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Claude Leclerc Prepares for Record 500th Start

Waterbury, VT – Claude Leclerc of Lanoraie, Quebec will make his 500th career start with the American Canadian Tour organization when the Série ACT visits Autodrome St-Eustache this Saturday, July 5. When Leclerc takes the green flag in the 100-lap event this Saturday, he will reach an untouchable milestone which started 35 years ago.

The 72 year old veteran from just outside of Montreal began competing on the old NASCAR North series during its inaugural season back in 1979. He continued to compete on the series when it became the American Canadian Tour in 1986 until the end of the Pro Stock era following the 1995 season. During those combined 17 seasons, Leclerc became the all-time leader in career starts with 397. He also earned six feature wins and pocketed nearly half a million dollars in earnings.

Over the following years, Leclerc competed in several series in the province of Quebec. He returned to ACT competition with starts on the U.S. series in 2006 before joining the first season of the Série ACT Quebec full-time in 2007. Since the inaugural Série ACT event in 2007, Leclerc has missed just two of the 78 events to date and sits atop the career starts list with 76. Combined with over 20 starts on the ACT U.S. series and several special ACT events, Leclerc has now started 499 feature events with the ACT organization.
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Jeff White Takes ACT White Mountain 150 Win

North Woodstock, NH – Winthrop, ME’s Jeff White earned his second career American Canadian Tour win as he led nearly every lap of the 150 lap event at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH on Saturday, June 21. White held off Wayne Helliwell, Jr. through a fierce battle for the majority of the event.

White took the lead from his outside pole starting position at the drop of the green flag. Kyle Welch rode at his back bumper until the second restart of the event came on lap 33. Welch fell back opening the door for Travis Fadden to challenge White at the front. Fadden couldn’t get a run on the outside of White, but continued to look for daylight on the inside. At one point Fadden pushed the issue sending both himself and White sideways through turns one and two.

That was the opening Helliwell, who had marched from his 11th place starting position, needed. As White and Fadden slid sideways, Helliwell took over the second place spot and began to challenge White for the lead. Helliwell made several runs on the outside and swapped the lead with White four times through the second half of the event and the final three cautions. Helliwell didn’t have enough to make it work in the highline and after one last effort on the final restart with just eight laps to go, had to settle for second.

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Brian Hoar Captures ACT Spring Green 114 Win

West Haven, VT – Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar earned his 40th career American Canadian Tour feature win with his Spring Green 114 victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT on Sunday, June 15. Hoar pulled by Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. on the final restart of the event and cruised to the win over the final eight laps. It was Hoar’s fourth Spring Green win.

Croydon, NH’s Aaron Fellows set the pace from the pole position for the first half of the event. He earned the pole position after securing a +5 in ACT’s unique plus/minus system. Through the early stages of the event Fellows held off Jamie Fisher, who challenged him every step of the way.

Polewarczyk steadily marched his way from his 9th place starting position to take over the lead just after halfway. He proceeded to build a healthy lead and worked his way through heavy lapped traffic until the event was slowed by the second caution on lap 100.

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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Files First ACT International Entry

Waterbury, VT – Defending ACT International winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH has filed the first entry for the 2014 edition of the event to be held at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday, July 20. Polewarczyk’s historic win in the inaugural event in 2013 earned him $25,000.

Last year Polewarczyk bested Brian Hoar by just one point by winning the first two segments and taking second in the third segment to pocket the big paycheck. This season Polewarczyk sits atop the ACT standings with four events completed to date. He has to be one of the early favorites for the second running of the ACT International event.

“Last year’s win ranks right up there with the Milk Bowl, and the Invitational (at NHMS). It’s a huge race and last year being the inaugural made it even bigger,” said Polewarczyk. When asked about his confidence heading into the event Polewarczyk commented, “We’re pretty confident. We had a good car at the 100-lapper at Airborne and I like the style of the segments with the inversions. We’ve had a lot of practice working through traffic and coming through the field so far this season.” In the first four events this season, Polewarczyk’s average starting position is 14 with his average finish position at 2.75.

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Kyle Welch Scores First ACT Win at Riverside

Groveton, NH – Kyle Welch of Newport, NH earned his first career American Canadian Tour win at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH on Saturday, June 7. Welch inherited the win after apparent winner Eddie MacDonald was penalized for a post race tech infraction. MacDonald was penalized to the last car on the lead lap in 11th place.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. took the early lead from the outside pole, but was quickly overtaken by Emily Packard on lap 20. Packard would lead the majority of the event, which saw no cautions during its 150 laps. Welch closed the gap on Packard’s lead and took the point with just 15 laps to go.

