“The car was great,” said Baril, who was also the Lee Late Model champion for 2006.  “These guys worked real hard on it to give me a great car to drive. I just cannot thank these guys enough.  The car was just unbelievable. “

Baril previously won this race when this Oktoberfest race was run with Pro Stock/Super Late Model cars.  He knew what it felt like to win during the big weekend.

“It feels wonderful. It was like a repeat of 2002 when we won the Pro Stock Championship as well. In 2002, you had to make a pit stop and we came back from the back and won it. We were lucky that we stayed out of trouble then and tonight we again stayed out of trouble.
Track Regular Wins Late Model National 100
Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest has always been a treat for race fans, but this year Mother Nature made the race weekend a little bit extra special.
little more distance and I felt a little more comfortable. I am just glad that it was another feature win again this year for me and the team.”   

Jeffrey Labrecque, Jr., ACT Late Model regular Dave Pembroke and Keith Larmie rounded out the top five.

Jeff Zuidema, the Thompson Speedway 2006 Pro Stock Track Champion, and D.J. Shaw, Dale Shaw’s 16-year-old son, both came from the back of the pack to finish the race in the top 10.

“I told the guys that we did it once before we can probably do it again. That was my first year with Bruce Howard. We have been together since then. “

At anytime did JR think that Scott Watts in the #81 Late Model, the second place finisher, was going to pass him?

“I did think a few times, the car got a little bit tight in the middle of the race. I thought that he was going to get underneath me a couple of times. I just pointed him to the outside because I was not going to give up the bottom. But the car just stayed the same, it stayed consistent. He just feel off a little bit and at the end. He may have gotten a little loose. But I could not tell.  I went ahead a
The rescheduled Late Model National 100 race that postponed from Sunday September 24th took place on Saturday, October 21st as part of the Oktoberfest Weekend.  While the racing was hot, the air temperature was not. It was a very cold and windy day as the cars lined up for their feature. The track lights were on and their heat from them did not add any warmth to the cars, tires, fans or the track.  The track was cold and slick. There were 11 cautions mostly brought out as cars spun in turn two or coming out of turn three.

JR Baril led the race from the green flag start to the checker flag finish.
Baril's #77 Late Model  (Jim DuPont Photos)
Baril in victory lane.