Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tiger Sportsman Series: Roberts Disqualified, Suspended Indefinitely

WATERBURY -- Joey Roberts drove arguably the best race of his career on Saturday night. It will be his last race for a while, at least under the ACT banner.

Roberts, of Georgia, Vt., has been disqualified from his second-place finish in the ACT Tiger Sportsman Tri-State Series at Canaan Fair (N.H.) Speedway on Saturday, and has been suspended indefinitely from ACT competition.

Following the Canaan Fair 100 on Saturday, the engines of the top three finishers -- including Roberts, winner Shawn Duquette, and third-place finisher Joey Becker -- were pulled for inspection by ACT. According to an ACT press release, Roberts' engine, built by Island Racing Service in South Hero, was deemed illegal and the finish was disallowed, with Roberts forfeiting all championship points and purse money associated with the race.

The suspension, however, stems from
"subsequent behavior not in keeping with the rules of ACT racing." Roberts was fined $1,000 and indefinitely suspended from all ACT-sanctioned competition -- which includes weekly events at Barre's Thunder Road, where Roberts ranks 14th in the Tiger Sportsman class -- and has also been "banned from entering any pit area conducting an ACT event until further notice."

With the disqualification, Becker will inherit the second-place position and Jason Bonnett will move up to third place. The final round of the Tri-State Series is at Thunder Road on Thursday, August 13.

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