Contributed by: ACT Staff
AIRBORNE AMERICAN RACER THREE STARS AWARDED
SPRING GREEN 116
The three stars are chosen by officials and winners will receive certificates for the use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.
The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition.
RECAP: There were lots of highlights on what has become one of the raciest tracks for Late Model racing in the Northeast. A 29-car field took green under predictions of rain anytime. Over 30 minutes were lost by a couple of rain delays, but the racing was some of the best we have seen at Airborne. The best of the SERIE ACT and the best of the US ACT battled for the 42nd Spring Green 116. The racing was some of the most competitive and exciting of the current season. A major shuffle in points has occurred again with the outcome. It has been an exciting first third of the season, with four different winners on four different length tracks.
42ND SPRING GREEN 116
WAYNE HELLIWELL, JR., Dover, NH— 27NH — The “Champ” continues to have some lousy luck getting his season in usual form. Over the last few years Airborne has been good for this veteran racer and defending ACT Champion, but not this Spring Green 116. While positioning the 27NH in his usual conservative position, in anticipation of the final 30 +/- laps, Wayne was placed to the rear for contact with a checked-up car. With only a few of the 29 starters having retired past the half-way mark, and the constant threat of a shortened rain delay, the 27NH made an impressive charge to the front in the final 40 laps to salvage a top 10 at the finish. Combined with a last practice session flat on a race tire, the bad luck seemed to plague the 27NH all day. For their persistence and effort, and in spite of the disappointment, the 27NH team is awarded an American Racer Star award for the Spring Green 116.
BOBBY THERRIEN, HINESBURG, VT – 5VT, — The second American Racer Star of the Race award goes to the team that lead the Tour points into the Spring Green at Airborne. A solid favorite to win the event, especially given his recent success at Airborne, Bobby T was positioning himself in the first 30 laps to have another great day. A steady ride among the top teams seemed like the place to be as everyone was aware of the weather and looking to position for the “what if” this gets shortened. In the early caution the 5VT took heavy damage in the “sandwich” wreck from a car behind him and another in front. He had to retire at lap 50. The racing was intense ad doubled up and there really was just bad luck for the Therrien team. The leader going into the weekend, Bobby ended up finishing in the last position at the Spring Green. The good news is that things are so close this season, the 5VT is still less than 50 points away from first, only 45 points sitting in 5th heading to Waterford, CT. For the bad luck, the choice for a Star Award easily favored the Fast One-Subway team for what was the worst luck of the season.
DEVIN O’CONNELL, Madison, CT – 1VT— 2016 Rookie of the Year candidate Devin O’Connell visited the fast ½ mile at Airborne for the very first time. The field included even more talent than usual,with several of the best of the SERIE ACT teams traveling to Airborne from Quebec to join with the ACT US teams, all with lots of laps at Airborne. The Hallstrom-led team of O’Connell have a first half season game plan, and it played out perfectly at Airborne. First, get into races - then, get lots of laps for experience - and finally, not worry about position finishes for the first half of the year. This was played to a very positive result for the 1VT team. Starting 26th in what was perhaps the highest-rated competitive feature field of the ACT season so far, the skilled rookie moved throughout the race, and finished in the lead lap with 116 laps. His respectable 14th place finish puts him in the lead for the Rookie of the Year title by 1 point, and the next race is taking place a whole lot closer to his home in Connecticut than Plattsburgh, NY! (New London-Waterford Speedbowl this Saturday night). The American Racer Star of the Race Award is given to Devin O’Connell for a lead lap finish at a very fast and competitive race, under what was not the most ideal conditions with rain delays and a full field with additional talent added to the field.