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58th Season Begins New Era at Thunder Road

Barre, VT — Thunder Road Speedbowl opens the doors for its 58th season of competition this Sunday, April 30 with the 19thMerchants Bank 150. The stars of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will take on the weekly Thunder Road Late Model standouts, while the Flying Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks begin their 2017 championship battles. 

The event will be the first at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” since former track champion Cris Michaud and local businessman Pat Malone officially purchased the speedway. Thunder Road had been run since 1982 by founder Ken Squier and partner Tom Curley, who are both members of the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

“I think Cris was a great choice,” defending “King of the Road” Scott Dragon said. “He’s been around for so long, and he grew up in the same system that most all of us have, so he understands how things operate. It’ll be fun. Most of your players are still in place, so I don’t think it will feel a lot different. It’s pretty cool that we won the last championship there with Tom and Ken as the owners, and maybe we’ll win the first one under Cris and Pat’s ownership.”

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Michaud, Malone Purchase Thunder Road Speedbowl

Barre, VT — Thunder Road officials have announced that the sale of Thunder Road Speedbowl to former racer Cris Michaud and local businessman Pat Malone has been completed. The duo has assumed day-to-day operations of the famed quarter-mile oval, which had been owned and operated since 1982 by Ken Squier and Tom Curley.

Michaud is a three-time “King of the Road” and has spent 22 years at and around the high banks as a driver and race director. Malone is the owner of Malone Properties, a Montpelier-based commercial real estate company that has sponsored a number of Thunder Road race teams in previous seasons.

Both had previously explored purchasing the race track separately before joining forces. The two will be equal partners in the track, with Michaud in charge of racing operations and Malone overseeing facility management.
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ACT Preview

Lee, NH – After a two week delay due to some late season winter weather, Lee USA Speedway is readying to open the 2017 campaign next weekend, with the annual running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model event now scheduled to go green on Sunday, April 23.

The traditional season-opener will also feature the North East Mini Stock Tour and the wildly-popular scaled down, motorcycle engine powered hotrods better known as the Northeast Classic Lites. Both divisions are expected to see strong fields of entries in action at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

Scott Payea, last year’s winner of the Governor’s Cup is expected to return to defend his title in the RPM Motorsports entry, and he will be joined by a host of drivers from throughout the New England region, as well as several Canadian teams which are slated to make the long haul south to compete at Lee USA.

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Lee USA Opens ACT’s 2017 Season

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) is set to open its 26th season of ACT Late Model racing, and its 34th season of late model racing at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 23 with the annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, which was postponed due to weather from its originally scheduled early April date.  As in years past, the 2017 opener will give teams and fans a preview of competitors to watch during the coming race season.

The fast 1/3 mile at Lee has always offered an exciting kick-off to the season, with the previous 14 ACT Late Model Tour events serving up 13 different winners, with the back-to-back wins of multi-time Series Champion Brian Hoar in 2011 and 2012 standing as the only repeat winner.  In 2016, Scott Payea, driving for the familiar RPM team (which was part of the Brian Hoar successes), stood on top of the podium after a hiatus of several years from racing.

Looking to mirror RPM’s repeat successes in 2011 & 2012, Scott Payea is excited to return to Lee: “There’s always a special excitement to the first event of any race season, and I would love to bring home back-to-back victories at Lee for my car owner, Rick, and get my season started off on the right foot!”.  A popular man in the pits, the soft-spoken Payea holds nothing back behind the wheel, and after finishing in the runner-up spot in the 2016 ACT standings, is prepared to elevate the RPM team’s final standing just a bit.  But, with the return of Waterford, CT’s Dillon Moltz in the #5CT, along with Barre, VT’s Jimmy Hebert (Williamstown, VT)and Scott Dragon (Milton, VT), there is no question the competition will be fierce.  “Richard Green and our team are excited to get back on the track, we are looking forward to giving the ACT Tour a try, and Lee is a great place to kick off the season,” said an excited Dragon.

