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ACT Young Stars Ready to Spoil Milk Bowl for Veterans

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) young stars heading to the 51st Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl has a list deep in numbers and talent. Looking for first wins in what is arguably one of the most famous short track races in the country, first time winners include young local and young touring stars from throughout New England and Quebec.
Thunder Road hopefuls who have not held up the Milk Can are led by two-time ‘King of the Road’ Nick Sweet. Sweet is the home-town kid who made Thunder Road his own playground, coming up through the ranks of 4-cyl racing, then graduating to the intermediate Limited Late Model Tiger Sportsman division. He is always a favorite to win at his home track in any event. “I guess I would like to win this race as much as any I have ever been in. I almost won at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s ACT Invitational a couple years ago. I’ve done well and been in a position for a win a couple times at the Oxford 250, and have been lucky to have won a few of Thunder Road’s big ACT events, but I am still missing the biggest one!. Maybe this is my year,” said Sweet.

Brooks Clark from the Mad River Valley has enjoyed a break-out season at Thunder Road. Clark is a steady 50-lap racer who fits the Milk Bowl format perfectly. “I have watched a lot of Milk Bowls, and been lucky enough to race in a few. I think the biggest thing is to have a strategy, take a few chances, and get really lucky. If you have that kind of day, you have a chance to be a Milk Bowl winner. It would certainly be special to our team if we could ever pull it off”, said Clark.

Early 2013 ACT point leader and winner of the Lee USA opening event to start the season off was Jimmy Hebert from nearby Williamstown, VT. Hebert also won on the SANAIR mile in mid-summer. The former Bond Auto Tiger Champion at Thunder Road knows his way around the high banks of the ‘Nation’s Site of Excitement’. Derrick O’Donnell, the newly-crowned 2013 Thunder Road Late Model Champion, is the only rookie ever to win the title. Another Tiger Champion, from Bradford, VT, O’Donnell made everyone take notice by winning the Memorial Day Classic is his first point race of the year, on his way to the title. Cody Blake, a second generation driver from Barre has proven he can get to the front under pressure. Earlier this summer he won the Governor’s Cup 150, beating Clint Bowyer and 29 other teams.

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Impressive Cast Set for NEAR Fame Fete

An all-star cast will induct an equally impressive group of inductees at the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday Nov. 10 at the Lodge at Manelleys in South Windsor, CT. It is the 16th NEAR Hall of Fame class.

Steve Pellerin and Bruce Elder will be inducting fellow Maine natives Ralph Nason and Stan Meserve respectively. Open cockpit racing is well represented by Chris Romano and Dick Monahan who will honor multi-time Northeastern Midget Association champions Drew Fornoro and Billy Eldridge respectively.

Lew Boyd will bring forth Bob Sharp, arguably New England’s greatest road racer.

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Nine Milk Bowl Champions to Compete in 51st Edition

Waterbury, VT – The Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Sunday, October 6, 2013 will welcome back nine (9) former champions of the prestigious event, billed as the ‘toughest short track race in North America’. Between the nine former champions who will compete in the 51st running of the Milk Bowl is a group of champions who have earned the right to lift the legendary milk can 15 times.

Eight (8) time ACT Champion Brian Hoar from Williston, VT and four (4) time ACT Champion Patrick Laperle (three Série ACT and one US title) each have won the race three (3) times and will be looking to tie Robbie Crouch’s record of four (4) Milk Bowl victories. “It really is unique in racing. First, it’s not 150 or 200 laps of straight racing. Next, it is Thunder Road, which is a challenge in any race, and finally, there are going to be 20-plus ‘regular weekly’ Thunder Road teams who race 50-lap segments every Thursday night. All these factors make it a very tough race. I love it. It is old-fashioned, get-up-on-the-wheel, hold-your-breath and hang on,” said Hoar.

When Laperle was asked why he put the Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl on his reduced schedule this year, Laperle answered, “Well, to be sure, I want to try out the new American Racer tires; also, my fans and team really enjoy camping at Thunder Road. The Milk Bowl is very, very tough to win. It takes a lot of luck, but the best part is it pays $10,000!”

