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Payea, Linardy File First Official ACT Full-Season Entries

 

Waterbury, VT – Colchester, VT’s Scott Payea and Somerville, MA’s Jim Linardy have filed the first official full-season entries for the 2016 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) season, officials announced today. The 13-race, $10,000-to-win ACT Late Model Tour championship chase kicks off Sunday, April 10 with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway.

Payea returns to the cockpit following a two-year absence and will seek his first ACT Championship behind the wheel of the Rick Paya–owned #37VT Harrison Redi-Mix Dodge. He has five career ACT Late Model Tour wins and finished second in the final standings for three consecutive seasons from 2007 to 2009.

“I’m excited to partner up with a great team,” Payea said. “We’ve got the support of a great sponsor, and I just can’t wait for spring. The Tour schedule’s looking good – we’re returning to some tracks that I’ve had success at, like Seekonk and Waterford, so we’re really pumped up about it. Being a championship contender is certainly our goal, and I think we have the resources in place to make that happen.”

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ACT to Attend Oxford 250 Weekend

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) officially announced today that the two series have added a fourth doubleheader event to the 2016 schedule. The ACT Late Model Tour will now make a second visit to Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway as part of Oxford 250 Weekend on August 26-28.

The Oxford Plains 100 for the ACT Late Model Tour will be held on Saturday, August 27, the night before the 43rd Oxford 250. The winner of the event will also receive a guaranteed provisional starting spot in the following day’s Oxford 250 for the PASS Super Late Models should they attempt to qualify. The event will count for points towards the $10,000-to-win 2016 ACT Championship and headlines a Saturday program which also includes the Valenti Modified Racing Series, PASS Modifieds, and Northeast Classic Lites.

“We’re really excited that ACT will come back to Oxford for a second event in 2016 – especially the night before the Oxford 250,” PASS President Tom Mayberry said. “Adding a guaranteed starting spot for the 250 should add a lot of excitement to the event. We think that adding ACT to the program, especially in conjunction with the other series we have, will bring a lot of momentum back to the Oxford 250.”

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Helliwell Honored at 2015 ACT Banquet of Champions

Helliwell Honored at 2015 ACT Banquet of Champions

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) teams, staff, and officials honored 2015 ACT Late Model Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH at the annual ACT Banquet of Champions at the Elks Club in Barre, VT on Saturday, January 9. Helliwell and car owner Bruce Bernhardt captured their third ACT title in the past four seasons, earning a $10,000 check from a total point fund of more than $35,000.

Helliwell began competing full-time on the ACT Tour in 2011 after winning numerous races and track championships in New Hampshire. His team quickly became contenders on the Tour and won back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013. After running a partial schedule in 2014, they returned in full form in 2015, winning four times and finishing in the top-10 in all thirteen events to come out on top of a season-long duel with 2014 ACT Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Helliwell’s average finish of 3.2 ranks as one of the best in ACT history.

Each of the top-10 finishers in the 2015 ACT final standings was also honored along with several special awards. Bobby Babb, crew chief for his son Brad Babb and the Laquerre Motorsports team, received the 2015 ACT Crew Chief of the Year Award. The Babbs, whose family has been involved in racing for nearly 60 years, returned to full-time ACT competition in 2015 after an absence of several years. They immediately emerged as one of the top teams on the Tour, winning two races and finishing third in the final standings.
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ACT Returning to NHMS for 8th Bond Auto Parts Invitational

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) announced today that ACT will return to the 1.058-mile speedway in 2016 for the 8th Annual Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24. The 50-lap event has been a staple of the ACT schedule since its inaugural running in 2009.

“It’s definitely a race that I love going to,” 2014 Invitational winner Wayne Helliwell, Jr. said. “It brings a different type of racing that we don’t get to do at any other track. Running three-, four-, and sometimes five-wide, as much as it’s nerve-wracking, is also really enjoyable. Overall, it’s just a great experience – especially being mixed in with some of the Cup drivers and the Modified Tour guys. It’s a big event for the crew, the family, and the sponsors, and it’s something we really look forward to every year.”

