Contributed by: ACT Staff
At ACT's earlier stop in the "Belle Province" of Quebec, the advantage at the Banlieu Ford 100 (Circuit Ste-Croix on May 13) went to the locals. Brent Dragon's third place finish was the best the U.S. drivers could muster. Multi-time Tour Champion, Jean-Paul Cyr was a disappointing fifth, behind 2005 Tour runner-up Dave Pembroke.
Donald Theetge, a veteran racer with Quebec's SÚrie Castrol, claimed victory, while his perennial nemesis, Sylvain Lacombe finished second. Lacombe's brother Martin, was sixth.
"To tell you the truth, I was surprised that we didn't finish better," remarked Dragon, winner of a 2003 ACT event at the 5/8ths mile high banked oval. "I knew that Lacombe and Theetge would be strong - they finished second and third behind me the last time we were there, but I thought we'd have more for them. I'm looking forward to getting revenge at Sanair," he concluded.
Dragon is one of eight active ACT Tour competitors who've previously raced at Sanair and who have filed an entry for the first of three ACTion Super Series races. Others who have Late Model experience at Sanair include former ACT Tour champions Phil Scott (2002), Jean-Paul Cyr (5 times), and Dave Whitcomb (1992), as well as Mark Lamberton, Joey Laquerre and Rich Lowrey. Laquerre is the lone driver with a previous win at the St-Pie, Quebec track.
Essex Jct, Vermont's Whitcomb, a 20+ year racing veteran has a Sanair finishing average of 10.5. "I don't think the cars have changed a lot (over the years) although there will be a lot more competition with the $10,000 to win," he stated. "I think we'll have a good tire under us. I've always liked Sanair - I don't think it's as hard on brakes as some might think. They cool down on the long front stretch just before you have to go into the hardest corner - the first-second turn. You don't have to brake hard in tri-oval or as hard in the third-fourth turn. I feel Airborne (Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY) and Lee (USA Speedway, Lee, NH) are actually harder on brakes," he finished.
A purse of more than $70,000 has been posted for the July 8/9 event, which has been dubbed "La Mega Classique". The winner will take home a minimum of $10,000.
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