ACT’s “Rocket” Roger Brown wins TD Banknorth 250

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) standout “Rocket” Roger Brown of Lancaster, NH won the 34th Annual TD Banknorth 250 stock car race at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday night.

ACT's "Rocket" Roger Brown won nearly $36,000 in the TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford (OPS photo)

In one of the closest TD Banknorth 250 finishes ever, Brown withstood a furious charge by Oxford Plains Speedway weekly competitor Dale Verrill of Paris, ME out of the final corner to win the short track extravaganza by a half-car length.

The 28 year-old Brown dominated the second half in leading 108 of the final 109 laps, and pocketed a whopping $35,800 for his efforts, including $10,800 in lap leader bonuses.

Ninety-seven ACT-type Late Model cars registered in the pit area for Sunday's race, the highest total for a TD Banknorth 250 in this decade.

"It's unbelievable to think of myself on a list with guys like (former 250 winners) Dave Dion, Mike Rowe and Ralph Nason," said Brown, who groomed his talent in the NAPA Tiger Sportsman division at Barre’s Thunder Road before joining the American-Canadian Tour. "I'm sure I don't belong on that list."

Verrill’s runner-up finish was his first appearance in the 250 since 1989, and was worth around $12,000.

Milton, VT’s Scott Payea, a graduate of Thunder Road’s Allen Lumber Street Stock division just seven short years ago, finished third.

Other top-finishing ACT drivers included Lincoln, NH racer David Avery in sixth, Trampas Demers of South Burlington, VT in eighth, and Milton, VT’s Eric Chase and Brent Dragon completing the Top 10.  Three-time “King of the Road” Cris Michaud of Williamstown, VT was 11th, “Irish” John Donahue of Graniteville, VT was 12th.  St-Félicien, QC’s Karl Allard of the Série ACT Castrol finished 14th.  All results are unofficial.

NASCAR Nextel Cup Series veteran Kevin Lepage of Shelburne, VT finished 21st, while two-time Cup champion Terry Labonte of Corpus Christi, TX crashed out early to finish 42nd out of 44 cars.  Six-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT fell out with mechanical problems and finished 43rd.

Championship-caliber drivers failing to qualify for the event included multi-time ACT title winners Robbie Crouch and Brian Hoar, nine-time Oxford Plains Speedway king Jeff Taylor, Canadian sensations Patrick Laperle and Mario Gosselin, and stock car legend Bobby Dragon.

-Reports courtesy Oxford Plains Speedway and ACT.  For more information, visit


The Série ACT Castrol will be at Circuit Ste-Croix near Québec City on Tuesday for the annual “Ste-Croix 4 x 25” event – a four-segment race scored Milk Bowl-style.  The top-five point drivers - Karl Allard, Alexandre Gingras, J.F. Déry, Sylvain Lacombe, and Patrick Laperle - are seperated by just five points.  Post-time is 6:00pm.

Thunder Road’s 48th season continues on Thursday with the Times Argus Mid-Season Championships featuring double points for all four divisions and a special driver autograph session.  Post time is 7:00pm with early events beginning at 6:30pm.  Adults get in for only $9, kids $3, and a family ticket is only $18.  Gates open at 4:30pm.

The first event for the ACTion Super Series is Saturday at Autodrome St-Eustache, just 10 minutes from Montreal.  Post time for the 200-lap, $6,000-to-win American-Canadian Tour event is 5:30pm.  More than 40 cars from the ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT Castrol are expected to attempt qualifying.

“The People’s Race” – the M&M Beverage Enduro 200 – comes to Thunder Road on Sunday.  Over 100 cars, 200 laps of mayhem, and $2,000 to the winner!  A 50-lap, $1,000-to-win event is on tap for the Allen Lumber Street Stocks, along with a two-segment race for the Power Shift Junkyard Warriors.  Post time is 6:30pm with regular general admission prices in effect.