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Laperle & MacDonald Enter 51st Milk Bowl

ACT Champion Helliwell Withdraws Entry

Quebec’s Patrick Laperle and the “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA are the latest entries in the 51st Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl, to be held at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, 2013.

Newly crowned ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. from Dover, NH and his Bruce Bernhardt team have withdrawn their entry from the event. “Our sponsor backed out so we don’t have the money to make the Milk Bowl weekend,” the 2013 Champion said.
Laperle is a three-time winner of the ‘toughest short track’ race in North America and will seek his 4th win in the fall classic on Sunday, October 6, 2013. When the hard charging three time Série ACT and 2008 ACT US Champion was asked why he was coming to this year’s Milk Bowl, Laperle said, “The money! Ten Thousand ($10,000.00) to win is a lot of money. I am excited to try out the new American Racer tire too.”

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Labbe Wins ACT Fall Foliage 200

Helliwell Wins Second Consecutive ACT Championship by 16 points

Waterbury, VT – Alex Labbe of St. Albert, Quebec won the 39th annual American Canadian Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday, September 28, 2013. Labbe became the spoiler in the season-long championship title bout between defending Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH and contender Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH. Polewarczyk took the lead on lap 34 and led the most laps, held off numerous challenges from Labbe until lap 186 when the fourth and final caution of the day flew for a major wreck involving Helliwell, Jonathan Bouvrette, and shuffled many cars, including Polewarczyk.

Labbe led the final 16 laps, while Polewarczyk had to contend with a hard-charging Brian Hoar for 2nd place. Helliwell pitted after the 186 damage, and nursed his car to finish as the last car on the lead lap, finishing ninth (9th), and his pre-race 41-point lead ended up unofficially at 16 points securing his second ACT Championship.

Brian Hoar finished 3rd, 3-time Airborne Champion Brent Dragon finished 4th, and Steuben, Maine’s Rowland Robinson, Jr. had a career-best finish, rounding out the top 5.

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American Racer Debuts at Milk Bowl

One of the country’s most unique events, billed as the ‘toughest short track race in America’, Thunder Road’s Milk Bowl just got tougher. The American Canadian Tour recently announced that they will be making a tire change for the first time in nearly a decade. The American Racer tire will become the tire of choice beginning in 2014 for the large network of weekly tracks and the two popular touring series sanctioned by ACT. The season-ending 51st Milk Bowl will unveil the new product for use in the Fall classic the weekend of October 4-6, 2013.

“We have spent the entire summer developing and testing a tire to serve our needs for future years. American Racer has done an outstanding job of getting us exactly what we asked for to replace our current brand of Late Model tires. We have full confidence that the teams will be enthusiastic about the new tire that was developed and ‘rolling’ it out at Thunder Road’s most historic event should let everyone know how confident we are about this product”, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour and Promoter of Thunder Road International Speedbowl.

When the ACT learned that the present tire in use was not going to be available to their various tracks throughout New England, Eastern New York, Quebec and Ontario, they contacted American Racer, the company that ACT previously had a long relationship with, to fill the void.
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51st Annual Milk Bowl Schedule Announced

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ACT Champion to be Crowned in Fall Foliage 200

Waterbury, VT — The American Canadian Tour rolls into Airborne Speedway this Saturday, September 28 for the Fall Foliage 200 season finale. The 2013 ACT Championship battle has been narrowed down to three contenders. Defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. leads the way over Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and Jimmy Hebert, who are both eager to take home their first championship title.

Helliwell and his E-Keys 4 Cars Ford claimed the 2012 ACT Championship with a win in the Fall Foliage 200 last season. This year he has to fend off Hudson, NH’s Polewarczyk, who claimed the biggest win of 2013 in the ACT International 500 at Airborne back in July. Breakout star, Hebert is also in the mix with two ACT wins of his own already this year.

All three drivers are coming off solid performances in the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last Saturday (September 21). Helliwell came home second after contending for the win with eventual winner Eddie MacDonald and Brian Hoar. Polewarczyk drove his Pole’s Automotive Ford from 22nd to finish fifth, while Hebert earned 15th.

