Contributed by: ACT Staff
“These ACT guys are so great to race with, there’s so much respect out there,” the winner stated in victory lane. “We were able to race side-by-side for lap after lap without touching and when we came upon lapped cars they gave us room and waved us by. That doesn’t happen everywhere. And this track, it was really racy tonight, we had so much fun.” Tetreault added that it was his son’s fourth birthday and his win, his first ACT checkers, was a present for him.
Joe Steffen from Essex Jct, VT came from 14th in the 26-car starting field to finish second. “We didn’t have anything for the 73 car (Tetreault),” the 2002 Thunder Road Sportsman Champion stated, “We‘re pleased to finish second.
Nick Sweet of Barre, VT, a rookie driver crossed the line third. Plattsburgh, New York’s Robin Wood was fourth and early challenger, Brendan Moodie of N. Wolcott completed the top five finishers.
The ACT Sportsman Series, made up of eight events at five paved short tracks in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, returned to the quarter-mile, semi-banked White Mountain Motorsports Park for the first time since 2003. “This track is great to race on,” stated Jason Bonnett, winner of a 100-lap Sportsman Series race at Canaan Fair Speedway in June and an early point leader. “There is plenty of room (to pass) and like at Thunder Road (Barre, VT, another quarter-mile track) the second groove’s there if someone wants to try the outside,” added Wood, winner of the Series’ opener at Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY.
Just four caution periods, one for debris and the others for minor incidents, slowed the 100-lap Pat’s Auto Sales race, which was completed in 47 minutes. Of the 26 starters, 21 were still in competition when the checkers flew.
Finishing sixth was Chris Gendreau of Waterbury Ctr, VT, seventh went to Jamy Begor of Mooers Forks, NY, while Danville, Vermont’s Travis Calkins was eighth. Rounding out the top ten were a pair of Vermont drivers, Chuck Beede from Williamstown and Jason Bonnett of St. Albans.
Point leader, Doug Murphy of Barre, VT saw his five-point advantage get whittled down to just two with his 15th place finish, although the driver occupying the runner-up spot has changed. Trailing Murphy with one race remaining is multi-time Thunder Road Sportsman Champion, Chuck Beede, who came out of retirement to participate in the 2005 Series. Murphy has 510 points to Beede’s 508. Early leader and former second place point man, Shawn Fleury rides a close third with 506. Wood is fourth, just two in arrears, with 504.
ACT’s Sportsman Series concludes with the REMAX Alliance National 50 on Sunday, September 25, at Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH. There will be no home track advantage for any of the competitors since it will be the first time any have raced at the one-third mile seacoast oval. Post time on Sept 25 is 2:00 pm.