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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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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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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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ACT Champions Take Milk Bowl Front Row

Barre, VT – 2014 American Canadian Tour Late Model Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH claimed his fourth career Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award as he set the fast time of the day with a 13.114 second lap at Barre’s Thunder Road on Saturday, October 11. Starting on the outside pole will be 2014 Serie ACT Champion Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC when the first segment of the 52nd Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl rolls offtomorrow, Sunday, October 12.

The “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald qualified to the first segment as the third fastest time in the time trials. 2014 Thunder Road “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell, Cody Blake and seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr each won one of the three Late Model Triple 50 qualifiers following time trial and qualify to positions 4-7 in the first segment.

A total of 47 ACT Late Models were on hand to take a shot at qualifying for one of 30 starting positions in the 52nd Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl. The first 26 positions in the first segment has been set by the top three time trial times, the top five qualifiers in the Triple 50s and the next eight fast times not already qualified. The final four spots will be up for grabs in tomorrow’s Last Chance B-Feature which will roll out at 12:15pm ahead of opening ceremonies at 12:30pm.

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Nearly 40 ACT Late Models Attend Milk Bowl Practice Day

Barre, VT – Nearly 40 American Canadian Tour Late Model teams were on hand for the full day of practice at Barre’s Thunder Road in preparation for the 52nd Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl on Friday, October 10. Teams were dialing in their cars for tomorrow’s (Saturday, October 11) Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day.

Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien ran the quickest lap of the day with a 13.157. Others spending time near the top of the speed charts included defending Milk Bowl Champion Nick Sweet, back-to-back “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell, Travis Stearns, Matt White, 2010 Milk Bowl Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Jason Corliss, Shawn Fleury, 2009 Milk Bowl Champion John Donahue, two-time Milk Bowl Champion Phil Scott, Trampas Demers, Cody Blake, Brad Babb and Eric Badore.

A strong contingent of Quebec teams was led by last year’s pole sitter and 2014 Serie ACT Champion Alex Labbe and three-time Milk Bowl Champion Patrick Laperle. Another Milk Bowl Champion in Eric Williams made a surprise appearance and will run this year’s Milk Bowl after several years away from Late Model racing. The “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald was also on hand and will take a shot at the pole in tomorrow’s time trial qualifying.

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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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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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Sweet, Hoar, Laperle Look for First Invitational Win

Waterbury, VT – The starting field for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 20 has been established.  A field of 43 teams will compete in the 50-mile event that pays a minimum of seventy-five hundred dollars ($7,500) to win and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for 43rd. Teams have been chosen from throughout the Northeastern United States and the Province of Quebec, Canada to take part in one of the American Canadian Tour’s (ACT) most anticipated events of each year.

Previous Bond Auto ACT Invitationals have been won by some of the most notable names throughout the short tracks of the Northeast. Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA has three (3) Invitational wins; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, NH, and Ray Parent from Tiverton, RI each has won an Invitational. Using the unique ACT handicap system, every Invitational winner has come from a starting position no better than 19th-28th to take the wins.

Past Champions of ACT who have yet to win an Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway will join the previous winners on Saturday, September 20. Nick Sweet from Barre, VT is a two-time Thunder Road “King of the Road” Champion. Sweet won the Vermont State Late Model championship in 2013. He is likely to win a second title this season. He finished second in the Invitational in 2009 and 2011 to three-time winner Eddie MacDonald.

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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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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Drivers Deke Astle, Jim Martel, Mike Rowe, Fred Schulz, Ron Wyckoff, drag racing icon Bob Tasca, historian R.A. Silvia and car builder/mechanic Dave Tourigny make up the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame’s class of 2014.

They, along with the still to be announced pioneer class, will be inducted at NEAR’s 16th Hall of Fame banquet  Sunday, Nov. 16th, at The Lodge at Maneeley’s  in South Windsor, CT.

Banquet ticket information will be announced shortly and will be posted on the New England’s Antique Racers’ website (NEAR1.org) in the near future.