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ACT Fall Foliage 200 Schedule of Events

ACT Fall Foliage 200
Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Schedule of Events
6:30am ACT Officials and tire compound setup
7:30am Pits Open
7:45am Tire Compound Opens (All three divisions)
8:00am Late Model Tech Opens
9:30am Renegade/Modified Tech Opens
10:00am Front Gate Opens
Late Model Practice

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Eddie MacDonald Wins 3rd Bond Auto ACT Invitational; Pockets $8,300

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts claimed his 3rd Invitational win in the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 21. MacDonald pocketed $8,300 for his efforts as he fended off ACT Champions Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Brian Hoar. MacDonald has previously won the ACT Invitational in 2009 and 2011.

The “Outlaw” MacDonald worked his way through the field from his 26th starting position and seemed to settle in to the top five through the halfway mark. Polesitter Travis Stearns and Quinten Welch swapped the lead over the first dozen laps and two of the three total cautions. Following the second restart, eight-time ACT Champion took the point and battled with Welch until the third and final caution at the halfway point.

On the final restart of the 50-lap event, Helliwell and Hoar broke out to the point with MacDonald in tow. MacDonald took over the lead on lap 35 and held off Helliwell over the final 15 laps. Helliwell could get to his rear bumper, but couldn’t find the momentum to make the pass. MacDonald and Helliwell were followed to the line by Hoar, Aaron Fellows and 2010 ACT Invitational winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Tom Carey, Jr., Quinten Welch, Quebec’s Jean-François Déry, Nick Sweet and Glen Luce completed the top ten.

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Field Set for 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational

The field has been set for the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The most recent American Canadian Tour U.S. winner, Travis Stearns of Auburn, ME will lead the field to green later this afternoon (Saturday, September 21). Veteran Jamie Aube of N. Ferrisburg, VT will line-up to his outside.

The 43 car field made it through the morning practice with only a couple incidents. 2010 Bond ACT Invitational winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH set the fast time. Brian Hoar, Quebec’s Alex Labbe, Dany Trepanier and two-time Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald completed the top five fast times.

The 43-car field will be set to go green this afternoon following the K&N Pro Series East at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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51st Milk Bowl Returns to 50-Lap Segments

Barre, VT – The 51st Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl will return to its historic three (3) 50-lap segment format on Sunday, October 6 at Barre’s Thunder Road. In recent years, the final two segments had been run with extended 75-laps. After listening to the fans, it has been decided that the shortened 50-lap segments will create more “edge of your seat” action.

“The 50-lap segments were always more volatile,” said Thunder Road Promoter Tom Curley. “The third and final segment was the highlight of the Milk Bowl, as drivers had to go flat out every lap. The 75-lap segments allowed drivers to relax and gave them too much time to work their way through traffic. That isn’t what the Milk Bowl is about. It’s about white-knuckled, up-on-the-wheel, three-wide for the win action. It’s what makes the Milk Bowl the ‘Toughest Short Track Event in North America’.”

While the shortened segments will bring the overall scores up, it should also put more drivers in a spot to win the overall, as they head into the third and final segment. The Milk Bowl uses a combined scoring system, with the winner of each segment receiving one (1) point, second two (2), etc. with the lowest combined score winning the Milk Bowl. The finishing order from each segment is partially inverted to line up the next segment.

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Crazy Horse Racing Shines In ACT Field

Nine CHR Teams Invited To Race At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – No matter how you do the math, the numbers add up for Crazy Horse Racing when it comes to the fifth annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., this weekend.

A total of nine Crazy Horse Racing teams will take the green flag in the 43-car field on Saturday, September 21. From full-time ACT Late Model Tour teams and to local short-track teams with multiple wins this season, the nine drivers and teams headed to NHMS this weekend have been part of a strong second half of 2013.

“As a company, we’re really excited and happy to have our teams going to Loudon, because they had to do well to get invited,” said Crazy Horse Racing owner Mitch Green. “It’s important because it means our people performed well enough during the year to get some attention and get invited to one of the crown jewels of (ACT Late Model Tour racing).”

