Turner, Maine’s Ben Rowe scored big Sunday in his first trip to Quebec’s Sanair Super Speedway, St. Pie, Quebec by claiming the American-Canadian Tour’s (ACT) $10,000 to win Late Model stock car Mega Classique. The event, the first of three in the ACTion Super Series this year, was contested in a unique three-segment format where drivers earn points based on their finishes in three 50-lap races. (PHOTO BELOW RIGHT: An ecstatic Ben Rowe exits his race car a his crew converges on victory lane) Drivers representing all six New England states, New York and two Canadian provinces participated in the event; the first to combine the U.S. based ACT and Quebec’s Serie Castrol. The enticement of big money, a huge caqr count and many of the regional top drivers caused brought the fans turned out in droves to witness the biggest Late Model stock car car race in the history of Quebec stock car racing. Rowe posted the lowest cumulative score (12) for the $10,000 top prize. Ryan Nolin from Georgia, VT was second with 22 points and Montpelier, Vermont’s Dave Pembroke was third with 24. Rounding out the top five were Donald Theetge from Boischatel, Qc (30 points) and Patrick Laperle of St. Denis, Qc (31). Forty-three of the 64 cars that attempted to qualify started the event at the 7/8ths mile tri-oval. (PHOTO LEFT: Champagne showers were the name of the game as the top three finishers in the Mega Classique ACTion Super Series opener celebrated their efforts on the Victory Lane podium. left to right - 2nd place Ryan Nolin, winner Ben Rowe and third place David Pembroke) Laperle handily won the first segment from his pole starting position to earn one point and lead the event heading into the second portion. Five-time and defending ACT Tour Champion, Jean-Paul Cyr from Milton, VT was second to Laperle to earn two points. Scott Dragon, Theetge and Rowe completed the top five in the first segment.

To start the second segment, the finish of the first 50-lapper was inverted which meant that Laperle had to come from the 43rd post position. Laperle began his march from the back of the pack at the drop of the green flag hoping to score his second consecutive ACTion Super Series victory. The veteran Quebec racer won last October’s New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Speedbowl, Barre, VT. In that event he also scored a pay day of more than $10,000. (PHOTO BELOW RIGHT: Patrick Laperle leads the pack down Sanair's long, wide front stretch) A horrific crash exiting Sanair’s back stretch dogleg on the 15th circuit eliminated many top contenders including Cyr as well as fellow Vermont racers, Phil Scott, Brent Dragon, and Scott Dragon. Top Quebec competitors Mike Lavoie and Marc Cliché were also involved. No one was injured in the multi-car pileup. Andre Beaudoin from St Augustine, Qc won the second segment with Rowe and Laperle on his bumper. Outside polesitter Allard was fourth and Nolin completed the top five. Laperle’s combined score of four points put him in the lead following two segments with Rowe in second with seven points. Nolin’s 15 points placed him in third. To start the third and final 50 lapper, Laperle, Rowe and Nolin would all have to come from the back once again. Dennis Botticello from Suffield, CT started on the pole and led much of the race. He dueled back and forth with Theetge and Cyr, who had made repairs to his car in time for the third segment. Laperle knew that to win the $10,000 Mega Classique he had to keep Rowe within a couple of positions. Conversely, Rowe knew he had to finish a minimum of three spots ahead of Laperle to take the money back to the Pine Tree State. Rowe and Laperle sliced through the field as one with Rowe unable to gain the distance between himself and Laperle that he needed for victory. (PHOTO AT LEFT: Phil Scott and Jean-Paul Cyr wait for wrecker service following the devastating second segement wreck. Cyr returned to competitition for the final go while Scott retired for the race). That was, until the 37th circuit when Laperle’s car sputtered as it crossed the start/finish line, the victim of an apparent ignition failure. He was able to pit for repairs, but lost several laps to the field. Rowe went on to finish 5th which earned him the lowest total score and the $10,000. Eventual runner-up Nolin had one of the most impressive runs of the day. The sophomore racer spun on the second lap in the third turn of the final segment. He quickly spun his car around and set off at a breakneck pace to try and catch the field. A caution on the 17th lap for a first turn spin allowed Nolin to close ranks. He fought his way to a seventh place finish which secured the runner-up spot for him. Rounding out the top ten positions in the Mega Classique were Claude Leclerc from Lavaltrie, Qc in sixth (34 points), Jean-Paul Cyr recovered for seventh (37), Farmingdale, Maine’s Johnny Clark (38), Robbie Thomson from Fergus, ONT (38) and Alexandre Gingras of St Lambert, Qc (40). The ACT Tour competitors have their next race event on Tuesday, July 18 with the completion of Re/Max100 at New Hampshire’s Lee USA Speedway. Post time is 6:00 pm.