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ACT Governor’s Cup Postponed to April 23

The ACT Governor Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway that was scheduled for Sun. April 9th has been postponed until Sun. April 23rd. Post Time 2 PM.

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Eddie MacDonald Prepares for April Season Openers

Eddie MacDonald will take the green flag in the Pro All-Star Series opener in the Icebreaker PASS race at Thompson Motorsports Park onSunday, April 2 in the first of three races scheduled in the month in three different series.  Eddie Mac will also compete in the American Canadian Tour’s Governor’s Cup at his home track Lee USA Speedway on April 9, then head to Bristol Motor Speedway for the K&N Pro Series East event on April 22.

“As you can imagine, we have been extremely busy preparing the cars for three different series but we are looking forward to getting things going and improving on our performance from last season,” said the veteran Rowley, Mass. racer. “We are going to pick and choose the races we run in this season and we hope the flexibility will allow us to better prepare for the races we run. Last year was very hectic trying to run as many races as we did. We were not pleased with our performance in the K&N series and we are re-doubling our efforts to be more successful.”

Currently, Eddie Mac and the Grimm Racing Team is scheduled to compete in four K&N events with the first on the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” in Bristol, Tennessee with Eddie Mac saying, “We absolutely love racing at Bristol and have enjoyed some success there. We won there in 2014, finished sixth in 2015, and eighth there last year. The competition in this series is incredible and we really have to be prepared to run and finish well against those teams. Our team owner Rob Grimm gives us everything we need for the Grimm Construction Chevy to be competitive, so it will be fun to kick off our season with a solid showing at Bristol. We plan to run at Thompson, Loudon, and Dover this season in the K&N so our focus will be on preparing the best cars for each race. The entire team is excited and ready to go.”

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Hallstrom Motorsports Produces Strong 2016 Campaign in the Northeast

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (March 21, 2017) – Hallstrom Motorsports is looking to build on a stout 2016 season that featured success on many levels.

The team’s drivers, Evan Hallstrom and Devin O’Connell, combined for three wins, a dozen top fives and 15 top 10s in addition to several awards.

Hallstrom competed in the Dare Devil Division at Speedway 51, which is located in Groveton, N.H. During his rookie year in the class, Hallstrom proved to be successful behind the wheel as he scored three wins and five runner-up finishes along with four more top-five finishes.

“Speedway 51 was an awesome track to go to,” he said. “The facility, the management, the safety crews and the track all made it a better experience and a better place to race at overall.”

Hallstrom overcame mechanical woes at the beginning of the season to score his first career feature victory.

“That was definitely an experience with that being my first win of my career,” he said. “Hopefully there is many more of those to come.”

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Driver and Owner Meeting Confirms 2017 Série ACT Season Very Promising

The Managing Director responsible for the Quebec auto racing association for asphalt stock car championship Late Models, Série ACT, confirmed he was very happy with the meeting at Trois-Rivières this past weekend.

Marc Patrick Roy, the Managing Director for Série ACT, who was present in Trois-Rivières for the meeting, declared that the participation at the meeting went way beyond his expectations. “The 37 people representing 22 teams in attendance, is beyond our initial expectations. Add to those present 6 other teams who had informed us of their absence, ahead of time, and I can confirm, beyond any doubt, that the competitors have a huge interest in our races and in the continued presence of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) sanction in Quebec.”

In addition to discussions around race day procedures and specific items in the rule book, Roy took the time to listen to the teams on various subjects in order to address, as best as possible, their challenges, with the ultimate objective of offering the best possible stock-car racing for the fans, while taking in consideration the economic realities associated with campaigning for an elite Championship.
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Américan-Canadian Tour Announces 2017 Quebec Schedule

Montréal, QC – 2017-02-13 – The American Canadian Tour is pleased to announce the 2017 Serie ACT schedule, which will feature six (6) events in the Province of Quebec, under the direction of a new management team.