The 2015 Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational drew competitors from seven different U.S. states and the Canadian province of Quebec, with Rowley, MA’s Eddie MacDonald capturing his fourth Invitational victory. This year’s edition will once again be part of the track’s NASCAR weekend on “Tripleheader Saturday” which includes the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

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ACT Releases 13-Event 2016 Schedule

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the release of the 2016 ACT Late Model Tour schedule. The 13-event series will see the Tour visit 12 different tracks in six U.S. states and the province of Quebec as they pursue the $10,000-to-win ACT Championship.

The season will once again kick off with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 10 and crown the 2016 champion at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway on Saturday, October 15. Other traditional early-season events which have returned include the 18th Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on May 1, the Spring Green 116 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on May 14, and a 100-lap event at Fair Haven, VT’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway on June 4.

The 2016 schedule will again feature three ACT/Pro All Stars Series (PASS) doubleheaders. The two series open the Oxford Plains Speedway racing season on Sunday, April 17. ACT and PASS then travel to Quebec’s Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday, July 23. The 150-lap event is the ACT U.S. Tour’s first visit to the speedway since 1999 and is a combination event with Série ACT.
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ACT Announces Southern New England Tripleheader

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT), in collaboration with the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, has announced the creation of the Southern New England Tripleheader for the 2016 stock car racing season. The three-event series will match up the best of the three track’s weekly racers with the stars of the ACT Late Model Tour.

The Tripleheader will be held on three unique race tracks – the 1/3-mile New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway’s ¼-mile bullring, and the 5/8-mile high banks of Thompson Speedway. The series includes a special $7,500 point fund for local weekly teams which participate in all three events. The events will also award championship points for ACT competitors as part of their $30,000 Championship point fund, which includes $10,000 for the 2016 ACT Champion.

“We had great support from local race teams for the final event at Thompson during the World Series last fall,” ACT President Tom Curley said. “The three Southern New England tracks – New London-Waterford, Seekonk, and Thompson – have become an important addition to our ACT weekly business model over the past decade. This program of three races, tied together with an independent point fund, should be lots of fun to follow for southern New England Late Model fans and teams throughout the 2016 season.”

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Seekonk Speedway Announces Dates for 2016 schedule

Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce its 2016 schedule. The schedule will feature 21 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events beginning with Opening Day on May 1st. NWAAS events will follow on every Saturday through September 24 except for July 2nd for the mid-season break. Seekonk NWAAS divisions Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks will all be battling their way to get into Everett’s Auto Parts Victory lane in 2016.

Opening Weekend will feature the final test and tune session on Saturday, April 30 as well as the 6th annual Classic Car Show & Go featuring many of the best classic show cars around and drags on the track. The season officially opens on Sunday, May 1st with Pro Stocks, Late Models, Street Stocks and Sport Trucks all beginning their drive for the championship.

Saturday Nights at Seekonk will also feature appearances from the following regional Touring series: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (Sept 10), American-Canadian Tour (July 16), Valenti Modified Racing Series (June 4) New England Antique Racers ( Aug 13), Senior Tour Auto Racers ( July 9). Gates will open at 4 pm with the racing program starting at 6 pm. Ticket prices will remain unchanged at $14 for adults for regular NWAAS Saturdays with kids under 12 free.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Expands NASCAR Racing Schedule in 2016

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP), the famed 5/8-mile oval in Northeast Connecticut, announced the expansion of its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule to 10 events in 2016. The announcement was greeted with excitement by many teams and drivers who are looking forward to competing in more races at the historic speedway. The schedule is highlighted by four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) events, the return of the Triple Crown Championship for the Limited Sportsman and Mini Stock divisions, and the inaugural Fan and Driver appreciation month.

“We’re excited to release another creative oval schedule,” stated Josh Vanada, General Manager of TSMP. “We’re proud to showcase our talented drivers in three additional events.  It’s a privilege for us to honor both our fans and drivers with their own special events in July. It’s the least we can do with their great support throughout our 75-year history.  It will be an exciting year with traditional favorites and some new, exciting formats.”

