ACT
HART WINS WDEV TWIN 75s - 1ST SERIES VICTORY
Justin Hart of Williamstown was the overall winner of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Sportsman Series event at Thunder Road Speedbowl. The Thursday, June 22nd event, sponsored by WDEV Radio, was the third of seven point counting races for the Series. Shawn Fleury of Montpelier came home second and Joe Steffen of Essex Junction finished third. (PHOTO AT RIGHT: The top three finishers in the WDEV Twin 75 overall standings pose with reps from the radio station (left to right) John Noyes, Joe Steffen, 3rd, winner Justin Hart, runner-up Shawn Fleury and Jack Donovan)

The WDEV Twin 75s were contested in a two segment format, where each drivers combined finishes in the two races awarded the overall victory. The first segment ran smoothly with Fleury and Hart pulling away from the field until the checkers flew. Fleury, who finished first earned one point for his efforts, while Hart earned two. Pete Ainsworth of Middlesex was third for three points.

(PHOTO BELOW: Cup star Tony Stewart and IRL standout Helio Castroneves aren't the only one who climb fences following a win - here Justin Hart's crew members scale Thunder Road's front stretch barrier).



To start the second segment the finishing order of the first segment is inverted. Fleury, Hart and Ainsworth started on the tail, while drivers who finished at the back of the first segment started up front.

The second segment was off to a quick start with pole sitter Chip Grenier of Northfield setting the early pace. The caution flew on the sixth circuit for an incident involving Mark Barnier of Essex Junction and sophomore competitor Matt White of Northfield on the backstretch. Hyde Park’s, Kyle Tatro was unable to avoid Barnier’s spun car and barreled into him. After Barnier’s car had been removed, Tatro’s car caught on fire in the engine compartment which brought out the red flag. The fire was quickly put to rest by Speedway Safety Services and track officials. No one was injured in the incident.

While the action was fast and furious out front the low point drivers were working their way through the pack. To win, Hart had to finish ahead of Fleury and Ainsworth had to beat both. In the incident of a tie in points, the driver finishing further ahead in the final segment would be the winner. Fleury and Hart raced as one while Ainsworth was left behind.

Joe Tetreault from Enfield, NH was victorious in the second segment. Hart finished sixth, for a total of eight points while Fleury was seventh also totaling eight. By virtue of his higher finish, Hart was declared the winner. Fleury was second, Joe Steffen (sixth plus third totaling nine) was third.

Hart, 25, was as excited as his crew who emerged from the pit area hugging each other and jumping up and down. Hart demonstrated his happiness with “donuts” on the back stretch while clinching the checkered flag. “This is so incredible. I can’t believe it.” The young lion continued. “My crew and I will certainly be celebrating this one tonight.” Chuck Beede of Graniteville and Ray Stearns of East Corinth rounded out the top five.