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Stridsberg Appointed New Media Director for ACT

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced the appointment of Michael Stridsberg of Berlin, VT as the new Media Director for both the US touring Series and Thunder Road International Speedbowl. He will replace Nick Bigelow who has handled numerous duties for the two organizations since his graduation from college in 2009. Bigelow studied engineering, and has taken a position with New England Wire Technologies in Lisbon, NH, a developer of wire products.

“Nick has provided ACT and Thunder Road with an outstanding foundation in modernizing our media department, web sites, and handicapping system. His passion was statistics, and he leaves with all ACT records in good order. He handled the majority of the track day duties as head scorer for our companies. His conscientious efforts will be missed,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, Ltd.

Stridsberg and his family have been around the race business for many years. He has worked the Thunder Road race day pits for the past few years, is familiar with handicapping, and has been a correspondent for Vermont Motorsports Magazine, helping to chronicle various stories and results from races throughout the region. He also will take on the new duty of electronic scoring for both ACT and Thunder Road events.

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Jurcik in 51CT Late Model for Thompson, ACT

Travis Jurcik of Chaplin, CT will move to the Late Models this season. He will compete at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park regularly and a limited schedule on the American Canadian Tour in the No. 51CT car.

“If everything goes well I’ll head down south and run at Myrtle Beach Speedway, along with a few races in the Limited Sportsman,” Jurcik said. He plans to race the Limited Sportsman at Thompson, Waterford and possibly Lee USA for Oktoberfest.

Jurcik’s goals include the Thompson and NASCAR state Rookie of the Year honors. Sarazin General Contractors is his primary sponsor. The crew includes his seven-year-old brother, parents and uncle. “We are always looking for more crew, and especially for this year seeing that we’ll be traveling a lot more.”

Jurcik hopes to work with the Kyle Busch Foundation and setup a fundraising booth at each race. The NASCAR star’s foundation was established in 2006 “to empowering those in need to overcome hardship by providing essential tools (financial, material and experiential) to allow them to live their best lives possible,” according to the foundation’s website.

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ACT Teams Ready to Head to New Smyrna Speedway

Waterbury, VT – The bitter cold and snow during the winter of 2014-15 will be just a memory for the twenty-nine (29) ACT teams beginning this week as they caravan down the East Coast to the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) at New Smyrna Beach in Florida.

The “World Series of Asphalt Short Track Racing” at New Smyrna Speedway, as it has been billed for decades, has served as a mid-winter break for many northern US and Canadian teams over the years. Just about every division of racing has competed at NSS over the week between the opening of activities at the Daytona International Speedway and the conclusion at week’s end, the Daytona 500.

“I remember being in a banquet hall, I believe at the Whitehall Hotel on the beach, when Richie Evans won one of his many NASCAR titles. During those years (1979) all divisions of NASCAR, from what is now Cup to the Modified Division, were at one banquet in February in Daytona. As soon as Evans received his Championship trophy and ring, he was out of the room heading for New Smyrna! Over the years, the best have all raced the World Series at New Smyrna. From the great Jr. Hanley from Ontario, to the best of the Modified and Late Model racers around both the US and Canada, they have all raced at NSS. If you were a top asphalt team, you probably tried New Smyrna Speedway during your career. I am really happy ACT teams and their fans can have this experience,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

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Brad Babb Confidence Grows with New Smyrna – American Racer Challenge

St. Petersburg, Florida – When Brad Babb begins the 1,415 mile journey from his Windham, Maine home to New Smyrna Beach, Florida, it’s going to tick a lot of first-time boxes for the young driver.

The third generation racer is coming south to compete in the American Racer Challenge; a three night (February15th-17th) Series of one-hundred lap events that will see the top twenty-nine racers from across the Northeastern Unites States and Canada racing for the checkered flag.

“There’s going to be a lot of new happening during this trip,” explained Brad Babb. “Getting as much track and seat time will be critical.”

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Tapley’s ‘Work of Passion’

Sleep is a luxury for Scott Tapley of Poland Springs, Maine. Tapley works as the Race Director at Lee USA (NH) Speedway, Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park and the Mr. Rooter New England Truck Series (NETS).

