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Star-Studded Field Ready for Thunder Road Bond Auto Labor Day Classic

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

Scott Payea

as 50 or more championship-caliber drivers.

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.

Three-Man “King of the Road” Battle Concludes Thursday at Thunder Road

Three Vermont Late Model stock car drivers will slug it out for the 2008 “King of the Road” Track Championship at Barre’s Thunder Road on Thursday night, as NAPA Auto Parts and Make-A-Wish present the final regular weekly event of the season at 6:30pm.  Eric Williams of Hyde Park holds a narrow 16-point lead over two three-time champions, Cris Michaud of Northfield and Montpelier’s Phil Scott, who are deadlocked in a second-place tie entering the final 50-lap race.

“I don’t lay awake at night thinking about the championship, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to win it,” says Williams.

“We’re racing for the win on Thursday; I think that’s the only way any of us will win the title,” said Michaud.

“I’m in a good position,” says Scott.  “There’s no pressure on me.”

Maine’s Glen Luce Knocking on the Door at Thunder Road’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic

Glen Luce of Turner, ME is seemingly on the verge of capturing his first-ever American-Canadian Tour Late Model stock car victory.  The 20-year racing veteran is in his first full season of ACT competition, and after a steep learning curve early in the year, feels that he’s ready to break into victory lane.  He wants to do it at the 30th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sunday, August 31.

“We’re knocking on the door (of the first win); we’ve got a lot of momentum,” said Luce.  “We hit on something at Airborne, and we’ve been gaining confidence ever since.  We’ve been contenders almost everywhere, and we’ve been shown a lot of respect on and off the track.  It feels good.”

Luce finished fourth at Airborne Speedway (NY) in May, then posted finishes of fifth at his home track, Oxford Plains (ME) Speedway in June and sixth at the most recent ACT Late Model Tour event at White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire last weekend.  He currently ranks eighth in the championship point standings with his K&K Excavation/Glen Luce Trucking #7ME Chevrolet.  In between his ACT successes, Luce finished as the runner-up to former Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick at the prestigious TD Banknorth 250 at Oxford in July.