Contributed by: ACT Staff
A pair of Vermont stock car drivers will team up for the New England Dodge Dealers 150 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, as Phil Scott of Montpelier sits in for South Burlington driver Trampas Demers in the Jiffy Mart #85VT Chevrolet. Demers’ car owner, Charlie Smith, ranks 21st in American-Canadian Tour Late Model Owner’s Championship standings, less than 100 points from the Top 10 with two events remaining. Demers is overseas on business, and Scott, the 2002 ACT champion, was called upon by Smith to take the seat at Oxford.
“We’re excited to have Phil Scott step in while Trampas is gone,” said Smith. “Obviously, Trampas would rather race himself, but given the circumstances, we figured we would ask a veteran driver that is capable of giving us some positive feedback on the race car. Phil is very good, he’s not a driver that tears up equipment, and we’re not just going to take a lap and pull him off the track. We’re headed to Oxford with every good piece we have, just as though Trampas were driving.”
Scott will be the third pilot of the #85VT car this season, as both Demers and his father, veteran racer Dennis Demers, have tallied points for the team. Scott, on the other hand, has already raced for two other car owners this season, himself and Pete Duto. Duto’s ride sits seventh in Owner’s Championship standings with a combined driving effort from Scott and Brad Leighton.
“Honestly, I was shocked when Trampas and Charlie asked me to drive for them,” said Scott. “It takes a lot of character for a race car driver to trust someone else with his car, and I have a lot of respect for Trampas and Charlie asking me to fill in. It’s an honor, really, and I’ll go to Oxford and try to win the race for them.”
ACT Late Model Tour point leader Scott Payea of Milton, VT leads Montréal’s Patrick Laperle by 42 points, 750-708, entering the New England Dodge Dealers 150 on Saturday. Seven-time ACT champion Jean-Paul Cyr ranks third at 681 points, with John Donahue (649) and Randy Potter (641) completing the top five. Other star drivers expected include Brent Dragon, top-ten ACT driver and former Oxford Plains Speedway standout Glen Luce, and recent Oxford ACT winners Ricky Rolfe and Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. Newly-crowned OPS track champion Travis Adams has also filed an entry for the New England Dodge Dealers 150, a race in which he earned his first-ever ACT Late Model Tour victory last year.
Qualifying action for the ACT Late Model Tour’s New England Dodge Dealers 150 begins at 2:00pm on Saturday, Sept. 13. Oxford Plains Speedway is located on Route 26 in Oxford, ME. For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.acttour.com.