MRTS-LOGO The New England Truck Series will carry a new identity with a title sponsor this year. The series announced sponsorship from local racing supporter Vin Beedle at their banquet. Beedle’s Mr. Rooter sponsorship has included Modifieds, SK Modifieds, and Street Stocks. He will have a team in the trucks this year for Ted Christopher, Josh Galvin, Keith Rocco and Ed Puleo.

Beedle recommended Tapley to series owner Lorraine Pard. Beedle sponsored cars at Waterford when Tapley worked as an official. Tapley brought Beedle to the Valenti Modified Racing Series by sponsoring their Rookie of the Year award.

“Vinny believes in my abilities to maybe make a difference and that was very humbling,” Tapley said. “… When I talked with them about possibly joining this season, I wanted to make sure first and foremost that 2014 director Chris Austill would still be involved and be willing to expand his role to the competition side and we were able to make all that happen, which is going to be so great for the MRTS teams.”

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Eddie MacDonald Readies for Florida

The American Canadian Tour opener at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida will feature three nights of racing as part of the World Series of Asphalt Racing with Eddie MacDonald ready to participate in the inaugural American Racer Challenge Cup. The Cup Challenge is slated to take the green flag for two 100 lap events on Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17. The ACT cars will also be in action on Sunday, February 15 as a stand-alone 100 lap event made possible when a racing series cancelled their participation.

“We are ready and excited to race at New Smyrna Speedway in February,” said Eddie Mac. “Last time we were there (2011), we didn’t finish too well (seventh overall) but we have the new car that won a couple of times last year so we are looking to greatly improve that finish. This car won the ACT opener at Lee in the Governor’s Cup and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road plus a couple of other solid finishes last season.” 

Upwards of thirty cars have entered the event and will be racing for the $35,000 purse.  The overall winner will be crowned based on the two best combined finishes. Individual winners will be recognized each night. The special stand-alone race on Sunday will be run after the season opener for the K&N Pro Series East race with 26 cars entered.

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ACT Young Champions Lead 29 Teams to New Smyrna Speedway

Waterbury, VT – 2014 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Champions Alex Labbe, (21 years old), of St-Albert, Quebec and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), (25 years old), from Hudson, New Hampshire, have both been celebrated by their peers for their championship runs last season. They now lead twenty-nine (29) teams from eight (8) different states and the province of Quebec to the New Smyrna Speedway World Series of Asphalt Racing on Sunday-Tues, February 15-17, 2014.

Quebec leads the list with seven (7) teams, featuring, Labbe, former ACT Champions Patrick Laperle and Donald Theetge. Also making the trip will be Jean-Pierre Ouimet, Martin Latulippe, Daniel Descoste, and Brandon White.

New Hampshire and Massachusetts will each send five teams on the mid-winter southern trip. ACT US Champion Joey Pole is the defending champion of ACT’s first trip to New Smyrna in 2011 and will lead the New Hampshire contingent.

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Thunder Road Stars Ready to Head South

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour roster for the events at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Sunday through Tuesday, February 15-17 features several drivers from Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl. East Montpelier’s Emily Packard, Montpelier’s Josh Demers and Milton’s Eric Chase will all make the journey south in just under a month.

Veteran Thunder Road Late Model competitor Chase is the only one of the three with experience at the fast half-mile. Back in 2008, Chase claimed a feature win at New Smyrna in the opening event of the “World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.” He was also competed in the first time ACT visited New Smyrna Speedway in February of 2011.

Packard is coming off of her second full season of Late Model competition at Thunder Road and her first full season on the ACT Tour. Her success on the Tour, highlighted by her 4th place finish in the final standings shows her talent in the long distance events and her abundance of experience at the Devil’s Bowl and Airborne half-miles should help her with the learning curve at New Smyrna.

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Laperle Brothers Enter ACT New Smyrna February Challenge Cup

The Laperle Brothers race team from Montreal, Quebec have entered the ACT American Racer Challenge Cup to be contested at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Monday and Tuesday, February 16-17, 2015. That brings the ACT field for the winter showdown at the World Series of Racing to a total of twenty-eight (28) entrants from throughout New England and Quebec.

“Well I guess you could think of this as somewhat of a ‘game-changer’. Eric Laperle has been an accomplished crew chief for his brother Patrick ever since they flipped the coin to see which twin would drive their first race at Airborne Speedway back in 1998. Patrick became the driver and Eric began learning his craft as crew chief. The Laperle team will certainly bring some energy to the event next month,” said ACT President Tom Curley.

