"Special Vacances 4 x 25" Top 3 (L-R) Runner-up Donald Theetge, Winner Sylvain Lacombe, 3rd-place Alexandre Gingras

Ste-Croix, Qc - Veteran Série ACT Castrol racer and former champion, Sylvain Lacombe from Terrebonne, Qc survived to win the 17th running of the "Special Vacances 4 x 25" Tuesday night at Circuit Ste-Croix.  Lacombe scored an aggregate total of 10 points in the Monza-syle race - the lowest of the 22 starters - for his second victory in seven starts this year.  Donald Theetge from Boischatel, Qc was second (15 points) while Quebec City's Alexandre Gingras ran to a close third (16 points).  Jean-François Dery and Patrick Laperle completed the top five.

The race, which combines participant finishes from each of four 25-lap races to determine the overall winner, was truly a survival of the fittest.  From the drop of the first segment's green flag, the racers engaged in full contact racing.  Multiple caution flags flew before the first three laps were completed.

Following a race stoppage and a private driver's meeting, the competitors who were able to continue returned to action on the 5/8ths mile high banked oval.  Sylvain Lacombe won the first race, Gingras was second and Theetge, third.

The second segment, which was lined up by inverting the finishing order of the first, was led early by Karl Allard, the point leader entering Tuesday's race.  Sylvain Lacombe took the lead from his brother Martin on the final circuit to take a commanding eight point lead in the overall standings at the half-way mark.  The younger Lacombe was second and Stephan Legault was third.

Déry (21) races hard for position with Gingras (27) and Theetge (80)

An inversion of the second segment's finish lined up the start of the third portion of the Special Vacances 4 x 25. As Jean-François Dery led the field down the back stretch on the seventh circuit, the lights went out.  Remarkably, all of the competitors were able to slow down without suffering any damage.  A 45-plus minute delay followed while repairs were made to the electrical system.  With the lights back on, Dery went on to victory.  Theetge was the runner-up and Daniel Bergeron was third.

Allard entered the night as the Série ACT Castrol point leader, but slipped back to 5th place after an early crash

Entering the fourth and final segment, the elder Lacombe held a four point advantage over Theetge (8-12) with Gingras within striking distance (15).  As the laps wound down the gloves came off once again and the race leaders narrowly escaped being caught up in the carnage.

Lacombe's win puts him in the unofficial point lead over Dery by a mere three points (551-548).  Gingras is one point behind (547).  Rounding out the top five in the standings are Patrick Laperle (531) and Allard (520).

The Série ACT Castrol competitors have just a few days to make necessary repairs to their race cars since their next event is slated for Saturday (July 28) at the Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache (Laval), Quebec.  Joining the Quebec regulars in the ACTion Super Series race will be the top U.S. competitors from the ACT Tour.  In all, some 40 Late Model stock cars and drivers are expected from Quebec and Ontario as well as from across the Northeast.  Post time for Saturday's combined ACT Tour and Série ACT Castrol 200 is 5:30 pm.