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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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Back to Back Top Tens for Eddie MacDonald at Bristol and Oxford

Eddie MacDonald spent the weekend racing, literally, after posting an impressive eighth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night then flying into Boston on Sunday morning then race to Oxford Plains Speedway to score a third place finish in the ACT Tour’s Oxford 100 later that afternoon.

Nothing was easy for the Grimm Racing team beginning Wednesday evening when the lift gate on the hauler malfunctioned and unable to close with the car loaded in the top. With the gate stuck eight feet in the air, two ramp trucks and a construction forklift were called into service to free the car. One ramp truck was place on top of the other and supported by the forklift, the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy was rolled from the hauler on to the ramp truck and eventually lowered to the ground. The car and the equipment were loaded into two car trailers the following morning for the trek to Bristol.

“That was something you do not see every day,” laughed Eddie Mac. “We knew the weekend would be hectic making two races in Tennessee then Maine in two days, so to start out like this was definitely strange. Fortunately Rob (Grimm) knew the right people to call to get the car down and those guys worked until one in the morning. Then early the next morning Rob’s guys showed up to help us load the trailers for the trip. It was a huge relief to get to the track that night without anything else happening. Racing was easy after all that.”
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Eddie MacDonald Will Open ACT Season at Lee USA Speedway April 24th

Eddie MacDonald will take the green flag at Lee USA Speedway, his family-owned track, on Sunday, April 24th in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 American Canadian Tour’s 25th season opener. As the 2014 Governor’s Cup winner, Eddie Mac would like nothing better than to start the season off with a victory on the track he honed his skills as a teenager.

“We are really looking forward to this race and hope to win in front of all our families and friends,” said Eddie Mac. “My parent’s, Judy and Red, will be celebrating their 30th season owning and operating Lee. It would be awesome to win this for them for everything they have done for me. They haven’t put any pressure on me to win other than my father expecting me to win every race, but I know it would mean a lot to them.”

Following last season’s finale in the Fall Brawl at Speedway 51 the #17 Freddie Peterson owned Hancock Electric/Exit Realty Chevy needed extensive body repairs with Eddie and the crew spending a lot of shop time getting the car back in shape with Eddie saying, “We had to replace all the body panels, nerf bars and just about everything else you could think of but it looks great and we think it will be fast once we hit the track. The guys worked hard getting everything done. Joe St. Jacques did a great job with metal and tin and John Tiernan did his usual great job with the paint and lettering. Rob Drandson took care of all the welding. Herbie Wing and Dick Casey were the guys taking everything apart and putting it all back together. Rollie and I have been putting the final touches in for the set up so we are ready to go.”
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Governors Cup Weekend Postponed

Due to the current temperatures and the next five days of forecast we are forced to postpone the weekend activities to April 23 & 24.

The schedule of events for the two days will remain the same as it was planned for.
Questions please contact the Track Office @ 978-462-4252.
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Eddie MacDonald Will Open ACT Season at Lee USA Speedway April 10th

Eddie MacDonald will take the green flag at Lee USA Speedway, his family-owned track, on Sunday, April 10th in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 American Canadian Tour’s 25th season opener. As the 2014 Governor’s Cup winner, Eddie Mac would like nothing better than to start the season off with a victory on the track he honed his skills as a teenager.

“We are really looking forward to this race and hope to win in front of all our families and friends,” said Eddie Mac. “My parent’s, Judy and Red, will be celebrating their 30th season owning and operating Lee. It would be awesome to win this for them for everything they have done for me. They haven’t put any pressure on me to win other than my father expecting me to win every race, but I know it would mean a lot to them.”

Following last season’s finale in the Fall Brawl at Speedway 51 the #17 Freddie Peterson owned Hancock Electric/Exit Realty Chevy needed extensive body repairs with Eddie and the crew spending a lot of shop time getting the car back in shape with Eddie saying, “We had to replace all the body panels, nerf bars and just about everything else you could think of but it looks great and we think it will be fast once we hit the track. The guys worked hard getting everything done. Joe St. Jacques did a great job with metal and tin and John Tiernan did his usual great job with the paint and lettering. Rob Drandson took care of all the welding. Herbie Wing and Dick Casey were the guys taking everything apart and putting it all back together. Rollie and I have been putting the final touches in for the set up so we are ready to go.”
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ACT Season Opener at Lee USA April 9

Lee, NH — It’s been over five months since Oktoberfest 2105 closed out last year’s racing action at Lee USA Speedway, but the off-season is coming to a close next weekend. Saturday, April 9 will be the first time the roar of race engines will be heard this spring, as teams from all over the region take advantage of an open test and tune session from noon-5:00 p.m.

On Sunday, April 10, it‘s the highly-anticipated 2016 season opener, featuring the annual running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model event along with the NEMST Mini Stocks and Northeast Classic Lites in competition at “New Hampshire‘s Center of Speed“.

