Brent Dragon reasserted himself as an ACT Tour title contender Saturday night with an impressive win in the Bay State 100 at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. The Milton, VT veteran started the race third in the 26-car starting field and by the seventh circuit, he was in the lead. Dennis Botticello of Suffield, CT had started on the pole and led the first six laps.

Once in front, Dragon set a blistering pace, but Charlotte, Vermont's Rich Lowrey was able to stay with him as they circled the one-third mile seacoast speedplant. Several caution periods, all for minor incidents, kept the field close and gave Lowery a shot at Dragon on the restarts. Time after time, Dragon's Dodge turned away the challenge of Lowrey's Chevrolet.
Rookie sensation, Scott Payea also from Milton kept the two veterans in sight but was forced to go on the defensive to protect his third place standing. Fourth and fifth place runners, Dave Pembroke and Roger Brown swapped positions several times while dogging the youngster for more than 50 laps. On the 83rd lap, Payea and Brown spun in the third turn ending all hopes for a top five finish for both drivers. Following the restart, several cars got by Pembroke but he rebounded to salvage a top 10.
On the 85th lap, Lowrey spun on the backstretch ending his quest for a first ACT Tour win. Nashua, New Hampshire's B.J. Piekarski, the 2004 ACT Tour rookie of the year lined up along side Dragon on the restart. He held the runner-up spot for a couple of laps until two-time and defending ACT Tour champion, Jean-Paul Cyr took over second. Cyr, who has posted a pair of wins in 2005, wasn't able to mount a serious challenge over the final 14 laps and settled for second. Piekarski was third. Warwick, RI driver, Ryan Vanasse finished fourth in his best career ACT outing. Montpelier, Vermont's Phil Scott was fifth. Scott, who started 10th on the grid, had moved up to seventh only to cut a tire on the 36th lap. The incident brought out the third of eight cautions. Following a quick tire change he came back through the field to post his second top five of the season.
AJ Begin from Merrimac, MA was sixth, and pole sitter Botticello was seventh, also a career best finish. Completing the top ten were Pembroke, Dave Whitcomb from Essex Jct, VT and Lew Fortin of Berwick, ME.
Thirty competitors representing all six New England states attempted to qualify for the 26 starting spots available in the sixth of ten ACT Tour events. Next on tap for the ACT Late Model competitors is the $10,000 to win Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl, Barre, VT on Sunday, September 4, the first of three ACTion Super Series events. Post time will be 1:00 pm.