Patrick Laperle Shines At White Mountain
For Immediate Release ACT91-060902
No. Woodstock, NH - - Patrick Laperle steadily advanced from his seventh starting position, sped underneath Ryan Moore for the lead on lap 44 and kept Moore, and eventual runner-up Jean-Paul Cyr, at bay the rest of the way, to win the Country Pools & Spas 100 Saturday night at White Mountain Motorsports Park.
The 26 year-old Canadian from St-Denis, Quebec became the first multiple winner on the 2002 ACT Dodge Tour. Moore, 18, from Scarborough, Me, started third and took the lead from pole sitter Steve Fisher on lap 22, but quickly had a mirror full of Laperle. As soon as Laperle passed him on the low side, Moore came under attack from Cyr in the high groove, which Cyr had used to race from his eleventh starting spot.
A fifth and final caution on lap 67 left Moore outside Laperle with Cyr and Chad Wheeler in the second row. While Cyr battled with Moore for second, Laperle made his escape and went on to an eight car-length win.
Laperle spent the early laps in a back and forth duel with Cooper MacRitchie and Herb Drugg, but whenever able to choose, he ran as close to the bottom of the racing surface as he could. "When I caught up to the 47 car (Moore), he was running a wider line and that was okay for me, because my car was fastest on the bottom," Laperle said. "I was glad to raced stayed under green at the end because I knew that Cyr was going good." "I just missed the set-up a bit," Cyr said. "I got too loose, late in the race, to catch him."
Defending ACT Dodge Tour Champion Pete Fecteau caught Wheeler for fourth with 20 laps left. ACT point leader Phil Scott, from 24th, was sixth, followed by Dwayne Lanphear, Brent Dragon, Scott Dragon and Rich Lowrey. Fecteau, Lanphear and Jamie Fisher were earlier heat winners.
Fecteau ended a season-long slump with his first top-5 finish of the year. Steve Fisher won a hard-fought semi-feature by a car length over Dwayne Lanphear in a carryover from their wheel to wheel battle in their qualifying heat. Fisher's brother, Jamie, placed third in the bonus points semi, just ahead of Cris Michaud and Fecteau.
The ACT Dodge Tour moves to Canaan USA Speedway in Canaan, NH Sunday, June 23 for the Subway 100, event number seven in the 16-race Late Model series.
ACT Dodge Tour
Country Pools & Spas 100
White Mountain Motorsports Park
1. (7) Patrick Laperle, St Denis Que
2. (11) Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT
3. (3) Ryan Moore, Scarborough, ME
4. (8) Pete Fecteau, Morrisville, VT
5. (9) Chad Wheeler, Waterbury, VT
6. (24) Phil Scott, Middlesex, VT
7. (18) Dwayne Lanphear, Morrisville, VT
8. (21) Brent Dragon, Milton, VT
9. (23) Scott Dragon, Milton, VT
10. (10) Rich Lowrey, Charlotte, VT
11. (22) Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT
12. (14) Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT
13. (19) John Donahue, Graniteville, VT
14. (16) Eric Williams, Hyde Park, VT
15. (1) Steve Fisher, Shelburne, VT
16. (13) Tracie Bellerose, Gorham, NH
17. (12) Cris Michaud, Northfield, VT
18. (26) Dave Pembroke, Montpelier, VT
19. (4) Dave Wilcox, Enosburg, VT
20. (15) Fred LaGoy, Morrisonville, NY
21. (25) Ken Dufour, Bethlehem, NH
22. (6) Eric Chase, Milton, VT
23. (2) Herb Drugg, Troy, NH
24. (17) Joey Laquerre, E Montpelier, VT
25. (20) Mike Bruno, Castleton, VT
26. (5) Cooper MacRitchie, Williamstown, VT