Marc Patrick Roy will serve as the Managing Director for the Serie ACT in Quebec. “M.P. Roy is a familiar presence at short tracks in Quebec and the northeastern U.S., and brings a wealth of knowledge and renewed enthusiasm to his new position”, said ACT President Tom Curley.  “We are delighted to have him join our team.  He brings with him a strong team of officials who have been involved in ACT racing for many years, in a variety of capacities.  We look forward to the 2017 Serie ACT events”, concluded Curley.

“I am excited to put my team of officials together”, declared Roy.  “I had the opportunity to work with each of them in the past.  These are very honest, professional individuals, with a tremendous knowledge of stock car racing and know what is expected to run a smooth show”, he finished. 

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway Reveals Jam-Packed 2017 Season Schedule

More than 30 stock car events highlight Asphalt Track and Dirt Track calendars

WEST HAVEN, Vt. – Devil’s Bowl Speedway has unveiled its 2017 season schedule, boasting the Northeast’s most diverse slate of motorsports events.  Located on Route 22A in scenic West Haven, Vt., and in close proximity to the New York State border, the facility will continue to offer the area’s best and most affordable family-friendly entertainment and the region’s most exciting NASCAR-sanctioned stock car racing on two tracks.

Racing at the half-mile Asphalt Track at Devil’s Bowl will continue to be primarily on Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. during the summer months, while the 3/10-mile Dirt Track remains a Sunday night show at 6:00 p.m.  Sportsman Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Mini Stocks will be the mainstays in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program at both tracks.

A total of 15 events make up the Asphalt Track schedule with 16 total events for the Dirt Track.  Each of the local divisions will enjoy top billing at various points throughout the year, and annual holiday extravaganzas on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day weekends will give race fans, even more, reason to celebrate.  In 2017, though, an unrivaled variety of special events will be presented throughout the season on both surfaces.

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Lee USA Schedule Announced

Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH released its schedule for this season. Division special races are to be announced.

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Seekonk Speedway Releases Dates for 2017 Season

Seekonk Speedway is excited to announce the dates for its 72nd season of racing. We will be releasing the full schedule including all of our Phils Propane Triple Crown features plus several other bonus races in early December. The full schedule will also include our favorite fan attractions such as the Propane Plus Auto Graph series, On Track Pit Parties, Fans on Parade and much much more! We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and we look forward to getting our full schedule released in early December!
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2017 ACT Late Model Tour Schedule Announced

Event Day Date Track Location Laps
1 Sa/Sn April 8/9 Lee USA Lee, NH 150
2 Sa/Sn April 29/30 Thunder Road Barre, VT 150
3 Sunday, May 7 Devil’s Bowl West Haven, VT 100
4 Saturday, June 17 White Mountain N. Woodstock, NH 150
5 Saturday, July 15 Seekonk Seekonk, MA 100
6 Saturday, August 5 Beech Ridge Scarborough, ME 100
7 Saturday, August 19 White Mountain N. Woodstock, NH 100
8 Sunday, September 3 Thunder Road Barre, VT 200
9 Sunday, September 10 Devil’s Bowl – VT 200 weekend West Haven, VT TBA
10 Saturday, October 14 Thompson Thompson, CT 75

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Eddie MacDonald Finishes ACT Season with Sixth Place Run

The American Canadian Tour completed its season with the World Series 75 as part of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday, October 15. Eddie Mac finished third in the championship points battle in the team’s first full season on the tour. The “Outlaw” needed a perfect day to catch eventual champion Nick Sweet for the title but that day did not materialize.

“We needed to win our heat, win the race, lead the most laps, and have Nick finish no better than sixth but we didn’t come close,” said Eddie Mac. “We struggled with the car right from the first practice and tried a number of adjustments but nothing worked. The car was loose in and off the corners so I couldn’t get any speed down the long straights here. Rollie and the crew worked hard all day but it just was not our day.”

The EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy started fifth in the third heat after struggling to find speed and handling in the only afternoon practice.  Eddie Mac could only finish fifth in the heat and with the even rating started 14thon the grid for the 75 lap feature on the fast, high-banked, 5/8ths of a mile oval. When the green flag waved, Eddie Mac powered into the tenth position after only five laps and into seventh place by the second caution flag on lap 23, then reported to crew chief Rollie LaChance saying, “It is really tough to pass and the car does not have a lot of forward drive.”

