Scott and Laperle Agree; Thunder Road 200 Plays To Their Strength
For Immediate Release ACT62-090602
Barre, VT - - ACT Dodge Tour point leader Phil Scott and his closest rival Patrick Laperle see this Sunday's New England Dodge Dealers Fall Foliage 200 at Thunder Road more as a chance to succeed than an obstacle to overcome. Transplanted from its original site, Airborne Raceway, the Fall Foliage 200 will be the longest Late Model contest ever on Thunder Road's high-banked quarter-mile.
Scott admits to feeling anything but comfortable about his 69 point advantage over Laperle with three Tour races remaining, but likes his chances in long-distance events. "My team puts me in a well set-up car every time out, and that lessens the chances that I'm going to use up my tires more than the next guy," Scott said.
Asked if having the Thunder Road track championship also on the line Sunday will influence his approach, (he leads Eric Williams by 18 points, Dave Pembroke by 35), Scott said, "not really," adding, "my number one goal is to win the ACT series, but winning a third Thunder Road championship would be great. It's just that went you're out there, you've got to focus on your immediate situation. The competition's too good to allow for many what-ifs."
Laperle says even though he "got pretty tired" during his fifth-place run in the 100-lap Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road, "the longer the race, the better, and no yellows, I like that. My car is good on long runs, like last week and at Canaan and White Mountain. I haven't given up trying catch Scott, but he will have to have bad luck for me to do it," predicts Laperle. "I have to watch out for Lanphear and Williams. They are close to me. If I can finish the Tour in the top three, I will be very happy."
Also on tap on Sunday's Parts Plus race card is the fourth and final round of the Subway "Grand Slam" Series for Flying Tigers. Craig Bushey, who edged Joe Becker via tie-breaker for the 2002 Airborne Raceway crown, is locked up with Becker and Doug Murphy for Series' $1,500 top prize. Bushey won the Airborne "Grand Slam" race and leads Becker 256-234. Murphy, second in the Riverside Speedway Grand Slam 50, has 221 points. The Allen Lumber Street Stocks will also be in action.
Admission to the 31st New England Dodge Dealers 200 is $18/adults, $5/children (6-12). Gates open at 10 am. Post time is 1:30 pm. For more information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.acttour.com.