Welch didn’t hold the lead for long as apparent winner MacDonald got by him to lead the final eight laps of the event. MacDonald was later penalized in post race tech for too many spring rubbers in his right rear spring.
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American Racer Tire Receives Rave Reviews at ACT

Waterbury, VT – There was a big question mark surrounding the beginning of the 2014 season for the dozen weekly tracks and two touring series of the American Canadian Tour. After nearly a decade of racing with the specially designed Goodyear Eagle slicks, a change was mandated at the end of the 2013 season.

“We faced a seemingly daunting task at the end of the 2012 season when Goodyear announced that they were going to discontinue their short track program. ACT was fortunate to negotiate an extra year with Goodyear to allow us to work to find a suitable replacement tire,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour (ACT).

American Racer, a division of Specialty Tires of America from Indiana, Pennsylvania became the tire of choice. Don Mateer, III is the President and CEO of Specialty Tires of America. “Our company became very interested in working with the American Canadian Tour to fill their tire needs. ACT has been a welcome addition to our family of race tracks and organizations. We are delighted that our engineering and manufacturing efforts have been able to supply the teams throughout the ACT network in the Northeast,” said Mateer. The contract between American Racer and ACT and its affiliates is for six years, with extension options.
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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Looks for Repeat at Riverside

Groveton, NH – Veteran driver and perennial American Canadian Tour Championship Contender Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH is off to the best start of his ten (10) year ACT career and currently sits atop the standings. This Saturday, June 7, he will look to continue his run of three straight top fives as the tour heads to Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH for the Central Asphalt Paving 150. He will have to fend off the likes of Jimmy Hebert, most recent ACT winner Ray Parent, and a host of others.

One year ago, Polewarczyk marched from his 12th place starting position to lead the final 39 laps of the ACT 150 at Riverside on his way to his second of three straight ACT wins. His three wins on the season helped him earn second in the 2013 final ACT standings. This season his hunger for a title is more apparent than ever. His intensity and focus guided him to second in the season opener at Lee, fourth at Thunder Road and third in the most recent ACT event at Airborne.

“We’re off to a really good start so far this season. We don’t have a win yet, but our worst finish is fourth,” said Polewarczyk. “Riverside is a tough little track, but you can make some moves in both the inside and outside lanes, which is what we had to do to win last year.”

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ACT International 300 Returns to Airborne Speedway

PoleInternationalWaterbury, VT –The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the second edition of the International 300 stock car race to be held at the Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.  Sunday, July 20 is the date that has been set for the second edition of the biggest seasonal short track event for the popular ACT Late Models from both the United States and Canada. The event will pay $25,000.00 to the winner of the unique “Milk Bowl” style event. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) is the reigning champion.

“It was really amazing to pull off that win a year ago at Airborne.  I feel lucky to be the winner of a Thunder Road Milk Bowl and a Governor’s Cup, an Oxford 250, and this new International race at Airborne. The track races great with the ACT Late Model cars, it’s fast, wide, and very racy. No question that first place also pays well,” said a smiling Joey Pole.

There will be some changes to the format in 2014. The event will retain the traditional three segments which crown the overall winner, but the segments will be shortened to 50 in the first segment and 75 in both the second and third segments. The overall low score will win the $25,000.00, plus lap money.

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ACT Announced $100,000 Point Funds

Waterbury, VT –The American Canadian Tour (ACT) today announced 2014 point funds for its two touring series, the ACT US and the Série ACT in Quebec, and Thunder Road International Speedbowl, that will total over one hundred and three thousand dollars ($103,000.00) to the competitors of ACT.

“We believe that the difficult recessionary times are behind us and we are looking forward to both our touring events in the US and Canada, as well as what is shaping up to be one of the most interesting weekly programs at Thunder Road that we have seen since the inception of the ACT crate motor program back in 1999,” said Tom Curley, President of ACT.

The first three ACT US races have resulted in three different winners and large fields of race teams have provided great racing action. ACT Canada begins their title run Saturday, May 24 at the Autodrome Ste Eustache in Quebec. Thunder Road’s regular point season opens with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 25.

