Brad Leighton Wins Summer Sizzler 200 at Kawartha Speedway

Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, NH captured his second ACT Tour victory of the 2009 season in the Summer Sizzler 200 at Kawartha Speedway in Peterborough, ON. Leighton started on the outside pole with a plus four handicap in ACT’s plus/minus system and led until Patrick Laperle took control on lap 27.

Laperle wouldn’t hold the lead for long as Randy Potter got by him on lap 56. Potter and Laperle then battled until a caution flag on lap 92 when Potter along with several other cars pitted for fresh tires and gas. Laperle would not be contested again until Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. caught him on lap 113.

Laperle and Pole rubbed fenders until lap 139 when Laperle lost the lead for good. It then appeared that Pole was going to run away from the field until a caution on lap 181 grouped them back together and brought Potter within striking distance. Pole and Potter then swapped the lead through three more late restarts until Potter had issues on the lap 189 restart.

Leighton took advantage of Potter’s mishap and got by Pole for the final lead change on lap 191. Pole would hang on to finish second followed by ACT Tour point leader Scott Payea in third. Karl Allard and Jonathan Urlin finished fourth and fifth. Brian Hoar, Patrick Laperle, Dave Morgan, Brandon Watson and Chip Grenier filled out the sixth through tenth positions.

Leighton scored his first victory of the season at the ACT Tour opener at Lee USA Speedway in April, where he received the first invite to the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 19th. Therefore the total number of qualifiers remains at eleven.

The ACT Tour has next weekend off but many of them will make the trip to Oxford Plains Speedway for the Oxford 250 on Sunday, July 19th. The next ACT Tour event will be at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME on Saturday, July 25th.

Unofficial ACT Summer Sizzler 200

Pos         Car #      Driver

1              55NH     Brad Leighton

2              97NH     Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.

3              89           Scott Payea

4              48QC     Karl Allard

5              4              Jonathan Urlin

6              37           Brian Hoar

7              91           Patrick Laperle

8              70           Dave Morgan

9              19           Brandon Watson

10           9VT        Chip Grenier

11           51ME     Ricky Rolfe

12           80           Donald Theetge

13           15           Derek Lynch

14           71           Dan McHattie

15           72           Pete Vanderwyst

16           25           Cole Powell

17           26VT      John Donahue

18           17ON     Justin Holtom

19           7ME       Glen Luce

20           3              Sylvain Lacombe

21           11PQ     Claude Leclerc

22           2              Daniel Descoste

23           02NH     Randy Potter

24           41           Pete Potvin, III

25           10QC     Stéphane Descoste

26           38VT      Tyler Cahoon

27           8              Mike Sinopoli

28           1              Nick Sinopoli

29           81           Bryan Mercer

30           31           Spencer MacPherson

31           16           Ryan Kimball

32           07           Tim Kirby

33           5              Darragh Moroney

34           77           Tim Fernandes

35           40VT      Eric Chase

36           55VT      Brent Dragon

37           67           Yvon Bédard