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American Racer Tire Choice of ACT Through 2019

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that its tire of choice for the next six (6) years will be the American Racer brand from Race Tires America, located in Indiana, Pennsylvania. ACT and its affiliate tracks will change tire needs from Goodyear to the American Racer beginning with the 2014 season.

“We appreciate the many years of working with the Goodyear Racing Division. They have provided us with nearly a decade of service, and assisted us in the development of new products to meet our tire needs,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

American Race Tire has spent the past four months producing and testing a tire to meet the varied and heavy demand of supplying the Late Model teams in the large area which ACT covers.

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Martin Excited For NHMS Late Model Debut In ACT Invitational

 ACT Late Model Tour: Taylor Martin – New Hampshire Motor Speedway Race Preview


Taylor Martin of Windham, N.H., will make history when she participates in the 5th annual Bond Auto ACT Late Model Tour Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Saturday, September 21. Martin will be making her first career start on the 1.058-mile oval as part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300, and the 16-year-old driver will become the first to compete in two invitation-only events on the same day at the facility. Martin will also make a start in the Gifford’s Ice Cream 25 for the Granite State Legends Cars Series following the ACT Invitational. Martin was one of 34 Late Model drivers to test at New Hampshire last month, earning her an at-large bid to the event.

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Nick Sweet Invited to Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Waterbury, VT — Nick Sweet from Barre, VT capped off his Vermont State Championship title win at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway, in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, September 15, 2013 with an invitation to the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) today. Sweet will replace Donald Theetge of Quebec City who had to cancel his invitation because of a business conflict.

Sweet, a two-time Thunder Road Champion, had previously been invited, but after five weeks of testing the new tires for the 2014 ACT season, he decided that he needed to take an ‘off weekend’ to prepare his car for the season finale People’s Bank Milk Bowl event held at Thunder Road, October 5-6.

“When Tom (Curley), (President of the American Canadian Tour), called me and asked if there was any chance I could take the spot because Donald could not make it, what’s a guy to say to that? Bond Auto is in my home town of Barre. I love racing at NHMS. It’s NASCAR Cup weekend. We will put some overtime in when the Invitational is done. This is sure to put some energy into the team this week and hopefully that can carry over to the Milk Bowl,” concluded Sweet.

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Field for 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Announced

The 43-car field for the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been announced. The biggest names in American Canadian Tour Late Models will be on hand for the event on Saturday, September 21.

The field will be led by twelve drivers who have won an Invitational qualifier event. A strong contingent from New Hampshire includes Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Vermont drivers Brian Hoar, Jimmy Hebert, Bobby Therrien and Cody Blake claimed qualifier wins. From north of the border, Quebecer’s Jean-François Déry, Alex Labbe, Donald Theetge, Dany Trepanier have all won qualifying events. Travis Stearns of Maine and Eddie MacDonald of Massachusetts complete the 12 Invitational Qualifier winners.

The remainder of the field includes American Canadian Tour regulars Ben Lynch, Glen Luce, Kyle Welch, Ray Parent, Rowland Robinson, Jr., Luke Hinkley and Todd Davis. Completing the Canadian group are Série ACT’s Jonathan Bouvrette, as well as Ontario’s Sean Kennedy and Bryan Mercer.

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Martin to Make History at NH Motor Speedway

16-Year-Old First To Compete In 2 Invitational Events On Same Day

WINDHAM, N.H. — Taylor Martin will make history as part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this month.

Martin, 16, will compete in both the Bond Auto ACT Invitational on the 1.058-mile speedway and the Gifford’s Ice Cream 25 for the Granite State Legends Car Series on Saturday, September 21, as part of a showcase of short-track racing from around the region. Martin will mark the historic day with three milestones – becoming the first driver to compete in both invitational events on the same day, the youngest driver every to compete in both events and the first female driver to race in a pair of invitation-only events at New Hampshire.

“I don’t even know what to say. I’m so honored just to be invited to race in both of these races,” Martin said. “I’m so excited about it. It’s going to be a blast. I love doing the Cup weekend in the Legends car to begin with, and being part of the ACT Invitational will be a whole new experience.

