The Merchants Bank 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road cranked up the heat on the American Canadian Tour, shaking up the point standings before a key showdown takes place at the Spring Green 113 this Sunday, May 5 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.
Sophomore sensation Jimmy Hebert, who started the year off with his first-ever ACT victory in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup two weeks ago at Lee, backed up his opening day win with a seventh place finish at his home track, Thunder Road. ACT Rookie-of-the-Year contender Bobby Therrien was impressive in just his third ACT start with a fifth-place finish after battling up front all day, pushing forward a youth movement that continues to gain traction on the Tour. With his finish on Sunday he secured a position inside the top ten in overall points, joining young standouts Rowland Robinson, Jr. and Ben Lynch who currently sit seventh and eighth and look to ride their opening momentum into West Haven for the Spring Green 113.
Tiverton, RI’s Ray Parent brought home a tenth place finish in the Merchants Bank 150, and looks to Devil’s Bowl Speedway to continue his best start to an ACT season yet. He vowed at the beginning of the year to be a championship contender, and after two races, sits third in the overall points – just 17 markers out of the series lead -as the Tour heads into one of his favorite race tracks.
Defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. climbed to fourth overall after the Merchants Bank 150, righting the ship after a tough start to his season at his home track Lee. It was last year at Devil’s Bowl that Helliwell took the point lead after his first ACT victory and went on to win his first American Canadian Tour Title, but Devil’s Bowl has proven to be a tricky venue on the Tour. In the two years that ACT has raced at the fast half-mile, only two drivers have finished in the top ten in both events.