Friday, August 03 2007 @ 02:15 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Braintree, Vermont’s Kip Stockwell made good use of his Calkins/Pelletier Quick Lube 50 starting position Thursday night to run to a convincing win in the ACT Late Model main event. The veteran racer, who returned to the high banked, quarter-mile oval in 2007 after several years of competition with the former Busch North Series started fourth in the 24 car field. At the drop of the green flag Stockwell surged into second. He took the lead from Brooks Clark, who started on the outside of the front row, on the eighth circuit.
|Kip Stockwell takes win #2 in 2007
Once at the head of the field Stockwell was not seriously challenged even following a pair of mid-race restarts. Both times former Thunder Road champion, Dave Whitcomb tried the outside line around Stockwell. Not finding the high groove to his liking, the Essex Jct, VT driver settled into the runner-up spot, a position he would not relinquish.
Pole sitter, Rusty Berger from Williston, VT turned in a career best finish with a third. Winooski, VT driver Jerry Lesage was fourth and Barre’s Mike “Beetle” Bailey rounded out the top five. The division’s top three point men, Jamie Fisher, Dave Pembroke and Cris Michaud were mired back in the field with none cracking the top 15. In spite of their sub-par performances all three remain at the top of the standings.
The long awaited return of multi-time ACT Tour Champion, Robbie Crouch from Tampa, FL was realized in Thursday night’s Calkins/Pelletier Quick Lube 50. Crouch, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer prior to the start of the race season made his racing debut a few weeks ago at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway in the TD Banknorth 250. Thursday’s event was his first at Thunder Road in a decade. He and Trampas Demers from Shelburne, VT were involved in a lap 29 incident which ended both of their night’s early.
Completing the top ten finishers were Shawn Fleury in sixth, John Donahue, Clark, Dwayne Lanphear and Pete Fecteau.