Contributed by: ACT Staff
“I have a new car being built by Paul Michaud, one of Quebec’s preeminent stock car builders, and will also have the car I ran last year,” the 40 year-old racer remarked. “Since the ACT Tour’s schedule starts quite a bit earlier than the Quebec Series, I decided to take a shot at the Championship,” he explained.
Theetge, who scored his first ACT Tour win last year at the 5/8ths mile Circuit Ste-Croix near Quebec City, has admitted he likes the tracks scheduled for the Tour’s opening events, which also played into his decision. The Tour’s first race, on Sat, April 28, is at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway, a 3/8ths mile oval. The Pine Tree state speedplant will host July’s TD Banknorth 250, a $25,000 to win race which the Quebec champion has already entered.
(PHOTO: Donald Theetge (80) looks under leader Sylvain Lacombe (3) as he runs alongside Jacque Laperle's car)
The next events on the Tour schedule include stops at Thunder Road (Barre, VT), Airborne Speedway (Plattsburgh, NY) and two at Ste-Croix, Theetge’s home track. Thunder Road’s 48th season opener, the Merchants Bank 150 on Sun, May 6 will be a vastly different experience for the Quebec racer. The high banked, quarter-mile oval is not comparable to the tracks Theetge is familiar with but his 20+ years of experience should help him find a good set-up.
Airborne, a half-mile speedplant, has been compared to Ste-Croix by many of the ACT drivers who’ve competed at both. Theetge has been to the Empire State track many times and has had positive experiences at the semi-banked oval.
As the defending race winner in the ACT Tour’s event at Ste-Croix, Theetge will be among the favorites when the Tour returns on June 2. He’ll have to keep an eye on reigning ACT champion, Jean-Paul Cyr, second generation driver, Brent Dragon, and Brian Hoar as well as others who run strong at the 5/8ths mile speedway. Also, several Quebec Série drivers including Sylvain and Martin Lacombe, Claude Leclerc, and Karl Allard are expected to challenge Theetge for the victory.
The second ACT Tour event at Ste-Croix is an ACTion Super Series race with a purse of nearly $45,000. The June 23-24 event is on both the ACT Tour and Quebec Late Model Série schedules which means that there should be an impressive contingent of cars attempting to qualify.
“I’m looking forward to the start of the season,” Theetge commented. He continued, “The fact that (six-time champion) Robbie Crouch is returning is great news. He always ran great at Sanair and has had a lot of success. I remember watching him when I was younger and had the opportunity to race against him 10-15 years ago. He is very smooth and patient. It will be good to have him back,” Theetge finished.