Barre’s own Nick Sweet led the final 15 laps after getting around Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., to win the 33rd annual Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT on Sunday, September 4. The 2010 “King of the Road” piloted his St. J Auto Ford Fusion to the win after taking two right side tires late in the event and slicing through the field. It was Sweet’s second ACT Late Model Tour win of the season, both coming at Thunder Road, and his first career Labor Day Classic win.
Polewarczyk used a similar strategy as Sweet but pitted slightly earlier for his tires. He managed to hang on for second followed by Scott Payea. John Donahue led the first 168 laps but never hit pit road and faded late to fourth just in front of Austin Theriault in fifth. Cris Michaud, Jean-Paul Cyr, Brett Wheeler, Dave Pembroke and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. completed the top five.
Seven-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar was involved in a couple of incidents and had to settle for 16th minus much of the nose of his body.
The event was completed in one hour and forty-four minutes with a total of 13 cautions. Ninteen cars completed all 200 laps.
The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen saw Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg take the overall win in their two segment Monza event. Mike Ziter, Brendan Moodie, Dylan Payea and point leader Derrick O’Donnell completed the overall top five.
The Allen Lumber Street Stocks had point leader Greg Adams of Hardwick take his third win of the season in their Monza event. Nick Pilotte and Martin Ingram took top threes. Jason Woodard of Waterbury earned the Junkyard Warrior win, also in a Monza format.
The ACT Late Model Tour will head north of the border next week for a Canadian double-header. On Saturday, September 10 the top competitors from the ACT Tour and from the Série ACT Castrol will be at Autodrome Chaudiere in Valle-Jct., QC for the fourth annual Showdown at Chaudiere 200 All-Star event. Then on Sunday, September 11, thirty-six teams from the ACT Tour and the Série ACT Castrol will return to Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, QC for the previously postponed Can-Am 200.
Thunder Road International Speedbowl will close its gates until the 49th Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl. Saturday, October 1 will be Booth Bros./HP Hood qualifying day with Sunday, October 2 as the Milk Bowl. The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Junkyard Warriors will complete their 2011 championship battles that weekend.
Bond Auto Labor Day Classic Unofficial Results
Thunder Road – Sunday, September 4, 2011
ACT Late Model Tour
Pos. (Start) Driver, Hometown, Laps Completed
1. (7) Nick Sweet, Barre, VT, 200 Laps
2. (4) Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH, 200 Laps
3. (19) Scott Payea, Milton, VT, 200 Laps
4. (1) John Donahue, Graniteville, VT, 200 Laps
5. (25) Austin Theriault, Fort Kent, ME, 200 Laps
6. (11) Cris Michaud, E. Montpelier, VT, 200 Laps
7. (12) Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT, 200 Laps
8. (6) Brett Wheeler, Waterbury, VT, 200 Laps
9. (9) Dave Pembroke, Middlesex, VT, 200 Laps
10. (2) Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH, 200 Laps
11. (14) Chip Grenier, Graniteville, VT, 200 Laps
12. (13) Ricky Rolfe, Albany Twp., ME, 200 Laps
13. (5) Joey Becker, Jeffersonville, VT, 200 Laps
14. (3) Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, 200 Laps
15. (20) Quinten Welch, Lancaster, NH, 200 Laps
16. (22) Brian Hoar, Williston, VT, 200 Laps
17. (8) Randy Potter, Groveton, NH, 200 Laps
18. (21) Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT, 200 Laps
19. (23) Joey Laquerre, E. Montpelier, VT, 200 Laps
20. (29) Jamie Aube, N. Ferrisburgh, VT, 199 Laps
21. (27) #Ben Ashline, Pittston, ME, 198 Laps
22. (30) #Dave Farrington, Jr., Jay, ME, 198 Laps
23. (16) #Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, VT, 198 Laps
24. (10) Matt White, Northfield, VT, 182 Laps
25. (17) Brooks Clark, Fayston, VT, 144 Laps
26. (26) Luke Hinkley, Claremont, NH, 141 Laps
27. (15) Patrick Laperle, St-Denis-sur-Richelieu, QC, 110 Laps
28. (18) Todd Davis, Claremont, NH, 70 Laps
29. (24) Cody Blake, Barre, VT, 69 Laps
30. (28) Glen Luce, Turner, ME, 63 Laps
Time of Race: 1:44:16
Cautions: 13 (laps 50, 53, 59, 64, 70, 88, 100, 104, 104, 144, 171, 177, 184)
Leaders: John Donahue, 1-168; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., 169-186; Nick Sweet, 187-200