This will be the 30th season that the track operates under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) banner, offering Sunoco Modified, Late Model, Limited Sportsman, and Mini Stock competitors the benefits of NASCAR membership, awards, as well as state and national championship competition.

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ACT to Visit Seekonk in 2016

Seekonk (MA) Speedway announced today they will host a 150 lap American-Canadian Tour (ACT) race on July 16, 2016. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Street Stock, Sport Trucks, and a INEX regional Legends Car race will also be on the card.

Five ACT Late Model races were held at the 1/3 mile oval between 2003-2007. The former Pro Stock Tour ran four times from 1986-89. The track’s Late Model cars are ACT compatible, which will allow a home team to compete for the victory.

Past Seekonk ACT Winners
Pro Stocks
10/12/1986 100 Jamie Aube #41
08/06/1988 200 Robbie Couch #40
7/22/1989 100 Russ Urlin #8
9/24/1989 100 Kelly Moore #1X

Late Models
09/20/2003 100 Todd Stone
08/14/2004 100 Steve Fisher #24
08/13/2005 100 Brent Dragon #55
08/5/2006  100 Roger Brown, II #99
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Ford Performance Power Dominates ACT Late Model Series

Blue Oval power dominated the top finishing positions in the ACT Late Model Tour Championship and the podium at the season finale at Thompson Speedway in Connecticut.

The team of Bruce Bernhardt and Wayne Helliwell Jr. captured the Tour Championship with Joey “Pole “Polewarczyk and Bradley Babb completing the sweep of the top 3 finishers.  All 3 are powered by Ford Performance Parts S347JR Sealed Racing Engines.

Brian Hoar drove the RPM Racing Engines Fusion to a win in the World Series 100 at Thompson Speedway with Babb finishing second. This marks the third ACT Championship for driver Wayne Helliwell Jr. and car owner Bernhardt

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ACT Awards Final Stars of 2015 for Thompson World Series

Waterbury, VTThe American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three non-podium teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. Tour and select ACT-sanctioned events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason is used to decide the award recipients.

The Three Stars are chosen by ACT officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a future ACT event.

THOMPSON MOTOR SPEEDWAY
WORLD SERIES 100

ACT made its first visit to Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway in 23 years – and the inaugural trip under the ACT Late Model Tour banner – this past Saturday, October 17 for its 2015 season finale as part of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by XtraMart. A field of 35 cars participated in qualifying with 33 starting the World Series 100, and the event saw numerous twists and turns. Rowley, MA’s Eddie MacDonald and Waterford, CT’s Dillon Moltz both appeared to have the race in hand at various stages. But the engine in MacDonald’s Hancock Electric Chevy expired with 25 laps remaining, and an incident on a lap-92 restart eliminated Moltz along with Joey Polewarczyk Jr. – taking “Joey Pole’s” slim championship hopes with them. 

The mantle was thus passed to Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar, who easily held off the field for an emotional 42ndcareer ACT victory in what turned out to be his final race. Behind him, Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell Jr. did exactly what he needed to do to clinch his third ACT Late Model Tour Championship. But there were numerous stories to follow throughout the field, with ACT newcomers and established racers alike fighting for points and pride to close out 2015. The American Racer Stars of the Race are:

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Hoar Goes Out on Top in World Series 100 while Helliwell Takes Third Title

Thompson, CT – Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar perhaps ended the most accomplished career in American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model history on top once again by winning the World Series 100 at Connecticut’s Thompson Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 17. Meanwhile, Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell Jr. added another notch to his belt by clinching his third ACT Tour Championship in four years.

Hoar was running second on a restart with eight laps remaining when leader Dillon Moltz lost control as the field came to the green. Although Hoar was able to get by, third-place Joey Polewarczyk Jr. could not and plowed in, with Walter Sutcliff getting collected as well.

