BARRE, VT - Late Model stock car driver Scott Payea of Milton, VT earned his third career American-Canadian Tour victory in the 10th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon. Payea waged a race-long battle with defending Thunder Road Track Champion Dave Pembroke of Middlesex, VT, finally taking the lead for good on lap 129.
Hometown stock car drivers swept the top three finishing positions in the 30-lap NAPA Tiger Sportsman feature on Merchants Bank Opening Day at Barre, VT's Thunder Road. Scott Coburn scored his fourth career win in a slugfest event. Coburn's VT Shifter Karts/M&M Beverage #1 Chevrolet ran from the pole starting position for the win. Barre's Shawn Sicard and David Finck completed the podium finishers.
Tom Therrien of Hinesburg and Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Brendan Moodie, Derrick O'Donnell, Tony Rossi, Doug Crowningshield, and Craig Bushey were rest of the unofficial top ten.
Dave LaFleche of Graniteville scored his first career Allen Lumber Street Stock victory with a final-corner pass of Hardwick's "Super" Joe Fecteau. Tim Campbell of West Topsham and Josh LaCourse of Barre completed the unofficial top five.
Neal Foster of Waterbury captured his first career Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior victory over Travis Hull of Graniteville, Jamie Davis of Wolcott, Donny Yates of Montpelier, and Mike Gay of South Burlington. Apparent runner-up Justin Gay was disqualified in post-race inspection for a tire infraction.
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