Bobby Therrien Unstoppable In Second ACT Labor Day Classic Triumph At Thunder Road

(Press Release from American-Canadian Tour)

ACT Labor Day Classic 200 presented by New England Federal Credit Union victory lane (L-R) Kaiden Fisher (third), winner Bobby Therrien and Marcel Gravel (second) (Photo: Alan Ward/ACT)

On another gorgeous Sunday afternoon in Barre, Vermont, the American-Canadian Tour returned home to Thunder Road International Speedbowl for 200 laps of hair-raising action with just one driver was able to claim a spot on the iconic granite tablets at the world-famous ‘Naton’s Site of Excitement.’ 

After taking a +3 in their respective qualifying heat races, Thunder Road hot-shoes Brandon Lanphear and Darrell Morin earned the front row with Jaden Perry starting third. Unfortunately in the second consolation qualifier, top tour runner Derek Gluchacki was caught as Hollis, Maine’s Jason Gammon flew across turn four, smashed the Widowmaker frontstretch wall and flipped on the frontstretch. A bent rear clip sent Gluchacki’s car back into the trailer and homebound on what started as a hopeful day for the North Dartmouth, Massachusetts crew. 

While Darrell Morin stole away the lead under the initial green flag, Brandon Lanphear powered back to lead lap three through the first caution for Cam Huntress’s run-in with the frontstretch wall. The battle between Morin and Lanphear resumed until defending Thunder Road champion Chris Pelkey entered top-two contention. In a dog-fight battle, Pelkey would lead over Morin one lap before the 17VT powered back once more with both facing a rear-view mirror full of Bobby Therrien.

Therrien, the 2020 Labor Day Classic champion, had a powerful car underneath him that allowed the Hinesburg, Vermont driver to take the lead on lap 38. While the Thunder Road regulars showed the way, rookie Tanner Woodard and Jimmy Renfrew Jr. held the Tour banner high in their fight to join the top-10. A spinning Walter Sutcliffe called out the caution on lap 73 with Renfrew, Oxford 125 winner Gabe Brown and others jumping pit-side for their change tires.

Therrien again led the show on the return to green before top ACT rookie contender Andrew Molleur cut a right front tire to throw the yellow once more. At the halfway point, defending champion D.J. Shaw continued to battle as the highest Tour regular in 9th as Brown and Woodard fought to join him. The ACT championship battle got red-hot around lap 115 as Shaw used Brendan Moodie as a pick to hold back Brown in hopes that Monday’s updated point standings continued in his favor.

Following a wild wreck for Jaden Perry after several strong American-Canadian Tour runs this season saw the Hardwick, Vermont driver fly side-over-side and land atop the turn one berm, Therrien continued his domination at the front. While Therrien held on and dug deep, never pitting for change tires, Shaw and Brown continued to battle out back, unable to make a charge for the lead and valuable lap-leader bonus points.

Through it all, Bobby Therrien proved his was the car to beat and drove his Casella Waste Management ride all the way to Thunder Road victory lane and claim his second Labor Day Classic win along with the New England Federal Credit Union granite trophy. Former Oxford 125 winner, and top-5 Thunder Road pilot, Marcel Gravel took home second with top Thunder Road rookie Kaiden Fisher claiming third. Chris Pelkey salvaged a fourth-place run and Tanner Woodard took the top touring finish in fifth.

Thunder Road hot-shoes Cody Blake and Kyle Pembroke nabbed sixth and seventh with Brown taking eighth, Jason Corliss ninth and D.J. Shaw rounding out the top ten.

The American-Canadian Tour faithful takes a much-needed off-weekend to prepare for the final events in the 2023 season. Returning to action for the 45th Fall Foliage 200 at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, September 16th the top ACT Tour teams then move on to Thunder Road for the 61st Vermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank on Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st before wrapping up the 45th season of Championship Stock Car Racing at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut for the Haunted Hundred on Saturday, October 21st.

For more information, contact the ACT offices at (802) 244-6963, [email protected], or visit You can also get updates on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ACTTour.

Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl – Barre, VT

Sunday, September 3, 2023

The 45th Labor Day Classic 200 presented by New England Federal Credit Union


American-Canadian Tour Labor Day Classic – (200 Laps)

1.         14VT    Bobby Therrien           Hinesburg, VT

2.         86VT    Marcel J. Gravel          Wolcott, VT

3.         18VT    #Kaiden Fisher            Shelburne, VT

4.         64VT    Chris Pelkey                 Graniteville, VT

5.         68NH   #Tanner Woodard       Waterbury Ctr., VT

6.         99VT    Cody Blake                  Barre, VT

7.         27VT    Kyle Pembroke            Montpelier, VT

8.         60ME   Gabe Brown                Center Conway, NH

9.         66VT    Jason Corliss               Barre, VT

10.       04VT    D.J. Shaw                     Center Conway, NH

11.       77NH   #Bryan Wall Jr.            E. Kingston, NH

12.       68VT    Brooks Clark                Fayston, VT

13.       0VT      Scott Dragon               Milton, VT

14.       94VT    Brendan Moodie         Wolcott, VT

15.       16VT    Brandon Lanphear      Morrisville, VT

16.       7VT      Cooper Bouchard        Hinesburg, VT

17.       36NH   Erick Sands                  Derry, NH

18.       00NH   Jimmy Renfrew Jr.      Candia, NH

19.       17VT    Darrell Morin              Westford, VT

20.       04NY    #Justin Prescott           Milton, VT

21.       55VT    #Keegan Lamson         Berlin, VT

22.       41QC   Jonathan Bouvrette    Blainville, QC

23.       31KS    #Cody Schoolcraft       Claremont, NH

24.       31CT    #Andrew Molleur       Shelton, CT

25.       92VT    Jaden Perry                 Hardwick, VT

26.       12CT    #PJ Evans                     Uncasville, CT

27.       58VT    Jimmy Hebert              Williamstown, VT

28.       78CT    Walter Sutcliffe          E. Haven, CT

29.       01VT    Stephen Martin           Craftsbury Common, VT

30.       27NH   Cam Huntress              Rochester, NH

DNS     03MA  Derek Gluchacki          North Dartmouth, MA

DNS     25ME   #Jason Gammon         Hollis, ME

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