Vt.'s Payea takes Lee ACT raceBy TOM HERZIG
Special to the Union Leader
May 13. 2018 6:57PM
LEE — Scott Payea of Colchester, Vt., got the better of Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald after a lengthy battle and won the American Canadian Tour (ACT) Governor’s Cup 150 season opener at Lee USA Speedway Saturday night.
Payea, the defending Tour champion, used the outside lane to overtake MacDonald one circuit after the seventh and final restart on lap 107.
MacDonald started on the pole and set the pace early before Payea reached him after passing Corey Mason for second on lap 50.
Payea stayed with MacDonald over the next 50 laps with Miles Chipman of Nottingham and Rich Dubeau of Lebanon in close pursuit, but despite an all-out effort, couldn’t clear him on five successive restarts.
Once in the lead, Payea drew out to a five car-length advantage only to have MacDonald reach his bumper in heavy traffic in turn two on the final lap.
“Eddie ran a phenomenal race and Miles dogged me the whole way, but I had a rocket,” Payea said.
Chipman finished third ahead of Dubeau and fast-closing Jimmy Hebert fifth.
Hebert had to pit under caution while running fourth on lap 70 to repair a broken front suspension part and then raced his backup through the 25-car field.
Canadian Go-Kart champion Pier-Luc Ouellette finished sixth, followed by Corey Mason, Matt White, Ray Parent and Bryan Mason.
“It got close at the end, but he had the faster car. I wasn’t going to get him,” MacDonald said. “Second place is a pretty good night.”
Chipman, from Nottingham, a past Governor’s Cup winner, called his third-place finish a personal boost. “I had a lot of fun,” he said, “but the car struggled on the restarts.”
The American Canadian Tour resumes action at Oxford Plains next Sunday. Frankie Eldredge of Stratham opened defense of his 2017 track championship with a convincing win in the $1,000-to-win 50-lap R&R Tool Store Late Model Sportsman feature.
Eldredge was alongside eventual runner-up George Helliwell on the race’s only restart on lap 25 and passed him on the outside three laps later. Nate Buxton was a close third.
Bryan Kruczek and Bill Helliwell completed the top five.
George Helliwell and Bobby Melvin won the qualifying heats.
Lee USA hosts the Monster Truck Throwdown touring event next Sunday and will begin its regular NASCAR weekly racing schedule Friday, June 1.
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1. ( 6 ) Scott Payea, Colchester, Vt. , 150, Laps
2. ( 1 ) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass. , 150 Laps
3. ( 9 ) Miles Chipman, Nottingham, 150 Laps
4. ( 10 ) Rich Dubeau, Lebanon, 150 Laps
5. ( 16 ) Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, Vt. , 150 Laps
6. ( 3 ) Pier-Luc Ouellette, Terrebonne, Quebec, 150 Laps
7. ( 2 ) Corey Mason, Groveton, 150 Laps
8. ( 7 ) Matt White, Northfield, Vt. , 150 Laps
9. ( 4 ) Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I., 150 Laps
10. ( 8 ) Bryan Mason, Stark, 150 Laps
Other NH drivers
14. ( 11 ) Shawn Swallow, Lancaster, 150 Laps
16. ( 13 ) Matt Anderson, Franklin, 149 Laps
Lap Leaders: Eddie MacDonald 1-107; Scott Payea 108-150. (1 lead changes among 2 drivers)
Time of Race: 1:12:40 Margin of Victory: 0.487 seconds
Cautions: 7 (laps 4, 43, 68, 70, 71, 74, 106)
Heat Winners: Ray Parent, Adam Gray, Scott Payea
Consi Winner: T.J. Moreshead