Robbie Thompson Aims for $6,000 Victory at Kawartha Speedway

Robbie Thompson is one of Ontario's leading candidates for ACT victory at Kawartha this weekend

Late Model stock car driver Robbie Thompson of South Hampton, Ontario is anxious to get his name into the record books as an American-Canadian Tour (ACT) race winner.  Thompson will take his best shot at the $6,000 winner’s share of the $50,000 ACTion Super Series “Summer Sizzler 200” at Fraserville, ON’s Kawartha Speedway on Saturday at 6:00 pm.

“I want to win this race bad, the whole team does,” said Thompson, driver of the Shear Metal Products/McColl Racing Ford Fusion.  “We’ve done very well in the big shows at Kawartha in the last few years, and it would mean a lot to get our first ACT win there.”

Thompson, 35, is a two-time champion of the ALSTAR Late Model Series in Ontario, and has race wins at tracks throughout the province.  In ACT Late Model Tour events at two of the toughest tracks on the 2007 schedule, Thompson established himself as a contender.  After picking an impressive season debut at the 5/8-mile paperclip-shaped Circuit Ste-Croix near Québec City in June, he brought home a sixth-place finish from 28th starting position in the ACTion Super Series 200 at the flat 4/10-mile Autodrome St-Eustache (Montréal) in July.  He also owns a trio of runner-up finishes at Kawartha Speedway, including the Summer Sizzler in 2005 and a 100-lap Late Model race last month.

Robbie Thompson

“We’ve run well this year with our new car, and we’re very confident that we can compete with the ACT leaders at Kawartha,” said Thompson.  “Jean-Paul Cyr, Roger Brown, and Joey Pole each have some experience at Kawartha, but I think I might have the home advantage still.”

Cyr, Brown, and Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk tested the track in 2004 in various events, and currently occupy positions one, three, and six, respectively, in ACT Late Model Tour point standings.  Cyr, of Milton, Vermont, is a six-time and defending champion of the series.  New Hampshire racers Brown (Lancaster) and Polewarczyk (Hudson) have each scored major event wins stateside in 2007.  Other likely contenders for the $6,000 Summer Sizzler 200 victory include Vermont veterans Brent Dragon (Milton) and Robbie Crouch (Burlington), New Hampshire hotshoes Randy Potter (Groveton) and Jamie Aube (Concord), Québec’s Donald Theetge and Montréal’s Patrick Laperle, and Ontarians Larry Jackson of Oakville, Dan McHattie of Cavan, Steve Munro of Carp, and Linc Brown of Coburn.

Green flag qualifying action for the $50,000 ACTion Super Series 200 begins at 6:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 15.  A chicken barbecue and dance with live entertainment ignites the Sizzler weekend festivities on Friday at 7:00 pm.  Kawartha Speedway is located on County Road 28 in Fraserville, ON, just minutes from the city of Peterborough.  For more information on the Summer Sizzler 200, call ACT at (802) 244-6963 or visit