Contributed by: ACT Staff
Mike Rowe has considerable experience at the 7/8ths mile tri-oval in St-Pie, “I like Sanair, especially the dogleg in the back. Plus, the front stretch is long and wide. You’ve got to be able to get through the tri-oval (to run well there),” he commented. The senior Rowe explained, “It takes just a burp on the gas, a little lift, to make it work. I once tried going through it wide open but I almost ended up in the wall,” he chuckled continuing, “But that was with the old ACT pro stock car, the Late Models will be different with their tires and all,” the 55-year old pilot finished.
Slated for Sat/Sun, July 8-9, the event, “La Mega Classique” is expected to draw nearly 75 cars. Joining the ACT competitors will be many of the 30+ racers from the Série Castrol, based in Quebec. Over the past years, several Quebec drivers have ventured southward to ACT events in the U.S., and conversely, some of ACT’s racers have headed north.
Even through Ben Rowe, 30, has not raced at Sanair, he’ll have some assistance available if needed, “I think Ben was too young to be racing the last time I was at Sanair,” father Mike recalled. “He can follow me around and I’ll help him as much as I can.”
Milton, Vermont’s Brent Dragon, driver of the Kinney Drugs/Furniture World Charger, is glad to see drivers from other areas and series enter the $10,000 to win ACTion Super Series races, “It’s a great thing that they’re (the Rowes) coming, I like it when drivers from other series show up.” He explained, “It was good for ACT racing when a legend like Dave Dion raced in the Milk Bowl last fall. It shows that our series is as competitive as any out there, especially when we beat them. It validates us as drivers. Cup driver Kenny Schrader ran Thunder Road last year and he didn’t walk over anyone.”
Others who’ve recently entered the three-segment “La Mega Classique” include multi-time Thunder Road Speedbowl Late Model champion, Cris Michaud from Williamstown, VT, Scott Dragon of Colchester, VT and East Montpelier, Vermont’s Joey Laquerre. Laquerre, who will turn 63 the day following the Sanair race, has had success in a Late Model car at the tri-oval, winning a 1998 ACT Late Model race.
Even though the Sanair Super Speedway is bigger and faster than what most northeast based drivers are used to, Michaud doesn’t feel that the size or speed should present a problem, “As I recall, I liked the track, it was different. I was impressed with the smoothness, especially since it’s farther north. For the first four or five laps of practice, I did notice the speed, but once you start concentrating, racing’s racing, you’ve got a job to be done – it’s no longer a factor.”
The $10,000 to win “La Mega Classique” is the first of three ACTion Super Series races. The second event, the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 is slated for Sat/Sun, September 2-3, while the third is the New England Dodge Milk Bowl, Sat/Sun, Sept 30-Oct 1. Both will take place at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, Barre, VT, a high-banked, quarter-mile oval. Jean-Paul Cyr from Milton, VT won 2005’s Labor Day Classic 200 while St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle was victorious in the Milk Bowl. Each earned over $10,000.
Drivers entering all three ACTion Super Series races on or before March 1 (as determined by postmark) will be entered into a drawing for a set of Goodyear tires at each of the three events.
For entries and additional information contact ACT at (802) 244-6963.