $100,000 60th Vermont Milk Bowl, will be broadcast live and around the world on FloRacing with a monthly or yearly subscription.

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For more information about the American-Canadian Tour, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com. You can also get updates on Facebook and Twitter at @ACTTour.

Monaco Ford Named Title Sponsor of Tri Track For 2022

Monaco Modified Tri Track Series Set For Seven-Race Schedule

By Souza Media

SEEKONK, Mass. – Tri Track and Monaco Ford officials confirmed today they will partner for the 2022 season to showcase the Monaco Modified Tri Track Series to race fans in New England. 

The new title sponsor for the Tri Track Series comes with a new title – Monaco Modified Tri Track Series – to help showcase one of the top automotive dealerships in the region and the thrilling, 600-horsepower ground pounding Modifieds. The series will contest a seven-race schedule across four different New England states, beginning at Monadnock Speedway on April 30 and ending on October 22 at Seekonk Speedway.

Monaco Ford, now in their 100th year, opened their doors in 1922 as Monaco’s Garage and ever since have been owned and operated by four generations of the Monaco family. The dealership has grown to a top-level Ford Dealership in New England, with a deep history in short-track racing. They are the perfect fit to help elevate Tri Track to the next level – while also continuing to showcase Monaco’s history and drive to continue to evolve into the future while committing to their customers.

“Bringing Monaco Ford into the Tri Track family is special for all of us,” Ed Bennett, Managing Partner of the Monaco Modified Tri Track Series, said. “With their history in the sport and their dedication to serving customers with the best products in the market, they are going to help take us to levels we could have never imagined were possible. We’re looking forward to helping to showcase their brand while also continuing to provide the top Modified action for our dedicated race fans.”

Monaco Ford started with Peter Monaco, selling all makes of vehicles, along with being licensed to work on horse and carriages. As the business began to grow, Peter’s sons Albie, Billy, Charlie, Johnny, & Sonny were all actively involved, officially becoming a Ford Dealership in 1957. In 1972, Charlie’s son, David Monaco, became involved in the business full time and was named president of the company in 1988. David has grown the business tremendously and helped put Monaco Ford on the map as a top-level Ford Dealership in New England. As his children grew up in the dealership, David taught Chrissy and Mike how to run the business, how to treat customers, and how to make a positive impact on the community. Now, in its 100th year, since opening, Monaco Ford is co-owned by its fourth generation, siblings Chrissy and Mike Monaco.

They also have a deep set of roots in short-track racing. Specifically in the Modifieds, the family has been in the spectrum for more than six decades. They have won races, championships and more. Monaco also recently announced they will become the official Monaco Ford Safety team of Stafford Motor Speedway and also joined Stafford’s weekly contingency program. They are committed to helping short-track racers continue to showcase their talents.

“My family has been involved in modified racing since the 1950’s,” Doug D’Alessandro, Director of Service and Parts for Monaco Ford, said. “From my father owning cars, my brother’s modified wins, championship, and myself winning races in the Late Model and Pro Stock divisions in the northeast, we have been in the sport a long time. This partnership with the Tri-Track Series and Monaco Ford – where I have worked for 33 years – which includes the time I owned and operated my own race teams – is set up to be a great combination. The auto racing community has the most loyal group of competitors and fans you are going to find. I believe it will be a winning combination for both the Tri-Track Series and Monaco Ford in 2022.”

The seven-race schedule begins at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday, April 30 in Winchester, New Hampshire, for 100 laps. The series will move to Vermont and Thunder Road Speedbowl for the inaugural stop at the track on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 29. From there, the Open Wheel Wednesday $10,000 to win special returns at Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, June 29, followed by the SBM Classic at Star Speedway on July 23. The Monaco Modified Tri Track Series will return to New London-Waterford Speedbowl on August 6, Stafford Motor Speedway to headline the NAPA Fall Final on September 24 and Seekonk Speedway to crown the champion at the Haunted Hundred on October 22.

For more information on the Monaco Modified Tri Track Series visit the new MonacoModifieds.com, where you can find the full schedule, point standings, race results, series partners and more. You can also follow the Monaco Modified Tri Track Series on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest news.