Contributed by: ACT Staff
POTTER MAKES BIG STATEMENT AT
NEW ENGLAND DODGE DEALERS 150 WINNER RANDY POTTER (center), SECOND PLACE JEAN- PAUL CYR (left), and THIRD PLACE DRIVER JOEY POLEWARCZYK (right).
After a long absence from the ACT Late Model Tour, the Groveton, NH racer made a triumphant return to full-time competition at Oxford Plains Speedway, earning a convincing victory in the New England Dodge Dealers 150, the first of his ACT career.
From his outside pole starting position, Potter overtook Eric Williams on the second lap. The multi-time Riverside Speedway (NH) champion then outdistanced any would-be challengers, including former ACT champions Brian Hoar, Phil Scott, Jean-Paul Cyr, and Mike Rowe.
The opening round of the 2007 ACT Late Model Tour season was slowed by only two caution periods, running 150 laps at a brisk pace of just over 54 minutes. Potter’s biggest scare came on lap 89 as Glen Luce spun directly in front of him in lapped traffic. Luce was able to continue without needing a caution flag.
"No way, I had no idea this was going to happen,” said an elated Potter in victory lane, who was celebrating his 40th birthday. “We had problems with the driveshaft in the qualifier, but we got it fixed and everything just turned out good. There are so many good cars in this series, it’s great to race with everyone here. I look up to Jean-Paul Cyr and Ben Rowe the most out there, and when I put Ben a lap down I radioed to my crew and said ‘I just passed Ben Rowe!’ This is a good day.”
Cyr, the six-time and defending ACT Late Model Tour champion made quick work of traffic in the early laps, making his way from the 19th starting position. The
The ACT Late Model Tour’s next event will be the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in