Hoar easily held off Brad Babb and Jimmy Hebert on the final restart for his second straight ACT Late Model Tour win and 42nd of his career. He then tearfully announced in Victory Lane that he is stepping away from the driver’s seat.

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ACT Crowns Champion In Return to Thompson Speedway

The second night of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing weekend, presented by XtraMart at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park saw eight champions crowned over the span of nine feature events throughout the evening with the centerpiece of the night’s racing action being the long awaited return of the American Canadian Late Model Tour (ACT) for the first time since 1992.

The 100-lap feature saw some of the best Late Model drivers in both the United States and over the border in Canada take to the track as the series crowned it’s latest champion, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., and saw the possible end of a storied career for one of the series most successful stars. While Helliwell took home the big trophy at the end of the night the race itself saw a victory for Brian Hoar who scored his 42nd career victory in the series and capped off the night with a major announcement.

“I’m just really excited,” said Hoar who expanded on his record setting series-high win total. “It’s been a really emotional road for me the past couple of weeks because I made the decision to hang the helmet up for a while. This is it for a little while.”

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Dillon Moltz Onboard-NHMS ACT Race

Série ACT to Crown Champion at Fall Foliage 200

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. and Série ACT return to Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway for the 41st Annual Fall Foliage 200 Saturday, October 3. Série ACT will crown its 2015 champion at the combination event as the ACT U.S. Tour sets the stage for their own season finale later in October.

The Série ACT championship is now a two-man duel between St-Edouard, QC’s Dany Trépanier and 2013 Champion Jean-François Dery of Quebec, QC. Trépanier enters the event with a 30-point advantage over Déry on the strength of one win and eight top-5 finishes. Both drivers have finished in the top-10 in all but one of the 11 events.

Behind the lead duo sits a three-man battle for third in the standings. Levis, QC’s Patrick Cliche is two points ahead of fourth-place Jonathan Bouvrette and 22 up on fifth-place Martin Goulet Jr. Bouvrette and Goulet sit first and second in the Bond Auto New Champions standings.

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NEAR Media Award to St. Louis

Justin StLouis photoJustin St. Louis, a motorsports writer for three Vermont daily newspapers, is the winner of the New England Antique Racers’ Mitchell/Ratta Award. The prize will be presented at the New England Antique Racers Hall of Fame 18thinduction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT. 

A native Vermonter, St Louis is a contributor to the Burlington Free Press, the Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. He is also a play-by-play announcer on the Radio Vermont network of stations. A member of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame advisory committee, he has been covering auto racing since attending Thunder Road and Catamount Stadium as a teenager.

The prize memorializes two of New England’s greatest motorsports writers – Charlie Mitchell of the Norwalk (CT) Hour and Jack Ratta of the Manchester (NH) Union Leader. 

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Former Bond Auto Invitational Winners Look to Hold Off Hungry Contenders

Includes Full Bond Auto ACT Invitational Roster

Waterbury, VT – Forty-three of the top American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model competitors from seven U.S. states and the Canadian province of Quebec will descend on Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for the 7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Saturday, September 26. All four former winners of the Invitational will look to add another entry to the record books, but a number of drivers are in position to break into the “Magic Mile” winner’s circle for the first time.

Rowley, MA’s Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald is the clear top dog heading into the 50-lap, 52.9-mile event with nearly $80,000 in posted awards. MacDonald has three Invitational wins to his name, triumphing in 2009, 2011, and 2013. After a strong showing in the annual Test & Tune Session in August, MacDonald will go for a fourth win this year.

“It’s definitely going to be tough,” MacDonald said. “The competition has gotten tougher and tougher each year. Hopefully we can get the car so we can get through traffic and just be able to get close to the front and have a shot at the end.”

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Helliwell Slips Through in Traffic to Win Chaudiere 200

Vallée-Jct., QC – Wayne Helliwell Jr. took advantage of lapped traffic to slip by Donald Theetge with 11 laps remaining and take his fourth win American-Canadian Tour (ACT) win of the season at Vallée-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, September 12.

