VALLEE-JONCTION, Quebec – Donald Theetge earned his second straight Série ACT late model win on Friday at Autodrome Chaudiere.
Theetge used the final restart on lap 131 of the 150 lap event to muscle his way race-long leader Patrick Laperle. Laperle made several last ditch efforts over the final 19 laps, but to no avail as Theetge protected the outside line and took away Laperle’s momentum.
The two rivals spent the majority of the event at the front after working their way from about mid-pack of the 26 car field. Laperle would get to the point first, taking away the lead from Dany Trepanier on lap 46. Theetge pulled up to his rear bumper one lap later and the latest chapter of the Theetge/Laperle rivalry began.
The two swapped the lead several times over the remainder of the event and through several restarts. Laperle seemed to have the field covered until Theetge restarted on the outside on the final restart.
David Michaud worked his way from dead last on the field to complete the podium. Jean-François Déry and Etienne Cliche completed the top five. Dany Trepanier, Jacques Poulin, Claude Leclerc, Pier-Luc Ouellette, and Jonathan Bouvrette rounded out the second half of the top ten.
Top point drivers Patrick Cliche and Alex Labbe both had rough nights after being involved in separate incidents. Cliche got tangled up with another car near the halfway mark of the event, and while he was able to continue, not long after something in the front end of his automobile broke. He lost a couple of laps making the repairs under green but still managed to finish 12th.
Labbe was involved in the worst wreck of the night. A hard six car pileup started with Steven Boissonneault’s car breaking coming off turn two. The ensuing incident sent Labbe hard into the backstretch wall with more cars piling in behind him. The event was red flagged for just over 12 minutes to clean up the incident.