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Ray Parent Battles to ACT Airborne Win

Plattsburgh, NY – Rhode Island’s Ray Parent battled through an intense final six laps to claim his first career American Canadian Tour point counting event victory in the Airborne 100 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, May 17. Parent edged Quebec’s Jonathan Bouvrette by half a car length at the checkered flag and New Hampshire’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. took third. It was the ACT Late Model Tour’s 250th event since its inception in 1992.

Parent started on the pole of the 100 lap event after earning a plus three on his way to his heat race win. He led through the first caution of the event on lap six, but relinquished the lead to Bobby Therrien following the ensuing restart. Several laps later Parent returned to the point and built a giant lead over an 88 lap green flag run. It looked like Parent would ride to an easy win before the second caution flag flew on lap 94.

That set up the battle between Parent and Bouvrette. After another quick caution on lap 94, the race got back under way with Bouvrette in the outside lane and Parent on the low side. The duo stayed door-to-door swapping the lead four times at the line and multiple times around the track over the final six laps. Every time it appeared Bouvrette was getting the edge on the outside, Parent would come clawing back. Bouvrette led lap 99 and the pair stayed even until turn four coming to the finish. They swapped paint as they drag raced to the line and Parent came away with the win by .041 seconds.
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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Releases 101.5 “The Fox” Spring Green 114 Schedule

Devil’s Bowl Speedway – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change)
101.5 “The Fox” Spring Green 114 – Sat./Sun., May 3/4, 2014

Saturday, May 3 – DEVIL’S BOWL DOWNTOWN FAN FESTIVAL (Rutland, VT)
7:30am Center Street Closed to Traffic – Arrive Downtown/Unload/Parking
9:00am Car Show Begins
11:00am Pit Stop Contest
12:00pm Car Show Ends – Parade to Hauler Parking Lot
1:00pm Pits Open at Devil’s Bowl Speedway
1:30pm Center Street Re-Opens to Traffic
2:00-4:00pm PRACTICE AT DEVIL’S BOWL SPEEDWAY
Modifieds, Renegades, Mini Stocks, SK Lights, Devil’s Bowl Late Models
NO LATE MODEL TEAMS RACING WITH ACT SUNDAY MAY PRACTICE!!!
5:00pm Pits Closed

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Helliwell Leads ACT to Devil’s Bowl

Two-time and defending American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH finds himself atop the ACT Standings as the Tour heads into its third event of the season, the Spring Green 114 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this Sunday, May 4. Helliwell is fresh off a $5,000 victory at Thunder Road last weekend and headed to one of his favrite tracks on the ACT schedule, the ½-mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

Helliwell claimed his first career ACT victory during the 2012 running of the Spring Green event at Devil’s Bowl. He then scored both ACT wins at the speedway last season, including the Spring Green 113 by a nose over eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar. All three wins helped him on his way to back-to-back ACT Championships.

“It definitely puts on a little extra pressure coming into this event winning the last three at Devil’s Bowl, but we try to look at each race as a new race and not think about what happened last season,” said Helliwell. “We’ve learned quite a bit about the new tire, new shock and our new car over the last two races and the momentum from the win at Thunder Road helps, but the competition has learned too.”

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101.5 The Fox Presents Spring Green Weekend in Rutland County

Rutland’s Rock Station to present Devil’s Bowl Speedway opener for third straight year

carshow_1200RUTLAND, VT – The spring air will be filled with two awesome sounds when Devil’s Bowl Speedway opens its gates on May 3rd and 4th – racecars and rock music. Rutland’s Rock Station, 101.5 The Fox, will present the weekend festivities of the Spring Green stock car event for the third consecutive year, and welcomes the Rutland County community to get to know the stars of the American-Canadian Tour and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Spring Green weekend opens Saturday, May 3 with the third annual Downtown Fan Festival on Center Street in the heart of Rutland City. Fans have the opportunity to see racecars up close and meet the drivers at a free car show beginning at 9:00 a.m. The annual Pit Stop Competition cranks the dial up at 11:00 a.m., putting the skills of the mechanics to the test in a timed two-tire changeover. The show goes out with a rumble at 12:00 noon when the engines fire up for a rolling sendoff through the streets of Rutland.