Last year’s Governor’s Cup winner and eventual 2015 ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover will be opening up his title defense at his longtime home track, and will be looking to bring car owner Bruce Bernhardt, a former Lee USA champion himself, the team’s fourth championship in five years.
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ACT and VP Racing Fuels Extend Contingency Program

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and VP Racing Fuels officials announced today they have agreed to a three-year extension of their current partnership. VP Racing Fuels is entering its fifth season as the official fuel of ACT. The VP Fuels contingency program sponsors the Hard Charger Award for both the ACT Late Model Tour and the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman division at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road.

The program awards three 54-gallon drums of ACT/VP “spec” racing fuel to the ACT champion. In addition, VP Racing Fuels also awards five free gallons of ACT/VP spec racing fuel to all Tiger Sportsman feature winners at Thunder Road along with one drum of VP C-9 spec racing fuel to the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman champion. VP Racing Fuels also sponsors the annual Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 for ACT-type Late Models at Thunder Road on Thursday, July 14.

“VP Racing Fuels is very pleased to continue the relationship with ACT and its many affiliate tracks and programs,” VP Racing Fuels Northeast US & Canada Regional Manager Marc Wesler said. “We have watched ACT become innovative—implementing cost-saving measures for their race teams, and taking a leadership role in asphalt short track racing over the past couple of decades. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the race teams and ACT for many years.”

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Lee USA: 2016 ACT Preview

Likewise, Eddie Mac has picked up checkered flags in virtually every division to ever hit the Lee high banks, dating back to his early career as a weekly Hobby Stock competitor, right up through the Late Model and Pro Stock ranks, where he was a consistent threat to win whenever he hit the track.

MacDonald was the 2014 winner of the Governor’s Cup, and is expected to be on hand again this year.  Eddie has also logged hundreds of laps aboard PASS Super Late Models and NASCAR K&N Series rides at the track he grew up at, owned by his parents Judy and recently-elected NEAR Hall-of-Famer Red.  The MacDonalds are celebrating their 30th year of operating Lee USA this season.

The current iteration of ACT Late Models has been in competition 13 times at “New Hampshire’s Center of Speed” for the season-opener, with 12 different winners adding their names to the Governor’s Cup during that time.  The only two-time winner was Brian Hoar, who grabbed the checkers in 2011-2012, but has since retired from racing.

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ACT Set to Embark on Milestone Seasons

Waterbury, VT – The 2016 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) season begins in just a month’s time on Sunday, April 10, when the ACT Late Model Tour travels to Lee USA Speedway for the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. The annual event will kick off a milestone season for ACT in both the United States and Canada.

The upcoming season will mark the 25th year of competition for the ACT Late Model Tour, which was created in 1992. Meanwhile, the Quebec-based Série ACT is entering its 10th season, having been born in 2007 out of the former Série National Late Model Sportsman division.

Both Tours continue to be among the most sought-after racing series in the Northeastern United States and eastern Canada. ACT will visit 15 different race tracks during the 2016 season, traveling from the banks of the St. Lawrence River to the eastern shores of Long Island Sound. The 13-race U.S. Tour schedule will be contested at 11 different tracks, matching the most in Tour history. Nearly 160 different drivers attempted to qualify for at least one ACT-sanctioned event in 2015, and with a number of changes and additions to the schedule in 2016, that number may grow even larger.

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Payea, Linardy File First Official ACT Full-Season Entries

 

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

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

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

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Helliwell Honored at 2015 ACT Banquet of Champions

Helliwell Honored at 2015 ACT Banquet of Champions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ACT Awards Final Stars of 2015 for Thompson World Series

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

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

THOMPSON MOTOR SPEEDWAY
WORLD SERIES 100

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ACT Crowns Champion In Return to Thompson Speedway

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

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

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

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Eddie MacDonald Wins ACT Invitational at NHMS

For the fourth time in seven outings, Eddie MacDonald powered to an impressive win in the Seventh Annual Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September, 26. The Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy started 20th in the 43 car field to take the checkered flag in a convincing win in the 50 lap event.

“This is my favorite track so to get this win in front of all our fans, friends, and family is fantastic,” said the jubilant veteran racer. “To be able to win this event four times in seven tries is due to all the hard work everyone puts into this car. From Freddie and Sheila (Peterson) on down, none of this would be possible without a lot of effort. When the race started we knew we had a fast car but we didn’t have time to waste because the race was only fifty laps. Fortunately, the car responded well and I was able to get up in contention early.”

When the green flag waved Eddie Mac wasted little time as he weaved through the field and after a lap two caution the Rowley, Mass. driver had the crowd cheering as he entered turn one third on the outside and on the bottom of turn three on the inside. When the dust settled the #17Ma. passed four cars and in the eighth position on lap four.

On lap 11 Eddie Mac rode in third place for a number of laps to cool his tires saying, “As long as I could see the #58 I was content to ride a bit but we really needed a caution because the #58 and #97 were so far out in front. At the halfway flag, Rollie (LaChance) said I better get going. I made a little progress but then we got the break we needed with a caution on lap 31. The car was a little tight, but I could deal with it so no adjustments were needed.”

Eddie Mac restarted sixth with three lap cars separating the #17 from the leaders. After three laps, Eddie Mac passed the #58 for second place and set his sights on Joey Pole. On lap 37, Eddie Mac had the lead and began pulling away establishing a four car length lead. With six laps to go and a ten car length lead, the caution flag waved.