Dover, NH’s Helliwell had stalked Theetge through traffic after the two got around then-leader Jean-François Déry on lap 169 of the 200-lap event. As the pair approached the lapped car of Etienne Cliche, Theetge looked to pass him on the outside groove. But Cliche drifted high entering turn 3 and Helliwell dove to the bottom, grabbing the lead and driving away for the win in front of the second-largest crowd in track history. 

Patrick Hamel got the jump on polesitter Martin Goulet Jr. and lead the first seven laps before Déry took over. Déry built a big lead at times, but six cautions in the first 63 laps tightened the field up and led to Déry and Theetge swapping the lead back and forth on a series of restarts.

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Talented Field Ready for 7th Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model field is nearly set for the 7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) Saturday, September 26. Drivers from seven U.S. states and the Canadian province of Quebec have already accepted invitations for the 43-car, 50-lap event.

All four previous winners of the Bond Auto ACT Invitational will try and add to their win total. Three-time Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA will look for his fourth victory, while 2014 winner Wayne Helliwell of Dover, NH tries to go back-to-back. 2010 winner and current ACT Tour point leader Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, NH along with 2012 winner Ray Parent of Tiverton, RI are searching for their second Invitational victories.

A strong contingent of Quebec competitors look to bring the trophy to Canada for the first time. Current Série ACT point leader Dany Trépanier of St-Edourard, QC and 2014 Invitational runner-up Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC lead the list of Quebec contenders. 2014 Série ACT Champion Alex Labbé, 2013 Champion Jean-François Déry, and Bond Auto Parts New Champions point leader Jonathan Bouvrette will also join the starting field.

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ACT Tour Makes Regular Season Debut at Autodrome Chaudiere

Vallée-Jct., QC – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S and Série ACT head to Vallée-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere this Saturday, September 12 for the Chaudiere Twin 200s. The ACT Late Models and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will both run 200-lap main events in the doubleheader for the two series.

The ACT combination event is the inaugural point-counting race for the ACT U.S. Tour at Chaudiere. Select U.S. drivers previously visited the speedway for the “Showdown at Chaudiere” invitational event held from 2008-2012, but many Tour regulars will be making their debut at the 1/3-mile oval. Even drivers such as two-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. will have their work cut out for them to get up to speed.

“It will definitely be interesting, because we have no notes to go on to go back there,” Dover, NH’s Helliwell said. “From what I remember (at the Showdown), the track is an interesting combination between Thunder Road and White Mountain – it had a lot of banking and was really tight. Hopefully between those two tracks we can come up with a good setup.”

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NEAR Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Victories at LeMans and Daytona International Speedway are among the hundreds of checkered flags owned by the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2015.

Sam Posey, one of America’s top road racers, and Greg Sacks, the winner of the 1985 Daytona Firecracker 400, are part of the class that will be honored at the NEAR Hall of Fame 18th induction banquet Sunday, Nov. 8 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, CT.

The class also includes owner/driver Joey Laquerre, car owner the late Paul Dunigan and drivers the late Jim McCallum and Stan Gregor, a quartet that collectively has 27 track championships.

The multi-faceted Lew Boyd, presently a book seller and publisher, and Lee USA Speedway promoter Red MacDonald will also be inducted.

Ticket information for the banquet will soon be available on the New England Antique Racers website (NEAR1.org).

Still to be announced are the Veterans Committee picks, the Pardi Memorial Award and the Mitchell/Ratta (media) Award winners.

A long-time Sharon, CT resident, Posey was a top runner in road racing with strong finishes in Formula A, Can-Am, and Trans-AM. He had a fifth at Indianapolis in 1972, scored at LeMans and Sebring and drove some Formula I before moving to TV with ABC Sports. He is an award winning writer and artist.

In addition to Daytona, Long Island native Sacks has a number of New England victories, notably at Stafford and Thompson but also at Westboro. His 1982 season, which included the Stafford championship, ranks with the best performances in New England racing history.