The Laperle team has won eighteen (18) ACT major events. They sit third in all-time wins. Patrick Laperle is a three-time Série ACT (Quebec) Champion, he also won the ACT US title in 2008. He is a three-time winner of the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road.
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Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Honored at ACT Banquet of Champions

Waterbury, VT – American Canadian Tour staff, officials and teams honored their 2014 ACT Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, NH with the Banquet of Champions at the Doubletree Inn in South Burlington, VT on Saturday, January 15, 2015. The 25-year-old Polewarczyk captured his first career ACT title in his 9th season with the series and pocketed the $10,000 point fund check. He was also honored with the prestigious Don MacTavish Award for his dedication and contribution to stock car racing in the Northeast. Competitors and teams who finished in the top 15 in the 2014 final standings were all recognized, along with several special awards.

Polewarczyk and his father and car owner Joe Polewarczyk, Sr. began competing on the American Canadian Tour in 2006. Considered the youngster of the series, Polewarczyk and his father quickly progressed over the years into big race winners, consistent favorites, and finally veteran Champions. In 2014, they put together arguably the best Championship Season in ACT Late Model history.

The 2014 ACT Champion was also honored with the Don MacTavish Award, which recognizes individuals for their contributions to stock car racing in the Northeast. Polewarczyk is not only a Champion and respectful driver on the track, but his positive attitude and leadership is felt throughout the pit area at any track he visits.

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Something New for Morgan

Ryan Morgan of Mystic, CT will join the Sunoco Modified ranks at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Danny Cates’ 2008 Troyer with a T/A engine. He expects to enter a couple of races at Stafford Motor Speedway  pending sponsorship and “how we do at Thompson.” John Morgan’s No. 0 is registered at Stafford with sponsorship from McGill Chevrolet in Pawcatuck, CT.

The Stafford races will be for understanding the car and the track.  Morgan’s only experience there came in a 2012 PASS Modified race, where he finished tenth.

“We decided to try something different this year,” Morgan said. … “We plan to rebuild it and make it us, but go through it all and make sure it’s ready for the Icebreaker, and shake it down the first couple of practices, so hopefully I’ll be able to adapt to the open wheels pretty quickly.”

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Airborne Park Speedway Unveils 2015 Schedule

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Historic Airborne Park Speedway has released a lineup of 17 action-packed events for its 62nd season of stock car racing season in 2015. The racy 4/10-mile D-shaped asphalt oval will again host Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, along with special events from some of the most recognizable short track racing organizations in North America.

An innovative approach was taken when building the 2015 schedule, and aims to give fans, families, and racing teams the ability to ease into the spring and summer on a bi-weekly basis before weekly Saturday night racing begins in June. The calendar was developed while working with other tracks and series in the region including partner track Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vermont.

The curtain opens on the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship divisions on Saturday night, May 2 with a 100-lap feature race for the headline J&S Steel Modified class, with Late Models, Renegades, and Mini Modifieds also on the card.

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Keith Rocco Enters ACT American Racer Challenge

Rocco’s First ACT Event Will Be at New Smyrna Speedway

Waterbury, VT – Keith Rocco from Meriden, CT is a 2010 NASCAR National Champion, has three (3) NASCAR SK Modified championships at the Waterford Speedbowl, two (2) ACT type Late Model Championships at the Speedbowl, and too numerous feature event wins in the heart of Modified country, Connecticut, to list. His next challenge is to head to the New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Racing and enter the American Canadian Tour (ACT) American Racer Challenge Series on Monday and Tuesday, February 16-17, 2015.

“My Late Model car owner, Scott Fern (Wilbraham, MA) is a big fan of ACT Late Model racing. That is how I got started in the fender type cars a few years ago. We have had a pretty busy modified schedule chasing NASCAR points for the past few years, although we tried to get to a couple ACT shows, but weather and other issues kind of put that on the back burner. This mid-winter trip to Florida and the American Racer Challenge Cup is going to be a great break. We are looking forward to our first ACT event,” said Rocco.

