Contributed by: ACT Staff
Fisher, who heard about his windfall through a phone call from his father, was understandably excited about his good fortune, "That's a great, great program that Tom (Curley) and ACT have put together for those three races," he enthusiastically stated, "Programs like this (the tire draw) and the Reserve Championship (for competitors who don't earn a starting position in any or all of the ACTion Super Series main events) help out the smaller teams such as mine a ton. It allows us to compete on a more level playing field with the better financed operations."
Fisher, driver of the Days Inn/Tatro's ACE's Chevrolet, began his ACT Late Model career in earnest in 2000 when he qualified for four events. Since then the 35 year-old racer has posted one win, last year at Seekonk (MA) Speedway, in 43 starts. He continued, "Obviously I think it makes things easier for me that my name was drawn, but to tell you the truth, I also would have been pleased if the tires had gone to another racer like me, such as Ken Dufour or Dave Whitcomb."
The Sept 4 Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 is the seventh of ten events on the 2005 ACT Late Model Tour. Interest is particularly high for the race at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval due to its 200-lap length. "I'm going to have to rethink my strategy for long distance races at Thunder Road," commented Cris Michaud of Williamstown, VT, point leader in the track's season long Late Model standings. "A 200-lap race gives you more of an opportunity to make a mistake. At Thunder Road, 100 to 150-lap races are tough enough."
He continued, "I'm glad Steve (Fisher) won the tires, there was a round of applause when his name was announced. He's a driver who gives his all and it's nice to see someone like that get rewarded." Michaud, who won the May ACT Tour opener at Lee USA Speedway, is considered one of the early favorites for the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 victory as well as for the $20,000 bonus that's been posted for the driver who can win all three ACTion Super Series races. The Super Series events are comprised of the Sept 4 Labor Day Classic, the RE/MAX Alliance National 150 at Lee (NH) USA Speedway on Sun, Sept 25 and Thunder Road's New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl, Sat/Sun, Oct 1-2.
The early race entrants are still eligible for two additional tire draws that will be done prior to the other two ACTion Series races.
Discount tickets are now on sale at all 32 Bond Auto stores in NH and VT for the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200. Fans who make their purchase from Bond Auto will save $5.00 per adult ticket. The $5 savings is also available through the ACT office (802-244-6963) or at Thunder Road's final Thursday event on August 25.