Bumpy Road: Bobby Therrien Wins ACT Finale At Thompson Sunoco World Series

Bobby Therrien celebrates victory in the American Canadian Tour feature at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Saturday

Bobby Therrien celebrates victory in the American Canadian Tour feature at the Sunoco World Series at Thompson Speedway Saturday

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.”

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  1. Dillon always gets passed on last lap
    Arrogance will get ya
    I.think he gets nervous because of the better drivers out there in the act series
    Just like waterford too
    Did he do a burnout too ha ha ha

  2. Good job bobby
    You deserve it
    Moltz would be good but he is so slow on restarts and racing in traffic he gets confused

  3. Bobby is a spoiled hack who punted the leader on the last lap. I am a fan of neither driver but it takes no talent to slam into the rear of a car to move him to get a undeserved win. Some times it is better to finish second and have “Class.”

  4. Thunder Road Thor says:

    Way to go Sweet!!! 2016 Act Champion! !!! Your the man!!!!

  5. Richie O- I saw that last lap completely different from you. Looked like Therrien had run down the straightaway, got underneath Moltz, and Moltz started coming down before the turn. I didnt see a punt or slam. I saw very light contact to the left rear quarter and it crossed up the leader. Looked like an exciting last lap racing deal to me. What I’m not a fan of is Moltz turning a guy in the RR in front of the field after the checkered.

  6. How is it that the series let Moltz keep his spot after he did that after the finish?

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