Contributed by: ACT Staff
More than 40 American-Canadian Tour Late Models take practice laps
Jeff Martin, Jr. of Moretown, VT won a wild two-segment race for the Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior division at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Saturday, as part of the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 program. Martin won the first 10-lap segment, then finished second in the second segment for a total low score of three points. Mike “Biffer” Gay of South Burlington, VT finished second overall with segment finishes of second and third for a total score of five points. Graniteville, VT’s Travis Hull, the division’s unofficial point leader, took third place honors after finishes of fifth and first for a total score of six points.
Cabot, VT driver Ken Christman finished fourth overall (seven points) ahead of Williamstown, VT’s Lance Donald (13 points). Kevin Dodge of Barre, VT, Neal Foster of Waterbury, VT, Graniteville, VT’s Mark LaFleche, Bryan Nykiel of Berlin, VT, and Michael Stearns of Johnson, VT completed the unofficial overall top ten in order.
Jamie Davis of Wolcott, VT walked away uninjured from a scary rollover in Turn 3 during the second 10-lap segment.
Forty-four American-Canadian Tour Championship Late Models from New England and eastern Canada took laps during an optional practice session for Sunday’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, with more expected to arrive on Sunday morning. The Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 pays $5,000 to the winner, plus bonuses, and the point standings following the race will determine the top 11 drivers that will compete against Canada’s top 11 Serie ACT Castrol drivers in the first-ever Coors Light 200 “Showdown at Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jct., QC on Sat., Sept. 6.
Thunder Road’s NAPA Tiger Sportsman and Allen Lumber Street Stock divisions were also in action. Rookie Chris Lacey of Burlington, VT earned his first-ever Sportsman qualifying heat win, with Brian Delphia of Duxbury, VT and Tom Therrien of Hinesburg, VT winning the other two qualifying heats. Rick Garand of Middlesex, VT won the consolation round. David Greenslit of Waitsfield, VT and Tommy “Thunder” Smith of Williamstown, VT won the Street Stock qualifiers. The last-chance “B” Feature for the Sportsman class will be held on Sunday, along with main events for the Sportsman and Street Stocks. The Junkyard Warrior division will also have a second feature event on Sunday.
General admission for the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 is $25 for adults and just $5 for children (6-12). Opening ceremonies begin at 1:00pm on Sunday, August 31 with qualifying action for the American-Canadian Tour at 1:30pm. For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com or www.acttour.com.
UNOFFICIAL FINISH – Bond Auto Junkyard Warrior Feature
Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT – Saturday, August 30, 2008
1. Jeff Martin, Jr., Moretown – 3
2. Mike Gay, South Burlington – 5
3. Travis Hull, Graniteville – 6
4. Ken Christman, Cabot – 7
5. Lance Donald, Williamstown – 13
6. Kevin Dodge, Barre – 14
7. Neal Foster, Waterbury – 15
8. Mark LaFleche, Graniteville – 17
9. Bryan Nykiel, Berlin – 17
10. Michael Stearns, Johnson – 21
11. Justin Gay, Barre – 21
12. Jamie Davis, Wolcott – 23
13. Scott Weston, Berlin – 26
14. Justin Prescott, Williston – 27
15. Dale Bickford, Lyndonville – 28
16. Fred Schroeder, Bristol – 30