Sunday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m., the racecars are unleashed at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in nearby West Haven for the 101.5 The Fox Spring Green. The event is a northeastern racing favorite, featuring the very best regional ACT stars and the local heroes of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Wayne Helliwell, Jr., nipped Brian Hoar in the closest recorded finish in ACT history (.027 seconds) in last year’s Spring Green, and Todd Stone kicked off a record-breaking season with a win in the Bond Auto Parts Modified division.

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Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Wheels His Way to Merchants Bank Win

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH used a cross over move on Jimmy Hebert with about 15 laps to go to claim his first career Thunder Road win in the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 27. Hebert held on for second while 17 year old Emily Packard came home third.

Hebert led for the majority of the event after taking the lead on lap 26 from his third place starting position. He held off two former Thunder Road Late Model Champions in Nick Sweet and Derrick O’Donnell in a fierce battle, while protecting the low lane. With just under 20 laps to go, Sweet and O’Donnell made hard contact on the backstretch, bringing out the ninth caution of the event. Sweet would be done to the day with front end damage, while O’Donnell returned after changing a flat.

The caution also brought Helliwell to Hebert’s outside for the restart. Helliwell hung tough on the outside for a couple of laps before pulling a crossover to get to the inside coming off turn two. Helliwell got the advantage and appeared like he would walk away from the field until the tenth and final caution with two laps to go. Helliwell hung on for the win as Hebert didn’t have enough in the outside lane.

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Thunder Road Car Show and Practice Day Cancelled

Thunder Road’s annual downtown Barre car show scheduled for Saturday, April 26 has been cancelled due to forecasted rains. The practice session schedule at the track in the afternoon has also been cancelled. Sunday’s (April 27) Merchants Bank 150 is still on as planned with minor adjustments to the schedule.

Teams may pre-register for Sunday’s event and park their haulers in the pit area tomorrow (Saturday, April 26) from noon to 4:00pm. The pits will then open Sunday morning at 7:00am and practice will begin an hour earlier than originally scheduled at 10:00am. The remainder of the schedule will remain as is.

Sunday’s (April 27) event will begin with class day festivities at 1:00pm. Qualifying for the 16th Annual Merchant’s Bank 150 is set to roll out at 1:30pm.

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Thunder Road ACT Opener Provides Home Track Advantage

The 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 opening event at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont offers a big advantage for the hometown ACT Late Model race teams. The high banks and famous fourth turn “widow maker” have proven to be major obstacles for generations of “outsiders”. Not so for the regular Thunder Road graduates.

The opening event on the Tour, held at Lee USA earlier this month, was highlighted by some outstanding performances from Thunder Road alumni, including Emily Packard from East Montpelier, VT.  In just her second year of tour racing, the 17 year-old Packard had an impressive two days of racing at Lee USA. Likewise, Rookie of the Year contender Mike Ziter from Williamstown, VT, in his first ever ACT event, was steady throughout the highly competitive 150-lap event won with a late race charge by Rowley, MA veteran Eddie MacDonald.

Two former Thunder Road Tiger Champions, Jimmy Hebert, the 2013 defending Champion at Lee, also of Williamstown, VT, and Bobby Therrien from Hinesburg, VT both ended up with solid top ten finishes at the Lee opener.  In fact, Hebert struggled in qualifying and started the event dead last, 30th in the field. He charged to a solid 6th place finish.

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Helliwell Trying for Devil’s Bowl Grand Slam at Spring Green

ACT Champion seeking third straight Spring Green, fourth consecutive win at Devil’s Bowl

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WEST HAVEN, VT – Wayne Helliwell, Jr., is aiming for a piece of stock car racing history at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The two
-time American-Canadian Tour champion will attempt to win a Devil’s Bowl “Grand Slam” by becoming the first driver to ever win four consecutive ACT Late Model Tour races at a single track when the series rolls in for the 101.5 The Fox Spring Green 114 on Sunday, May 4.

Helliwell, of Dover, NH, is undefeated in ACT’s last three appearances at the fast half-mile, winning the Spring Green in 2012 and 2013, as well as the St. Jude Children’s Hospital 150 last July. Should he pull off the four-peat, he’ll achieve something that ACT legends Brian Hoar and Jean-Paul Cyr could not; Hoar won three-straight at both Thunder Road in Barre, VT and Canada’s Circuit Riverside Speedway, and Cyr won three in a row at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY, but each fell shy of a fourth consecutive win.

