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ACT Late Model Tour - Stock car driver Patrick Laperle turned in a repeat performance in the American-Canadian Tour “Summer
Sizzler 200” at Kawartha Speedway in Fraserville, Ontario on Sunday, winning the event for the second consecutive year.  The Montreal racer drove from 15th starting position to the lead pack in the 36-car field, then was part of a sensational see-saw battle with fellow Quebec native Karl Allard for the victory.

Laperle took the lead from Allard on lap 190, three laps after the race’s eighth restart, then barely held off Allard and ACT Late Model Tour point leader Scott Payea, who slipped by for second place, after the final restart on lap 197.  He pocketed $5,000 for the win.  1)  Laperle  2)  Payea  3) Allard  4) Joey Polearczyk, Jr.  5) Brent Dragon

ASA Late Model Series Southern Division - 25-year-old Colt James held off a hard-charging 15-year-old Drew Brannon to win on Saturday night at Concord Motorsports Park (NC).  1) James  2) Brannon  3) Jimmy Lang  4) Blake Lehr  5) Landon Cassill

Big 8 Series - Friday night's BRP Big 8 Late Model Series presented by Gandrud Chevrolet 58 lap feature at Golden Sands Speedway (WI) saw many twists and turns throughout its duration. Drivers traded positions and misfortunes throughout the Series' inaugural go at the ¼ mile speed plant, but in the end, 15 year old Ross Kenseth rose from the ultra tough field of 24 cars to take the lead late from veteran Jim Duchow and score his first ever series win to the delight of the enthusiastic Central Wisconsin crowd.

CRA Super Series - Not taking tires during the competition break at lap 100 of the Mid-Summer Championship 200 presented by Centennial Wireless at Plymouth Speedway (IN) proved to be the winning strategy for Boris Jurkovic as he took over the lead when JR Roahrig took 2 tires and had to restart back in the field.  K&N Filters Rookie contender and Appleton Rack and Pinion Fast Qualifier Aaron Pierce did not change tires either and stayed right with Jurkovic to finish second.  Eddie Hoffman finished third, Jack Landis fourth, David Stremme started 21st after racing his way in from the last chance race to finish fifth.

Late Models - Ricky Rolfe tuned up for next weekend's TD Banknorth 250 Presented By New England Dodge Dealers at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) by essentially qualifying for the race eight days early.

With another convincing Oxford Networks Late Model win at Oxford Plains Speedway, his fifth in the last six races, Rolfe wrestled the division point lead away from Travis Adams.  That entitles Rolfe at least to a spot at the rear of the starting grid for next Sunday's 35th annual summer classic, in what seems the unlikely event that he doesn't qualify on his race-day merits.

NASCAR Camping World East Series - Seventeen-year-old Dale Earnhardt, Inc. development driver Trevor Bayne from Knoxville, Tenn. scored his first career NASCAR Camping World Series East victory Saturday night at Thompson International Speedway. The win came in Bayne’s sixth career start.

Bayne took the lead from DEI teammate Jesus Hernandez on a lap 97 restart and won by a car length. Hernandez finished second followed by veteran Brad Leighton, Marc Davis and Jeffrey Earnhardt in a third DEI Chevrolet. Bayne and Hernandez swapped the lead five times over the second half of the race..

NASCAR Camping World West Series - There were fireworks in the air and fireworks on the track at Douglas County Speedway on Friday night as Eric Holmes rebounded from a flat tire to battle past Jason Bowles with seven laps left to take the victory in the Toyota/Bi-Mart Firecracker 150.  Although Holmes had the dominant car, he had to make a late charge through the field to secure the win – his fourth of the season in the NASCAR Camping World Series West.

Holmes was strong throughout the event – setting a track record of 90.168 mph in qualifying, while netting his fourth Coors Light Pole Award of the season. He led the first 98 laps, but his run at the point came to a halt when he suddenly slowed with a flat right front on his Toyota.

