Stock Car Racers Searching for First Victory of Season

Jean-Paul Cyr's #32 Chevrolet

Top American-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car drivers Jean-Paul Cyr and Patrick Laperle are each in search of their first main event victory of the season, and will be taken to task at the $43,000+ ACTion Super Series 200 at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday night at 5:30pm.  The flat 4/10-mile race track, located just 10 minutes from Montréal, is expected to draw more than 40 teams from the United States and Canada to the $6,000-to-win combination event for the ACT Late Model Tour and the Série ACT Castrol.

Milton, VT driver Cyr leads the ACT Late Model Tour point standings entering Autodrome St-Eustache.  Despite a string of five-straight podium finishes to open the season, he has yet to win a race.

“We should have had three or four (wins) by now,” said the six-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion.  “We’ve been running well, but we just haven’t been lucky enough to win yet.”  Cyr was the runner-up at the New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway in April, and has since turned in four consecutive third-place finishes.

Like most of the American drivers entered in the ACTion Super Series 200, Cyr has never raced at Autodrome St-Eustache.  “I’ve never even seen the place,” he admitted.  “I have a plan in my head on how to attack the race track, but we could get there and have to scrub the whole thing.  It’s a situation where you have to think a lot.”

Patrick Laperle at St-Eustache in May

Laperle is now focusing his efforts on the Série ACT Castrol title chase in his native Canada, and currently ranks fourth overall on the strength of six top-ten finishes.  The St-Denis, QC racer was within 15 laps of winning an event at Autodrome St-Eustache in May before he crashed with Sylvain Lacombe.

“I think our car will be in better shape for the 200 this weekend than it was in the spring,” Laperle said.  “We could have won the last time we raced at St-Eustache, but now the car is performing the best it has been all year.”

Cyr and Laperle share a common goal in aiming at the $6,000 top prize in the ACTion Super Series 200.

“The money in the Super Series races is always good,” said Cyr.  “It’s nice to win any race, but Super Series wins are a better reward for all of the hard work the team puts in on the car.”

Laperle agreed, saying, “I won a Super Series race (2005 Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road), and the money is good for a small family team like mine.  I hope I do well in front of my home crowd at St-Eustache and win that money.”

Cyr and Laperle will square off against each other and the likes of Lacombe brothers Sylvain and Martin of Terrebonne, QC, Brent Dragon and Scott Payea of Milton, VT, Donald Theetge of Boischatel, QC, and Groveton, NH’s Randy Potter.  Also gunning for the win will be “Rocket” Roger Brown of Lancaster, NH, winner of the TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford Plains last Sunday.  Qualifying events for the ACTion Super Series 200 are scheduled to begin at 5:30pm.  Autodrome St-Eustache is located on Boulevard Arthur-Sauvé in St-Eustache, QC, just outside of Montréal and Laval.  More information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit