Contributed by: ACT Staff
Patrick Laperle earned a $5,000 payday at the Coors Light 200 Showdown at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, QC on Saturday night, after winning the non-points, all-star invitational stock car event for the U.S.-based American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model Championship Series and the Quebec/Ontario-based Serie ACT Castrol. Laperle started 11th on the 22-car grid and survived a scrape with Donald Theetge on the 142nd lap, then cruised to the win over Alexandre Gingras.
As regulars of the ACT Late Model Tour, Laperle, of St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, QC, and Theetge, of Boischatel, QC, both represented the 11-car U.S. team and were dicing for the lead when Theetge cut down on Laperle entering Turn 1. Theetge, the race leader, spun his car and brought out the race’s seventh and final caution period, while Laperle stayed under control.
Gingras of Val-Belair, QC was running closely with Theetge and Laperle at the time, and inherited the lead as a result of Theetge’s spin. He led lap 143 after the restart, then finished second behind Laperle. Gingras was the top-finishing Serie ACT Castrol/Team Canada driver in second place. Brent Dragon of Milton, VT finished third for the U.S team. ACT Late Model Tour point leader Scott Payea, also of Milton, VT, finished fourth ahead of St-Felicien, QC driver Karl Allard of the Serie ACT Castrol.
Allard, the polesitter, and Groveton, NH’s Randy Potter traded the lead six times over the opening 17 laps, and battled each other throughout the balance of the Coors Light 200 Showdown. Potter eventually finished sixth behind Allard. John Donahue of Graniteville, VT finished seventh ahead of Theetge, who recovered to finish eighth, the final car on the lead lap. Claude Leclerc of Lanoraie, QC and rookie Patrick Hamel ofSt-Edouard-de-Lotbiniere, QC rounded out the unofficial top ten finishers.
Goodyear Tire posted a bonus worth more than $5,000 in free race tires to the team that scored the lowest overall score, which went to the U.S. team. A point system was kept to determine the winning team, with one point going to Laperle for his first-place finish, two points to Gingras for finishing second, three points to Dragon, etc. With the unofficial results tallied, the U.S. team beat the Canadians, 106-147.
The ACT Late Model Tour is back in action at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 13. The Serie ACT Castrol’s championship season concludes on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Autodrome St-Eustache near Montreal. For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.acttour.com or www.laserieactcastrol.com.
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – Coors Light 200 Showdown at Chaudiere
American-Canadian Tour/Serie ACT Castrol All-Star Invitational event
Autodrome Chaudiere – Vallee-Jct., QC – Saturday, September 6, 2008
(# - denotes rookie)
1. (11) Patrick Laperle, St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, QC – USA – 200
2. (6) Alexandre Gingras, Val-Belair, QC – Canada – 200
3. (10) Brent Dragon, Milton, VT – USA – 200
4. (17) Scott Payea, Milton, VT – USA – 200
5. (1) Karl Allard, St-Felicien, QC – Canada – 200
6. (2) Randy Potter, Groveton, NH – USA – 200
7. (7) John Donahue, Graniteville, VT – USA – 200
8. (8) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, QC – USA – 200
9. (13) Claude Leclerc, Lanoraie, QC – Canada – 199
10. (12) # Patrick Hamel, St-Edouard-de-Lotbiniere, QC – Canada – 199
11. (5) Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT – USA – 198
12. (9) Scott Dragon, Milton, VT – USA – 198
13. (21) Jonathan Desbiens, Levis, QC – Canada – 198
14. (19) Yvon Bedard, St-Nicolas, QC – Canada – 198
15. (18) # Spencer MacPherson, Carleton Place, ON – Canada – 195
16. (15) Martin Lacombe, Terrebonne, QC – Canada – 193
17. (3) Pete Potvin, III, Graniteville, VT – USA – 193
18. (4) # Nick Sweet, Barre, VT – USA – 140
19. (22) Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH – USA – 28
20. (14) Jean-Francois Dery, Quebec, QC – Canada – 3
21. (16) Dany Ouellet, La Pocatiere, QC – Canada – 3
22. (20) Stephane Durand, Quebec, QC – Canada – 3
Goodyear Tire Bonus:
Winner – Team USA – 106 points (Team Canada – 147 points)