Holmes managed to stay on the lead lap, however, dashing to the pits as the caution flew. The 2006 champion quickly returned to the track and began a blistering charge through the field on the restart. He was up to second in the late stages of the event and began nipping at the back bumper of Bowles, who was attempting to score his third consecutive win. Sparks flew as Holmes charged to the inside going into Turn 1 on lap 143. As Bowles slid through Turn 2, Holmes pulled away.  1) Holmes  2) Johnny Borneman  3) Jason Bowles  4) David Mayhew  5) Jeff Barkshire,

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour - Matt Hirschman reached Victory Lane for the first time in his NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour career Saturday night at Spencer Speedway (NY) when he led 79 laps and won the Mason Farms 100.

Hirschman, who won the second of two 25-lap heat races earlier in the evening, led four times throughout the 100-lap main and was the car to beat all night. After Mike Stefanik had moved through the field and took the lead on lap 89, the veteran was caught up in an accident coming out of Turn 3 and Hirschman took back a lead that he would never relinquish.

Hirschman's first victory came in his 45th career NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour start.

Ronnie Silk was the runner-up to Hirschman in the race which marked his third top 10 finish in a row. Chuck Hossfeld, who won the first heat race, came home third, and has yet to finish outside the top five in six races this year.

Jimmy Blewett followed Hossfeld across the finish line while Stefanik wound up fifth. They were followed in the top 10 by Glen Reen, Todd Szegedy, Wade Cole, Danny Sammons and Bobby Grigas III. The finish was the best of Reen's rookie season.

Earlier in the evening Williamson native Jan Leaty captured the Coors Light Pole Award following group qualifying, but suffered a crash on the first lap of the main and could not continue.

PASS North - Rick Martin was the apparant, and unofficial, winner of Saturday night's PASS North feature at Thompson International Speedway (CT).  Martin crossed the line first ahead of Ben Rowe after a late green-white-checkered finish, but it appears that several circumstances of the closing laps are under review.  Speed51.com will keep you posted on any results from the event.

Pro Challenge - Twelve-year-old Nick Stroupe dominated Saturday's Pro Challenge North Region event at Franlkin County Speedway (VA) en route to his third Pro Challenge victory of the 2008 season. Stroupe earned the pole and kept fellow Pro Challenge National Championship contender Clint King at bay throughout the 50-lap event for the victory. 1) Stroupe 2) King 3) Stephen Bergh, Jr.

Sunbelt Super Late Model Series - Saturday night's race at Columbia Motorsports Park (FL) was cancelled due to the foecast of rain.

Super Late Models - In the Irving Lubricants Pro Stock (Super Late Model) division at 660 Speedway (NB), the big boys got their final shot at the last big race before the Peterbilt 250 with the Coast Tire "Best of the Best" series final race Saturday. Returning "Best of the Best" race #1 winner, Kirk Thibeau in the #28, kicked off the 100 lapper with the lead position. Thibeau had some tough competition on his bumper all night between the #23 of Lonnie Sommerville, the #87 of Matt Harris, and the #52 of Shawn Tucker. Thibeau led the majority of the laps, holding the lead for 51 laps; although this didn't mean the race was easy for him. Thibeau had to give away the lead to Sommerville on lap 27 and continued to fall back to third. Meanwhile in front of him, Sommerville and Harris started racing hard against one
another, changing the leading position between the two of them many times.

The Pro Stock race was a constant fight to the finish but in the end there can only be one leader. Kirk Thibeau made a late charge again for the lead to take home the first place win in the race, along with the series championship. Shawn Tucker followed Thibeau through the pack to finish in second while Lonnie Sommerville had to settle for third. 

True Value Modified Racing Series - Ed Duchenhausen broke through to win Friday night's True Value Modified Racing Series event at Lee USA Speedway (NH).  1) Duchenhausen  2) Les Hinckley  3) Mike Holdridge  4) David Pinkham  5) Joe Douchette

USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series - Benny Gordon, the Sears Auto Center Northern Division point leader, and Mark McFarland, the Greased Lightning Southern Division point leader, battled down to the finish of the 250-lap event Saturday night at Motor Mile Speedway (VA) before Gordon inched away for his first win of the season.  1) Gordon  2) McFarland  3) Jay Fogleman  4) Brandon Ward  5) Jeff Agnew