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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

LEE, NH — 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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ACT Driver of the Day – Ray Parent

In just his third season with the ACT Tour, Ray Parent of Tiverton, RI came out of the gate on fire. He jumped into the title contention by rattling off five top tens in the first five events. He and his Amtrol Ford team remained a threat to win each and every week. For the second season in a row, the 2012 Bond Auto ACT Invitational winner claimed 7th place in the final standings.

2013 Stats – 7th Place
Starts – 12
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 3
Top 10s – 8
Avg. Fin. – 10.3
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ACT Driver of the Day: Rowland Robinson, Jr.

With the help of his family team, Rowland Robinson, Jr. of Steuben, ME claimed 8th place in the 2013 ACT standings. He and his team traveled the farthest to nearly every event on the schedule once again this season. Along the way they continued to reach new heights and accomplish new goals. He earned a top ten in the standings with four top ten finishes, including the first three top fives of his career. In just his second full season on the tour, he pocketed a $1,900 point fund check for his 8th place effort.

2013 Stats – 8th Place
Starts – 14
Wins – 0
Top 5s – 3
Top 10s – 4
Avg. Fin. – 14.7
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Full Season Entries for 2014 ACT US & Serie ACT Available Now

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Change is in the Air…

With the 2013 American Canadian Tour Banquet of champions behind them, Wayne Helliwell Jr. and the Bruce Bernhardt Motorsport’s Team are full steam ahead with 2014 plans.

Plans that will look very different than years past for the Pelham NH based Team. First and foremost there will be no three-peat for the 27NH machine atop the ACT standings. Helliwell says they are going outlaw with their schedule for the year and they have no plans to compete full time on the Vermont based tour.

“We’re looking to expand on things”, says Helliwell. “We have no plans to stick with any one series this year. We have a new Pro Stock that is just about complete… We’ll be running all of the [late model and pro stock] traveling series at some point this year.”

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VT State Late Model Championship Sees Changes in 2014

Labor Day Replaces Governor’s Cup

Waterbury, VT – The four race Vermont State Late Model Championship series, which boasts an $11,000 point fund, will see changes in 2014. The series, which features four events split between Vermont’s only two paved oval speedways, will now include the Labor Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road on the schedule, instead of the Vermont Governor’s Cup as in years past.

The Vermont State Late Model Championship was created in 2012 and hosts two races each at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven and Thunder Road in Barre. Once again the series will kick off with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 25. The 1/4-mile portion of the series will conclude with the Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, August 31. The Labor Day event will also be the final Thunder Road Late Model point-counting event for 2014.

The Devil’s Bowl 1/2-mile will host a 100-lap event on Friday, May 30 and conclude the series with another 100-lap event during the Vermont 200 weekend on Sunday, September 14. For the third season, the Vermont State Champion will be crowned following the September event at Devil’s Bowl. Past VT State Champions were Dave Pembroke in 2012 and Nick Sweet last season, who each picked up a $2,000 point fund check.

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ACT License Deadline Passes, Forms Available

The license deadline for renewing your car number has passed. Please don’t assume your car number is still available. If you haven’t already sent in your license, ACT license forms can be found in the forms section.

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Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Jean-François Déry Take Top ACT Honors

Quebec’s Larue Brothers Accept Prestigious MacTavish Award 

Burlington, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) held its annual Banquet of Champions at the Doubletree Inn in Burlington, VT on Saturday, January 11. ACT honored its 2013 champions and top ten competitors from the Northeastern U.S.-based ACT Late Model Tour and the Quebec-based Série ACT. ACT Late Model competitors from across the region battled in point counting and special events for their share of over $900,000 in purses and point funds during 2013.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH and car owner Bruce Bernhardt earned their second straight ACT Late Model Tour title in 2013. Helliwell defended his 2012 title with two feature wins and another ACT Championship. He and his team narrowly avoided disaster in the final event of the season and hung on to their slim lead to earn the title. Helliwell and Bernhardt also claimed the Ford Blue Oval Cup title for the fourth straight season.

Jean-François Déry from Quebec City, QC claimed his first career Série ACT Championship in one of the closest battles in Série history. The veteran Série ACT competitor and perennial frontrunner picked up two feature wins during his title bid. He claimed the championship by just eight points in the highly competitive series that visits several tracks across the province of Quebec.

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Nick Lascoula Pursuing Late Model ROY, Legends Car Title

Abington Driver Advancing to Late Models

Defending Seekonk Legends Car champion Nick Lascuola of Abington, MA will have a busy racing season ahead. “I plan on racing a full Seekonk Friday Legends schedule and go for a second championship in a row along with the full Seekonk schedule on Saturdays for Late Models and go for Rookie of the Year in that and a win or two,” Lascuola said. “Those are the plans and goals for 2014 for me.”

