Contributed by: ACT Staff
A huge cast of Late Model stock car racing stars will flock to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sunday, August 31 for the 30th running of the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200. The $5,000-to-win event is the tenth of 12 races for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT), and will feature the region’s top short track talent, as many
ACT Late Model Tour point leader Scott Payea of Milton, VT and second-place Patrick Laperle of Montréal will continue a heated battle for the ACT championship. Each is a multi-time winner at Thunder Road, and the pair fought for a recent victory at New Hampshire’s White Mountain Motorsports Park before late contact sent both drivers to the rear of the field. Payea, who won the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road in May, and Laperle, the 2007 Chittenden Bank Milk Bowl winner, enter the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 separated by 51 points (671-620).
Seven-time and defending ACT champion Jean-Paul Cyr, also from Milton, VT, sits just seven points behind Laperle in third place. Brent Dragon, Payea and Cyr’s Milton, VT neighbor, is in a tight fourth-place battle with defending Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 winner John Donahue of Graniteville, VT, and New Hampshire drivers Randy Potter of Groveton and young Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk of Hudson. The four drivers are only 11 points apart. Turner, ME’s Glen Luce, Barre, VT rookie Nick Sweet, and Scott Dragon of Milton, VT complete the top ten in order.