Rocco has won some races in the Modified division at New Smyrna over the years, but he will face a new challenge with veteran tour drivers from both the ACT US and ACT Quebec organizations. Both 2014 defending champions, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH and Alex Labbe, St-Albert, QC have experience at New Smyrna Speedway. There will be plenty of competition from the growing list of drivers who have entered. Former ACT Champions Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH and Donald Theetge from Quebec City will join Pole and Labbe. Between them they have six (6) ACT Championships.

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Parent Returns to New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Racing

Waterbury, VT –In 2011, Ray Parent from Tiverton, Rhode Island, decided to start his full-time American Canadian Tour (ACT) career at the inaugural event to be held at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) during the World Series of Asphalt Racing in February of that year. Parent had raced primarily at the famous D.A. Venditti “Cement Palace”, Seekonk Speedway, a typical ¼-mile bullring that New England racing is known for.

Parent had been successful racing in what was known as a Pro Stock (Super Late Model) racecar for years in the southern New England market. The ACT Late Model program, with its innovative cost-conscience crate motors, sealed Koni shock absorbers, and 8” restricted tire usage program, had booked a winter race at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida during the February race activities in the Daytona Beach area. Parent decided it was time for a change with his Amtrol sponsored race team.

“I knew this was a completely different racing move for me, but I had always had a goal to run somewhere during the traditional February Speedweeks in the Daytona Beach area. I had been to watch racing at the New Smyrna Speedway for many years and thought this might be my opportunity to take my race program in a different direction. I had a great time, but I also found out that there was a huge difference in driving a momentum type Late Model racecar versus a higher horsepower Pro Stock or Super Late Model. It was pretty humbling, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made in my racing career,” said Parent.

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Defending Champions File Entry for American Racer Challenge

New Smyrna Speedway to Host Second ACT Race

Waterbury, VT –The entry list for the American Racer Challenge event to be held at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) during the 2015 World Series of Asphalt Racing in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Monday and Tuesday, February 16 and 17, is filled with ACT Champions from both the ACT US and Quebec tours.

Defending New Smyrna Challenge Champion, and 2014 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, New Hampshire won the first event held at New Smyrna in 2011. “I can’t think of a better way to start the new season off than to win again at New Smyrna. I really like the race track, and we had a blast there a few years ago. Our goal is to use this as a springboard for defending our Championship on the Tour (ACT) this year,” said Pole.

Additionally, newly crowned Serie ACT Quebec Champion, Alex Labbe, from Ste. Albert, QC has entered the two-day racing event. Labbe will pull double duty as he will also compete in the Pro Late Model division throughout the week of racing at NSS. Two-time Serie ACT Champion, Donald Theetge, Quebec City, will join fellow Quebec racers, Jonathan Bouvrette and Jean-Pierre Ouimet, Montreal, and Martin Latullippe from Vallee-Jonction to fill out the entry list from Canada.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Releases Innovative 2015 Short Track Schedule

Thompson, CT – Officials from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) – the famed 5/8-mile speedway in Connecticut’s quiet corner – released a creative and innovative seven (7) event schedule today, featuring twelve different touring series and sanctioning bodies, and boasting over $500,000 in posted awards. Two weekend events, and a five event Wednesday summer series – with four rain dates – make up the calendar. The schedule is highlighted by four NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) events, two new Triple Crown Series, and significant enhancements to the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing.

“A lot of effort went into taking a fresh look at the schedule, and providing the best events we could for our race teams and fans. We have some traditional fan favorites that will return, and we have made some valuable additions to complement that core. We are very proud of the finished product and are excited to announce our 2015 schedule of short track events,” Josh Vanada, TSMP General Manager, remarked.

For the 29th season, the track will operate under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 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 will Visit 11 Different Tracks in 2015

The American Canadian Tour Late Models will visit 11 different tracks throughout New England, New York and Quebec during the 13 event 2015 season. Officials have announced the schedule, which will kick off on Sunday, April 12 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH and crown a champion on Saturday, October 17 at Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT.

 The ACT Late Models visit two new tracks in 2015. ACT will run their first ever point counting events at Autodrome Chaudière in Vallee-Jct., QC as a doubleheader with PASS in September and the Late Models will visit Thompson for the first time ever to conclude the season in October.

ACT will also return to Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME for two events after a several year hiatus. The April Oxford event will be the inaugural ACT/PASS doubleheader event, while the June event will be a standalone ACT race. Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will be the only other venue to host two events in 2015. The schedule is highlighted by trips to Thunder Road in Barre, VT, Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH), Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT, White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, ME and Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC.

