Bruno Hangs On For ACT Win At Monadnock
For Immediate Release ACT37-060202 Photos by Glenn Davis (top) Tom Herzig (bottom)
Winchester, NH - - One final stomp on the gas preserved a narrow two-foot victory for Mike Bruno of Castleton, VT over Dave Pembroke of Montpelier in a wild finish amidst a multi-car fourth turn spin in the New England Dodge Dealers 100 Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway.
Bruno, the fifth different winner in five ACT Dodge Tour events, was being reeled in by Pembroke after taking the lead from Victor Johnson on lap 78, when he met up with smoke and cars sideways in turns three and four. Checking up to pick a safe route to the finish line, Bruno found Pembroke alongside underneath him then made a final surge. "I heard Alayne (wife) on the radio say, "get on it, the 44's there," said Bruno, "and I punched it."
Johnson, a local favorite from Troy, NH, was having his best showing of the season, but spun out of the lead on lap 78 just ahead of Bruno and was forced to settle for 14th. "I was getting loose and I wasn't going to race past Johnson," Bruno said. "I just tried to keep the pressure on and hope for a break and I caught one. Sometimes it works out that way, and sometimes it doesn't."
Scott Dragon of Milton, VT, from 20th, finished third. Dwayne Lanphear and ACT point leader Phil Scott completed the top five. The second half of the top ten went to Brent Dragon, Buzzie Bezanson, Todd Stone, Eric Williams and Joey Laquerre. Williams won his heat and the semi-feature earlier. Rich Lowrey, Jean-Paul Cyr and Jamie fisher were also heat winners.
The ACT Dodge Tour travels to White Mountain Motorsports Park in No. Woodstock, NH next Saturday night, June 8 for the Country Pools, Spas and Billiards 100.
ACT Dodge Tour
New England Dodge Dealers 100
Monadnock Speedway - June1
1.(16) Mike Bruno, Castleton, VT
2.(9) Dave Pembroke, Montpelier, VT
3.(20) Scott Dragon, Milton, VT
4.(15) Dwayne Lanphear, Morrisville, VT
5.(22) Phil Scott, Montpelier, VT
6.(21) Brent Dragon, Milton, VT
7.(24) Buzzie Bezanson, Plaistow, NH
8.(23) Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT
9.(17) Eric Williams, Hyde Park, VT
10.(10) Joey Laquerre, E Montpelier, VT
11.(26) Tracie Bellerose, Gorham, NH
12.(11) John Donahue, Graniteville, VT
13.(4) Victor Johnson, Troy, NH
14.(3) Cooper MacRitchie, Williamstown, VT
15.(13) Rich Lowrey, Charlotte, VT
16.(5) Eric Chase, Milton, VT
17.(19) Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT
18.(18) Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT
19.(7) Pete Fecteau, Morrisville, VT
20.(6) Steve Miller, New Haven, VT
21.(14) Patrick Laperle, St Denis, Que
22.(1) Jimmy Winters, St James, NY
23.(25) Ryan Moore, Scarborough, ME
24.(8) Ken Dufour, Bethlehem, NH
25.(2) Herb Drugg, Troy, NH
26.(12) Cris Michaud, Northfield, VT