MacDonald wins at Thompson, Payea reigns Elusive 1st ACT Championship for Payea

Thompson, Ct. – Eddie MacDonald took control of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) 75-lap season finale at Thompson Speedway Saturday and sped off to a dominant win.


Four spots back, Scott Payea nailed down the 2017 ACT championship in the Harrison Redi-Mix No. 37. With his eighth top-five finish in nine races.


MacDonald, driving the Hancock Electric No. 17, took the lead briefly from Thompson regular William Wall on lap 12, regained it for keeps on lap 19 and then survived four restarts before drawing away once the race stayed under green.


Eddie MacDonald Victorious in ACT Season Final Race at Thompson

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By: Dick Casey

Winning the final race of the season is always the sweetest and Eddie MacDonald did just that with a dominant performance in the American Canadian Tour’s 75 lap feature at Thompson Motor Sports Park Sunoco World Series of Racing Saturday night. The victory was especially sweet after a disappointing 11th place finish in the Pro Stock feature on Friday night.

Saturday’s ACT Late Model practice was reduced to one half hour due to morning rain but the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy ran in the top three and posted a +3 rating in the heat. Eddie Mac started fifth then raced to a second place finish to receive the fifth starting position for the season finale on the fast, high-banked 5/8th of a mile oval.

Woodard Disqualified, Suspended Following Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl

Waterbury Center’s Jason Woodard was found to have an illegally altered tire following the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, Vt. – Thunder Road officials announced today that Jason Woodard has been disqualified from his apparent victory in the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tiger Mini Milk Bowl held as part of the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.


As part of post-race technical inspection following the two-segment event, tire samples were taken from Woodard’s car and sent to an independent laboratory for further evaluation. Lab testing revealed that Woodard’s tire had been illegally altered.


ACT title within Payea’s grasp

Series finale at Thompson  October 14

Thompson, Ct. – American Canadian Tour (ACT) point leader Scott Payea will attempt to close out his record-breaking season by becoming the 2017 tour champion Saturday, October 14 at the 55th Annual Thompson Speedway World Series.


Payea became the first ACT Late Model driver ever to win four consecutive tour events earlier this season with victories at Devil’s Bowl, Thunder Road, White Mountain and Seekonk Speedway.


Corliss Crosses Over for Win in 55th Vermont Milk Bowl

Barre’s Jason Corliss plants a kiss on Miss Vermont Milk Bowl 2017 after taking the win in the 55th running of the famed event. (Alan Ward photo)

Barre, Vt. – Hometown driver Jason Corliss earned the biggest win of his Thunder Road Late Model career on Sunday, October 1, beating out South Burlington’s Trampas Demers to with the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank. It was the fourth Late Model win of the season and eighth of the young standout’s career.


Corliss entered the third and final 50-lap segment bringing up the rear of a four-car battle for that saw Barre’s Nick Sweet, Colchester’s Scott Payea, Demers, and Corliss separated by just four total points. While Sweet fought an ill-handling car and Payea struggled to move through the field, Demers and Corliss sliced through traffic and found themselves sitting fourth and fifth with less than 20 laps to go.


Gravel Sets New Track Record to Earn Milk Bowl Pole

Wolcott’s Marcel J. Gravel will be on the pole for the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl after turning a lap of 12.236 to break the Thunder Road track record. (T.J. Ingerson/ photo)

Barre, Vt. – Wolcott’s Marcel J. Gravel will lead the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Sunday, October 1. The sophomore Thunder Road Late Model competitor circled the high banks in 12.236 seconds to set a new track record, eclipsing the previous mark of 12.245 seconds set by Sylvain Metievier at the 1995 Milk Bowl.


Gravel was the 32nd driver to take time on Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day and laid down the record-breaking lap on his first trip around the speedway. In doing so, he knocked South Burlington’s Trampas Demers off the top spot. Demers settled for second with a near-record time of 12.267 seconds and will start on the outside pole on Sunday.