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Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Announces ACT will Join World Series Event

2015 ACT Champion to be Crowned

Waterbury, VT –Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) in Connecticut and the American Canadian Tour (ACT), based in Waterbury, VT have agreed that the 2015 ACT Championship Late Model stock car season will crown the ACT Champion at the famed Thompson World Series event on Saturday, October 17, 2015. ACT will join over 15 other divisions at TSMP in a year-end celebration for both fendered and open wheeled race cars.

Vice President and General Manager of ACT, Darla Hartt said, “We are delighted that Thompson has invited ACT to the dance! NASCAR Modifieds, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s own Modified and Late Model divisions, the Valenti Modified Racing Series, Mini Stocks, really, just about every kind of asphalt stock car division in New England is at Thompson’s World Series. We are excited to show fans at TSMP an ACT Late Model 100 lap championship race.”

The event is expected to draw teams and fans from all six New England states, New York and the Province of Quebec. The entry calls for thirty (30) starters. The super-fast 5/8ths mile oval at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park should fit the style of the ACT Late Model teams. The ACT Quebec Series races primarily on half-mile tracks, and US ACT teams have had lots of “long track” experience with numerous events at the Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY and the Devil’s Bowl Speedway half-mile in West Haven, VT. The ACT annual visit to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Cup weekend in September has proven to be very competitive and exciting racing for fans. The local weekly Late Model teams that use the ACT rules at TSMP, Waterford and Seekonk are expected to join the ACT regulars.
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NEMST Announces Two Maine Races in 2015!

The Pine Tree State is where it all started for the North East Mini Stock Tour back in 2008 with a vision by founder Bob Guptill to have a group of the best Mini Stock drivers in the region traveling to the best facilities for a yearly series. Entering the tours seventh season only a handful of races have been held in Maine, Guptill’s home state, but there will be two Maine events in 2015!

“Having races in Maine has always been great to expose the best of Northern New England with the best coming out of New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Bringing the tour to Oxford in 2015 on some of the biggest weekends is just incredible. We are honored to be part of ACT’s return to Oxford and on the Legendary 250 weekend!” said NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill. NEMST’s Maine events have always held great car counts and fierce competition dating back to the early days of the touring series. Names like Greenleaf, Trombley, Audet, Mason, and Collins have always been right on the heels of the Cayers, Wells, Baxters, and Kings. Putting both of these events on will truly show us the best competitors in New England.

On Saturday June 27 the NEMST will make its first visit to Oxford Plains Speedway to join in with the ACT Tour for their first standalone event at the track since being purchased by PASS president Tom Mayberry. For the second visit of the season the NEMST will visit during Oxford’s biggest week, the Oxford 250 Weekend, to put on a 50 lap main event on Saturday night preceding the 42nd Annual 250 lap Pro Stock National Event.

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Champions Polewarczyk, Shaw on Victory Lane Radio Tonight

Eric LaFleche will go live with the Victory Lane Radio at 7PM. Tonight will feature two newly crowned firsttime champions Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from the ACT Late Model Tour and DJ Shaw from the Pro All Stars Series North Super Late Models.

Tune in at http://www.victorylaneradio.com/.

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Polewarczyk Caps Off ACT Title with Fall Foliage Win

PolewarczykPlattsburgh, NY – Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH capped off his 2014 American Canadian Tour title with a win in the season finale Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, September 27. Polewarczyk used the high lane to get around Quebec’s Patrick Laperle on the final restart with just over 20 laps remaining in the event to take the lead and become the only repeat winner on the 2014 American Canadian Tour and claim his first career championship.

Polewarczyk took the green flag from the eighth starting position and quickly worked his way for the front as the 37 car field ran under green for the first 67 laps. Kyle Welch and Bobby Therrien both took turns leading until Wayne Helliwell, Jr. claimed the top spot on lap 25. That setup a battle between Helliwell and Polewarczyk for the next 95 laps.

The second caution of the 200 lap event flew on lap 120 for a mandatory fuel pit stop. After the race returned to green, it was the Laperle and Polewarczyk show for the final 80 laps. The duo swapped the lead a total of 6 times over the remainder of the event. The fifth and final caution flag flew with just over 20 laps left and Polewarczyk took advantage in the high lane on the restart. Laperle tried everything he could through the final laps and was right on his bumper at the finish, but Polewarczyk held him off to take the win.

