Contributed by: ACT Staff
Williams, a weekly competitor at the high banked, quarter-mile speedplant started on the pole along side ACT Tour regular, Ron Henry from New Gloucester, ME. Williams led the first circuit, but Henry, nosed ahead on the second. In a Herculean feat that surprised the tracks regular fans, Henry maintained his momentum in the high groove and eventually edged ahead of the local favorite.
The first caution of two cautions came out on lap 19 for Charlie Rousseau’s first turn spin. On the restart, Williams lined up on the outside of the Maine driver. At the drop of the green he regained control of the race. By the 26th circuit Pembroke, who had started fourth, closed in on Williams. As the laps ticked off, Pembroke, the 2002 winner of the New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl followed the 2003 winner of that same race looking for his Achilles heel. Pembroke looked both high and low in an attempt get past the Hyde Park resident. Unable to find room to complete the pass, Pembroke settled into second and the pair began to work their way through slower traffic.
The second and final caution of the race came out on the 75th lap which gave Pembroke the edge he was searching for. Just as Williams had previously done to Ron Henry, Pembroke leap ahead of Williams when racing resumed.
Pembroke, Williams and Demers distanced themselves from the rest of the field as the race stayed under green flag racing conditions. The frontrunners waded into lapped traffic each hoping to catch the other asleep at the wheel as they came upon the slower cars. Williams was able to use past Thunder Road champion, Cris Michaud of Williamstown, VT as a “pick” and trap Pembroke behind the lapped car to take the lead for the final time.
Pembroke and Demers battled side-by-side for the final 50 laps but were able to mount a final challenge on Williams as the trio came out of turn three on the final circuit.
Williams’ win was his first in an ACT Tour event since the ’03 Milk Bowl. “It was pretty obvious in the final laps, that there was not a whole lot of difference in our (Pembroke & Demers) cars,” Williams stated honestly in victory lane. “Running 200 laps at Thunder Road is tough, right now I don’t feel too bad. Once the adrenaline runs out, I’m sure I’ll feel the aches and pains.”
Pembroke, the only ACT Tour regular in the top three agreed with Williams, “Our cars were very even. When we got caught up on a restart with lapped traffic, Eric was able to get by me for the lead. It was an exciting day of racing and I can’t wait to run in the Milk Bowl (September 30th/October 1st).”
Demers, a second generation racer, was able to get past Pembroke for second at one point late in the race. He added his thoughts, “I had one chance to go after Eric for the lead. I was on the gas, Eric was off it, but I drove in too hard and lost it (the shot at the lead). I’ve tried hard to keep my car consistent all season, the experience of running this long race will help in the Milk Bowl.”
Mark Lamberton of Mooers Forks, NY was sixth, Charlotte, Vermont’s Rich Lowery, seventh and Marc Curtis Jr, from Worcester, MA, eighth. Rounding out the top ten were East Montpelier, VT driver, Jay Laquerre and Roger Brown of Lancaster, NH.
Cyr, winner of last year’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, retains his point lead in spite of having to qualify through one of the consolation rounds. Forty-two Late Model cars attempted to qualify for the 30 starting positions in the ACT Tour’s tenth of 11 events this year. Among the notable drivers not earning a spot on the starting grid were St Denis Quebec’s Patrick Laperle, defending champion of the upcoming Milk Bowl, former ACT Tour Champion, Pete Fecteau of Morrisville, VT, 2005 Thunder Road Late Model Rookie of the Year, Ryan Nolin from Georgia, VT and this year’s Thunder Road Late Model Rookie of the Year, Marcel Gravel of Wolcott, VT.
Of the 30 starters, 13 completed the entire 200 lap distance in a race that took 53 minutes, 59 second to contest, a record for the event. Twenty-five cars were in competition at the checkered flag.
The final ACT Tour race of the season, the third of three ACTion Super Series events, the 43rd New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl, is slated for Sat, Sept 30 and Sun, Oct 1. It will also pay $10,000 to the winning driver.
PHOTO 1: Crew members from the Williams team head to victory lane with son Tucker leading the way with the teams battle flag!
PHOTO 2: Lap 200 of the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic.
PHOTO RIGHT: GRAND MARSHALL OF THE BOND AUTO LABOR DAY CLASSIC "GRAMMY COMOLLI"
ACT LATE MODEL TOUR - RACE #10 of 11
ACTion Super Series – Event #2 of 3
Bond Auto Labor Day Classic
Thunder Road International Speedbowl - September 3, 2006
FIN POS (STR POS), DRIVER, HOMETOWN, CAR, LAPS, TECH REPORT
1. (1), Eric Williams, Hyde Park, VT, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 200, Running
2. (4), Dave Pembroke, Montpelier, VT, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 200, Running
3. (8), Trampas Demers, So. Burlington, VT, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 200, Running
4. (13), Jean Paul Cyr, Milton, VT, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 200, Running
5. (25), Phil Scott, Middlesex, VT, Ford Fusion, 200, Running
6. (17), Mark Lamberton, Mooers Forks, NY, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 200, Running
7. (23), Rich Lowrey, Charlotte, VT, Dodge Charger, 200, Running
8. (11), Marc Curtis Jr., Worcester, MA, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 200, Running
9. (5), Jay Laquerre, E. Montpelier, VT, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 200, Running
10. (21), Roger Brown II, Lancaster, NH, Ford Fusion, 200, Running
11. (2), Ron Henry, New Gloucester, ME, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 200, Running
12. (26), Scott Payea, Milton, VT, Ford Fusion, 200, Running
13. (20), Dennis Demers, Shelburne, VT, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 200, Running
14. (15), Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, Dodge Charger, 199, Running
15. (6), Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, NH, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 199, Running
16. (22), A.J. Begin, Merrimac, MA, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 199, Running
17. (9), Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 199, Running
18. (18), Joey Laquerre, E. Montpelier, VT, Pontiac Grand Prix, 199, Running
19. (29), Steve Reny, Boothbay, ME, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 199, Running
20. (10), Ben Rowe, Turner, ME, Dodge Charger, 198, Running
21. (28), Joey Becker, Jeffersonville, VT, Ford Fusion, 198, Running
22. (30), Ryan Vanasse, Warwick, RI, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 197, Running
23. (12), Mike Bailey, So. Barre, VT, Pontiac Grand Prix, 196, Running
24. (7), Steve Fisher, Shelburne, VT, Dodge Charger, 189, Running
25. (24), John Donahue, Graniteville, VT, Dodge Charger, 187, Running
26. (19), Cris Michaud, Williamstown, VT, Ford Fusion, 159, Vibration
27. (27), Dave Whitcomb, Essex Jct., VT, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 145, Vibration
28. (3), Bobby Baillargeon, Nottingham, NH, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 122, Handling
29. (14), Scott Dragon, Colchester, VT, Pontiac Grand Prix, 109, Body Panel
30. (16), Charlie Rousseau, Ipswitch, MA, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 91, Handling
Up to date point standings can be found by clicking the standings button.