-by Justin St. Louis
VMM Editor

Happy Valentine’s Day from New Smyrna!

We’ll be honest with you here, we tried to rile some of the American-Canadian Tour drivers up this afternoon and get someone to say something outlandish or offensive, but everyone is in a good mood and ready to race.

Can Joey Polewarczyk and Patrick Laperle come from the rear tonight to win the overall point standings? Will someone like Karl Allard, Mike Bruno, or Patrick Hamel pull off a surprise?

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Mark Lamberton credits most of his success this weekend to the efforts of chassis builder Mike McColl. The Ontario car builder has been working with Lamberton’s Enosburg-based Richard Green Trucking outfit at New Smyrna.

Green fields cars for Lamberton on the American-Canadian Tour and Joey Becker at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl and has received chassis support from McColl Racing Enterprises for several years.

Lamberton has ranked ninth or better in every practice session that he’s participated in since Sunday afternoon, and earned the pole position for Sunday night’s 100-lap feature with a “+4” handicap rating, and finished fifth.

“It’s so nice to just have someone here to turn the wrenches and make the decisions,” said Lamberton. “I only have to focus on the driving, and that’s been an unbelievable help. We’ve had a lot of fun this week.”

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Pete Yetman of Peru, Mass., had an impressive ACT debut on Sunday night at New Smyrna and is hopeful that his luck will continue throughout the year.

The former Thompson Int’l Speedway Late Model competitor wants to make a full-season attempt at the ACT Late Model Tour schedule. He finished 14th in Sunday’s event and stayed on the lead lap until the very end of the race.

“These Late Models are a lot different than the Late Models at Thompson, so it’s been a lot of learning,” Yetman said. “I hope that we did a good enough job last night. Hopefully we can keep it going tonight.”

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East Montpelier driver Joey Laquerre walked away from a hard crash on the frontstretch in Sunday’s feature race after contact with Kevin Roberge on lap 41.

Laquerre was driving a brand new chassis that had never seen a race track before Sunday. Unfortunately, it may never see a race track again.

“He flat-out turned me,” Laquerre said. “This thing is bent all the way to seat. It’s junk.”

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Roberge will not be competing in Monday’s 100-lap event, but not because of the incident with Laquerre. The Levis, Que., driver failed to attend a mandatory drivers’ meeting with ACT president Tom Curley in the morning and has been disqualified.

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The top-twenty finishers from Sunday’s event have been inverted to line up the Monday feature, with the exception of Worcester’s Blair Bessett.

Bessett, who finished 20th on Sunday and was originally scheduled to start on the pole position, will start 19th. Roberge finished 12th on Sunday and would have started 8th tonight.

Eric Chase of Milton, who failed to take the green flag on Sunday due to a broken wheel bearing, will start 26th tonight.

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Listen live to the ACT Goodyear Speedweeks Cup 100 tonight on WDEV Radio at AM 550, 96.1 FM, 96.5 FM, 101.9 FM, or online at www.speed51.com. Dave Moody and yours truly will have the call. Racing begins around 8:00pm.