Contributed by: ACT Staff
Barre, Vermont's Doug Murphy leads the point standings after six of eight events by just five points over Shawn Fleury of Montpelier, VT (453-448). Ray Stearns from E. Corinth, VT is third (440), former Thunder Road Sportsman champion, Chuck Beede of Williamstown, VT is next (434) and Plattsburgh, New York's Robin Wood completes the top five with 415 points.
"I'm disappointed the race was rained out, I was looking forward to racing my Sportsman car there," lamented Nick Sweet, the leading rookie in the Sportsman Series." He continued, "I ran my Street Stock there a couple of times in the past and I really liked the track. Even though it's the same size as Thunder Road, the banking's quite a bit different as is the shape of the track. Guess we'll just have to wait a week."
Following Saturday's Pat's Auto Sales 100, the Sportsman Series will be idle until the season finale on Sunday, September 25. The REMAX Alliance 50 will take place at New Hampshire's Lee USA Speedway, a 1/3-mile facility near Portsmouth. The event, which will be held in concert with an ACT Late Model Tour 150 lapper, will be the first for the competitors at the seacoast oval. "Having the last race of the season at a track where none of us have raced before will take away any home field advantage that some drivers might have had at earlier events," commented early point leader and winner of the Blacktop Inc. 100 at Canaan Fair Speedway, Jason Bonnett from St Albans, VT.
"All of the teams like going to a new track because of the challenge," added early point leader and winner of the season opener at Airborne Speedway (Plattsburgh, NY), Robin Wood, "The drivers who end up doing well will be the ones who can communicate with their crews on getting the car set up as well as those who can adapt their driving style to a track that we don't know much about." The second-generation racer added, "But first, I'll have to get through next Saturday's race at White Mountain. I haven't been there since about 2000 when I was running a Late Model. The crew and I put a set up in the Sportsman car that was between the one we used at Canaan and Thunder Road, hopefully it will work," he finished.