“We never expect to win anywhere,” said Helliwell, who has cut back to a partial ACT schedule this season but says the Spring Green was the first race he circled on his calendar. “My team and I love the place and we’ve been successful there, but we’ve had some luck go our way, too.”

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Three Stars of the Race Bonus Announced for ACT U.S.

Hebert, Ashline, Packard Honored

 The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a “Three Stars of the Race” award program for the 2014 race season. The program is designed to recognize three “non-podium” race teams who have had an outstanding race. Finishing position is not necessarily a criterion. The award will be based on team and/or individual effort. The award may be presented to the team based on an achievement by a crew member, crew chief, spotter, driver or owner.  

 A panel of race officials will select three stars at each 2014 point-counting event, the International 300 to be held July 20, 2014 at the Airborne Park Speedway, the Bond ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2014, and the Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl held at Thunder Road on October 4-5, 2014.

The teams picked will each receive a coupon for a free American Racer Tire valued at $125.00. From the various winners, one team will be selected as the single most outstanding star of the season. That team will be awarded $1,000.00 at the annual ACT Banquet of Champions.

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Austin Theriault to Drive Three races for JR Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 22, 2014) – Austin Theriault will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this season, as JR Motorsports has signed him to drive three races in the No. 5 Chevrolet.

Theriault, a 20-year-old late model racer from Fort Kent, Maine, will make his debut on May 18 at Iowa Speedway, driving the No. 5 Chevrolet replete with primary branding from SPY, the eyewear brand behind Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Signature 88 Collection and innovative Happy Lens™ technology. The upper-rear quarter-panels of the car will carry the logo of Dirty Mo Radio, the internet home for Earnhardt Jr.-related podcasts throughout the NASCAR season.

“SPY is happy to offer continued support to the JR Motorsports team and be a part of the exciting Nationwide Series debut of Austin Theriault,” said Michael Marckx, SPY CEO and president. “On the heels of our commitment to Dirty Mo Radio, this is only the beginning of the excitement SPY looks to bring to NASCAR, and we’re happy to do it with JR Motorsports.”

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Thunder Road to Open this Weekend

Thunder Road International Speedbowl will open this weekend for the 55th season of championship stock car racing. Billed as the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”, Thunder Road is known for its close door-banging, “take no prisoners” style of racing action.

The Merchants Bank 150 for the ACT Championship Late Model teams is the featured event this Sunday, but there will be plenty of racing action from the Bond Auto Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. They will also open their 2014 championship charge.

Seasoned race fans always feel that this event at Thunder Road should give an edge to the track’s graduates and regulars. T-Road veterans Jimmy Hebert and Bobby Therrien are former Tiger champions and are now tested and proven ACT drivers. They each won races on the Tour in 2013. Hebert won the 2013 New Hampshire Governor’s Cup at Lee USA Speedway and also the 100-mile race at SANAIR Super Speedway in St. Pie, Quebec. Just half-way into his first full season on the ACT, Therrien won the White Mountain Motorsport Park 150 lap event last July.

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Bond Awards $10,000 for Invitational Bonuses

Fans Can Win Free Tickets and VIP Experiences

Bond Auto Parts has announced a new program for the American Canadian Tour competitors who win qualifying events and attend the prestigious Bond ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 20. Bond has put up a total of $10,000 spread across nine qualifying events for drivers and fans.

Bond has announced that they will award ACT competitors $1,000 for their first win in the nine qualifying events. Repeat winners will receive $500 for each additional win, while the other $500 will be awarded to the highest finishing driver who has not yet won or received a bonus in a qualifying event. The nine events include the first seven American Canadian Tour point counting events, as well as the Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road and the International race at Airborne. Along with the $1,000 bonus, Bond Auto will also award the 15th place finisher in each of the nine events with a $100 Bond Auto gift card.

“This sponsorship is a great way to connect the drivers and the fans of ACT throughout their season leading up to the big race at New Hampshire,” said Mark Mast, vice president of marketing at Bond Auto. “These guys are really motivated to qualify for this race, but a little extra change in their pockets only sweetens the deal.”

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Thunder Road Enters 55th Season with ACT Merchants Bank 150

Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT will enter their 55th season of stock car racing with the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27. The stars and cars from the American Canadian Tour Championship Series (ACT) will tackle both the high banks of the famous Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, and one of the largest fields of regular Thunder Road Late Model racers in recent memory. The Merchants Bank event has been the season opener at the ¼-mile speedbowl since 1999.

