Eric Williams Wins ACT Late Model Race at Thunder Road
Tour Makes Apparance on Thunder Road's Opening Day
ACT PR Report
Eric Williams of Hyde Park, VT dominates the 11th Annual Merchants Bank 150 as the last 106 laps are completed without a caution. Williams started fifth and worked his way to first during a caution plagued opening 44 laps. Williams took the lead from Dave Pembroke on about lap 50. Scott Payea caught Williams on lap 122 as they worked their way through heavy lap traffic, but once traffic cleared Williams was too strong.

Williams said, “It was an unbelievable day to pick up this win on the same day my son won his first ever race (at Thunder Road). To be come the second NHMS Qualifier was frosting on the cake.”

Patrick Laperle appeared to be catching Williams after working his way up from 23rd, but never got a chance to contend for the lead as the laps ran out. Laperle would end up second, Payea third, Dave Pembroke fourth and Brian Hoar fifth.

Eric Williams joins Brad Leighton as the first two qualifiers for the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The 50th Anniversary season at Thunder Road kicked off with a bang and will continue with the Memorial Day Classic on May 24 as the ACT Tour will be back in town and the True Value Modifieds will join them. The ACT Tour will continue next week with their third event of the season on May 9 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.

Unofficial Merchants Bank 150 Finish
1.  Eric Williams
2.  Patrick Laperle
3.  Scott Payea
4.  Dave Pembroke
5.  Brian Hoar
6.  Nick Sweet
7.  Brent Dragon
8.  Randy Potter
9.  Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.
10.  Glen Luce
11.  Dennis Demers
12.  Pete Potvin, III
13.  Mike Olsen
14.  Joey Becker
15.  Trampas Demers
16.  Cris Michaud
17.  Jamie Fisher
18.  Mark Hayward
19.  Phil Scott
20.  John Donahue
21.  Daniel Descoste
22.  Matt White
23.  Ricky Rolfe
24.  Joey Laquerre
25.  Quinten Welch
26.  Ricky Wolf Jr.
27.  Jean-Paul Cyr
28.  Chip Grenier
29.  Joey Doiron
30.  Gary Caron

Opening day at Thunder Road involves quite a ceremony every year.  (Leif Tillotson Photos)
Eric Williams in victory lane.  (Eric LeFleche/VLF Photos Photo)