THOMPSON – Saturday morning American Canadian Tour driver Bobby Therrien strolled into Thompson Speedway for the first time in his life.
Saturday night he walked away in the track record book as a winner at the historic facility.
And he pulled off that feat in dramatic fashion. In a full-contact thriller, Therrien got by Dillon Moltz for the lead on the final lap to win the 75-lap American Canadian Tour feature at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Saturday.
“There’s been three races so far this year that I’ve been moved on the last lap,” Therrien said. “I didn’t want to have it happen again tonight. I was in a position that I had my nose in there and coming to the checkered at a place like Thompson you go for all you’ve got coming out of turn four.”
Moltz, of Waterford, held on for second. Scott Payea of Milton, Vt. was third.
Nick Sweet of Barre, Vt. was fifth to clinch the series championship.
Moltz also lost what looked like was shaping up to be a win in dramatic fashion in last year’s visit to Thompson by the ACT.
Saturday Therrien got under Moltz in turn two on the final lap. There was contact between the two in turn three and Therrien was able to wrestle the lead through turn four.
“I guess it’s another World Series loss for me,” Moltz said. “It sucks. … I guess he was just desperate for a win. … There was a couple times when I got into him but I didn’t take advantage of him and boot him. It sucks. It really does. We had such a good race. I had a clean race with [Payea].”
After the checkered Moltz spun Therrien in turn one.
“That after the race, that is not me racing,” Moltz said. “But he did that to me at [Beech Ridge Motor Speedway earlier this year]. He wrecked me after the checkered. So I figured it was appropriate that he knew that he wasn’t going to get away with it.”
Therrien, of Hinesburg, Vt., left beaming about the first visit victory.
“First time I’ve seen the place was this morning when I walked in,” Therrien said. “This is an awesome facility. I like it a lot. It races fun. It’s a drivers track to where there’s multiple grooves, there’s three grooves at a time going through the corners. It’s a ton of fun here.”