With the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) 2006 stock car race season less than a week old following the completion of Thunder Road 43rd annual New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl last Sunday, perennial bad boy, Dwayne Lanphear from Morrisville, VT has secured a Late Model ride for the 2007 race season. “I was presented with an opportunity I couldn’t pass up, I’ve missed racing over the past couple of years,” the 2001 Milk Bowl champion stated. “I’ve have experience with ACT’s crate motor, but the Goodyear tire and the Koni shocks will be new for me. I’ve heard good things about both. I’m especially excited about the shock, it seems to be an equalizer,” he said.

Lanphear, a veteran racer with nearly 20 years experience, has two Late Model wins to his credit as well as four in the NAPA Tiger Sportsmen class at Barre, Vermont’s Thunder Road. The Lamoille County dairy farmer has been known for his volatile temper on and off the track although he professes he’s mellowed during his absence from the racing. “We’re all looking to have some fun,” he said smiling, “The way things are set up, there shouldn’t be any stress. I don’t own the car, Mike (Thompson) does.”

Current plans for the Thompson/Lanphear effort are to concentrate on weekly action at Thunder Road as well as select ACT Tour and ACTion Super Series events. “We’ve already entered the (Oxford) 250,” the 41 year-old racer said, “I’d love to go back to Sanair – this year’s race will separate the men from the boys with 150 laps straight (instead of segments). I like White Mountain, we’ll see how things go and play it by ear.

“It’s going to take me a little while to get used to things again but I like competition, it drives me, which is one reason I had to come back,” he finished. Lanphear last raced a full ACT Tour season in 2002, when he finished in a tie for third with fellow Lamoille Country resident, Eric Williams.

(PHOTOS: upper right - Dwayne Lanphear (facing) gets a congratulatory hug from runn-up Pete Fecteau following his 2001 Milk Bowl win.
lower left - This photo of Lanphear enthusiastically smooching the Milk Bowl trophy queen was sent out on the Associated Press wire and way picked up by many major daily papers across the US and Canada)