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Saint J Extends Sweet Deal To 2012

- Justin St. Louis on 01 Oct 2010

Photo: Nick Sweet will be carrying the Saint J colors for two more years, as he did with his Governor's Cup Win at Thunder Road in June (Leif Tillotson Photo)Photo: Nick Sweet will be carrying the Saint J colors for two more years, as he did with his Governor's Cup Win at Thunder Road in June (Leif Tillotson Photo)

(From team press release)

St. Johnsbury, VT --
The Saint J Auto Group announced today that it has extended its sponsorship of the 2010 Thunder Road King of The Road, Nick Sweet through the 2012 racing season at Thunder Road. The relationship began in 2008, when Sweet made the move from the Tiger Sportsman division at the race track to the American-Canadian Tour, scoring the 2008 ACT Rookie of the Year honors in his first year. In 2009 Sweet stayed close to home, racing weekly at Thunder Road and finishing in 6th in the overall point standings. In 2010 Sweet was locked in a fierce points battle with Montpelier drivers Dave Pembroke and Phil Scott, taking the point lead on the final event, and scoring his first Thunder Road Track Championship.

“It was an easy decision to not only renew our commitment to Nick and the team but to also commit to more than just one season,” states John Loschiavo, who owns the dealership group with his brother Mike. “Nick and his team are such a close-knit, professional group that works very hard and show a great amount of determination and dedication this season. We feel that they are a great representation of our company.”

When reached by telephone on Thursday Sweet, 26 from Barre, was ecstatic about the decision. “I know we had a really good season this year, but it’s always nerve-wracking to wait and see if a sponsor is going to recommit. To have them commit not only for 2011, but also 2012 was great news.”

Sweet has had a tough September after scoring the Championship on August 26th. The finished 10th during the Showdown at Chaudiere in Quebec -- an all-star race of the best ACT teams of the US and Canada -- but failed to qualify for the Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road due to brake problems. At the ACT Invitational in Loudon, NH, where Sweet finished 2nd in 2009, the team was involved in a lap 2 incident, which severely damaged the Saint J Auto #88. “September has been a rough month, so this news couldn’t have come at a better time,” proclaims Sweet.

The team however will not compete in the 48th Vermont Milk Bowl on October 2/3. The damage suffered at Loudon was significant enough to prevent the team for attempting the Milk Bowl. Although Sweet was offered alternate rides for the race, he feels there is still no car like his own. “Yes I’ve been offered other rides, but I feel bad enough about wrecking my own race car, I can’t imagine driving anyone else’s,” explains Sweet. “ I don’t think I would drive as aggressively in any car other than my own.”

Loschiavo supports Nick’s decision on the Milk Bowl. “Having raced snowmobiles with my two sons in the past, I don’t think I’d want them racing a ‘borrowed ride’ for any race. I know they will race tentatively, which in racing is a recipe for disaster.”

The Saint J Auto race team, lead by Shayne Sweet, will be hard at work over the winter repairing the race car and getting it ready for opening day at Thunder Road , early May 2011.

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