Waterbury, VT – Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien passed defending American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. on lap 49 and never looked back winning the Oxford 100 going away on Sunday, April 17 at Oxford Plains Speedway.

 

“Damn, this feels good,” said Therrien. “Picking up right where we left off last year at Speedway 51. The guys, when we unloaded this morning, we weren’t that great. And they busted their butts all day to get us here now. That was awesome.”

 

Therrien led the final 51 laps, holding off Steuben ME’s Rowland Robinson Jr. on a pair of late restarts to win the 2016 ACT season opener. It was Therrien’s second career victory and first since 2013.

 

Robinson came home second to earn his first career podium finish with ACT. Former Oxford winner Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald charged from 16th on the starting grid to finish third.

 

Helliwell grabbed the lead on the start from pole sitter Brad Babb and led the first 29 circuts. Meanwhile, Robinson quickly moved up from the ninth Starting position, grabbing the lead from Helliwell on lap 30 as the two worked through traffic.

 

Helliwell stuck with Robinson, and took the lead back just prior to the race’s second caution on the lap 44. Therrien then came to life on the restart, steaking from the third position to the secure the lead 4 laps later.

 

Therrien opened up his advantage on the green flag run while Helliwell and Robinson continued to fight for second, with MacDonald entering the fray in the late stages. Cautions on laps 94 and 95 for spins by Mark Jenison and Mark Hudson gave the field two more shot at Therrien, but he was not to be denied en route to the win.

 

Helliwell slipped to fourth in the final rundown, while Scott Dragon came home fifth. Jimmy Hebert, Quinny Welch, Raymond Christian, Babb, and Brandon Atkins rounding out the top ten.

 

The ACT Late Model Tour visits Lee USA Speedway Sunday April 24 for the NH Governors Cup 150. Post time is 1:15pm.

 

For more information contact the ACT offices at 802-244-6963, [email protected] or visit www.acttour.com.

 

-ACT Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com

 

ACT 100 Unofficial Results

Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME

1 5vt Bobby Therrien
2 28me Rowland Robinson, Jr.
3 17ma Eddie MacDonald
4 27nh Wayne Helliwell, Jr.
5 16vt Scott Dragon
6 58vt Jimmy Hebert
7 78nh Quinny Welch
8 93ct Raymond Christian
9 15nh Brad Babb
10 4ny Brandon Atkins
11 40vt Nick Sweet
12 5ct Dillon Moltz
13 9me Emily Packard
14 9nh Kyle Welch
15 1nh Corey Mason
16 30nh Rich Dubeau
17 12ri Robert Pelland
18 49nh Matt Anderson
19 37vt Scott Payea
20 04nh Shawn Swallow
21 11qc Claude Leclerc
22 19qc Dany Trepanier
23 54vt Mike Ziter
24 22ri Mark Jenison
25 21nh Oren Remick
26 61nh Ryan Olsen
27 10nh Bryan Mason
28 82ma Mark Hudson
29 1vt Devin O’Connell
30 41qc Jonathan Bouvrette
31 13vt Boomer Morris
32 0nh Miles Chipman
33 23me Dave Farrington, Jr.

Therrien Passes Defending Champ to Win ACT Opener