Former ACT Tour Rookie of the Year, Roger Brown of Lancaster, NH will attend Sunday's 34th annual Furniture World of Vermont Fall Foliage 150 at Plattsburgh, New York's Airborne Speedway after all. The full-time ACT Tour competitor, who sits sixth in the season-long point chase, had his hopes of making the eighth race on the 2005 ACT Tour schedule dashed during last Sunday's Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road Int'l Speedbowl, Barre, VT.

Brown, who outperformed 54 other drivers to start on the pole at Thunder Road, had moved into a comfortable lead early in the 200 lapper when Mark Lamberton of Mooers Fork's, NY attempted to exit the track and head to the pit area. In what was an apparent misjudgment of Brown's speed, as the other car crossed the track, it hit the leader, which sent both cars into the front stretch wall. "Basically my car's is pretty bad shape and I won't be able to run it at Airborne," Brown revealed Friday morning in a call to the ACT office in Waterbury, VT. "But I'll be there with a car." He continued, "Earlier this week, I got a call from Mike Sangermano, who owns a Late Model that runs at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl. He was at Thunder Road last Sunday and saw the wreck. I went to Waterford yesterday (Thursday) to test the car and get things worked out. We're going to combine the two teams for Sunday's Furniture World of Vermont Fall Foliage 150 and hope for the best."
"I really like racing at Airborne, it's a great track," the 26 year-old racer said, adding," I would have really hated to miss the race since I would have lost my chance at a provisional starting spot, especially with the two $10,000 to win Super Series races left on the schedule. My deal with Mike is just for Sunday. Hopefully something will come along for the 150 at Lee (Sept 25) and the Milk Bowl (Oct 1-2)."
It's quite possible that more than fate has entered into the Brown/Sangermano pairing. It so happens that the Waterford track is where Brown won his first and only ACT Tour race in June, 2004.
Sunday's Furniture World of Vermont Fall Foliage 150 has a post time of 1:00 pm.