Nolin Scores Upset First Win at Spring Green
First-Time ACT Winners Go Three-in-a-Row
Young stock car racer Ryan Nolin survived eight restarts and the challenges of Milton, VT drivers Brent Dragon and Jean-Paul Cyr to score an upset first career victory in the 33rd annual Furniture World of VT Spring Green 100 at Airborne Speedway on Saturday night. Nolin, of Georgia,VT, became the third driver in as many events this season to score his first American-Canadian Tour (ACT) win.
An advantage of winning a race sponsored by a furniture store is a relaxing victory lane. (Leif Tillotson Photo)
After watching his father, Dan, win races and championships at the Plattsburgh, NY oval, Nolin began his racing career in the track’s Street Stock division in 2002.
“To get my first win here at Airborne means so much,” said an exhausted Nolin in victory lane. “This is the track where I started watching races, and where I wanted to win the most. It’s also the track I have struggled at more than any other. This is a special win for me and my family.”
Jamie Fisher of Shelburne, VT led the first 40 circuits before six-time ACT Late Model Tour champion Cyr nosed ahead for two laps. Nolin made a daring three-wide move under the pair on lap 43 to take the lead, which he never surrendered. Dragon was solidly in reach of the lead all race and used a series of late restarts to close the gap on Nolin, but fell two car-lengths shy at the finish line. Cyr finished third, ahead of Brian Hoar and Randy Potter.
Scott Payea, Roger Brown, Donald Theetge, Steve Fisher, and John Donahue rounded out the unofficial Top 10 finishers in order.
Cyr is the unofficial point leader at 285 on the strength of three top-three finishes this season. Payea, the Merchants Bank 150 winner at Thunder Road (VT) last week, is second at 258 points.
Potter, winner of the opening event at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on April 28, sits third at 254 points. Hoar (235) and Ron Henry (234) are fourth and fifth, respectively. Nolin (232), Dragon (227), Brown (223), Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (199), and Marc Curtis, Jr. (187) complete the unofficial Top 10 in point standings.
Theetge of Boischatel, QC is 11th at 184 points.
The Serie ACT Castrol will kick off its inaugural season at Autodrome Montmagny in Quebec on Saturday, May 19. The ACT Late Model Tour resumes action at Circuit Ste-Croix near Quebec City on Saturday, June 2.
UNOFFICIAL FINISH: Furniture World of VT Spring Green 100
ACT Late Model Tour, Airborne Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY
1. Ryan Nolin (100 laps)
2. Brent Dragon (100)
3. Jean-Paul Cyr (100)
4. Brian Hoar (100)
5. Randy Potter (100)
6. Scott Payea (100)
7. Roger Brown (100)
8. Donald Theetge (100)
9. Steve Fisher (100)
10. John Donahue (100)
11. Marc Curtis, Jr. (100)
12. Pete Potvin, III (100)
13. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (100)
14. Ryan Vanasse (100)
15. Eric Chase (100)
16. Karl Allard (100)
17. Jamie Aube (100)
18. Ron Henry (90)
19. Alexandre Gingras (81)
20. Claude Leclerc (80)
21. Jamie Fisher (69)
22. Jimmy Linardy (51)
23. Joey Becker (46)
24. Scott Dragon (20)
25. Kevin Roberge (0)