Vermont’s Laquerre has been a winner over five decades as both an owner and driver. The top winner at the old Catamount Stadium, his resume includes several wins on the ACT Tour and championships at Thunder Road (6) and Catamount (2).

The colorful Dunigan, who passed away in 2004, burst on to the International Super Modified Association scene and won six titles in eight years, adding an Oswego crown as well. His drivers included Bentley Warren, Russ Wood, Mike Ordway, and Joe Gosek.

MacDonald, over six decades, was a successful car owner – drags, cutdowns, Supermodifieds, even an Indianapolis car – before taking over the Lee USA Speedway operation in 1986. He has brought the best in the business to his track often overcoming great obstacles.

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ACT Tour and Série ACT Go Head-to-Head at Riverside Can-Am 150

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Série ACT head to Ste-Croix, QC’s Circuit Riverside Speedway this Saturday, August 22 for the Can-Am 150. U.S. drivers have dominated the annual Tour combination event since its incarnation in 2010, but the top Série ACT drivers are ready to defend their turf.

The Can-Am 150 is the tenth of 13 race in the ACT U.S. schedule and the eighth in the 12-race Série ACT season. Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr. triumphed in the 2014 running at the 5/8-mile oval and clinched his first ACT Tour Championship in the process. Defending Série ACT Champion Alex Labbé is the only Quebec driver to win an ACT combo event at Circuit Riverside, having captured the 2013 edition.

Série ACT will bring a strong group to chase the top prize on Saturday. Point leader Dany Trépanier earned his first win of the season in the tour’s most recent event at Autodrome St-Félicien. Labbé and Martin Goulet Jr. have visited Victory Lane this season, while Jonathan Bouvrette leads the Bond Auto Parts New Champions standings. Patrick Cliche and 2013 Série ACT Champion Jean-François Déry sit third and fifth in the point standings and will also be factors.

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Three Stars Awarded for ACT Beech Ridge 150

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason is used to decide the award recipients.

The Three Stars are chosen by ACT officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a race of their choosing during the 2015 season.

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Sensational Comeback for Eddie MacDonald at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway

 

Eddie MacDonald fought his way through the field from a 22nd starting position to score a third place finish in the American Canadian Tour’s Beech Ridge 150 in Scarborough, Maine on Saturday, August 8. Eddie Mac had to qualify for the race in a consi after getting dumped in the heat race.

Eddie Mac bounced back from the set back and put on an impressive display of driving from the rear of the starting grid of 27 cars. Before that could happen, things took a turn for the worse with the Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy in third place in the heat race when the #17 RI decided to dump the #17Ma with two laps remaining in the 12 lap heat. The top four cars from the three heat races gained starting positions for the 150 lap feature. This forced Eddie Mac into the 12 lap consi starting ninth with the top five making the feature. Eddie Mac finished fifth.

“We had a good car right through practice and we were headed for a good starting position for the feature when I got taken out,” said an angry Eddie Mac. “I don’t know why he was mad at me since I didn’t have anything to do with him sliding up the track. It was uncalled for and I thought I was going to hit the wall. It put us in a tough spot to make the race since we had to start in the back of the consi. Fortunately we made it but it put more laps and wear on our tires that would hurt us at the end of the feature.”

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Babb Gets Redemption with Beech Ridge 150 Win

Scarborough, ME – Windham, ME’s Brad Babb got the upper hand in a battle two-time American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. to take his second ACT Tour win of the season in the Beech Ridge 150 at Scarborough, ME’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 8.

The 2012 Beech Ridge Pro Series Champion lost the lead to Helliwell on the race’s final restart on lap 142, but swung to the outside four laps later to regain the top spot. Babb then held off Helliwell and Eddie MacDonald to become the ninth different winner in as many ACT Late Model Tour events at Beech Ridge.

“I knew it was going to be tough on the restart being stuck on the bottom,” Babb said. “Wayne got by, and at that point I thought I was just going to try and hold on for second. But the car came back to me after a lap or two, and once I got to the outside of him, it was as good as it was all day.”

