Contributed by: ACT Staff
Two ACT Tour competitors, Dave Pembroke from Montpelier, VT and Ryan Nolin of Georgia, VT were each presented with 100% body certificates after the drawing. Pembroke was the runner-up to champion Jean-Paul Cyr while Nolin finished 13th in the Tour’s final point tally.
Chad Wheeler of Waterbury Ctr, VT, the reigning Late Model “King of the Road” won a 50% body certificate from among the 21 eligible drivers at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT.
The 2006 season marks the first time the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division was eligible for Five Star Awards. ACT adopted a Five Star body option for the division which led Five Star to put together a program for those racers as well. The criterion was the same as used by the Late Models.
(PHOTO: Chad Wheeler accepts his 2006 "King of the Road" trophy prior to having his name drawn from the Thunder Road competitors eligible for a body award from Five Star)
Matt Potter, the 2006 Tiger Sportsman Rookie of the Year from Plainfield, VT was the first name drawn to earn a 20% body package. Receiving 50% packages were a pair of Vermont competitors, Jeff French from Northfield and Essex Jct’s Joe Steffen. French is a former champion in the Allen Lumber Street Stock division who has been racing in the Sportsman class for several years. Steffen was the 2002 Tiger Sportsman Champion at the high banked quarter-mile oval.
In addition to the season ending awards, Five Star presented a "Hard Luck" Award at each of the last year’s ACT Late Model Tour events. A $100 award certificate was given to the driver deemed to have the worst luck at each race by a panel of judges.
Two $500 “Hard Charger” awards were also presented by Five Star last season. The first went to Brent Dragon following his performance at White Mountain Motorsports Park in August. Dragon started 25th and finished seventh, an improvement of 18 positions. The second Hard Charger award went to Jamie Fisher who bettered his starting spot 21 places at Thunder Road’s Milk Bowl season finale.
Five Star Race Car Bodies can be found on the web at www.fivestarbodies.com.