Barre, Vermont – Hometown stock car racer Nick Sweet nailed down his first Super Late Model race win on Friday night, holding off Quebec competitor and fellow former Milk Bowl winner Patrick Laperle in an outstanding 150-lap Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model main event, highlighting Northfield Savings Bank Night Before The Milk Bowl action at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, Vermont.
Sweet, a two-time track champion at the high-banked, ¼-mile oval, spent the opening portion of the race chasing Jeremy Davis of Tamworth, New Hampshire. Sweet claimed the race lead on the 36th circuit, setting the pace until current PASS North Super Late Model points leader DJ Shaw of Center Conway, New Hampshire took control with 50 laps remaining.
Laperle, always at his best when the ante rises on the racetrack, moved in and battled Shaw, swapping the lead as Sweet regrouped for his final charge. A late restart allowed Sweet to move by Shaw and back into contention, and after racing just about side by side for the final 20 laps Sweet got to the finish line just ahead of Laperle with Shaw, the reigning PASS North Super Late Model champion, third across the stripe.
Bobby Therien of Hineburg, Vermont bounced back from adversity and multiple pit stops to finish in fourth position. Likewise, Derek Griffith was fast but didn’t see the breaks go his way, and the Hudson, New Hampshire competitor ended up in fifth spot.
Derek Ramstrom of Worcester, Massachusetts just missed out on a top-five run after racing with the leaders throughout the 150-lapper. Garrett Hall of Scarborough, Maine was seventh, with early race leader Davis eighth, bouncing back after spinning off a lapped car while running in second position.
Travis Benjamin of Belfast, Maine lost a bit of ground in his championship battle versus Shaw, posting a ninth-place finish. Newly-crowned Oxford Plains Speedway Super Late Model champion Gabe Brown of Center Conway, New Hampshire rounded out the top ten.
The next Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model event is scheduled for Saturday, October 13 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine. Post time is 2:00 p.m. For more information please visit proallstarsseries.com or call (207) 539-8865.
Results from the September 28 Northfield Savings Bank Night Before The Milk Bowl Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model 150 at Thunder Road International Speedbowl, Barre, Vermont, showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown:
Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Model (150 laps) 1 40 Nick Sweet, Barre, VT; 2 91 Patrick Laperle, St. Denis, QC; 3 60 DJ Shaw, Center Conway, NH; 4 5 Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT; 5 12 Derek Griffith, Hudson, NH; 6 35 Derek Ramstrom, Worcester, MA; 7 94 Garrett Hall, Scarborough, ME; 8 09 Jeremy Davis, Tamworth, NH; 9 7 Travis Benjamin, Belfast, ME; 10 47 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH; 11 37 Scott Payea, Milton, VT; 12 97 Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH; 13 4 Ben Rowe, Turner, ME; 14 8 Calvin Rose, Jr., Turner, ME; 15 24 JP Josaisse, Ennismore, ON; 16 24 Scott MacMichael, New London, NH; 17 27 Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH; 18 66 Jason Corliss, Barre, VT; 19 42 Matt White, Northfield, VT; 20 7 Glen Luce, Turner, ME; 21 1 Evan Hallstrom, Northfield, VT; 22 4 Brad Babb, Windham, ME; DNS 43 Devin O’Connell, Madison, CT.