Monday, September 04 2006 @ 09:47 AM EDT
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Three first time winners visited Thunder Road’s victory lane Sunday in the 28th annual Bond Auto Labor Day Dashes. The events at the Barre, VT oval were part of the track’s $10,000 to win ACTion Super Series race for the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models.
Ray Stearns from East Corinth scored a convincing win, the fourth of his career and first of the season, in the Sportsman division’s 40-lap main event. The veteran racer started sixth in the 26 car field and took the lead from sophomore competitor Dick Lowrey on the 15th circuit with a daring move in the fourth turn.
Lowrey, who started third, took the lead from rookie polesitter Alex Perkins on the sixth circuit. While the battle waged at the front of the pack Stearns sliced his way through traffic. He sized up the leader for a couple of laps before diving low in the fourth turn as the rear end of Lowrey’s car drifted high. Stearns stuck the nose of his car underneath and powered into the top spot. With no cautions to slow him down, the leader extended his advantage until the checkered flag flew.