Dufour Takes A Turn In ACT Winner's Circle
For Immediate Release - ACT40-062302
Canaan, NH - - Ken Dufour of Bethlehem, NH raced to a wire-to-wire ACT Dodge Tour victory in the Subway 100 Sunday at Canaan USA Speedway, but it didn't come easy. Dufour was hounded by Patrick Laperle, Chad Wheeler and Phil Scott over the final 40 laps, but he made no mistakes, recorded his second career win and became the sixth different winner in seven races.
Laperle tested Dufour's Central Asphalt Chevrolet from every angle, while under close-quarters attack himself from Wheeler and eventually, Scott. It was another top-shelf performance from Scott, the Tour point leader, who started 24th on the 26-car field and finished third on Laperle's bumper after overtaking Wheeler on lap 95. Several car lengths behind the lead quartet, came Pete Fecteau 5th, Cooper MacRitchie 6th and Dave Wilcox 7th.
After a shaky start that saw the field shuffled when pole sitter Jimmy Winters spun in turn four before completing a lap, the race ran under green for the final 97 laps. "I knew Patrick was thinking about making his move any chance he got," said Dufour. "My Dad (crew chief Richard) was on the radio asking, how bad do you want it ?, just like he did during my last ACT win."
"I thought I had a chance to get underneath him," said Laperle, "but I was getting looser out of turn two and Scott was after me. I'm happy with what I got."
Scott's third-place effort increased his point lead over his closest competitors except for Laperle, who unofficially, sits second with 583 points to Scott's 643. Todd Stone and Mike Bruno, 3rd and 4th, respectively at the start of the day, qualified for the Subway 100 but struggled throughout. Ryan Moore, Rich Lowrey and Steve Miller completed the top 10.
Dwayne Lanphear of Morrisville finished second in his heat race and bested Winters in the point-rich semi-feature, but pitted as a result of the chain reaction to Winter's first-lap spin and eventually wound up 15th.
Dufour enjoyed a long lead early as Dave Wilcox gamely held onto to second place ahead of MacRitchie, Laperle and Wheeler. MacRitchie worked the high lane to gain second on lap 35 and Laperle drafted right along with him. Five circuits later, Laperle had the Demers Ambulance Services No.91 underneath MacRitchie and he set sail for the leader.
The ACT Dodge Tour moves to Circuit Ste-Croix in Ste-Croix, Quebec on Saturday, June 29 for event number eight in the 16-race Late Model series.
ACT Dodge Tour
Canaan USA Speedway, Canaan, NH
1. Ken Dufour, Bethlehem, NH (2)
2. Patrick Laperle, St Denis, Que (10)
3. Phil Scott, Montpelier, VT (24)
4. Chad wheeler, Waterbury, VT (9)
5. Pete Fecteau, Morrisville, VT (15)
6. Cooper MacRitchie, Williamstown, VT (3)
7. Dave Wilcox, Enosburg, VT (4)
8. Ryan Moore, Scarborough, ME (6)
9. Rich Lowrey, Charlotte, VT (8)
10.Steve Miller, New Haven, VT (16)
11.Joey Laquerre, east Montpelier, VT (12)
12.Eric Williams, Hyde Park, VT (17)
13.Scott Dragon, Milton, VT (23)
14.Brent Dragon, Milton, VT (20)
15.Dwayne Lanphear, Morrisville, VT (14)
16.Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT (11)
17.Mike Bruno, Castleton, VT (18)
18.Herb Drugg, Troy, NH (26)
19.Cris Michaud, Northfield, VT (25)
20.Eric Chase, Milton, VT (5)
21.Fred LaGoy, Morrisonville, NY (13)
22.John Donahue, Graniteville, VT (21)
23.Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT (7)
24.Todd Stone, Middlebury, VT (19)
25.Dave Pembroke, Montpelier, VT (22)
26.Jimmy Winters, St James, NY (1)