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“Hanging on”

Ray Parent headed into the 6th Annual BOND Auto ACT Invitational looking for repeat success of his 2012 victory on American Canadian Tour’s biggest stage. Unfortunately Parent was left to literally hang on to an 18th place finish.

Random draw started the Amtrol Ford Fusion from the 24th position; in the races early stages Parent had made his way inside the top-15 before trouble started. Heading into turn-3 around lap-12 Parent shot up the track and fell outside of the top-30. A battle with the transmission inside the car ensued as it had come out of gear and would not stay in.

“You use the gearing to slow you down so much in the corner, when it came out [of gear] I way over shot the turn and thought the engine blew up,” stated Parent. “It took me a bit to realize what happened… There was no warning or any type of problem beforehand.”

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Refocusing Brings Magic Mile Victory

In what has been a season about refocusing their racing program Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Bruce Bernhardt led Team put an exclamation point on their 2014 season with arguably the biggest win of Helliwell’s career on Saturday.

Rocketing from his 16th starting spot in the 6th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational, Helliwell was 8th by lap-4, 3rd by lap-10 and the leader by lap-16. Fighting off multiple restarts from Canadian ace Patrick Laperle, it was darkness that ended the event 6-laps from its scheduled distance with an extended red flag on lap-44 and the lack of lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway brought the Ekeys-4-Cars, Butler MacMaster Ford Fusion to victory lane.

The win was Helliwell’s second of the year in ACT competition; but more so a rebound after leading 111 of the 200 laps north of the border in August; sidelined with steering failure while leading with 20 laps remaining in the Cam-Am 200.
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Two-time ACT Champ Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Wins Bond Invitational

Loudon, NH – Two-time American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. claimed the win in the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Saturday, September 20. The race was called complete on lap 44 due to darkness.

“Unbelievable!” said Helliwell in the post-race press conference. “To be honest, I always have high hopes. We had a good car after practice. I’ve been under the weather the last couple weeks and it’s great to come back like this. Unbelievable!” he continued.

The 43 car field provided three and four wide action for the majority of the scheduled 50 lap event before being called on lap 44. Helliwell marched from his 16th starting position to take the lead on lap 16 from Turner, ME’s Glen Luce, who led the first 15 laps. Helliwell had to hold off Montreal, QC’s Patrick Laperle through the final four cautions of the event.

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Stearns & Packard to Lead 6th Bond ACT Invitational to Green

Loudon, NH – For the second consecutive year, Auburn, Maine’s Travis Stearns will lead the 43-car Bond ACT Invitational field to green at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Saturday, September 20. East Montpelier, Vermont’s Emily Packard will start to his outside in the front row of the star-studded field. Glen Luce of Turner, Maine, Larry Gelinas of Buxton, Maine and Brandon Atkins of Au Sable Forks, New York will all start in the top five.

The American Canadian Tour Late Models completed their morning practice session with only a few issues on Saturday. Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont suffered a broken rocker arm in his motor and only completed four laps of practice. Guy Caron of Lempster, New Hampshire broke a transmission but still managed a top ten time in practice. Both teams have made the necessary repairs and will be ready for the green flag this afternoon.

The province of Quebec leads the way in the speed charts with Martin Latulippe of Vallee-Jonction and Patrick Laperle of Montreal setting the two fast times of the session. Luce, Tom Carey, Jr. of New Salem, Massachusetts, and 2014 Serie ACT Champion Alex Labbe of Quebec City, Quebec completed the top five fast times. New Hampshire drivers Aaron Fellows and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. were next, followed by Chip Grenier of Graniteville, Vermont, pole sitter Stearns and Caron.

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Speed 51 TV to Air 52nd Thunder Road Milk Bowl Live PPV

Waterbury, VT – The nation’s leading short track racing internet supplier, Speed51.com, owned and operated by NASCAR television broadcaster Bob Dillner from Charlotte, North Carolina, has entered into an agreement with Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT to have the 52nd annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl broadcast on the 51 TV pay-per-view schedule of events. The famous event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5, 2014.

The unique Milk Bowl, established in 1962, received national recognition from National Speed Sport News, considered the leader in racing journalism, in 2004. The award for the “Best Short Track” event of the year was voted on by the nation’s promoters.

