Nick Sweet: ACT Late Model Tour
Circuit Riverside Race Report
STE-CROIX, Que. – Nick Sweet of Barre, Vt., continued making good use of his partial ACT Late Model Tour schedule, finishing third in the Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside in Ste-Croix, Que., on Sunday, September 11. In three races with RPM Motorsports, Sweet has a pair of podium finishes in the No. 57 RPM Racing Engines Ford. He started 15th in the rain-delayed Can-Am 200 and played a patient waiting game to have a shot at the leaders of a final restart with six laps to go.
WHO: Nick Sweet, Barre, Vt.
TEAM: RPM Motorsports No. 57 RPM Racing Engines Ford
CREW CHIEF: Andrew Hill, Georgia, Vt.
WHAT: ACT Late Model Tour Can-Am 200
WHERE: Circuit Riverside, Ste-Croix, Que. (.625-mile oval)
ACT Late Model Tour
LAST RACE: September 4, Labor Day Classic 200, Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, Barre, Vt. (1st)
NEXT RACE: September 24, 3rd annual ACT Invitational, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H. (1.058-mile flat oval)
NICK, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DAY?
“It was a little crazy in the beginning. Some of the guys that race up there, they race the first lap like it’s the last lap. They were going all out the first few laps, and I was trying to conserve. We just rode and rode and rode, and eventually people starting to wreck and break. It was kind of quiet for us for most of the race. At the end, we came on strong – racing down Wayne Helliwell – and were right there in the running.
“We had that late restart, and (RPM teammate Brian Hoar) was wheel-to-wheel with me. I knew it was going to be tough to hold him off. Brian is the master of that place.”
WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE HAVING BRIAN HOAR AS YOUR TEAMMATE?
“We’re really meshing well as a team. Andrew (Hill), Rick (Paya), they’re all just great guys. I’ve got to give a lot of praise to Brian. He showed me how to get around (Riverside). He actually walked me around the track in the morning and pointed out all the nuances, and they were all right on.
“There’s not many guys that get that chance to get that kind of knowledge. He went out, he helped me, he won the race. He’s just a great race car driver.