Defending ACT Champion Scott Payea celebrates his first win of the season in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup at Lee USA Speedway. (Daniel Holben/Big D’s Photos)
Lee, NH – Defending American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion Scott Payea put himself in the early catbird’s seat for the 2018 crown by taking the win in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup at Lee USA Speedway on Saturday, May 12. Colchester, VT’s Payea grabbed the lead from polesitter Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA on lap 108 for the 150-lap event. He then held off a final charge for this first win of the season and 14th of his ACT Late Model Tour career.
MacDonald started on the pole and looked to be in control for the first two-thirds of the event, which was run nearly a month after its originally scheduled date due to weather-related delays. After fending off outside polesitter Corey Mason in the early going, he spent most of the race’s middle stages at the head of a 4-car battle that included Payea plus New Hampshire racers Miles Chipman and Rich Dubeau. Despite a series of cautions, which included a 4-car pileup against the turn-3 wall on lap 70, he was able to keep the field at bay.
TAKES FIRST WIN OF SEASON WHILE POINTS CONTENDERS CRASH
THOMPSON, Conn. – In just his first start of the season on the Granite State Pro Stock Series, Derek Ramstrom proved to be the dominant driver in Friday’s 60-lap feature at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.
After winning his heat race, Ramstrom had to start eighth because of an invert, but he didn’t let that stop his run to the checkered flag. The driver of the No. 35 quickly worked his way to the front of the pack and took the lead for the final time on a lap 31 restart. The race went from there to the checkered under green flag conditions and Ramstrom was never challenged.
Three-time 2017 feature winner Jason Corliss (#66VT) and former Memorial Day Classic winner Tyler Cahoon (#38VT) are two of the Thunder Road Late Model weekly racers looking to hit it big at the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl. (Alan Ward photo)
Barre, Vt. – Barre’s Thunder Road caps off the 2017 racing season with the 55th Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1. Drivers from throughout New England and Quebec have already entered the event, but a number of local racers are expected to take on the invaders and defend their home turf in “The Toughest Short Track Stock Car Race in North America”.
Nearly all of the top weekly Thunder Road Late Model weekly racers have entered the prestigious event. Newly crowned “King of the Road” Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, season runner-up Trampas Demers of South Burlington and three-time 2017 feature winner Jason Corliss of Barre are among those who have filed entries. Corliss will be looking to win his first Milk Bowl after finishing second overall in the 2016 event.
Oxford, ME — Curtis Gerry of Waterboro dominated when go time came, scoring the biggest racing victory of his career Sunday in the 44th annual Oxford 250 at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. With lap leader bonuses included, Gerry’s win should be worth over $35,000.
Gerry, who lined up 21st on the starting grid, needed 123 laps to chase down early race leader Cassius Clark in Rollie MacDonald’s 13. A round of pit stops saw Scott McDaniel earn some lap leader bonus cash for 26 laps before Gerry took command for good with just over 50 laps to go.
LEE, NH: Top drivers and cars of the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) from
throughout New England will make their first appearance of the 2017 season Friday night in a 14-race program here at Lee USA Speedway.
The PASS Super Late Models will run qualifying for the 150-lap New
England Paving feature race open to 24 starters including some top-name