Howard Payne of Shelton, CT driving the #0 sponsored by Big Boys Toys won the 25 lap feature event at Thompson Int’l Speedway on Saturday, October 18, 2008.
After retiring 10 years ago from ARTS an opportunity arose for him to get back into the truck one more time at the very track that he won his last truck race at. It wasn’t out of the question that Payne could return to victory lane. He left the series a very good racer and he teamed up with a top running team from last year in ARTS which made a good combination. A couple of things did make it a bit easier for him. Three teams had engine troubles on Friday which had all three missing the heat race and returning to their shops Friday and repairing their trucks over night to return to the track on Saturday for the feature. The were current points leader Andy Lindeman of Poestenkill, NY who drives the #3 sponsored by Thorpe Electric Supply Company; Derek Chriss of Averill Park, NY who drives the #12 sponsored by Dan Engwer Wholesale Florist; and Chris Correll of Old Lyme, CT who drives the #7 sponsored by Hooters of America.
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