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ACT Awards American Racer Three Stars for Oxford Plains 150

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or any other accepted reason is used to decide the award recipients.

The Three Stars are chosen by ACT officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a race of their choosing during the 2015 season.

OXFORD PLAINS SPEEDWAY
OXFORD PLAINS 150

The ACT Tour returned to action this past Saturday, July 25 with its second visit of the year to Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway. The race was postponed nearly a month from its original date, but defending Tour Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. and young star Brad Babb made up for the wait with a scintillating battle for the win over the race’s final 20 laps. The battle ended when the two made contact with four laps to go, with Babb eventually spinning in turn two and “Joey Pole” going on to his fourth win of the year.

But quality racing was also happening behind the lead duo. As many as six cars dueled for the fourth position in the race’s middle stages, including Eddie MacDonald, Travis Stearns, Jimmy Hebert, and Emily Packard. Meanwhile, rising star Dillon Moltz and two-time ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. methodically worked their way up from the 16th and 17thstarting positions, eventually crossing the finish line second and fifth, respectively. There were a number of candidates for the Three Star Awards, and after due consideration, the winners are as follows:

*Brad Babb, Windham, ME – #15NH – Brad Babb scored an upset win this past May by capturing the Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road, and he showed on Saturday that this performance was no fluke. Babb got underneath Joey Polewarczyk Jr. on lap 112 of the 150-lap event and seemed poised for his second ACT win. But Pole stayed in Babb’s shadow, and the gloves eventually came off as both drivers gunned for the victory – Babb looking to triumph in his home state, and Pole trying to gain ground in the ACT Tour championship hunt.

The battle came to a head when the two got together on the frontstretch with four laps remaining. Babb slid up the track in turn one and appeared to regain control, but spun exiting turn two. It was a heartbreaking result for the Joey Laquerre–owned team as they ended up 11th in the final rundown. But it was nonetheless a statement race for Babb and his team, proving they can consistently run with the best of the ACT Tour. Babb thus receives a Star Award for his effort.

*Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, VT – #58VT – Hebert opened 2015 with a fifth-place finish at Oxford and seemed poised for another strong year. But the season quickly spiraled into a rash of crashes and mechanical failures, with the #58VT team falling as low as 13th in points. They showed signs of life with a 10th-place finish in the non-point ACT International at New York’s Airborne Park Speedway, but a return trip to Oxford was ultimately what the doctor ordered.

Hebert started 10th and remained in the top-10 for the entire event, being part of a tight battle for fourth place on back in the middle stages. After dodging a pair of late spins, Hebert found himself in third for the race’s final restart. Unfortunately, Hebert got pinned behind a lapped car and was edged at the line by Bobby Therrien as a result. Still, a fourth-place finish shows the team is still capable of contending and could spark a second-half surge. For digging in and refusing to concede the season, the Larry Hebert–owned receives a Star Award.

 

*Rowland Robinson Jr., Steuben, ME – #28ME – 2015 had been a down year for this small family-run team entering the Oxford Plains 150. After posting four top-10 finishes in each of the previous two seasons, Robinson had just one in the first half of 2015. The team used the time following the initial Oxford postponement to regroup, and showed signs of rebounding on Saturday.

Robinson started fourth after earning a +4 in his qualifying heat and was strong early in the main event before dropping back in the middle stages. But he remained on the lead lap during two long green-flag runs, and while other drivers pitted for adjustments or were felled by incidents, Robinson kept on trucking and brought home a season-best seventh-place finish. The result moved Robinson back into the top-10 of both the ACT Tour point standings and the Bond Auto Parts New Champions standings. The team brings its first Star Award of the season into the Tour’s next event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, where they look to build on last year’s sixth-place result.

The ACT Tour returns to Maine with its annual visit to Scarborough’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 8. Joey Pole holds a seven-point lead over Wayne Helliwell Jr. in the championship battle, while just 16 markers separate third-place Brad Babb from seventh-place Nick Sweet, who won last year’s event at the 1/3-mile oval. Post time is7:00pm.