RACE #4 - LE MEGA CLASSIQUE - ACTion Super Series Event #1
Overall finish based on combined finishes of (3) 50 lap segments
1. (4) 00 Ben Rowe Turner, ME Dodge
2. (19) 78 Ryan Nolin Georgia, VT Chevrolet
3. (7) 52 Dave Pembroke Montpelier, VT Chevrolet
4. (17) 80q Donald Theetge Boischatel, Que Chevrolet
5. (1) 72 Patrick Laperle St.Denis, Que Chevrolet
6. (20) 11q Claude Leclerc Lanoraie, Que Chevrolet
7. (3) 32 Jean Paul Cyr Milton, VT Chevrolet
8. (30) 0 Johnny Clark Farmingdale, ME Chevrolet
9. (26) 91 Robbie Thompson So. Hampton, Ont. Dodge
10. (9) 27q Alexandre Gingras St Lambert, Que Chevrolet
11. (11) 94 Joey Polewarczyk Jr. Hudson, NH Chevrolet
12. (32) 29 Mark Lamberton Mooers Forks, NY Chevrolet
13. (24) 03 Dennis Botticello Suffield, CT Chevrolet
14. (29) 06 Ron Henry New Gloucester, ME Chevrolet
15. (12) 5q Andre Coursol St Jerome, Que Chevrolet
16. (22) 89 Scott Payea Milton, VT Ford
17. (25) 48q Andre Beaudoin St. Augustin, Que Dodge
18. (15) 3q Sylvain Lacombe Terrebonne, Que Chevrolet
19. (31) 18 Jamie Fisher Shelburne, VT Chevrolet
20. (21) 37q Marc Begin St Philibert, Que Chevrolet
21. (27) 99 Roger Brown II Lancaster, NH Ford
22. (18) 66q Simon Roussin Quebec, Que Chevrolet
23. (23) 71 Ryan Vanasse Warwick, RI Chevrolet
24. (8) 35q Karl Allard St. Felicien, Que Dodge
25. (13) 21q Jean-Francois Dery Val Belair, Que Pontiac
26. (39) 7q Daniel Bergeron St Benoit, Que Pontiac
27. (16) 86 Mike Rowe Turner, ME Chevrolet
28. (42) 97q Jacque Poulin East Broughton, Que Chevrolet
29. (35) 9q Yvon Bedard St. Nickolas Chevrolet
30. (2) 70 Scott Dragon Colchester, VT Pontiac
31. (6) 55 Brent Dragon Milton, VT Dodge
32. (10) 14 Phil Scott Middlesex, VT Ford
33. (40) 02q Stephan Legault Chateauguay, Que Ford
34. (28) 10q Mike Lavoie Chiquitimi, Que Ford
35. (37) 68 A.J. Begin Merrimac, MA Chevrolet
36. (34) 8q Marc Andre Cliché Vallee Junction, Que Chevrolet
37. (5) 26 John Donahue Graniteville, VT Dodge
38. (43) 12 Steve Reny Boothbay, ME Chevrolet
39. (41) 24 Steve Fisher Shelburne, VT Dodge
40. (33) 28q Danny Ouellet La Pocatiere, Que Dodge
41. (36) 75 Pete Fecteau Morrisville, VT Pontiac
42. (38) 74 Jacob McGrath N. Clarendon, VT Dodge
43. (14) 98 Rick Rump Ottawa, Ont Chevrolet

1 32 Jean Paul Cyr 398 Milton, VT Ehlers R.V./Sticks N Stuff/Four Season Real Estate Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2 52 Dave Pembroke 338 Montpelier, VT TREN Chevrolet Monte Carlo
3 78 Ryan Nolin 325 Georgia, VT Mountain Air Systems/Subway of Milton,VT Chevrolet Monte Carlo