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Therrien Bookends ACT Season with Last-Lap Pass for Win

Sweet Claims First Tour Championship in Thompson Finale 

Thompson, CT – Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien used a last-lap pass of Dillon Moltz to score his second with of the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart on Saturday, October 15, while Nick Sweet captured his first American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Championship with a fifth-place finish in the season finale.

Moltz and Therrien had both gotten around long-time leader Scott Payea with less than 10 laps remaining in the 75-lap event following a lengthy battle. Therrien first poked his nose underneath Moltz with just two laps to go, but the Waterford, CT driver was able to fend off the initial challenge.

As the two exited turn two for the final time, Therrien again looked underneath Moltz. The two then made slight contact as they entered turn three, and Moltz slid up the track just enough for Therrien to scoot by for the win, giving him a bookend on the year after previously triumphing in the season-opener at Oxford Plains Speedway.

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Sweet Repeat in Northfield Savings Bank 54th Vermont Milk Bowl

Barre, VT – Nick Sweet of Barre successfully defended his title in the Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road, using a pair of wins in the three 50-lap segments to claim a two-point victory in the combined standings over Jason Corliss of Barre. It was the third Thunder Road Late Model Sportsmen Milk Bowl victory of Sweet’s career.

Corliss needed to finish within three positions of Sweet in the final race to earn the victory. He had a chance to move into fourth place, and claim the Milk Bowl crown, in the final laps of the third race, but couldn’t find his way through traffic and ended up in seventh place in the segment, and second place overall.

Trampas Demers of South Burlington finished in third place, and was followed in the top 10 by Cody Blake of Barre, Kyle Pembroke of Montpelier, 2016 King of the Road Scott Dragon of Milton, Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown, Scott Payea of Milton, Shawn Fleury of Middlesex, and Alex Labbe of St-Albert, Quebec.
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Polewarczyk on Pole for 54th Vermont Milk Bowl

Barre, VT – Former Milk Bowl winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH gave himself a head start on a second crown by earning the Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award at Barre’s Thunder Road on Saturday, October 1 for Sunday’s 54thVermont Milk Bowl presented by Northfield Savings Bank.

The 2014 ACT Late Model Tour champion circled the ¼-mile high banks in 13.169 seconds during time trials, earning himself a $1,000 bonus from Booth Bros. and H.P. Hood in the process. Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien will start on his outside after turning a fast lap of 13.224 seconds.

Two-time and defending Vermont Milk Bowl winner Nick Sweet of Barre, VT will start third after winning the first of two 50-lap qualifying races. Sweet came out on top of a back-and-forth battle with former Milk Bowl pole sitter Trampas Demers, taking the lead for good on the race’s final restart with three laps remaining.

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Oxford American Racer Three Stars

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients.

The three stars are chosen by officials and winners will receive certificates for the use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.

The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition.
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Payea Takes Third Win of Season in Thriller at Oxford

Oxford, ME – Colchester, VT’s Scott Payea emerged as the victor in a heavyweight thriller at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, August 27, beating out Eddie MacDonald, Dillon Moltz, and Brad Babb for his third American-Canadian Tour (ACT) win of the season in the Dave’s Small Engines/Ferris Mowers 100.

Payea, Babb, and MacDonald had engaged in a three-way battle for more than half the race, with Payea and Babb swapping the lead numerous times while MacDonald lurked in the wings. Payea finally gained the edge for good shortly after a lap-79 caution for Emily Packard’s spin, sweeping around the outside of Babb for the event’s 13th lead change. The title contender then held on through two more restarts for his eighth career ACT Late Model Tour victory and first at Oxford.

Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien, the winner at Oxford in the ACT season opener, led the first five laps from the pole before Rich Dubeau got around him following a hard duel to lead his first laps ever in ACT competition. Babb followed Dubeau up the outside line, then swung to the outside himself to nab the point on lap 18.
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Babb Repeats at Beech Ridge in Coastal 100

Scarborough, ME – Brad Babb became the first ever multi-time American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model winner at Scarborough, ME’s Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 6, beating out rival Eddie MacDonald in the Coastal 100.

Windham, ME’s Babb, who was returning to ACT action for the first time following an incident with MacDonald at Seekonk Speedway in July, got under the Rowley, MA driver as the two worked through lapped traffic on lap 61 and was never headed the rest of the way. It was Babb’s first ACT Late Model Tour win of the season and second straight at Beech Ridge.

MacDonald started on the pole and led the first 21 laps. Babb got around him following a lap-20 caution for rookie Ryan Olsen’s spin in turn four, only for MacDonald to grab the lead back on the race’s second and final restart on lap 25 after Brandon Atkins went around exiting turn two.
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Payea in Right Place at Right Time for Propane Plus 150 Win

Seekonk, MA – Scott Payea was the last man standing on a wild night at Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, July 16, taking the lead with three laps to go en route to his second American-Canadian Tour (ACT) win of the season in the Propane Plus 150.

Colchester, VT’s Payea had run a distant second to Brad Babb for much of the second half of the event, but the 12th caution of the night for ACT Late Model Tour point leader Nick Sweet’s spin on lap 141 set up a showdown between Babb, Payea, Eddie MacDonald, and Dillon Moltz. After Babb got off to a strong restart, Payea began inching back up on the outside as the laps wound down.

As Payea drew even with three laps remaining, MacDonald – who started last after arriving from Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway shortly before the green flag – dove three-wide on the backstretch, and contact entering turn three allowed Payea to leap out to the top spot. MacDonald and Babb continued bumping and eventually ended up in the turn two wall to bring out the red flag with two laps to go. Payea then held off Moltz on the race’s final restart for the victory.
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Fleury Feeling Fit On CVMC ExpressCARE Night

Barre, VT – Shawn Fleury of Middlesex led from start to finish to pick up his first victory of the season in the Thunder Road Late Models on CVMC ExpressCARE Night.

Starting on the pole, Fleury jumped into an immediate lead over rookie Marcel Gravel of Wolcott, who started on the outside of the front row. Fleury widened his margin as Gravel and veteran Dave Whitcomb of Essex Jct. battled side-by-side for second place. Gravel, who led 38 laps of last week’s feature before falling victim to handling problems late in the race, held onto second, while Whitcomb finished third.

There were no yellow flags in the 50-lap event, and the top three ran away from the rest of the field, which was bottled up behind a battle for fourth place between Jason Allen of Barre and Matt White of Northfield. Allen crossed the finish line in fourth, but was disqualified after failing post-race inspection. Phil Scott of Middlesex, Nick Sweet of Barre, Scott Dragon of Milton, Tyler Cahoon of Danville, Jason Corliss of Barre, White, and Kyle Pembroke of Montpelier rounded out the top 10.

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Eddie MacDonald Wins in ACT, Falters in K&N

In what can only be described as a dominant performance, Eddie MacDonald won the American Canadian Tour’s Central Asphalt Paving Generation Next 151 race on Saturday, June 18 at Speedway 51 in Groveton, N.H. to capture his second win of the season. On Friday night, the Grimm Construction Chevy struggled with a very loose racecar to post a 13th place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

After a hard crashed at Waterford Speedbowl a few weeks ago that required a new front clip on the Freddie Peterson owned EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Motor Service Chevy, Eddie Mac and the crew were unsure how the car would respond in its first outing after being essentially rebuilt. They were quite pleased with the result as the “The Outlaw” posted the fastest time in practice and started seventh in the 150 lap event on the quarter-mile oval.

