Cyr, of Milton, VT, strung together a remarkable record of consistency to capture the 2007 ACT Late Model Tour crown. He drove the #32 Ehler’s RV/Sticks & Stuff Chevrolet to five consecutive podium finishes to begin the 13-race season, and never finished a race in lower than 12th position. Cyr led a season-high six events in four U.S. states and Québec for a total of more than 230 laps. His car owner, Rick Paya, received a Champion’s check worth $10,000 for the efforts of his team. Cyr edged two other Milton, VT natives, Scott Payea and Brent Dragon, for the title. New Hampshire drivers Randy Potter and Roger Brown rounded out the top five. Completing the top ten drivers, in order, were Brian Hoar, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Donald Theetge, Ron Henry, and Jamie Fisher.
Fisher was presented the Don MacTavish Award by ACT Vice President Darla Hartt for his long-lasting contributions and profound dedication to stock car racing in the region. The Shelburne, VT native was the Track Champion at Thunder Road in Barre, VT in 2003, and is among the all-time leading race winners in the division.
MacTavish, a New England native, was the 1966 National Sportsman Champion before tragically losing his life in February 1969. Past recipients of the Don MacTavish Award include NASCAR Founder Bill France, Sr. (1969), Thunder Road Founder Ken Squier (’72), ACT President Tom Curley (’81), drivers Robbie Crouch (’88), Cyr (’96), and Phil Scott (2005), and last year’s winner, ACT Director of Competition Dean Gallison.
The Ken Squier Award, which merits service to stock car racing fans and competitors, was presented for the 20th year, but for the first time was given to two individuals. Local television sports personalities Mike McGill of WCAX Channel 3 (CBS affiliate, Burlington, VT) and Jamie Scavotto of WPTZ NewsChannel 5 (NBC affiliate, Plattsburgh, NY) were recognized for their efforts in producing outstanding season-long coverage of local auto racing.
The Late Model Sportsmanship Award, as voted on by licensed ACT/Thunder Road drivers and
officials, was given to Shawn Fleury of Middlesex, VT. Fleury was a part-time competitor with
ACT while focusing on weekly events at Thunder Road. He finished 13th in point standings
there with a top result of second place in July.
Sophomore racer Mike Bailey of South Barre, VT was voted the Most Improved Driver for 2007.
Bailey collected four top-five finishes at Thunder Road on his way to 8th place overall.
The ACT Late Model Tour will begin its 17th season of competition on Sunday, April 20 at Lee
USA Speedway on the New Hampshire seacoast. For more information, call (802) 244-6963
or visit www.acttour.com. To review the Thunder Road Champions and award winners from
Saturday night’s Banquet of Champions, visit www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com.
ACT Late Model Tour Top 10:
1. Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT (Car Owner – Rick Paya) 2. Scott Payea, Milton, VT 3. Brent
Dragon, Milton, VT 4. Randy Potter, Groveton, NH 5. Roger Brown, II, Lancaster, NH (Car
Owner – Roger Brown, Sr./3rd place in owner standings) 6. Brian Hoar, Williston, VT 7. Joey
Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH 8. Donald Theetge, Boischatel, QC 9. Ron Henry, New
Gloucester, ME (Car Owner – Nelson Townes) 10. Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT
Late Model Sportsmanship Award – Shawn Fleury, Middlesex, VT
Late Model Most Improved Driver Award – Mike Bailey, South Barre, VT
Don MacTavish Award – Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT (Driver)
Ken Squier Award – Mike McGill (WCAX Sports) & Jamie Scavotto (WPTZ Sports)