Contributed by: ACT Staff
The victory was the first of the season for the veteran Late Model competitor and his first since 2000 at the Empire State half-mile. Laperle started 12th in the 30-car field and took the lead from pole sitter and early race leader Steve Fisher on the 63rd circuit. Fisher had moved to nearly a straight-away lead until a caution on the 56th lap tightened up the field. Fisher had earned the coveted starting position by virtue of his outstanding performance in the qualifying heats.
Once in the lead, Laperle held the advantage until a lap 102 restart when ACT Tour point leader Jean-Paul Cyr powered ahead to lead a single lap and earn five valuable bonus points toward the title. Laperle regained the advantage one lap later and in spite of three additional restarts, was not seriously challenged over the final circuits.
Defending race winner, Milton, Vermont's Brent Dragon was second and Dave Pembroke from Montpelier, VT was third. Dragon had started 13th and Pembroke 14th. Ironically, the first three cars also won their qualifying heat races.
Bobby Dragon, winner of the inaugural Fall Foliage race in 1972 (as well as the 1974 race) came out of retirement to finish fourth. Cyr completed the top five.
"The car ran just great, it was a perfect day for the 91 team," Laperle said of his Chevrolet Monte Carlo. "Brent (Dragon) took a shot at me on those last restarts but for some reason he wasn't able to make his car work in the outside late in the race," he finished. Laperle's margin of victory was about a half car length after 150 laps of racing.
Eric Williams from Hyde Park, VT was sixth, Rich Lowrey of Charlotte, VT finished seventh. Steve Fisher followed Lowrey across the line with Roger Brown from Lancaster, NH and Jamie Fisher from Shelburne, VT completing the top ten.
The ACT competitors have a week off in preparation for the second of three $10,000 to win ACTion Super Series races, the REMAX Alliance National 150, Sunday, Sept 25 at New Hampshire's Lee USA Speedway. Jean-Paul Cyr, winner of the first race, the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Vermont's Thunder Road on Sept 4, is in line to score a $5,000 "Double Dip" bonus if he wins either of the remaining Super Series events. Should he win all three, he'll pocket a $20,000 "Clean Sweep" bonus. Post time at Lee USA is 2:00 pm.