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5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Posts $7,500-to-Win

Waterbury, VT – When the forty-three American Canadian Tour Late Model teams hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 21 for the 5th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational, they will battle for the $7,500 winner purse. It will be the most ever awarded to the victor and more than double the amount posted for the inaugural event back in 2009.

The early favorites to claim the top prize have to be the past winners on the “Magic Mile.” Veteran ACT competitor Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH earned the Invitational win back in 2010. He finished third in last year’s event and is currently the hottest driver on the 2013 American Canadian Tour. He has already earned three Tour wins this season plus captured the inaugural International 500 victory back in July. He has never finished outside the top ten in this event and with a win this year he could pocket over $9,000 after bonuses.

Two-time Bond Auto ACT Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA is always a favorite at NHMS. With a win in this year’s event, the “Outlaw” could pocket more money than he did in his previous two Invitational wins combined.

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Série ACT Disqualification Announced

A thorough engine technical inspection following the Série ACT Montmagny 150 held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Autodrome Montmagny, resulted in the following penalties from the American Canadian Tour being issued to the #5QC team of Patrick Cliche. The penaltied are based on violations of ACT’s sealed engine rule, put in place as the cornerstone of ACT Late Model racing in the Northeastern US and Quebec.

Cliche’s engine was found with engine seals that had been tampered with. He and his team have been issued the following penalties:

1. Disqualification from the Montmagny 150 run on Saturday, August 31, resulting in the loss of all points and purse of over $3,400 including awards for the event.

2. Loss of all points accumulated for the 2013 season with $80,000 posted awards.

3. Suspension from racing any ACT-sanctioned events for the remainder of 2013.

4. Team probation for the entire 2014 season.

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Wentworth Finishes Strong at Oxford Plains

FWelch Wins Final Canaan Race, Crazy Horse Cars Fast At NHMS

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – Don Wentworth of Otisfield, Maine, is a veteran stock car driver who won’t quibble with one inevitable truth in short-track racing: It’s better to finish strong than it is to sputter to the finish line and spend all winter trying to figure out what went wrong.

Wentworth made sure he put a solid capper on the 2013 season at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, posting a pair of podium finishes in the final two events of the inaugural Pro Late Model season at the track. Wentworth won the 40-lap feature at Oxford on August 30.

“It was pivotal for us,” said the driver of the No. 63 K&K Excavation Chevrolet. “It was a struggle (leading up to that). I don’t know anybody that races these things that is very tolerant of losing. We had some runs this year that were woulda, coulda, shouldas, but in the end it’s really fun on the ride home being able to say, ‘That thing was really quick, huh?’ instead of going home saying ‘What the heck is wrong here?’”

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ACT Pit Notes: NHMS Test and Tune

LOUDON, NH — Thirty-five American Canadian Tour Late Model teams attended the annual test and tune session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Wednesday, September 4 in preparation for the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational in a couple weeks. The full day of practice only saw a couple of incidents and several different teams atop the time charts.

Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert set the fast time of the day with a 31.491 at an average speed of 120.9 mph. Hebert has two ACT wins already this season and is currently sitting third in the standings. Hebert was the cause of the second minor incident of the day as he cut a right front tire and swiped the wall coming off turn two. The car received some damage but he was able to limp it back to the pit area.

Not far behind was another ACT feature winner in 2013, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH with a time of 31.509. Polewarczyk won the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the “Magic Mile” back in 2010. He also won the inaugural ACT International 500 at Airborne Speedway back in July, and he has another three point counting wins so far this season.

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Travis Stearns Scores First ACT Win in Labor Day Classic

Travis Stearns of Auburn, ME celebrates his first career ACT win in the VT Foodbank Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road. (Photo by Alan Ward).

Barre, VT – Travis Stearns of Auburn, Maine scored his first career American Canadian Tour victory in one of the biggest races on the 2013 schedule. The rookie held off eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar to claim the win in the 35th Annual VT Foodbank Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road on Sunday, September 1.

Two-time Thunder Road Champion Dave Pembroke led the entire first half of the 200 lap event, building a large lead through lap traffic before the second caution flag of the event flew on lap 116. Every lead lap car took advantage of the caution period to visit pit road for fresh right side tires. Hoar and Stearns were the first two cars back onto the race track claiming the first and second positions but starting 4th and 5th respectively on the ensuing restart. Pembroke stalled on the exit of pit road and could not get the car refired sending him to the tail of the field.

Stearns gained the advantage on the restart, getting around Hoar through the lapped traffic to take a lead he would never relinquish. Hoar slid back as far as fourth before mounting a comeback with 60 laps to go. He moved his way back into second with just under 50 laps to go and set his sights on Stearns. While Hoar got to his rear bumper with 15 laps remaining, Stearns protected the outside lane. Hoar couldn’t find the bite on the inside and came up a half car length short coming to the line as the two fishtailed to the finish.

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Derrick O’Donnell Crowned “King of the Road”

Phil Scott, Darrell Morin, Will Hennequin and Al Derrington Claim Wins

Barre, VT – Phil Scott made Kyle Pembroke pay for one mistake at the front of the field on lap 37 of the VP Racing Fuels Late Model 50 Thursday at Thunder Road and went on to his 2nd win of the season and the 29th of his career.

Scott shot between a backmarker in the low lane and Pembroke on the rim of turn two in a go-for-broke move for the last of six lead changes.

“I knew I had to take the opportunity, when I saw it,” Scott said.

During the first half of the event, Pembroke and pole sitter Joe Becker raced side by side for more than 20 laps with Scott and eventual runner-up Joey Laquerre in close pursuit.

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ACT Title Battle Heats Up Heading into Labor Day

Waterbury, VT — Defending American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH holds a 36-point lead over Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. as the Tour returns to its home track, Thunder Road in Barre, VT this Sunday, September 1. The running of the 35th annual VT Foodbank Labor Day Classic 200 will set the stage for the ACT 2013 finale at Airborne Speedway at the end of September, just as it did one year ago.

Last year, Helliwell was on top of the standings heading into this event with a 22-point lead over eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar. Hoar claimed the Labor Day win to pull within eight points as they headed into the Airborne Fall Foliage finale. Helliwell ended up snagging the Fall Foliage win and the 2013 title in an epic last race battle.

Current runner-up, Polewarczyk will attempt to pull off a similar maneuver in this year’s Labor Day Classic. After a rough couple of races to begin the season, Polewarczyk has to be considered the hottest driver on the ACT Tour since. He has racked up 4 wins, including the non-point counting International 500 at Airborne, and he hasn’t finished outside the top five in the last eight events. During those eight events he has pocketed 6 podium finishes.

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Alex Labbe Marches to ACT Riverside St-Croix Can-Am Win

Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC led the final 80 laps of the American Canadian Tour Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside Speedway Saturday, August 24 on his way to his first Série ACT win of the season. Labbe held off runner-up finisher Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. over the last several restarts to claim the victory in the combination ACT US and Série ACT QC event. It was his second career Série ACT win and first since joining the Larue Industrial Snow Blower team in 2013.

Pole sitter Jean-François Déry jumped out to the early lead over the first 27 laps until Wayne Helliwell, Jr. climbed his way from his ninth starting position to challenge for the lead. The pair would swap the lead several times through numerous restarts with Helliwell leading the majority of the first 120 laps. On lap 121, Labbe jumped to the point and would never relinquish the lead. Polewarczyk made several attempts to steal the win but could not find the grip on the outside and settled for second just ahead of Déry.

Patrick Hamel and Dany Trepanier battled their way from the 17th and 18th starting positions respectively to complete the top five. Ben Lynch came home sixth just ahead of Claude Leclerc who recovered from a late race incident that shuffled him back to outside of the top ten. Helliwell faded over the final few restarts and came home eighth ahead of Stephane Descoste and Jimmy Hebert.

