ACTion News 7/04/07

ACTion News – Wednesday, July 4, 2007
-by Justin St. Louis

An amazing thing happened at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday. Jean-Paul Cyr, the six-time and defending ACT Late Model Tour champion, well on his way to a fifth-straight title and seventh overall, destroyed his car in a qualifying heat.

Destroyed it.

But a rather sizeable bunch of ACT’s brethren racers banded together to help their champion, and patched a thoroughly unusable race car back into competitive form to help him do what he does best – beat the aforementioned bunch and step closer to another championship.

Cyr not only got back on track in time for the last-chance “B” feature, he qualified. And not only did he qualify, he had a very real shot at winning the White Mountain 150. Cyr drove on the outside – with ragged sheet metal flapping in the breeze – from 27th to finish third. With the podium finish, Cyr has yet to produce a result worse than third place in five ACT events this year.

“I wish I knew the names of everyone that pitched in, I would thank them personally. I really have no idea who helped out,” Cyr admitted. “I asked whoever I saw standing by our trailer when the car came in if they would lend a hand, and every one of them said that was why they were there.”

For the record, drivers and/or crew members of the following race teams were spotted at the scene of the rebuild: Brian Hoar, A.J. Begin, Jamie Fisher, Kip Stockwell, Ryan Vanasse, Marc Curtis, Jr., and Randy Potter.

“It’s situations like this that make you keep coming back every week,” said Cyr. “I am so grateful to everyone that helped us out at White Mountain. It’s like a big family, this tour. We may not always get along, but we help each other out when we’re in need. That’s why you come back every week, because you know you’ll have support if you need it. When people just stop and watch you struggle, that’s when you know it’s time to get out. That doesn’t happen here, it’s a big family. I can’t thank everyone enough.”


Michael Lavoie of Chicoutimi, QC earned his first career Serie ACT Castrol win at Autodrome Chaudiere on Friday in the rain-shortened PRO-FAB 100. Lavoie was leading when a drenching, constant downpour began falling on lap 51.  Patrick Laperle turned in his best finish of the season as the runner-up, just ahead of two-time USAR Hooters Pro Cup champion Mario Gosselin.

Ste-Marie, QC native Gosselin repaired and drove the car that 2007 feature winner Normand Lavigueur wrecked a few weeks back. Lavigueur towed his dinged-up ride to Gosselin’s race shop in Lake Wales, FL for an overhaul, then (smartly, it turns out) decided to have the former ARCA winner pilot the ride in his native Quebec.

After taking the victory, Lavoie packed up and made the long haul to White Mountain on Saturday, and was running in the Top 10 early in the race when a bump from behind sent his car spinning. He recovered to finish 15th on the
lead lap.


As you read this, our printing deadline has passed and the Pepsi Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road will have already taken place (Tuesday, July 3). If Marcel Gravel was able to make it a three-peat, you’ll read all about it in this space next week. And while Gravel is at it, maybe he could go four-for-four on Thursday, July 5.

Hey, you can still go to that one! Post time for the Charter Communications event at Thunder Road on Thursday is 7:00pm, with preliminary qualifiers starting at 6:30pm. Regular low admission prices will be in effect at $9 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12, and just $18 for a family of four.

One week later, CARQUEST presents the 25th Vermont Governor’s Cup, Thursday, July 12. And don’t look now, but we’re almost to mid-season… Summers in New England are just a little too short, eh?


Did you know…?
-Marcel Gravel became the first Thunder Road Late Model driver to win earn the first two wins of his career in back-to-back races last Thursday. Should he make it three consecutive wins on Tuesday, he’ll be the first driver since Phil Scott in August on 1997 to do so, and only the second one in Late Model history (since the division began in 1992).

-A rear-wheel drive Allen Lumber Street Stock finally won at Thunder Road! The last time a Ford Mustang beat the front wheelers was in August of 2006, when Gary Mullen did the deed. David Greenslit had the honors last week in the Sanel Parts Plus trophy dash.

-Two of the top three Power Shift Junkyard Warriors from last week’s Sanel Parts Plus feature have been upside-down in 2007. Winner Jeff Martin, Jr. was inverted two weeks prior his win, while third-place man Bunker Hodgdon flopped it over just the week before!

Don’t forget to play the TD Banknorth 250 trivia contest on the ACT website! Answer the most questions right for the week, and we’ll send you a free “250” t-shirt! Check it all out at