“We hoped all the work would pay off and it did right from the start,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “The car was fast and handled fantastic in practice, in the heat, and especially the race. We had a very hectic few weeks getting this car put together as well as getting the K&N car ready for Stafford. The guys in the shop worked their tails off to get everything done and I can’t thank them enough for all the time and dedication. We have a small crew but they are big time when it comes to this race team. Both our K&N and ACT crews, and a number of guys do both, do so much for us at the track. I just have to mention track owner Joey Laquerre for the outstanding work he has done at this track. He bought it a couple of years ago (2014) and transformed it into a beautiful facility. It is a pleasure to race here.”

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Busy Weekend for Eddie MacDonald in K&N and ACT

Eddie MacDonald will face a stern test this weekend as he competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut on Friday night June 17, then will have to hustle to Speedway 51 in Groveton N.H. on Saturday morning to battle for the American Canadian Tour win that night. A few hundred miles separate the two venues but the preparation of two cars for the events has been demanding.

“We really have been working hard in the shop to get ready and I know everyone will breathe a little easier when this weekend is over,” said Eddie Mac. “We were in pretty good shape with our K&N car but when the ACT car got wrecked at Waterford, we had to essentially rebuild it once we got the car back from Dale (Shaw) so now the guys in the shop had to do double duty. Everyone really pitched in and I have to give huge thanks to everyone involved especially Joe St. Jacques for hanging the new body on Freddie’s (Peterson) car. The #17 EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy looks fantastic thanks to him. Sometimes good things happen unexpectedly and that is what happened with Joe. He just got laid off so he was at the shop early every day to get this done. Things have been hectic but we are ready for both races. This is our second K&N event this season and we are really looking forward to this race.”

The Stafford 150 will mark the K&N Pro Series East return to the half-mile oval since 2009. The series began racing at the Connecticut facility in 1987 and ran 29 features. Eddie Mac posted a win in 2008 to go along with seven top tens including a fifth place finish in 2008 with the Rowley, Mass. veteran saying, “Stafford is a lot of fun to drive and we are happy to be returning there. We have had success there in the past and that win in 2008 was a tremendous feeling. We had a solid eighth place run at Bristol in our first K&N race of this season in our #71 Grimm Construction Chevy and hope to build on that. This is a very tough series with all the great teams so hopefully, I can use my experience to my advantage. We will have a day of practice on Thursday since none of the other drivers have ever run at Stafford. It should be fun and I am looking forward to getting back together with our Grimm Racing crew.”

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 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Up Next for ACT US Competitors

Masterson, Therrien, Packard Early Challengers

Waterbury, VT – The annual visit to what has become one of the favorite stops for competitors of the American Canadian Tour (ACT), Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT is next up on the 2016 schedule. After five events, with five different winners, and the closest Championship point race in the long 30-year history of ACT, several teams are positioned to test current top three Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA, Nick Sweet, Barre, VT and Scott Payea, Milton, VT.

Josh Masterson, Charlotte, VT, defending Devil’s Bowl Late Model Champion, has more laps than any other competitor at Devil’s Bowl. His team proved that they can run competitive long distance events with a solid finish against a talented field of cars at Airborne’s Spring Green in Plattsburgh, NY a few weeks ago. Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT was the surprise winner on opening day in April at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine, and after a huge disappointment at the Spring Green at Airborne Speedway, when he was caught up in a wreck and had to settle for a wrecked race car and last place in the 29 car field, he bounced back with a solid run at New London-Waterford Speedbowl last week.

Emily Packard, E. Montpelier, VT seems to have defined what is necessary to be successful in long distance racing. Her steady and consistent runs from deep in the field to top finishes have been impressive. Packard started her Late Model career racing at Devil’s Bowl. She has the right guidance from her Polewarczyk led team to challenge for her first victory at what arguably is her most competitive track.
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Thunder Road Announces Thirty-seven Thousand Dollar Point Fund

Waterbury, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl announces the continuation of a thirty-seven thousand ($37,000.00) point fund program for their weekly competitors’ 2016 season. Started in 2014, the three divisions – ACT Late Models, Bond Auto Tigers, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks – have enjoyed one of the largest weekly point funds in the country.

