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Laperle, Dragon, Williams Honored at ACT/Thunder Road Banquet of Champions

American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model driver Patrick Laperle from Montreal was honored as a first time winner of the United States ACT Championship at the annual Banquet of Champions on Saturday night at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, VT. Over 500 teams and fans celebrated with Laperle, as he became the first Canadian driver to win the ACT title since Jr. Hanley took the honors in 1995. Laperle is the first Quebec driver to ever win the US championship. Laperle won the ACT Canadian Serie Castrol championship in 2007. Laperle beat Milton, Vermont driver Scott Payea for the 2008 US title by a single point in the final race of the year. He had to win his third Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road last fall to win the ACT title.

            The 40th winner of the prestigious MacTavish Award was given to Milton, Vermont’s Brent Dragon. The award named for legendary New England racer Don MacTavish, who lost his life racing at the Daytona Int’l Speedway in 1969, made Dragon the third member of the first family of racing in Vermont to be honored with receiving the MacTavish, following wins by his father Harmon “Beaver’ Dragon in 1979, and uncle Bobby Dragon in 1983.

            Thunder Road International Speedbowl crowned Hyde Park, VT’s Eric Williams the 2008 ‘King of the Road’. Williams had previously won titles in the ACT NAPA Sportsman division at both Airborne Speedway and Thunder Road. Williams captured the 2008 Late Model crown on the final race of the year by only 3 points over multi time track champion from Montpelier VT, Phil Scott.

2009 50th Anniversary Thunder Road Schedule






 1. Sun., May 03 - ACT Late Model Tour – 1:30
  2. Sun., May 24 -  Memorial Day Classic (ACT Tour/True Value Mods) – 1:30
  3.. Thu., June 11 -  Weekly Event – 6:30
  4. Thu., June 18 - Weekly Event – 6:30
  5. Thu., June 25 - Vermont Governor’s Cup 100 (NHMS Qualifier) – 6:00
  6. Thu., July 02 - Holiday Fireworks – 6:30
  7. Sun., July 05 - 50th Anniversary Celebration – 5:00
  8. Thu., July 09 - Weekly  Event – 6:30
  9. Thu., July 16 - Mid-Season Championships – 6:30
10. Thu., July 23 - Weekly Event – 6:30
11. Thu., July 30 - Weekly Event Event – 6:30
12. Sun., Aug. 02 - Enduro 250 (Street Stock/Warrior Special) – 6:00
13. Thu., Aug. 06 - Weekly Event – 6:30
14. Thu., Aug. 13 - Weekly Event – 6:30
15. Thu., Aug. 20 - Weekly Event – 6:30
16. Thu., Aug. 27 - 50th Anniversary Finale Celebration – 6:30
17. Sun., Sept. 06 - Labor Day Classic 200 (ACT Late Model Tour) – 1:30
18. Sat., Sept 26 - Qualifying Day – 1:30
      Sun., Sept. 27 - Milk Bowl – 1:30

Schedule subject to change

Banquet of Champions Information

When: Saturday, January 10, 2009 – Social Hour at 6:00pm, Dinner at 7:00pm

Where: Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, VT

Dress Code: Semi-Formal – no jeans, t-shirts, or ball caps

Tickets: Please contact the ACT/Thunder Road office at (802) 244-6963 to request ticket order forms.  Tickets are $38.00 each.  DEADLINE – THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2009.  Reservations will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis, according to availability.  NO reservations will be accepted without payment, and reservations are subject to immediate cancellation if payment is not honored by the bank.  Reservations WILL NOT be accepted over the phone, and NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR – YOU MUST PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT – TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ATTENDANCE.  For planning purposes, seating is assigned and tables are arranged in rounds of 10 persons per table.

Rooms: If you wish to reserve overnight guest rooms, please contact the Sheraton before December 10 to receive a special rate of $82.00 per room.  Call 1-800-325-3535 and request the ACT Room Block.