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, NH is looking for his first win in a Merchants Bank opener. When asked why Thunder Road is so tough, the 2014 ACT title contender said, “I love racing at Thunder Road and I hate racing at Thunder Road. It‘s been good to me and frustrating for me. Man, you earn everything you get every lap at that place. First, you have to race the track, which is high-banked, narrow, two grooves and pretty wild. Then you have to take on what is probably the largest and best group of weekly racers in the country, along with the Tour regulars. I have won some big shows (Governor’s Cup 150 in 2009 and the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl in 2010), but I’ve always wanted to win the Merchants Bank opening race. It would give our team tremendous momentum toward our goal of winning the ACT title this year,” concluded Pole.

A stacked field of potential winners will be on hand for the opening weekend at Thunder Road. Brian Hoar is an eight-time ACT Champion and former Thunder Road Champion from Williston, VT. Hoar will look for his third consecutive Merchants Bank win. Coming off a disappointing finish at Lee USA in the ACT opener on April 13, Hoar joins two-time Thunder Road Champion (2010, 2012) Nick Sweet of Barre, also a back-to-back winner (2010, 2011) in the Merchants Bank race.  

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Eddie MacDonald’s Strategy Leads to ACT Lee Win

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA claimed the American Canadian Tour win in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway (Lee, NH) on Sunday, April 13. MacDonald used strategy to claim his first career ACT win at Lee in his ninth start at the 3/8ths mile speedway. It was his fifth career ACT Late Model win.

MacDonald went from sixth to first in his heat race to claim the win and the pole in the feature with his +5 in ACT’s plus/minus handicap system. MacDonald faded back early from the drop of the green. He fell as far as 10th and appeared to ride for the majority of the event.

Ray Parent got around Ben Lynch on lap four to take over the lead. He was quickly reeled in by Quebec’s Stephane Descoste. The two battled with Descoste finally getting the advantage on lap 34. Descoste would hold the lead until the first caution flag flew for a Brian Hoar spin on lap 63. Parent used the outside lane to his advantage and took the lead on the ensuing restart. After another brief caution for a minor spin on lap 71, it looked like the remainder of the race would go caution free as Parent built a sizable lead.

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ACT Teams Test and Tune at Lee

A total of 39 American Canadian Tour Late Models took advantage of a test and tune session at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH in preparation for tomorrow’s (Sunday, April 13) 2014 ACT season opener.

Rhode Island’s Ray Parent set the fastest time of the day with a 15.819 around the 3/8ths mile speedway. Others at the top of the time charts were former ACT Lee winners Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (15.914) and Brian Hoar (15.936), as well as Ben Lynch (15.948), and Todd Davis (15.969).

Several Série ACT Quebec teams were also in attendance. Donald Theetge led the group with a 15.984 lap. Stephane Descoste (15.989), Alex Labbe (16.011) and Jonathan Bouvrette (16.138) were the other Quebec teams in attendance.

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ACT Late Models Enter 23rd Season with Lee Opener

The field takes the green at the ACT Late Model Season Opener at Lee USA Speedway in 2013. (Photo credit: Alan Ward)

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour Late Models are set to enter their 23rd season of competition with their season opener at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH this Sunday, April 13. This will be the seventh time the 3/8ths-mile speedway has hosted the season opener. Norm Andrews won the first ever ACT Late Model event at Sanair Super Speedway in 1992 and the first event of the season has seen a variety of tracks and winners ever since.

Over the past 22 seasons, the ACT Late Model season opener has been hosted by seven different tracks and seen 16 different winners. Only four drivers have won more than one season opener, led by ACT Champions Brian Hoar (1997, 2011, 2012) and Jean-Paul Cyr (1996, 2004, 2006). Dennis Demers (1993, 1994) and Cris Michaud (2001, 2005) are the only other drivers with multiple season opener wins.

Last year’s season opening winner Jimmy Hebert joined Andrews (1992), Demers (1993), Chris Fisher (1998), Tracie Bellerose (2000), Michaud (2001), Randy Potter (2007) and Nick Sweet (2010) as the only eight drivers to earn their first career ACT wins during a season opening event.

