ACT Dodge Tour Gets CYR-ious At Thunder Road
Barre, VT - Jean-Paul Cyr held off a determined bid by Jamie Fisher and won the ACT Dodge Tour 100-lap Labor Day Classic from the pole Saturday at Thunder Road. After a caution on lap 2, the race went green to checkers. Cyr was closely tracked by Herb Drugg every step of the way, until Fisher slipped underneath Drugg in lapped traffic and took up the chase for himself. Drugg soon came under attack by fast-closing Ryan Moore, but held onto third for his best finish of the season. Patrick Laperle was fifth, three-car lengths further back.
"I thought early on, we could shake 'em, but Drugg stayed right there, and then Jamie came along," said Cyr. The victory completed a triple-crown sweep for the Milton driver, who had won his heat and the semi-feature earlier. Cyr won the Merchants Bank 150 in similar fashion at Thunder Road in May, but was pressured much harder this time around. His second tour win came mid-season at Airborne.
"It was a good race, it just ended too soon, I was going pretty good," Fisher said. "Tell Tom (Curley) to widen that front stretch a little bit, that would have made a difference for me at the end."
In the early going, Cyr and Drugg broke away, while behind them Jacob McGrath and Cris Michaud went wheel to wheel for third ahead of Fisher, Ken Dufour, Cooper MacRitchie, Ryan Moore and another prolonged side by side duel between Brent Dragon and Dave Wilcox. As the laps mounted, Laperle and Dwayne Lanphear, from 13th and 19th, steadily advanced toward the front.
At the halfway mark, Cyr and Drugg had a full straightaway advantage over Fisher, Michaud and Moore, but the leaders soon met up with lapped cars and Fisher in particular, began to reel them in. With 20 laps remaining, Cyr had a 10 foot lead, Drugg was wearing Fisher's S.D. Ireland Chevrolet No. 18 and six car lengths further back, Laperle was beginning to pressure Moore for fourth.
Lanphear caught Brent Dragon on lap 92 for sixth. Dave Pembroke, Phil Scott and Cris Michaud completed the top ten. Laperle's fifth place finish was his sixth top-5 in 12 starts. Despite failing to qualify for one race, he sits second to Scott in the ACT Dodge Tour title chase, unofficially at 1061 to Scott's 1130. Lanphear remains in the hunt with 1049 points.
Cyr's undefeated night boosted him into seventh place overall. Sam Caron, Fisher and Chad Wheeler followed Cyr home 2, 3, 4 in the semi-feature. Wheeler, Jacob McGrath and Derek Ming were heat winners along with Cyr.
Three ACT Dodge Tour events remain. Action resumes at Thunder Road on Sunday, September 15 for the 31st Fall Foliage 200. The series then returns to White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH Saturday, September 21 in a remake of the August 24 rainout. The ACT Dodge Tour and Thunder Road's 43rd season come to a close at the New England Dodge Dealers Milk Bowl, Saturday, Sunday September 28, 29.
ACT Dodge Tour
Thunder Road Labor Day Classic - 100 Laps
1. #64 Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton (1)
2. #18 Jamie Fisher, Shelburne (7)
3. #90 Herb Drugg, Troy, NH (3)
4. #47 Ryan Moore, Scarborough, Me (8)
5. #91 Patrick Laperle, St Denis, Que (14)
6. #40 Dwayne Lanphear, Morrisville (19)
7. #55 Brent Dragon, Milton (12)
8. #44 Dave Pembroke, Montpelier (15)
9. #14 Phil Scott, Middlesex (18)
10.#6 Cris Michaud, Northfield (4)
11.#3 Cooper MacRitchie, Williamstown (9)
12.#4 Ken Dufour, Bethlehem, NH (5)
13.#75 Pete Fecteau, Morrisville (17)
14.#7 Eric Williams, Hyde Park (20)
15.#31 Derek Ming, Island Pond (23)
16.#15 Joey Laquerre, E Montpelier (10)
17.#70 Scott Dragon, Milton (16)
18.#9 Victor Johnson, Troy, NH (13)
19.#16 Dave Wilcox, Enosburg (6)
20.#92 Chad Wheeler, Waterbury (11)
21.#07 Sam Caron, Colchester (21)
22.#8 Rich Lowrey, Charlotte (25)
23.#1 Todd Stone, Middlebury (26)
24.#85 Trampas Demers, Shelburne (22)
25.#72 Jacob McGrath, Mendon (2)
26.#95 Jay Laquerre, Waterbury (24)