Thunder Valley
Photos by
Norm Marx
From 24th to 1st Labbe Wins
Thunder Valley National 200
at Autodrome Chaudiere
The VR Victoriaville #36 of Alex Labbe was disqualified from his heat race in post-race tech due to a ride height infraction. This would place him in the 24th starting position for the feature event where he would eventually work his way to the front and emerge victorious. By the ½-way point in the race, Labbe had moved into the 2nd position where he would battle for the win with the runner up, Joey Doiron in the Wild Willy’s Burger #73. Patrick Laperle of St.-Denis Quebec earned the final podium finish with his Lasalle Ford #91.

Center Conway’s DJ Shaw and Tyler Dippel from Walkill, NY rounded out the top-five in the finishing order. Turner, Maine natives Mike Rowe and Ben Rowe were sixth and seventh across the finish line. Chicoutimi, Quebec’s Michael Lavoie ended up in the eighth position, with Curtis Gerry of Waterboro ninth across the finish line, and Bangor’s Gary Smith rounding out the top-ten.

Eight cautions in the first 100 laps would see five cars retired prior to the mandatory caution at Lap 101. The 8F of Durham, NC native Tate Fogleman came to a stop on the inside of Turn 1 on Lap 2 bringing out he first caution of the day and ultimately seeing that car retired from the race. Caution would fly three more times for minor spins before Lap 8 which would result in the 80QC of Donald Theetge retiring his car from competition. On Lap 46 the caution would fly again as the 2QC of Dany Poulin took a wild ride off Turn 1. Poulin emerged from his car unscathed, but unfortunately the same could not be said for the car. On the restart, the 84QC of Martin Latulippe and the 98QC of Etienne Cliché would tangle resulting in the 6th caution of the day and would see the Cliché retired from the race. Caution #7 was the result of debris left on the track when the 16 of Kevin Roberge broke, ending his day. Caution would fly one more time on Lap 81 for a minor spin, before seeing the caution at Lap 101 for the mandatory 10 minute pit stop to allow teams to make adjustments, change tires, and refuel.

At the ½ way break the top three were the #73 of Doiron having moved up from the 11th starting spot, followed the #36 of Labbe, and Patrick Laperle in the Lasalle Ford #91. Starting fourth would be Ben Rowe in the #4 Hancock Lumber car moving up from a 21st starting position. Rounding out the top five would be the #60 Precision JLM car of DJ Shaw who started from the rear of the feature in the 25th starting position.

Twenty cars returned to action following the ½ way pit stop, with all but one car on the lead lap. Caution would fly on Lap 116 for the 84QC of Martin Latulippe who would retire to pit road. Caution flew again on Lap 118 for an incident in turn 3 between the 40 of Chris Michaud and the 83 of Martin Goulet, Jr. which would result in both cars being unable to continue. Lap 132 saw the third caution of the second half when the 97QC Jacques Poulin spun. This would lead to the longest green flag run of the event (50 laps) before caution was out once again on Lap 182 for a spin. Following re-alignment of the field, the 61 car of William Roberge was shown the black flag for not maintaining his position in line and was sent to the pits. Four laps after the restart, as it looked like the field was sorting out nicely; caution would fly for the final time on Lap 186. The 7L of Glen Luce and 54 of Johnny Clark would get together on the backstretch heading into turn 3, resulting in both cars spinning with Luce hitting the wall in turn 3 ending his day and Clark spinning, losing a lap but able to continue.

Berwick, Maine’s Joey Doiron had checked out on the field and had victory in his sight when this late race caution brought the field back in tow and put the 36 of Alex Labbe to the outside of Doiron on the restart. When the green flag flew, Doiron would get the advantage, but it would be short lived as Labbe gave Dorion a bump to move him out of the way and take the lead on Lap 190. Doiron would return the favor on the following lap and the two would race side by side for the next several laps before Labbe would clear Doiron on Lap 196 and go on to win the Thunder Valley National 200.

With his 4th place finish in the Thunder Valley National 200, DJ Shaw just edged out Joey Doiron by a single point, 358 to 357 for the Triple Crown Championship. Mike Rowe will finish in the third spot with a total of 342 points.

The annual PASS 400 weekend at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, also a PASS National Championship Series race, is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, September 12-14. All four PASS divisions will be in action including the PASS Super Late Models, PASS Northeast Late Models (NELMS), PASS Modifieds, and PASS Sportsman.

The PASS NELMS Late Model Series will be running a 100 laps event on Saturday, and the PASS North Super Late Model Series will be running their 300 Lap event on Sunday.

PASS North Super Late Models, Sportsman Series and Modified racers conclude their championship seasons on Saturday, September 27 at Oxford Plains Speedway.

The Pro All Stars Series is recognized as North America’s premier sanctioning body for asphalt Super Late Models and boasts such marquee events as PASS South’s Easter Bunny 150 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway, the Triple Crown at Autodrome Chaudiere, and the legendary Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway.

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1) 36 - Alex Labbe - 200 Laps
2) 73 - Joey Doiron - 200
3) 91 - Patrick Laperle - 200
4) 60 - DJ Shaw - 200
5) 1 - Tyler Dippel - 200
6) 23 - Mike Rowe - 200
7) 4 - Ben Rowe - 200
8) 10 - Michael Lavoie - 200
9) 7 - Curtis Gerry - 200
10) 75 - Gary Smith - 200
11) 54 - Johnny Clark - 199
12) 7A - Karl Allard - 199
13) 42 - Eric St. Gelais - 199
14) 32 - Jean Duchesneau - 199
15) 7L - Glen Luce - 185
16) 97 - Jacques Poulin - 182
17) 61 - William Roberge - 180
18) 83 - Martin Goulet Jr. - 118
19) 40 - David Michaud - 117
20) 84 - Martin Latulippe - 116
21) 16 - Kevin Roberge - 52
22) 98 - Etienne Cliche - 47
23) 2 - Dany Poulin - 46
24) 80 - Donald Theetge - 8
25) 8F - Tate Fogleman - 2
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