Billed as the “toughest short track race in America” by Thunder Road founder and former CBS television motorsports anchor, Ken Squier, the three segment event is unique with the inversion of the final two 50 lap segments, and a combined scoring system using finishes in all three segments. Low score wins the first place $10,000.00.

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Act’s New Breed Looks to Upset Veterans at NHMS Invitational

Includes Full Bond ACT Invitational Roster

Waterbury, VT – The starting field for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 20, 2014 has been set. The sixth edition of the event will have the American Canadian Tour (ACT) introducing fans to a promising future for regional Late Model short track stock car racing. Veteran champions and former NHMS winners Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH; Ray Parent, Tiverton, RI; and Brian Hoar, Williston, VT have all won events at the “Magic Mile”. This year there are lots of young emerging stars who will challenge the veterans.

Top ten point chasers who are looking to make a statement at the Bond Auto ACT Invitational include two Vermont drivers, Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown and 18 year-old Emily Packard, E. Montpelier. Hebert already has two ACT wins with an opening event at Lee USA Speedway in 2013 and a win at the 7/8ths mile Sanair Speedway, outside Montreal, Quebec. He was also second-fastest of the thirty-five (35) cars participating in the recent test and tune session at NHMS. Packard may have more laps in 2014 than any other competitor in the field entering the Invitational. She has raced a full schedule on the ACT US and is currently 5th in points, less than 10 points out of second place. She also has maintained full-time weekly schedules at both Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT and Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

The State of Maine sends two drivers to the annual event with Rowland Robinson, Jr. from “Downeast” Steuben and Ben Ashline from Pittston. Robinson’s family team has found consistency in the 2014 season and this will be the #28ME team’s third Invitational. Ben Ashline has been the surprise of the 2014 season. After sitting out over a year and a half from racing due to non-racing injury, the Ashline team has been fast, and brought home consistent top finishes all season.

Veteran Joey Pole said, “This is always one of the most fun races to be involved with. Not only is it in my home state, and I have lots of friends and family there, but it really is like no other race we run all year. ACT has a starting system that makes teams like ours sweat it out all day. We try to figure out what we should do to come from what usually is in the mid twenties on the starting grid in order to try and win in just 50 laps. We usually end up throwing the playbook out the window and just put the right pedal on the floor and hang on!”

Two young Quebec stars have experience and talent to challenge the former winners and ACT Champions. Alex Labbe, driving the Larue Industrial Ford out of Quebec City, has risen to become another in a long line of favorites for an enthusiastic Quebec fan base. Labbe will lock up his first ACT title at the Autodrome Ste. Eustache 200 on Sunday, September 14, 2014 just by showing up. He was at the top of the speed charts throughout the NHMS test and tune day. The potent Larue team won two events during the championship run this season. Dany Trepanier is another of the fast Quebec teams with experience in the Bond Auto ACT Invitational. He won an event this season at the Autodrome Ste. Eustache (ASE), and currently sits just five points out of second place in the ACT Quebec Series, going into the final event of the year in a return visit to ASE.

Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour said, “I think the great strength of our ACT system is that the program seems to introduce new and talented young teams every season., As we look to the future this is good for ACT and especially good for regional racing, both weekly and touring. The field of 43 teams we have assembled for the Invitational this year is the most diverse to attend over the past six years. It should be exciting.

The 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational will be part of a sensational triple-header Saturday at NHMS. Forty-three (43) ACT teams will join the NASCAR Modified and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Post time is 1:00 following the final NASCAR Sprint Cup practice. The ACT 50 mile event will post at 5:00pm.