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NHMS Working on Night Race for 2015

Since joining Twitter in late February, Jerry Gappens has received multiple inquiries about a night race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Executive Vice President & General Manager of NHMS tweeted today that he is working with NASCAR and broadcaster partner NBC about a night race at the 1.058 mile oval. He elaborated in an earlier post that he would seek approval from the town of Loudon, once he received approval from both parties.

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Labbé Eyes Série ACT Title

Alex Labbé of St. Albert, Quebec will return to the Série ACT full time in the #48qc Larue Industrial Snow Blower Ford Fusion for Denis Larue. Desjardins Ford, Garoy Construction, and Orleans Express will also provide sponsorship.

“We will obviously try to win the championship here in the Quebec tour. I am also looking forward to perform really good at the big races like the International 500, the Invitational at Loudon and the Milk Bowl. Even if I had a really good run (there last) year, I want a come back this year and be as competitive …  and win that thing!”

Labbé is looking to build on the momentum from last year’s runnerup points finish. Labbe ended the season with four consecutive top fives, including back to back wins at Circuit Riverside and Autodrome Montmagny. The Can-Am 200 win gave Labbé a starting spot in the Bond Auto Invitational. Labbé finished 11th in the Bond Auto Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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ACT Young Guns Look to Challenge in 2014

Waterbury, VT –The best group of young talent in nearly 30 years has emerged to challenge some of the biggest stock car racing stars in the Northeast during the 2014 American Canadian Tour (ACT) upcoming season.

“Having this many talented young teams is exactly what ACT racing was designed for. All these teams have come out of weekly tracks and are now testing the longer distance events. ACT tries to create schedules that will still allow teams to race at their “home tracks” during the height of the race season. We have lots of events scheduled in early Spring and later in the Fall. Watching these new young teams develop has become one of the most fun parts of the business for me. There is nothing more exciting than to see a young racer win his/her first major event!!”, said Tom Curley, long-time promoter of ACT racing.

The new campaign is led by two former Rookie of the Year contenders, Jimmy Hebert from Williamstown, VT and Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT. There is a great deal of excitement about the depth of talent in the field as the 2014 campaign begins at Lee USA’s Governor’s Cup 150 on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Hebert is the defending champion of the Governor’s Cup. He also won a second event on the mile at the Sanair Super Speedway in St Pie, Quebec a year ago. Therrien is led by veteran crew chief Pete Duto and his Fast One/Subway race team. Defending ACT Rookie of the Year Therrien handily won a 150-lap feature at the White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH during his inaugural touring year in 2013.
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ACT Lee Opener Looks for Another New Winner

American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams look at Lee USA Speedway’s annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 to kickstart their race season on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The optimism is well-founded. ACT Late Models can boast 10 different winners in 11 events held at Lee since 2003.

The list of winners is impressive, with a huge diversity of experience. Starting the list of winners are two Canadian teams, featuring four-time ACT US and Canadian Champion Patrick Laperle from St. Denis, QC and NASCAR Canadian Champion DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, ON in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

Seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr, and three time Thunder Road Champion Cris Michaud, along with the 1995 ACT Pro Stock Champion from Fast One racing, Brad Leighton all went to victory lane at Lee USA Speedway. Pro All Star Series Champion Ben Rowe from Turner, Maine won the NH Governor’s Cup in 2008. Lee regular weekly racer Miles Chipman shocked the ACT regulars in 2010 with a win for long-time car owner David Storey.
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Brian Tagg to Enter ACT, Thompson Events

Brian Tagg of Oxford, MA will be racing about 80 percent of the American-Canadian Tour schedule with his #9 Late Model. Tagg’s first goal is to qualify for the 150-lap season opener at Lee USA Speedway. He wants to gain experience at each track to prepare for a full-time effort in 2015. “We would like to do every race this year, but Airborne might be tough to make it to,” Tagg said. “Loudon is in my sights. It’s a dream come true to be able to even try and qualify for the September race.”

Tagg called the cost of SK Modified racing outrageous. (Late Model racing) “seemed to make the most sense,” Tagg said. … “I really wanted to try new tracks and longer races and a lot of different racers.”

Tagg will also drive the #39 for a few events at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, where he has raced Mini Stocks and the former Thompson Modified division. The crew consists of “my dad, gramps, Cousin Shawn and Uncle Jack,” Tagg said. “When Troy and Mike Talman aren’t racing the SK, they will be helping too.”

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