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Getting rev'd up in Barre

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BARRE, Vt. -

The ACT makes its first stop in our area this Sunday for the Merchant's bank 150 at Thunder Road. It's also the season opener at the highbanks. To get ready for the big weekend, Ken Squier and other officials from the ACT and Troad held a joint press conference in downtown Barre Tuesday afternoon.

"Everybody's up for it and everybody's got fresh equipment," Thunder Road co-owner, Ken Squier, said.  "The team's have worked literally all winter.  Now it's time for the athletes to take over and they're pumped."

One of those drivers, is Barre's Nick Sweet.  Sweet and Derrick O'Donnell, the last two King of the Road champions, were taken out of contention during last year's Merchant's Bank 150 following a collision with 50 laps to go.

"Every race I get into, even if I win, you always replay that," Sweet said.  "We had a fast race car that day and should've been a little more conservative, because we had about 50 laps to go. Hopefully, with that, this year I've learned to be a little more conservative,. To be there at the end and with those last laps, really put on a show for the fans."

The opening weekend kicks off with the annual car show and parade in downtown Barre Saturday from 9am to noon.

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