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Donahue Scores First Win at Thunder Road’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200

Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 winner "Irish" John Donahue (Stephane Lazare photo)

American-Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car racer “Irish” John Donahue of Graniteville, VT scored an upset first career win in the $50,000 ACTion Super Series 29th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl on Sunday afternoon.  Donahue battled polesitter and race leader Scott Payea of Milton, VT for 94 laps before taking over for good and driving virtually uncontested to a victory worth more than $6,000.

“It seems like we couldn’t do anything wrong all day,” Donahue beamed in the winner’s circle.  “We finally got a Tour win, and we did it at Thunder Road.  Yes!”

On a day when his main sponsor, the National Guard, swore in a group of new soldiers in a pre-race ceremony led by Vermont Adjutant General Michael Dubie, Donahue controlled his Ford Fusion through lapped traffic with ease.  Despite three restarts bunching the field after he took the lead, no other driver was able to keep pace with Donahue.

Groveton, NH veteran Randy Potter made a late charge after pitting for fresh right side tires on lap 135, and passed perennial ACT Late Model Tour Champion Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT for second place with 14 laps remaining.  Cyr earned his ninth top-five finish in ten season starts with a third-place effort.  Brent Dragon, also from Milton, VT, finished a strong fourth on the outside lane.  Turner, ME’s Ben Rowe scored a career-best Thunder Road result in fifth place.

Weston Wins Saturday Bond Auto Warrior Feature at Thunder Road

Forty-Seven ACT Late Models Swell Pit Area

Hometown stock car racer Scott Weston was named the winner of the special 18-lap Bond Auto Junkyard Warrior Feature at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Saturday afternoon.  Weston crossed the finish line in third place after leading much of the event, but was awarded the victory after apparent first-place and second-place finishers Travis Hull and Ryan Foster were disqualified in post-race inspection.

Weston had a full straightaway lead in the opening laps, but suffered ignition troubles that allowed Hull and Foster to reel him in late in the going.  “The car’s got four spark plugs, but I don’t think any of them were working,” Weston joked in victory lane.  The win was his second of the year in the Power Shift Online Junkyard Warrior division.

As a result of the disqualifications, brothers Frank and Leonard Sanborn inherit the second and third positions, respectively.  Moretown, VT’s Jeff Martin, Jr. and point leader Bunker Hodgdon of Hardwick, VT rounded out the unofficial top five.

Forty-seven American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models swelled the Thunder Road pit area during practice sessions for Sunday’s $50,000 29th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, part of the ACTion Super Series.  Unofficially, Milton, VT racers Brent Dragon and Scott Payea, New Hampshire drivers Joey “Pole” Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson and Brad Leighton of Center Harbor, and Maine’s Mike and Ben Rowe turned the fastest lap times in practice.

“Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald Enters Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road

Eddie MacDonald returns to Thunder Road Sunday

Outlaw stock car racer Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA is the latest to file an entry for Sunday’s 29th Bond Auto Labor Day Classic 200, part of the American-Canadian Tour’s ACTion Super Series at Thunder Road in Barre.  The 27 year-old MacDonald has copped victories on the ACT Late Model Tour and the NASCAR Busch East Series this season, and will make his first trip to “The Nation’s Site of Excitement” since running with the Busch East Series in the 2003 Labor Day Classic.

MacDonald has been looking forward to returning to Thunder Road since his ACT victory at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on August 11 – his only ACT start of the season.

“We’re going to go home and start getting this car ready for Labor Day at Thunder Road,” MacDonald said in victory lane at Oxford.  “We love that place.”  In his last foray to the Quarry Hill oval, MacDonald finished fifth behind winner and five-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston.