Contributed by: ACT Staff
The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients.
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.
BRMS THREE STARS
The annual return to Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (BRMS) was as good as it always has been over the years. It was 33 years ago that the hard-packed clay oval was turned to asphalt when the Cusack family purchased the 1/3 mile Scarborough track. The racing has always been exceptionally good, and this past Saturday night proved to be the same. It took just over 38 minutes, with just two yellows, for the ACT cars to run their 100 laps with three different and interesting races. The battle between the front row with Eddie MacDonald and Brad Babb turned into a 100 lap classic battle. It was definitely a two -way battle but any race fan would have been glued to the battle these two raced from green to checkers. After trading places Brad Babb finally took the lead for the final time and earned his first win of the season. The former BRMS PRO-SLM Pro-SLM Champion admitted that he had a definite “home track” advantage. The Championship point battle continues to rage on with the top three cars, Sweet, Payea and MacDonald separated by just 20 points going into the final three events at Oxford Plains over HP Hood 250 weekend, back to Beech Ridge for a 200 lap grind in September, and then Thompson Speedway for the season ending event.
ROWLAND ROBINSON, Jr., Steuben,, ME— 28ME — After a strong beginning of the season for the family Robinson team, engine problems began showing up, and finally cost the 28ME some valuable points and positions. Known for the past number of years as the team that travels to Tour races longer than any other teams, sometimes that decision to hook and haul is a difficult one to make when things are not going in the right direction. The Robinson team preserved and certainly got things going at Beech Ridge with a solid 10th place effort. With Oxford and Beech Ridge being two of the final three events, the 28ME team may still travel the longest distance, but his finishes on the two Maine tracks should end his 2016 touring efforts with solid finishes. The American Racer Star is once again well-deserved by this independent family team.
BOBBY THERRIEN, Hinesburg, VT –5VT— The Pete Duto led team got off to a great start with an opening day win at the Oxford Plains Speedway last April. They have also been in top five in points all season with very steady runs in nearly each event of the season. Easily the car that made the most progress from a starting position of 15th and competed in the third group of 6-7 teams at the Ridge throughout the 100 laps to finish 7th . This is a team that keeps digging to try and find the right combination, and with a return to Oxford in a few weeks, it would not be a surprise to see the Therrien/Duto team jump to the front in that 100 lap dual the night before the ‘”250”. Good equipment, skilled driver, and dedicated effort should show some late season success for the FASTONE team as the season winds down.
RICH DUBEAU, Lebanon, NH –30NH – The 2015 Rookie of the Year is stringing together a good number of solid top 10 finishes. As a goal for a sophomore driver that has elected to go out on tour, that is about as good a position as anybody could expect. There was no sophomore jinx for Rich and his crew which is usually the norm but has been the exception in tour racing for this young team. Consistently good finishes has positioned this team to finish the 2016 season with a solid effort. The two events left in Maine should serve this team well and their attitude plays a huge part in their success. Congratulations to the 30NH team for receiving yet another American Racer Star of the race award at Beech Ridge.