The Thunder Road Late Model Champion is awarded $7,500.00 at the end of the season. The top 15 positions in both the Late Model and Tiger divisions battle throughout the race season for positions in the point standings. The Late Models receive a total payout of $25,000.00; the Tiger division has a total of over $7,500; the 4-cylinder Street Stock division has a point fund through 20 positions that will pay over $4,400.00 in post season awards.

“Thunder Road has been known for paying some of the best weekly purses around the country, and certainly some of the best point funds. When I was racing the purse for Late Models was around $6,000 on the quarter mile. When you added in the year-end point fund, together it really helped with the expenses to race at the level we raced at. I think the same thing applies to the two other divisions,” said former three time-track champion and current ACT race director, Cris Michaud.

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Weather Forces Postponement of Merchants Bank 150

Rescheduled for Sunday, May 8

Waterbury, VT –The dismal forecast for Sunday, May 1 has forced Thunder Road Speedbowl to postpone the Merchants Bank 150. The race has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 8, post time set for 2:00pm.

More than 40 ACT Late Model teams were expected to try and qualify including defending 2015 ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, NH, along with 2015 Merchants Bank champion Brad Babb and multi-feature winner Nick Sweet.

Almost 70 Late Models, Tiger Sportsman, and Street Stocks lined Main Street in Barre, VT for the annual car show on Saturday, April 30. Race Fans were able to check-out the new race cars and meet the drivers, before the parade up Quarry Hill to the “Nations Site of Excitement”. Drivers were able to get in practice on Saturday and will be ready to go on Sunday, May 8, for the running of the 18th Merchants Bank 150. Continue reading ‘Weather Forces Postponement of Merchants Bank 150’

Lee USA Speedway’s Governor’s Cup 150

Lee, NH – Lee USA Speedway swung open the gates Sunday afternoon to drop the green flag on the 2016 season with the annual running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model event.  The traditional season-opener also featured the NEMST Mini Stocks and Northeast Classic Lites doing battle at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

Many special guests were on hand for the season-opening activities, including New Hampshire’s Governor Maggie Hassan, and legendary local rocker Charlie Farren, who sang the national anthem before the afternoon’s main event.

The Northeast Mini Stock Tour got the honor of being the first feature that took to the fast 3/8th’s mile for the new season, with Zach Audet claiming a convincing victory in the 50-lap feature event.  2014 Lee USA Late Model Sportsman champ Niko Maniatis came up just short for the second straight year scoring runner-up ahead of Haywood Herriot.

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Lee USA American Racer Three Stars Announced


Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients. 

The three stars are chosen by officials and winners will receive certificates for the use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.

The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition. Again this week it would be difficult not to recognize the outstanding effort, strategies, and excitement that Scott Payea brought with his RPM team victory. Payea joined Wayne Helliwell Jr., Ray Parent, Alex Labbe, Quinny Welch, and Todd Davis who made the 30th opening day at Lee one of the most exciting races during the long history of ACT at Lee USA.  

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Payea Captures First Win of the 2016 Season

Waterbury, VT – Milton, VT’s Scott Payea took the lead for the second time of then afternoon on lap 117 and never looked back winning the NH Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway.

Payea drove a smart and patient race from his third starting spot, running up front all day, the leading laps 49-54 and saving his tires for the late run sprint to the finish. Defending race winner and 2015 ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr., raced to a second place finish coming from the 9th starting spot with Rhode Island’s Ray Parent ending a strong weekend in third. St-Albert, Quebec’s Alex Labbe finished fourth with Quinny Welch of Lancaster, NH rounding out the top 5. Nineteen-year-old Emily Packard raced to a sixth place finish with last week’s Oxford 100 winner Bobby Therrien finishing seventh. The “outlaw” Eddie MacDonald was eighth with Kyle Welch and Brad Babb rounding out the top ten.

The ACT Tour heads to “The Nations Site of Excitement” Thunder Road for Merchants Bank 150 Sunday, May 1st with the downtown Barre car show set for Saturday, April 30th.

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