CYR FOLLOWS PATTERN OF SUCCESS AT LEE by Justin St. Louis
Point Leader Wins Yet Another ACT Race
The American-Canadian Tour's ACTion Super Series Re/Max Alliance Late Model National 150 at Lee USA (NH) Speedway has quickly become a race to be won by the team with the best pit and strategy. On Sunday, Jean-Paul Cyr almost mirrored the 2004 performance of defending winner D.J. Kennington and followed his footsteps right to victory lane.
place, changed the rear tires, and rejoined the field in 21st place. He then marched through the field quietly and was aided in part by several crashes, much like Kennington a year earlier.
On a lap 115 restart, Cyr lined up next to leader Cris Michaud and passed Michaud for the lead a lap after the green flag waved. After successfully holding off Michaud and Roger Brown over the final 35 laps and three more restarts, Cyr was $15,000 richer.
During his climb through the pack, Cyr battled hard with Patrick Laperle, Ron Henry, NASCAR Busch North Series regular Eddie MacDonald, and Lee USA regular Bryan Kruczek, but made quick work of each racer. Cyr moved into fifth after passing Henry on a lap 85 restart, fourth as MacDonald pitted on a lap 88 caution, third after passing Kruczek on a lap 90 restart, and second after passing Laperle on lap 99.
By winning the Re/Max Alliance Late Model National 150, the second round of the ACTion Super Series, Cyr
"I knew I had to get him there," Cyr said. "It was time to show what we had at that point, and the car took off and we were gone."
After passing Eric Williams and Mark Lamberton, Brown made a daring move underneath Laperle for third place on lap 138. Laperle got out of shape, and Williams attempted to make a move similar to Brown's one lap later. The result was contact that sent Laperle spinning and the yellow flag flying. Brown used the restart to pass Michaud in the low groove. The pair would finish in order behind Cyr, followed by Williams and Lamberton, who
Cyr in victory lane. (ACT Photo)
Cyr had a better time running wheel to wheel with the #6 of Cris Michaud. (Alan Ward Photo)
Last year, USAR Hooters Pro Cup driver Kennington came to Lee USA, survived a tough heat race to start up front, ran well early, pitted before almost everyone else, changed the two rear tires on his car, and steadily worked his way back to the lead. On lap 137, Kennington made an outside pass of Roger Brown and earned $10,000 as he crossed the finish line a winner.
In 2005, things went almost identically for four-time and defending ACT Champion Cyr. After climbing over the hood Patrick Laperle's car in his heat race, Cyr regrouped to move to the front and earn the pole with a "+4" rating in ACT's "plus/minus" handicap system. Under the race's first caution flag on lap 52, Cyr pitted out of second
pocketed the $10K winner's purse and a $5,000 "Double Dip" bonus for having won his second ACTion Super Series event. Cyr won the first leg of the Super Series and $10,000 at the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Vermont's Thunder Road three weeks ago as well. Add in a fifth-place finish at Airborne Speedway (NY) between the Thunder Road and Lee USA events, and Cyr's made a nice piece of change this month.
"Today we had a pit strategy and a plan," Cyr said of his team's attack. "It all happened just like it was supposed to. We pitted for tires, and all the way back up through I was saving the tires and trying not to show what I had."
Jean-Paul Cyr (#32) came back from this heat race wreck to win at Lee. (Alan Ward Photo)
each had their best ACT Late Model Tour finishes of the season. Chad Wheeler finished sixth, while Laperle made an amazing recovery from 16th to finish seventh. Rich Lowrey, Jamie Fisher, and rookie Scott Payea completed the Top 10.
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