St-Denis, Quebec’s Patrick Laperle dominated the third annual American-Canadian Tour (ACT) “Showdown at Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec on Saturday, August 28. The special all-star race featured 12 of the top drivers from the Quebec-based Série ACT Castrol Edge against 12 of the top drivers from the American-based ACT Late Model Tour.
Laperle started on the pole position after earning a +5 handicap in ACT’s plus-minus handicap system. The U.S. team earned the outside pole thanks to six-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont, who would lead the first 32 laps. Laperle would take the lead from Hoar on a lap 32 restart and would proceed to lap all but the top three while leading the last 167 laps.
Fellow Quebecer Donald Theetge earned the runner-up position after battling the majority of the event with Hoar. Hoar would earn third while Groveton, New Hampshire’s Randy Potter finished fourth after going down a lap with under 10 laps remaining. ACT Late Model Tour Rookie Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine completed the top five.
Current Série ACT Castrol Edge point leader Karl Allard took sixth, Série ACT Castrol Edge rookie Alex Labbe finished seventh, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. eighth, Brent Dragon ninth and 2010 Thunder Road Late Model Champion Nick Sweet rounded out the top ten.
The U.S. team earned the $500 bonus with a score of 143, while Canada earned 157. Points were awarded to each team based on its twelve driver’s finishes. The winner earned one point, second two, third three, etc. The team with the lowest score earned the win.
The 200 lap Showdown event was completed in 59 minutes and 47 seconds. It was completed with just three cautions, the final one coming on lap 77. Laperle used the remaining 123 laps to build up an 11 second margin of victory.
The ACT Late Model Tour will be back in action next Sunday, September 5 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont for the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic. It will be the 11th point counting event of the 2010 Tour schedule.
The next Série ACT Castrol Edge event will be the 11th and final event of the 2010 season. It will also be the third trip to Autodrome Ste-Eustache in Ste-Eustache, Quebec for the 300 lap event on Sunday, September 26.
Showdown at Chaudiere
ACT Late Model Tour/Série ACT Castrol Edge
Autodrome Chaudiere – Vallee-Jonction, QC
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Pos S.Pos Car # Driver Hometown Laps
1 1 91QC Patrick Laperle St-Denis, QC 200
2 8 80QC Donald Theetge Quebec, QC 200
3 2 37VT Brian Hoar Williston, VT 200
4 3 02NH Randy Potter Groveton, NH 199
5 4 57ME #Austin Theriault Fort Kent, ME 199
6 18 48QC Karl Allard Saint-Felicien, QC 199
7 11 36QC #Alex Labbé St-Albert, QC 199
8 22 97NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Hudson, NH 199
9 12 55VT Brent Dragon Milton, VT 199
10 5 88VT Nick Sweet Barre, VT 199
11 6 51QC Patrick Hamel St-Edouard, QC 199
12 16 21QC Jean-François Déry Quebec, QC 199
13 23 16VT Joey Becker Jeffersonville, VT 198
14 15 41VT Pete Potvin III Graniteville, VT 198
15 9 9VT Chip Grenier Graniteville, VT 198
16 13 97QC Jacques Poulin East Broughton, QC 198
17 21 15VT Joey Laquerre E. Montpelier, VT 195
18 20 74QC Gaëtan Lauzier St-Pacome, QC 194
19 14 11QC Claude Leclerc Lanoraie, QC 172
20 24 92QC Jonathan Desbiens Levis, QC 119
21 7 04ME TJ Watson Cundy's Harbor, ME 110
22 10 5QC Patrick Cliche St-Jean-Chrystome, QC 93
23 19 95QC #Jimmy Cormier Princeville, QC 87
24 17 4ME #Bradley Babb Windham, ME 37