ST-EUSTACHE, QC – The best short track stock car drivers from Canada and the northeastern United States are headed to the ACTion Super Series 200 at Autodrome St-Eustache outside Montreal on Saturday, July 28.
The superstars of the Série ACT Castrol will try to defend their home turf against the southern invaders of the ACT Late Model Tour, hoping to win the first of four Super Series events in 2007 and earn a whopping $6,000 (US). The ACTion Super Series 200 will award championship points toward both the Série ACT Castrol and the ACT Late Model Tour, and is expected to draw more than 40 teams racing for a total purse of more than $43,000.
Leading the way is Sylvain Lacombe, a five-time winner at Autodrome St-Eustache and a former Série ACT Castrol Champion. “The Terror of Terrebonne” has made his mark at the 4/10-mile oval in some of the biggest races ever held in Quebec, including the prestigious Cari-All 300, a race he has won a record four times.
“I’m excited for the race at St-Eustache,” said Lacombe. “I like racing with ACT, and it’s nice if you can win the big money races.”
Lacombe is tied for the lead in all-time Série ACT Castrol victories with 10, and has a victory in ACT Late Model Tour competition. He says he enjoys racing against the Americans.
“I like to race with drivers like Jean-Paul Cyr and Brian Hoar,” he said. “They are very competitive and make everyone work harder. There will be a lot of good American race teams, and some of them are not going to qualify, just like us Canadians. It’s very exciting, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Lacombe is currently tied for fourth in Série ACT Castrol point standings with Patrick Laperle, but is only five points behind leader Karl Allard. Two-time winner Alexandre Gingras, Jean-François Déry, and veterans Claude Leclerc and Yvon Bédard will try to chase Lacombe’s familiar orange #3 Chevrolet down.
Scott Payea, third in ACT Late Model Tour points, is looking forward to the challenge of visiting a new race track. While the Série ACT Castrol has raced at Autodrome St-Eustache on nine previous occasions, the ACT Late Model Tour has never visited the facility.
“I spoke with Patrick Laperle about St-Eustache a while ago to learn a little about the setup for the car, and I think it will help us a lot,” Payea explained. “I always like racing at new places, and I hear that the facility is nice and that the track is very racy, so it should be a good time.”
Payea earned his first career ACT Late Model Tour victory at the Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road in May, and hopes he can take his second win in the ACTion Super Series 200.
“Typically, the Canadian teams do very well against us when they’re at home, but we’re confident that we can contend with guys like Donald Theetge and Lacombe and Laperle. Plus, I want to win that $6,000!”
Payea, six-time ACT Late Model Tour Champion Jean-Paul Cyr, five-time Champion Brian Hoar, Brent Dragon, and Randy Potter will be on hand to challenge the Série ACT Castrol regulars, along with Theetge, of Boischatel, QC. Theetge, the defending Série ACT Castrol Champion, is competing full-time on the ACT Late Model Tour in 2007 and is the only driver to have scored victories this season on both series.
The ACTion Super Series 200 is scheduled to take over Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday, July 28. Green flag qualifying action begins at 5:30pm. Autodrome St-Eustache is located on Boulevard Arthur-Sauve in St-Eustache, QC, just outside of Montreal and Laval. More information, call (802) 244-6963 or visit www.acttour.com.