LOUDON, N.H. — Reigning American-Canadian Tour champion Jimmy Hebert finally scored a long-awaited victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday during the inaugural Northeast Classic.
Hebert was awarded the win following post-race technical inspection, giving the veteran a triumph he’d been chasing for his entire decade-long late model career.
The now eight-time ACT winner was leading the event with three laps to go before getting passed by D.J. Shaw. However, Shaw was later disqualified for a carburetor infraction. This gave Hebert the win and a $5,000 top prize on a busy afternoon at the Magic Mile.
Ryan Kuhn started on the pole and led the first four laps. Shaw then passed him from the fifth starting spot and drove away from the field. Hebert and Tom Carey III followed Shaw around Kuhn, who was eventually felled by a brake problem. The duo could only watch Shaw drive into the afternoon sun until a competition caution on lap 27 for right-side tires and adjustments.
Shaw pulled away again after the restart until Jimmy Renfrew Jr. smacked the backstretch wall with 11 laps to go. The leader chose the inside for the restart, but Hebert made a charge on the outside, taking the top spot after two laps of side-by-side racing.
Hebert held the lead through one more caution on lap 43 for Dylan Payea’s stalled automobile. Shaw, though, had the faster long-run car and got below Hebert in turn three for the top spot with laps winding down. The joy was short-lived, however, and Hebert was named the victor in his first late model race driving a Ford.
Carey moved up into the second spot following the disqualification after a late battle with Ben Rowe. Rowe became the new third-place finisher. Mark Jenison, Derek Ming, Stephen Donahue, Trenton Goodrow, Erick Sands, Robby Gordon Douglas, and Payea rounded out the top-10.
Jimmy Hebert, Tom Carey III, Ben Rowe, Mark Jenison, Derek Ming, Stephen Donahue, Trenton Goodrow, Erick Sands, Robby Gordon Douglas, Dylan Payea, Jesse Switser, Mike Benevides, Jamie Aube, Michael Lindquist, Gerard Giordano Jr., Matt Anderson, Derek Gluchacki, Tom Sheehan, Shawn Swallow, Jimmy Renfrew Jr., Kevin Vaudrien, Ryan Kuhn, Woody Pitkat, Jamie Swallow Jr., D.J. Shaw (DQ).