St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle came out on top of a thrilling battle with defending American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion Scott Payea during a final 4-lap sprint to win the Caron Fabrication 151 at Groveton, NH’s Speedway 51 on Saturday, June 2. It was Laperle’s 19th career ACT Late Model Tour victory, but first on U.S. soil in nearly eight years.
Laperle held a half-straightaway lead over Colchester, VT’s Payea in the final stages of the race. But a herd of lapped cars had allowed Payea to get to his bumper before Craig Bushey spun in turn four to bring out the caution on lap 147. Shawn Swallow then went for his own spin when the green flag dropped, bringing the field back together for the final shootout.
Payea put his nose up outside on the restart, leading laps 148 and 149. Laperle, though, found something extra in the tank, getting back in front as the field came to the white flag and holding on for the win.