Cyr Breaks Winless Streak in ACT Battle at Airborne by Marc Patrick Roy
Tour Dodges Rain To Put on a Good Show
Jean Paul Cyr stayed out front at Airborne with his #32. (Leif Tillotson Photos)
On lap 14, the yellow was brought out for the spinning cars of Daniel and Stephane Decoste, first year drivers on the tour and former owners of the Autodrome St-Eustache near Montreal.
At the green it was again Theetge in the top spot, followed by Potter, Laperle, Caron and Cyr. Ron Henry, Jonathan Urlin, Eric Chase, Phil Scott, Bobby Dragon, Glenn Luce, Pete Potvin, Claude Leclerc, Trampas Demers, Nick Sweet, John Donahue, Leon Heckbert, Jamie Fisher, Scott Dragon, Robbie Crouch, Rick Wolfe, Steve Fisher, Scott Payea, Brent Dragon, Joey Becker, Joey Polewarczyk, Daniel Decoste, Stephane Decoste.
On lap 25, hard luck Jonathan Urlin of London, Ontario who started 10th, took over fifth from Caron. On lap 34, Laperle took over second from Potter and started to pressure Theetge for the lead
Following a lap 43 restart, Cyr jumped ahead of Laperle for second. Laperle would stay in third until he completed a pass on Cyr for second on lap 55. It was now clear both Theetge and Laperle had the fastest cars out there as they started to run away from the rest of the field. The Canadian duo of Theetge and Laperle was now dominating the stretching their lead on the rest of the field by a full straight away.
On lap 65, Donald Theetge was bumped by fellow countrymen Laperle coming out of
turn two sending Theetge into a spin and forcing the yellow to come out. Both would
restart from the rear of the field.
“I don't understand, Patrick did not have any room on the inside,” said Theetge of the
incident. “We had the fastest cars we could have finished 1-2. Instead he sends us
both to the rear of the field. He needs to understand that if there is no room he needs
to pass on the outside, it is my job to protect the inside. He was faster in one and two,
but I would stretch a lead in 3 and 4. There was a lot of racing still left to be done, it
wasn't like two to go, there was 35 laps to go out of 100.”
Several yellows over the next 10 laps, all for minor spins, helped the two Canadian
drivers make up spots and move up thru the field. Meanwhile at the front the order
would stay the same: Cyr, Potter, Urlin, Luce and Payea.
An impressive run was had by Jonathan Urlin, who saw him move up from his 10th place
starting position to third before a late race mishap forced him to retire.
“With 10 to go at the restart I got myself in trouble and made contact with the left front. Over the next couple of laps the bolt that secures the upper control arm broke off, with the control arm no longer secured correctly the brake line was cut. With poor car handling and no brake I retired to the infield. I just worked myself out of a top 3 finish” said the young London, Ontario Driver.
On lap 93 coming out of turn two, Claude Leclerc was sent spinning in a sea of sparks when the right rear hub sheared off the car.
Jean-Paul Cyr, a five time ACT Tour Champion, used patience to take home the top honors and his first win since August of 2006 when he crossed the line first at the Spring Green 100 at Airborne Speedway in upstate New York. Behind him were Randy Potter and Patrick Laperle.
Cyr, Phil Scott and Glen Luce got the action started by winning their heat races.
With the consi lined up and ready to go, rain started coming down forcing delays and a schedule change. It was decided by ACT Tour bossman, Tom Curley, not to run a consi or semi feature races. The field was therefore set using the + / - system for the top 18 spots, while the rest of the 31 car field was set using qualifying race finishing positions.
Donald Theetge of Boischatel, Quebec, because of his +5 and the best performance in qualifying, started from the pole and imposed his tempo leading the race. Behind him Randy Potter, Gary Caron, Eric Chase and Patrick Laperle rounded out the top five starters.
Theetge led early and by lap 10, the top 3 cars were Theetge, running away from the field, Potter and Laperle.
Donald Theetge is pointed the wrong way with his #80 Late Model.
Across the line it was Jean-Paul Cyr, Randy Potter, Patrick Laperle edging out Glenn Luce by a bumper, followed by Scott Payea, Brent Dragon, Donald Theetge, Ron Henry, Bobby Dragon, Nick Sweet.
Cyr by winning the Spring Green 100, went home with a Furniture World recliner and a great big smile.
“Last year we had a lot of top three finishes but we couldn't secure a win. This win feels very good,” said Cyr. “My car was pretty much as equal as Patrick's. Donald really knows how to run the long fast tracks but was struggling a bit off of two. It would have been quite a race had they not spun and be sent to the rear. I think it would have played out on a restart. Next week we hope to have another podium or a good finish at Thunder Road in the late model race. After that I will jump into the True Value Modified racecar for that race as well. So it should be a lot of fun.”
Just finishing on the podium was cause for celebration for Potter and Laperle.
“I knew I was faster that Donald. I was hoping for him to make a mistake. Coming out of two I don't know if he got loose or lost traction but I got into the back of him. It was not intentional just a racing deal. I knew there was enough time to make it up, so I just focused on that and we have the results to show with a third place finish.” said a jubilant Patrick Laperle in the victory circle.”
The ACT Late Models return to action this weekend at Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT).
Jean Paul Cyr relaxes in victory lane.