Contributed by: ACT Staff
Cris Michaud of Williamstown, VT, who earned his third (and second consecutive) Thunder Road Late Model "King of the Road" title will be honored as will Montpelier's Shawn Fleury who scored his first NAPA Tiger Sportsman crown. Milton, Vermont's Joe Small posted his second consecutive Allen Lumber Street Stock title while Mike Martin from Craftsbury Common raced to his first PowerShift Warrior championship.
Thirty-nine year-old Jean-Paul Cyr from Milton, VT will be crowned as the 2005 ACT Late Model Tour Champion, his third consecutive and fifth overall. Cyr is tied with Brian Hoar for winning the most championships. Plattsburgh, New York's Robin Wood will receive his hardware from the eight-race ACT Sportsman Series. Wood edged out Fleury by 10 points with his runner-up finish in September's RE/MAX 50 at Lee USA Speedway, the final event of the Series. Additionally, Joe Small will be crowned champion of the Sunoco Ethanol Triple Crown Series for the Allen Lumber Street Stocks.
Several special awards, which are voted on by the ACT/Thunder Road membership, will also be handed out including Most Improved Driver Awards for the Late Model and Tiger Sportsmen, and Sportsmanship Awards for the Late Models and Tiger Sportsmen. The Eddie Carroll Memorial Award for Street Stocks, also a Sportsmanship Award, will also be presented.
Top rookie competitors will also receive hardware commemorating their outstanding performances in their first year of action. Scott Payea will receive the ACT Tour freshman crown while Ryan Nolin will receive Thunder Road's Late Model rookie title. Nick Sweet will be honored as the top first year driver in the NAPA Sportsman division at Thunder Road and Steve Quenneville will be feted as the top rookie of the 11 eligible in the Allen Lumber Street Stock class. One of these, or possibly another of the first year competitors, will be given the Dr. G.R. Nielsen Rookie Award for his performance in his first year.
Three special awards will complete the night's festivities including the Francis "Bubby" Wilder Dedication award, the Ken Squier Award for outstanding contribution to Vermont racing and the 37th annual Don MacTavish Award for contribution to regional racing.
The banquet activities will kick off on Saturday, January 14 at 6:00 pm with a "Social Hour" followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Dancing will follow the award presentations. To receive a ticket reservation form contact the ACT/Thunder Road office at 802-244-6963 (Mon-Thurs, 8 am - 5 pm).