Cyr Cashes In At Thunder Road
For Immediate Release - ACT 27-050502
Barre, VT - - ACT Dodge Tour pole-sitter Jean Paul Cyr of Milton, VT went wire to wire Sunday in
the Merchants Bank Freedom Lynx 150, Thunder Road's 43rd season opener. Cyr's 4th career ACT
victory did not go uncontested. As the first 60 laps stayed under green, Cyr built a long lead, but a
second caution on lap 80 closed up the pack, and runner-up Eric Williams of Hyde Park, VT and third
place Rich Lowrey remained in close pursuit.
Further back, Ken Dufour won a prolonged battle for fourth, just ahead of Todd Stone and
Canadian Patrick Laperle. Laperle, winner of the ACT Dodge Tour opener at Star Speedway two weeks
ago, unofficially retained his point lead. Phil Scott, Brent Dragon, Mike Bruno and Jamie Fisher completed
Fifty Late Models were on hand, competing for 26 starting spots. Cris Michaud, Tracie Bellerose,
Dave Pembroke and Dwayne Lanphear were qualifying heat winners, Dwayne Lanphear won the bonus
points semi-feature. The NAPA Flying Tiger main event was won by Ray Stearns of East Corinth, VT.
Tracie Bellerose, in sixth and gaining, took the brunt of the contact that brought out the lap 80
caution. Contact with Phil Scott turned her Merchants Bank Pontiac into the wall. She returned to finish
13th. Laperle narrowly missed getting collected in the same incident and was soon door to door with Ken
Dufour . The St Denis Quebec star made a skillful save out of a sideways slide when he and Dufour
touched with 12 laps remaining, but that gave racing room for Todd Stone who rallied late to finish fifth.
Brent Dragon turned in a lion-hearted performance after flying off the top of turn two in a consi and
making the Merchants Bank field via a provisional. Dragon started 25th and brought the Vermont Mack
Chevrolet No. 55 home in eighth place.
Williams said he thought he had a shot at the leader, but he got left behind when the final restart
on lap 138 gave Cyr a clear track to work with. "The better guy won," Williams said. "I'm happy with I got."
For Cyr, who started strong in 2001, then struggled mightily, it was a satisfying win, but he
cautioned that "it's a long year." "If I can stay consistent, I have as good a shot at the title as anybody," he
predicted. "Eric and Rich were both strong. I just tried to get into lapped traffic and make them really work
to stay with me." Cyr's last ACT win came in the 1996 Vermont Milk Bowl.
Lowrey enjoyed his second straight third place finish. "I had nearly as good a car at the end as at
the start," he said. "But the 64 car (Cyr) was tough."
Brett Wheeler survived the highlight film wreck of the day. Wheeler went overboard off the top of
turn two and in the midst of a three-time roll, bounced high in the air before landing on his roof. The ACT
Dodge Tour moves to Airborne Raceway in Plattsburgh, NY next Saturday, May 11 for the Ehler's RV
Spring Green 100.
ACT Dodge Tour Unofficial Finish
Merchants Bank Freedom Lynx 150
Thunder Road - Barre, VT
starting position in (*)
1. Jean Paul Cyr, Milton, VT (1)
2. Eric Williams, Hyde Park, VT (10)
3. Rich Lowrey, Charlotte, VT (5)
4. Ken Dufour, Bethlehem, NH (3)
5. Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT (12)
6. Patrick Laperle, St Denis, Que (13)
7. Phil Scott, Middlesex, VT (16)
8. Brent Dragon, Milton, VT (25)
9. Mike Bruno, Castleton, VT (15)
10.Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT (4)
11. Dave Whitcomb, Essex Jct, VT (2)
12.Derek Ming, Island Pond, VT (20)
13.Tracie Bellerose, Gorham, NH (8)
14.Dwayne Lanphear, Morrisville, VT (6)
15.Scott Dragon, Milton, VT (18)
16.Fred LaGoy, Morrisonville, NY (26)
17.Pete Fecteau, Morrisville, VT (7)
18.Ryan Moore, Scarborough, ME (22)
19.Victor Johnson, Troy, NH (21)
20.Dave Pembroke, Montpelier, VT (11)
21.Joey Laquerre, East Montpelier, VT (17)
22.Cris Michaud, Northfield, VT (9)
23.Cooper MacRitchie, Williamstown, VT (14)
24.Tim Martin, Roxbury, VT (19)
25.Corey Pittsley, Williamstown, VT (23)
26.Brian Hoar, Williston, VT (24)