Showdown at Chaudiere

Laperle Dominates Showdown at Chaudiere
U.S. Team Takes Team Bonus

St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle dominated the third annual American-Canadian Tour (ACT) “Showdown at Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec on Saturday, August 28. The special all-star race featured 12 of the top drivers from the Quebec-based Série ACT Castrol Edge against 12 of the top drivers from the American-based ACT Late Model Tour.

Laperle started on the pole position after earning a +5 handicap in ACT’s plus-minus handicap system. The U.S. team earned the outside pole thanks to six-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont, who would lead the first 32 laps. Laperle would take the lead from Hoar on a lap 32 restart and would proceed to lap all but the top three while leading the last 167 laps.

Fellow Quebecer Donald Theetge earned the runner-up position after battling the majority of the event with Hoar. Hoar would earn third while Groveton, New Hampshire’s Randy Potter finished fourth after going down a lap with under 10 laps remaining. ACT Late Model Tour Rookie Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine completed the top five.

Current Série ACT Castrol Edge point leader Karl Allard took sixth, Série ACT Castrol Edge rookie Alex Labbe finished seventh, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. eighth, Brent Dragon ninth and 2010 Thunder Road Late Model Champion Nick Sweet rounded out the top ten.

The U.S. team earned the $6,000 bonus ($500 for each of the 12 drivers) with a score of 143, while Canada earned 157. Points were awarded to each team based on its twelve driver’s finishes. The winner earned one point, second two, third three, etc. The team with the lowest score earned the win.

The 200 lap Showdown event was completed in 59 minutes and 47 seconds. It was completed with just three cautions, the final one coming on lap 77. Laperle used the remaining 123 laps to build up an 11 second margin of victory.

The ACT Late Model Tour will be back in action next Sunday, September 5 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont for the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic. It will be the 11th point counting event of the 2010 Tour schedule.

The next Série ACT Castrol Edge event will be the 11th and final event of the 2010 season. It will also be the third trip to Autodrome Ste-Eustache in Ste-Eustache, Quebec for the 300 lap event on Sunday, September 26.

Showdown at Chaudiere
ACT Late Model Tour/Série ACT Castrol Edge
Autodrome Chaudiere – Vallee-Jonction, QC
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Unofficial Results
Pos   S.Pos      Car #     Driver                          Hometown                    Laps

1              1      91QC     Patrick Laperle            St-Denis, QC                    200

2              8      80QC     Donald Theetge          Quebec, QC                     200

3              2       37VT     Brian Hoar                  Williston, VT                    200

4              3      02NH     Randy Potter               Groveton, NH                   199

5              4      57ME    #Austin Theriault        Fort Kent, ME                  199

6            18      48QC     Karl Allard                   Saint-Felicien, QC            199

7            11      36QC     #Alex Labbé                St-Albert, QC                   199

8            22      97NH     Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.  Hudson, NH                      199

9            12       55VT     Brent Dragon              Milton, VT                        199

10            5       88VT     Nick Sweet                  Barre, VT                         199

11            6      51QC     Patrick Hamel             St-Edouard, QC                199

12          16      21QC     Jean-François Déry     Quebec, QC                     199

13          23       16VT     Joey Becker                 Jeffersonville, VT             198

14          15       41VT     Pete Potvin III              Graniteville, VT               198

15            9        9VT      Chip Grenier               Graniteville, VT               198

16          13      97QC     Jacques Poulin             East Broughton, QC         198

17          21       15VT     Joey Laquerre             E. Montpelier, VT            195

18          20      74QC     Gaëtan Lauzier            St-Pacome, QC                194

19          14      11QC     Claude Leclerc            Lanoraie, QC                   172

20          24      92QC     Jonathan Desbiens      Levis, QC                          119

21            7      04ME    TJ Watson                    Cundy's Harbor, ME        110

22          10       5QC      Patrick Cliche              St-Jean-Chrystome, QC     93

23          19      95QC     #Jimmy Cormier         Princeville, QC                   87

24          17       4ME     #Bradley Babb            Windham, ME                   37