For more information contact the ACT offices at 802.244.6963, media@acttour.com, or visit www.acttour.com.

Sources: ACT PR

Polewarczyk scores ACT Dave’s Small Engine Ventrac 150 win at Oxford Plains Speedway

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Oxford, Maine – Joey Polewarczyk of Hudson, New Hampshire extended his lead in the battle for the ACT Late Model Tour championship with his victory in the Dave’s Small Engine Ventrac 150 on Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Polewarczyk prevailed in an aggressive, paint-swapping battle with Windham’s Brad Babb, who looked like a winner before contact from behind set off a chain of events which cost Babb the race lead and, eventually, any chance of victory.

Dillon Moltz of Waterford, Connecticut made a late charge into second position, with Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, Vermont filling out the podium.  Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown, Vermont and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, New Hampshire rounded out the top five.

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ACT Tour Resumes Championship Chase at Oxford Plains

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) resumes its 2015 championship chase this Saturday, July 25 at Oxford, ME’s Oxford Plains Speedway. The Oxford Plains 150 is the eighth on the ACT Tour’s 13-race schedule and their second visit of the season to the 3/8-mile oval. The event was previously scheduled for June 27 before being postponed.

The second half of the year will see the continued championship battle between New Hampshire veterans Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk Jr. Two-time ACT Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. holds a 17-point lead over defending Champion “Joey Pole” with each driver recording three wins to date.

While Helliwell earned a third-place finish in this past Sunday’s ACT International at Airborne Park Speedway, Pole spun twice en route to a 13th-place result. Pole led every lap of the Tour’s season opener at Oxford in April and is eager to get the title chase started again.

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Sweet Caps “Rollercoaster” Weekend with ACT International Win

Plattsburgh, NY – Nick Sweet showed why he’s one of the top American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model drivers in the Northeast on Sunday, July 19, capping a whirlwind two days by winning the ACT International at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway.

Barre, VT’s Sweet took the lead for the final time on lap 192 of the 200-lap event, beating out Alex Labbé on the final restart. The Thunder Road Late Model point leader will take home more than $10, 000 for the win after lap-leader money and contingencies. The victory was also a redemption for Sweet after finishing second in the event in 2014.

Sweet, whose wife is expecting their third child at any moment, didn’t decide to attend the event until midday on Saturday, July 18 but won the pole that evening with no practice time. His Eric Chase–owned #40VT team, which ran the same car that Jean-Paul Cyr drove at Thunder Road on Thursday, then had only one 20-minute session on Sunday morning after rain moved through the area.

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PASS And ACT Racers Ready To Battle For Big Money In International 500 Weekend At Airborne

NAPLES, ME (July 14) – A season of firsts continues this weekend as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull head to New York state for the first time ever to compete as part of the International 500 weekend at Airborne Park Speedway.  For only the second time in history, PASS will co-headline the weekend along with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models, with twin 200’s.  The PASS 200 lap portion of the International 500 weekend will pay $7500 to win plus additional lap leader money with a potential for the winner to take home up to $10,000.  The fourth race of the prestigious PASS National Championship Series will also pay $1000 to start.

One driver who will be very busy this weekend will be Hudson, NH’s, Joey Polewarczyk.  Joey Pole, as he is known by his fans, will be competing in both main events, driving his ACT Late Model as well as his PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Model.  While it will be the first time many of the PASS drivers have competed at Airborne Park Speedway, Polewarczyk hopes to have the upper hand based on his previous experiences racing there with ACT.

“Airborne is a D-shaped, half-mile, progressively banked racetrack that has a lot of grip and a lot of speed,” says Polewarczyk, driver of the Pole’s Automotive #97.  “It was repaved a few years ago, but it definitely has some bumps.  You really need to get your car rotating well to run a fast lap there.  Out of all the tracks the ACT tour goes to, it’s really one of my favorite tracks.  I think the PASS cars are really going to race well there.”

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