Lascuola also plans to enter three American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model races – Lee USA on April 12-13, Devil’s Bowl on May 4 and October 4-5 at Thunder Road for the Milk Bowl. All three tracks are new for him. “(I) have been watching a lot of YouTube videos as of the moment,” Lascuola said. “Sometimes the best way is to watch others. (The) tracks look like a lot of fun.”

For the second consecutive year, Lascuola is entered in the Champion® Spark Plugs Search for a Champion Contest. Now through February 2, visitors to the Search for a Champion Contest site can vote for their favorite driver. Nearly 400 contestants are vying for $125,000 in racing sponsorship. 15 will be given $5,000 in sponsorship, with the Grand Prize worth $50,000.

“Last year I was an honorable mention,” Lascuola said. “(I) finished just out of the top 15, but it was a great chance to help get me exposed to a wider audience. “It was pretty cool (when I) won a $500 gift card.”

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Tentative 2014 Lee USA Speedway Schedule Posted

LEE, NH – Lee USA Speedway has released a tentative 2014 schedule. The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will begin their season on Sunday, April 13 with the traditional Governor’s Cup 150. Support classes are the North East Classic Lite and the NELCAR Legends Tour. ACT heat races start at 2PM.

A new event for the season is the recently announced Modified Bull Ring Bash on Sunday, May 11 at 12PM. The first event of the Tri-Track Open Series, the race will be operated by Jim Schaefer (AKA: Long Island Modified Maniac) and Dick Williams of the Racing Guys. The $5,000 to win open competition Modified race will also join then SBM 125 at Star SpeedwFay in Epping, NH and Open Wheel Wednesday at Seekonk (MA) Speedway. For more imformation, visit their new web site, TriTrackOpenModifiedSeries.com.

The first of 14 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events will take place on Friday, May 30. The Valenti Modified Racing Series will make its first visit to the seacoast 3/8 mile on June 27, with a return for Oktoberfest Weekend October 11-12.

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ACT Stat Attack

All stats are from ACT US Late Model point counting events only.
• 133 different drivers attended at least one of the 14 events in 2013.
• 121 of those drivers qualified for at least one event.
• 682 different drivers have now attempted to qualify for at least one of the 247 events run since the inception of the ACT Late Model Tour in 1992.
• 536 different drivers have now started a feature event.
• 34 drivers started their first feature in 2013.
• Eric Chase (104) and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (100) made their 100th career starts in 2013.
• 8 different drivers led the first laps of their careers. (Brockton Davis, Todd Davis, Travis Fadden, Dave Farrington, Jr., Ray Parent, Rowland Robinson, Jr., Travis Stearns, Bobby Therrien)
• 156 different drivers have now led at least one lap in ACT competition.
• Jimmy Hebert, Therrien, Alex Labbe and Stearns all earned their first career ACT wins.

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Bond Named ‘Official Auto Parts Retailer’ of NHMS

LOUDON, NH — New Hampshire Motor Speedway vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens (right) and Bond Auto Parts vice president of marketing Mark Mast shake on a new deal that makes Bond the “Official Auto Part Retailer” of NHMS.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway vice president and general manager Jerry Gappens (right) and Bond Auto Parts vice president of marketing Mark Mast shake on a new deal that makes Bond the “Official Auto Part Retailer” of NHMS.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Bond Auto Parts officials announced today a contract renewal, ensuring the New England-based company will serve as the “Official Auto Parts Retailer” of the speedway through 2016. The agreement also extends the entitlement sponsorship of the American-Canadian Tour Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational -something it’s done for the last two years.

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John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. Plans Waterford Run in 2014

Busy Season Ahead for Thompson Late Model Rookie of the Year

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, MA confirmed on Sunday that he would be competing at Waterford Speedbowl full-time in 2014. “(It’s) something new and (I) heard from my friend CJ Sherman on (Keith) Rocco’s team to come up, so I figured we will run a season,” Lowinski-Loh said.

He will return to Thompson Speedway for their seven events along with a “handful of Seekonk races and ACT Tour races.” Lowinski-Loh will enter the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model races at Airborne, Lee USA, New Hampshire, and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road. Additional races may be added.

With a year of Late Model experience, Lowinski-Loh is optimistic about next season. “(I’m) giving it everything I got,” Lowinski-Loh said. “2014 title at Thompson with wins, and wins at Waterford with a strong points finish; also win a few at Seekonk and a few tour races.”

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ACT 2014 Schedule Released

Waterbury, VT — The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular ‘special’ events on the calendar.

The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. “It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.

The home of the ACT, Thunder Road International Speedbowl will host its only point counting event with the Merchants Bank 150 on opening weekend April 26-27. Next up will be the historic Spring Green 114 to be held at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, May 4. This will be the fourth opening day Spring Green event at the super fast ½ mile oval.

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