“Earlier we wanted the caution but this time we didn’t,” said Eddie Mac. “Joey was on the outside on the restart and Helliwell was right behind me and he was fast. I got lucky when the green waved with six laps to go Laperle dove in low under Wayne and Joey in turn one and that gave me time to get away with them fighting for second.”

When the checkered flag waved, Eddie Mac enjoyed a comfortable eight car length lead over Pole to claim the win saying, “This is special to be this good here. We have won four of these, all on odd years, 2009, 2011, 2013, and today. I guess we should just stay home on the even years,’ joked the winner in Victory Lane.

“I get all the credit, but this wouldn’t happen without the commitment of so many people,” said the thankful winner. “Rollie and I appreciate all Freddie and Sheila have given to us with the support of Bobby Wood, our K&N team owner Rob Grimm, Ken and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy, and Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty. We also get support from Stilo, HMS Motorsports, and Schroth Racing. Our crew is the best with thanks to Laura, Tom, Rob, Logger, Al, Kenny, and Donny. The car looks great thanks to our body and paint man John Tiernan and to the guys in the shop Dick Casey, our PR guy also, and Herbie Wing. Thanks to all our fans that come out to support us.

The season is far from over as Eddie Mac will race in the final K&N Pro Series East race of the season on Friday, October 2nd at Dover International Speedway where he finished fourth last year. Eddie Mac will the defend his ACT Milk Bowl title at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont on October 10th-11th before heading to Thompson Ct. for the World Series of Racing onOctober 16th-17th in the final ACT series race of the season. Finally, the team will wrap up their Late Model season in the Fall Brawl at Speedway 51, in Groveton, NH on October 24th.

Sources: Eddie MacDonald PR

Dillon Moltz Onboard-NHMS ACT Race

Davis, Rocco on Front Row for 7th Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Loudon, NH – Todd Davis of Claremont, NH and Jeff Rocco of Wallingford, CT will start on the front row for today’s 7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational. The event features 43 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model drivers from the Northeast United States and eastern Canada.

Davis is a long-time ACT Tour competitor making his fourth Invitational start, while multi-time Thompson Speedway Late Model winner Rocco is making his first appearance in the Invitational. Fellow first-timer Walt Hammond Jr. of Orange, NH and Newport, NH’s Kyle Welch make up the second row followed by Ryan Vanasse and Tom Carey Jr.

2012 Invitational winner Ray Parent of Tiverton, RI will lead former event winners as he comes from the 14th starting spot. 2010 winner Joey Polewarczyk Jr. starts 16th. Three-time winner Eddie MacDonald and defending Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. start 20th and 21st.

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Série ACT to Crown Champion at Fall Foliage 200

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

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

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

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Bonus Money on the Table for Bond Auto New Champions at NHMS

Waterbury, VT – American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model drivers from seven U.S. states and the Canadian province of Quebec will vie for pride, glory, and a guaranteed $7,500 first-place prize when they visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for the 7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational on Saturday, September 26. But a little extra will be on the table for members of the Bond Auto New Champions program.

As part of their sponsorship of both the 50-lap Invitational and the New Champions, Bond Auto Parts has posted $2,500 in awards for New Champions–eligible drivers participating in the Invitational on the 1.058-mile oval. The top-five finishing New Champions drivers who have competed in at least five ACT-sanctioned events this season prior to the Invitational will each receive a $500 bonus.

“We really appreciate Bond Auto doing this for teams like ours,” Barre Town, VT’s Mike Ziter said. “Money’s a good motivation. We’re going with realistic goals – there’s a lot of tough competition that’s been there before. But if we show up and feel comfortable to where we can fight for that bonus, then we will.”

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Hebert Files First Entry for 53rd Annual Milk Bowl

Barre, VT – Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert has filed the first official entry for the 53rd Northfield Savings Bank Milk Bowl on Sunday, October 11. The 2015 edition of the “toughest short-track stock car race in North America” has more than $60,000 in posted awards with $10,000 guaranteed to the winner of the annual Thunder Road Speedbowl season finale.

The Milk Bowl is one of the most celebrated auto racing events in the United States with its unique race format and tradition. The special event for American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models is run in three 50-lap segments, with the starting grid for the second and third segments set by inverting the finishing order of the previous segment. Drivers receive one point per position, per segment, with the lowest combined finish for all three segments earning the overall win.

“The Milk Bowl means a lot,” Hebert said. “I grew up watching it as a kid, and it was definitely the biggest race at my home track (Thunder Road). We’re excited for it this year – we’ve finally started to figure things out at Thunder Road. We’ve had some tough luck the last couple years and couple of car issues, but I think we’re in pretty good shape this year.”

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NEAR Media Award to St. Louis

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

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

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

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Former Bond Auto Invitational Winners Look to Hold Off Hungry Contenders

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

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

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

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Helliwell Slips Through in Traffic to Win Chaudiere 200

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

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

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

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Talented Field Ready for 7th Bond Auto ACT Invitational

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

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

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

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