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Eddie MacDonald Holds Off Late Charge for Beech Ridge Win

Scarborough, ME – Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald of Rowley, MA came from 11th on the field to take the win in the American Canadian Tour 150-lap event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 17. MacDonald held off fierce competition over the final 13 lap sprint to take the victory.
MacDonald took over the lead from Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. after starting in the outside lane on a lap 131 restart. It looked like MacDonald would win easily until the fourth and final caution of the event flew on lap 137. This setup up the final battle with MacDonald and Polewarczyk on the front row followed by rookies Bobby Therrien and Travis Stearns.

Therrien made a veteran move to the inside of MacDonald following the restart, kicking Polewarczyk back to third. The Rookie and the Outlaw battled with Therrien on the inside and MacDonald trying to keep him pinched down. The pair raced door-to-door with Therrien gaining the edge at the line for the lead on two laps. MacDonald kept the momentum on the outside and dispatched Therrien with two to go. It then turned into a three-way fight for the runner-up spot as Polewarczyk, Therrien and Stearns took the checkered flag three-wide.

Polewarczyk and Therrien got the edge to take second and third respectively. Stearns and Jimmy Hebert completed the top five. Ray Parent, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Dave Farrington, Jr. were the final three cars on the lead lap. Farrington led the first 111 laps of the event and lapped the majority of the field as the event went caution free from lap 6 til 124. He built a large lead before Polewarczyk caught him in heavy lapped traffic. Aaron Fellows and Ryan Deane completed the top ten.

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Welch, Stearns Heat Up Heading To Beech Ridge

Both Banking On Crazy Horse’s Flat-Track Success This Week

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – When Quinny Welch ran headlong into misfortune last weekend, it may have served to fuel an old adage: “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

Welch, who had reeled off two straight wins at White Mountain Motorsports Park, was collected when the leaders wrecked on the final lap while running in the Top-5 at the track last Saturday night. He never saw the checkered flag. But with the help of his own crew and some others, Welch pulled an all-nighter and made repairs to his No. 78 IBEW Local 104 Chevrolet – then hauled over to Canaan Fair Speedway to finish sixth in the Subway Fresh Fit 150 on Sunday.

Now, Welch will have Crazy Horse Racing give the car a good once-over this week before entering the ACT Late Model Tour Beech Ridge 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, this Saturday night.

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Memo: All ACT Late Model Teams – New Hampshire Motor Speedway

1. The ACT BOND AUTO Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway during NASCAR Cup weekend at NHMS is always one of the most exciting parts of the ACT schedule. The invited teams get courtesy entrance to the pits, have one of the largest purses of the year, and with the bonus money paid throughout the season to various qualifiers and this year progressive bonus payouts through the scoring after a first time winner, the money is better than ever.

2. NHMS has increased the winners share from $5,000 last year to $7,500 in 2013!!

3. ACT and NHMS have worked to make this event more time friendly to the ACT teams. Tire compound opens and Registration for weekend will be available from 2:00 until 6:00. We will have all cars placed in pits and tire mounting completed by 8:00 on Friday evening. We have been allotted an hour of practice on Saturday morning, which doubles the practice and scuff sessions of prior seasons. We also are scheduled to finish our race around 6:00 on Saturday evening, September 21st. The Saturday program includes a NASCAR Modified event and K&N event.

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ACT Sanair 150: Jimmy Hebert Claims Second ACT Win at Sanair

ST-PIE, QC — Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert claimed his second career American Canadian Tour victory of his career in the Sanair 150 at Sanair Super Speedway on Saturday, August 3. Hebert started from the pole position with a +6 qualifying effort on his way to his heat win. He faded back during the early stages of the event before working his way back to the point just before the halfway mark. He returned to the lead for good on lap 70 and built a large lead before the final rain shower of the day came and cut the race short on lap 145.

Série ACT competitor Alex Labbe and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. came from 12th and 24th respectively to complete the podium. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. worked his way from 13th to take 4th. Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar and Glen Luce battled for the lead for the majority of the first half of the event. Hoar began to fade before the lap 77 mandatory caution for fuel and tires. He then worked his way back up to finish fifth.

Jonathan Bouvrette, Ben Lynch, Donald Theetge, Jean-François Déry and rookie Bobby Therrien rounded out the top ten.

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