4 29 Mark Lamberton 313 Mooers Forks, NY Jeffords Steel/Dragoon Farm Eq/Sound Obsession Chevrolet Monte Carlo
5 89 Scott Payea 310 Milton, VT AC Sports/Wendell's Furniture/Newman Assoc. Ford Fusion
6 55 Brent Dragon 295 Milton, VT Kinney Drugs/Furniture World/Beverage Mart Dodge Charger
7 97 Joey Polewarczyk Jr. 288 Hudson, NH Pole's Automotive Chevrolet Monte Carlo
8 99 Roger Brown II 268 Lancaster, NH Roger Brown Trucking/Central Asphalt Paving Ford Fusion
9 10 Ben Rowe 256 Turner, ME White Mtn Mtrsprt Park/Avery's Sweeping Dodge Charger
10 05 Ron Henry 238 New Gloucester, ME Wayne Excav Inc./RTA Agg Inc./Ron's Small Engine Chevrolet Monte Carlo
11 18 Jamie Fisher 234 Shelburne, VT S.D. Ireland Brothers Chevrolet Monte Carlo
12 66 A.J. Begin 225 Merrimac, MA HillCrest Chev/Atlantic Customs/M.Gainey Masonry Chevrolet Monte Carlo
13 14 Phil Scott 219 Middlesex, VT Scott Motorsports Ford Fusion
14 15 Joey Laquerre 216 E. Montpelier, VT Laquerre Motorsports Pontiac Grand Prix
15 96 Fred LaGoy 213 Morrisonville, NY Jeffords Steel/Adirondack Welding/Dick's Cstmz'g Chevrolet Monte Carlo
16 Joey Becker 213 Jeffersonville, VT Richard Green Trucking Ford Fusion
17 24 Steve Fisher 210 Shelburne, VT Days Inn/Vergennes Building Supply/Old Shed Dodge Charger
18 11 Ryan Vanasse 202 Warwick, RI Team V Transport Chevrolet Monte Carlo
19 82 Bobby Baillargeon 201 Nottingham, NH Homes For No Money Chevrolet Monte Carlo
20 12 Steve Reny 199 Boothbay, ME Cusick Plumb'g/Shore Hills Campgrd/Reny Const. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
21 11q Claude Leclerc 189 Lanoraie, Que NAPA Autopro/Garage Claude Leclerc Chevrolet Monte Carlo
22 27 Marc Curtis Jr. 185 Worcester, MA Merriam-Graves/Curtis Snowplows Chevrolet Monte Carlo
23 03 Dennis Botticello 181 Suffield, CT Northeastern Sheet Metal/Fearn Electric, Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
24 40 Eric Chase 176 Milton, VT G. Clay Bldrs/Chicken Charlies/Mansfield Heliflight Chevrolet Monte Carlo
25 80q Donald Theetge 174 Boischatel, Que Castrol/PGO Scooters Chevrolet Monte Carlo
26 91 Patrick Laperle 151 St.Denis, Que Laperle Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo
27 08 Mike Collins 140 Strafford, NH Advanced Car Crushing/Northwood Power Equip. Chevrolet Monte Carlo
28 1 Mark Anzalone Jr. 122 Malden, MA Nickole Autobody Chevrolet Monte Carlo
29 3q Sylvain Lacombe 119 Terrebonne, Que Demolition R. Lacombe Chevrolet Monte Carlo
30 75 Pete Fecteau 115 Morrisville, VT Riverview Garage/Fecteau Homes Pontiac Grand Prix