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

6th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Driver Roster
Car # Driver Hometown
3VT Ricky Roberts Washington, VT
4NY Brandon Atkins Au Sable Forks, NY
5RI Richard Staskowski Hope Valley, RI
7ME Glen Luce Turner, ME
8NH Guy Caron Lempster, NH
9ME Emily Packard East Montpelier, VT
9MA Brian Tagg Oxford, MA
9NH Kyle Welch Newport, NH
9VT Chip Grenier Graniteville, VT
10MA John Falconi Oakham, MA
10VT Josh Demers Middlesex, VT
11NH Brett Gervais Island Pond, VT
11NY Josh Masterson Charlotte, VT
15ME Ben Ashline Pittston, ME
15VT Joey Laquerre East Montpelier, VT
16ME Travis Stearns Auburn, ME
16VT Scott Dragon Colchester, VT
17MA Eddie MacDonald Rowley, MA
17RI Ray Parent Tiverton, RI
19QC Dany Trepanier St-Edouard, QC
20NH Taylor Martin Windham, NH
27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Dover, NH
28ME Rowland Robinson, Jr. Steuben, ME
29NH Aaron Fellows Croyden, NH
34NH Todd Davis Claremont, NH
37VT Brian Hoar Williston, VT
38VT Tyler Cahoon St. Johnsbury, VT
41QC Jonathan Bouvrette Blainville, QC
41VT Jamie Aube N. Ferrisburg, VT
48QC Alex Labbe Quebec, QC
49NH Matt Anderson Franklin, NH
50ME Jeff White Winthrop, ME
58VT Jimmy Hebert Williamstown, VT
66VT Jason Corliss Barre, VT
77MA Jimmy Linardy Somerville, MA
78QC Stephane Descoste Oka, QC
84QC Martin Latulippe Vallee-Jonction, QC
88VT Nick Sweet Barre, VT
91CT Larry Gelinas Buxton, ME
91QC Patrick Laperle Montreal, QC
97NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Hudson, NH
99VT Cody Blake Barre, VT
07MA Tom Carey, Jr. New Salem, MA

Sources: ACT PR

Team BCR Racing Signs John Lowinski-Loh for Later this Year, 2015

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Team BCR Racing announced today that new driver John Lowinski-Loh will join the team this year with plans on competing for the 2015 Rookie of the Year and championship in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
 
Lowinski-Loh was the Rookie of the Year in the 2013 ACT Late Model Series. He was also named the 2012 Rookie of the Year and track champion in the NASCAR Whelen Series at Thompson International Speedway, holding 10 victories.   
 
“We’re really excited to welcome John to the team,” said team manager Howard Bixman. “He has an incredible background and a tremendous amount of experience in a variety of series. That diverse experience will help John develop his skills in the ARCA Racing Series and his future into NASCAR. We look forward to working with him.”

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Polewarczyk, Jr. Favorite to Win ACT 150 at Beech Ridge

PoleWaterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will next appear at the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. The Hudson, New Hampshire native, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) has to be considered a favorite to win the race. In the 2014 ACT Championship standings Pole has a comfortable 56 point lead over second place racer Jimmy Hebert, from Williamstown, VT. He is also winless so far during the 2014 campaign.

Pole has compiled an impressive record during the first half of the 2014 season. In the ACT races to date, the 97NH team has three second place finishes, two third place finishes and two fourth place finishes. He also led the Pro All Star Super Late Model event at Beech Ridge and contended for wins in the Star and White Mountain events he entered this year, and recently won the Lee USA Granite State Pro Stock race. Pole won the 150 lap Beech Ridge event in 2010; he was runner up to Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA in 2013.

“I guess you could say we are a little frustrated that we have not won an ACT race yet this year, but our goal was to win the ACT Championship and we have worked hard to position ourselves as we head to the home stretch. I like the 1/3rd mile at Beech Ridge, it is kind of a neutral track for ACT, and nobody really has a lot of laps there so we kind of all start out on a clean page. I really want a win, so hopefully we will get lucky and take care of that next week (August 9th),” said Pole.

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Lascuola Sets Record in Seekonk Romp

Abington Teen Seeks LM Success, ACT Tour

Defending champion Nick Lascuola, of Abington, MA, has set a torrid pace in the Nick’s Pit Stop Legends Cars at Seekonk Speedway this season. He has won all seven Friday night races, and the last two races in 2013. That’s not enough for Lascuola. He wants to go undefeated this season and win the championship.

“It takes a lot of hard work each week,” Lascuola said. “We prepare the car all week long and make sure it’s perfect. Come race day you have to go through the field smooth, but also have to be fast without getting into trouble.

“So sometimes it can be difficult, especially when you have Robins get out front first cause each week I need to chase him down from about a half a straight to a full straight. So you need to (be) perfect every lap and consistent even with all the lapped traffic. But also you have to have a little luck fall your way and a couple times we’ve had cautions that have fell our way and helped us out. Then other haven’t helped us out but we work and push the through it each week.”

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