Donald Theetge is ready to roll at Airborne

A trio of championship-winning stock car drivers from Quebec are expected to challenge the stars of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) at Airborne Speedway’s Furniture World of VT Spring Green 100 on Saturday, May 12.  Defending Serie ACT Castrol Champion Donald Theetge of Boischatel, multi-time ACT Canadian Champion Claude Leclerc of Montreal, and former ADL Super Series Champion Karl Allard of St-Felicien will converge at the 4/10-mile Plattsburgh, NY speedplant for the 33rd running of the historic race.

Theetge’s Auto Frank et Michel/Le Centre Honda team wants to end a string of bad luck at Airborne this weekend.

“We’ve raced at Airborne a lot, and we always run well there,” said Theetge, “but something always seems to go wrong while we’re in the top ten.  I think we will have a fast car, and we really want a top ten finish at Airborne.”

Theetge scored his first career ACT Late Model Tour victory at Circuit Ste-Croix in his native Quebec one year ago, and finished 19th at the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road (VT) last weekend.

Claude Leclerc won the Furniture World of VT Spring Green 100 at Airborne in 1990

Leclerc is looking to rebound from a tough outing at Thunder Road last weekend, but has found success at Airborne in the past.  The driver of the Autopro/Les Automobiles JPD Chevrolet won the Furniture World of VT Spring Green at Airborne Speedway in 1990.

“In 30 years of racing, I don’t think I have ever had a race as bad as the one at Thunder Road last weekend,” said Leclerc.  “We have changed a lot of the suspension setup on the car this week, and we hope to have a better day.  It can only get better, and our car was good at the practice at Airborne last month.”

Car owner Denis Larue of Quebec City says his driver, Allard, is very eager to return to Airborne, a track he has run at very successfully.  Allard finished second to fellow countryman Patrick Laperle at Airborne in the fall of 1999, and is looking for his first ACT main event win in the Larue Industrial Snowblowers Chevrolet.

“We were going to practice at Vallee-Jonction this weekend, but Karl asked if we could go to Airborne to race,” said Larue.  “The main purpose is to try and prepare our new Dale Shaw chassis for the Serie ACT Castrol race at Montmagny (May 19), but we also want to win.  Karl likes Airborne a lot, and our crew chief, Andre Beaudoin, is very good with setups.  We expect to perform well.”

Theetge, Leclerc, and Allard will take on recent ACT Late Model Tour winners Randy Potter of Groveton, NH and Scott Payea of Milton, VT, as well as multi-time ACT champions Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT and Brian Hoar of Williston, VT.  Over 30 cars are expected to attempt qualifying for the 33rd annual Furniture World of VT Spring Green 100 at Airborne Speedway on Saturday, May 12.  Practice begins at 1:30pm, with green flag action slated for 4:00pm.  For more information, visit or call (802) 244-6963.