Contributed by: ACT Staff
"Imagine, never qualifying for a feature and taking home a $1,500 bonus, that's pretty amazing," Bonney commented upon receiving his championship trophy in front of the huge Milk Bowl crowd. "I had never been to Thunder Road before the Labor Day Classic, but I liked the track from the outset - it's great to race on. And I've never raced before fans like you before, you're great," he finished to a loud, appreciative cheer.
Jacob McGrath from Rutland, VT finished 18 points behind Bonney (282-264). He'll receive $1,200 for his efforts. Earning $1,000 in the Bond Auto/WIX Reserve Champion program was Worcester, MA driver, Marc Curtis Jr. The Bay State racer earned 259 points in the three ACTion Super Series events.
Quinney Welch of Lancaster, NH, a weekly competitor at White Mountain Motorsports Park in Woodstock, NH was fourth in the standings (190), earning $900. Rounding out the top five were Fred LaGoy from Morrisonville and Cambridge, Vermont's Craig Bushey who tied with 189 points. The pair will each take home $625.
The Reserve Champion program and its $10,000 point fund was put in place for Late Model drivers not making the field in any or all three main events comprising the inaugural ACTion Super Series. Since a limited number of starting spots had been posted for each of the events and upwards of 50 cars were expected to attempt to qualify for each of the three $10,000 to win races, ACT president Tom Curley developed the innovative program. True to form, an average of just over 57 Late Models turned out for Thunder Road's Sept. 4 Bond Auto Labor Day Classic, the RE/MAX Alliance National 150 at Lee USA and the New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl. Instead of sending the non-qualifiers home with nothing but their purse money, the Bond/Auto Wix Reserve Champion program would give those drivers a separate year-end point fund.
Drivers who were eligible for the program were those who did not make the starting field through heat races, consolation rounds, "C" or "Last Chance/B" features. The Reserve Champion program awards points based on a driver's finish with 100 going to the first driver not making the main event. The next non-transferee is awarded 99 points with a one point declination awarded to each subsequent competitor who is eligible. The program was so attractive to some competitors that in two of the three events, drivers turned down their transfer spot and instead, took the "B" feature purse money and the Reserve Championship points! In all, 55 competitors earned points in one or more of the ACTion Super Series events.
A.J. Begin of Merrimac, MA was seventh in the final Bond Auto/WIX Filters Reserve Champion standings. A pair of Vermont drivers, Justin Hart from Williamstown and Waitsfield's Grant Folson tied for eighth and Dan Colby from Lyman, NH rounded out the top ten.