Contributed by: ACT Staff
Glen Luce of Turner, ME is seemingly on the verge of capturing his first-ever American-Canadian Tour Late Model stock car victory. The 20-year racing veteran is in his first full season of ACT competition, and after a steep learning curve early in the year, feels that he’s ready to break into victory lane. He wants to do it at the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sunday, August 31.
“We’re knocking on the door (of the first win); we’ve got a lot of momentum,” said Luce. “We hit on something at Airborne, and we’ve been gaining confidence ever since. We’ve been contenders almost everywhere, and we’ve been shown a lot of respect on and off the track. It feels good.”
Luce finished fourth at Airborne Speedway (NY) in May, then posted finishes of fifth at his home track, Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway in June and sixth at the most recent ACT Late Model Tour event at White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire last weekend. He currently ranks eighth in the championship point standings with his K&K Excavation/Glen Luce Trucking #7ME Chevrolet. In between his ACT successes, Luce finished as the runner-up to former Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick at the prestigious TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford in July.
“The Thunder Road regulars have an advantage at the Bond Auto race, sort of like I have at Oxford,” explained Luce. “Thunder Road is a hard track to get a hold on, but 200 laps is my kind of race. My driving style has changed completely this year, and I love the long races. I’ve run Thunder Road four times now and we have some notes to fall back on. It would mean a lot to get my first ACT win there in front of all those great Vermont fans… And the money’s good in that race, too, which doesn’t hurt.”
Luce will face a strong contingent – as many as 50 or more – at the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, August 31. Among the contenders are top championship point drivers Scott Payea, Jean-Paul Cyr, and Brent Dragon, all from Milton, VT, Montréal driver Patrick Laperle, New Hampshire hotshoes Randy Potter and Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, and Thunder Road regulars Eric Williams, Cris Michaud, Dave Pembroke, and Phil Scott. John Donahue of Graniteville, VT won the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 in 2007, and also has an ACT win at Thunder Road this season.
Discount advance sale tickets are available at all 36 Bond Auto Parts locations in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, with a savings of $5 from the adult ticket front gate price. General admission at the gate is $25 for adults and just $5 for children (6-12). Practice for the ACT Late Model Tour and local division qualifying will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 1:30pm, with qualifying action for the ACT Late Model Tour beginning at 1:30pm on Sunday, Aug. 31. For more information, call (802) 244-6963, or visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com or www.acttour.com.