FOX 44/ABC 22 HS Athlete of the Week: ACT Tour Driver Emily Packard

Published 05/01 2014 10:37PM

Updated 05/02 2014 10:33AM

Barre, VT -- At Sunday's Merchant's Bank 150 at Thunder Road, 17-year old Emily Packard proved that she's one of the regions elite racers, finishing third and becmoing our ABC22/FOX44 Athlete of the Week.

"We definitely had a great car and we worked all day on trying to get a good race set up." Emily said after the race. "And the guys did a great job and the whole race we were just picking off spots. I don't think we fell back farther than where we started. So, great race, the guys gave me a great car, and I'm really really happy."

Packard handled a competitive field like a seasoned veteran. 

"It's very nerve-wracking. Very, very nerve-wracking." Packard said. "I've raced with these guys a few times but I've never raced that hard with the Wayne Helliwell's and the Pole's and all those people. It was definitely a lot to handle and take down at first but I think we did well."

The other drivers recognize her talent including this year's winner Wayne Helliwell, Jr.

"I'm glad to see her and her whole team, how much they've progressed over the last couple of years." said Helliwell, Jr. from victory lane. "It's no small feat for her to finish top three in an ACT tour race. This is the best of the best. They're hard to beat, so my hats off to them."

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