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Quebec’s Laperle Battles to $26,800 ACT International Win

Plattsburgh, NY – Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, Quebec has won nearly every big event the American Canadian Tour sanctions, but none match his $26,800 ACT International win at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York on Saturday, July 20. The former ACT and Serie ACT Champion battled by Nick Sweet over the final 20 laps of the third segment to claim the segment and overall win with finishes of 2nd, 3rd, 1st for a combined winning score of 6.

Barre’s Nick Sweet started sixth in the first 50 lap segment and took home the win followed closely by Laperle and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. The trio then flew through the field in the 75 lap second segment using all three lanes around the ½-mile speedway. Polewarczyk claimed second followed by Laperle in third and Sweet in fourth setting up a three way tie with five combined points each for the trio heading into the final segment.

When the green flag flew on the third and final segment of 75 laps Sweet and Laperle began their march to the front, while Polewarczyk was held up in the heavy traffic. Polewarczyk suffered minor front end damage during the early stages of the event allowing Sweet and Laperle to duke it out.

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ACT International Pit Notes

PLATTSBURGH, NY — Hometown favorite Brandon Atkins of Au Sable, New York led the way with the fastest time of the day during the American Canadian Tour’s practice in preparation for tomorrow’s (Sunday, July 20) ACT International 300 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY. He set a fast time of 17.191 seconds and topped the speed chart during several of the practice sessions.

Also among the fastest of the day were seven-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar, defending Série ACT Champion Jean-François Déry and fellow Série ACT frontrunner Alex Labbe. Defending ACT International winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. was also quick. Bobby Therrien, Ben Lynch, Jimmy Hebert, and Quebecer Jonathan Bouvrette also spent time at the top of the speed charts.

Former ACT and Serie ACT Champion Patrick Laperle fought some electrical issues throughout the day but still managed to put down some fast times in the final two practices. There were no other issues for any teams.

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International 300 to Showcase ACT Rising Stars

Hebert, Therrien, Welch, Packard, Atkins

Waterbury, VT – The International 300 this weekend (July 20, 2014) at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York will be full of ACT young stars who are making big statements on the American Canadian Tour (ACT) short tracks around the region. As a group, they have won some Tour races and weekly track events; they are also the future of short track stock car racing in the Northeast.

Vermonters Jimmy Hebert and Bobby Therrien are both former Thunder Road Tiger Sportsman Champions. They each won Rookie of the Year honors on the ACT US Tour and have also won ACT US races; in fact, Hebert has two wins in the record book in his first two years of competition.

Long-time car builder and owner of the Fast One team, which Bobby Therrien races for, Pete Duto said, “I think the three segment “Milk Bowl” kind of race really gives the younger teams a pretty good chance to have a good day. It is a little more like a weekly race, which most of the younger guys/(girls) started in, and there is not a whole lot of strategy other than to go fast and turn left. The key is to stay out of trouble and finish. If you can manage to do that, you can give yourself a chance for a decent day.”

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ACT Point Leaders Lead Teams to International 300

Waterbury, VT – At the half-way mark of the 2014 race season, two of the best young stock car racing stars in the region, one from New Hampshire-Joey Polewarczky, Jr. (Pole) and the other from Quebec-Alex Labbe, will lead the way to the ACT Invitational at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, New York this Sunday, July 20. Both drivers also happen to be leading their respective ACT Tour and Série ACT in the US and Quebec.

Veteran Pole is finishing his best first half start of an ACT race season. He is also the defending Champion of the inaugural International and pocketed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for that effort in 2013.

“This is a great break at mid-season from chasing points on the Tour. Winning the first race was pretty cool for our team, but the competition gets tougher every year. We are having a little different format this year with the three segments being shortened. This kind of race takes as much luck as racing skill. The name of the game is to finish each segment in one piece. One bad segment means your chances of winning the $25,000.00 are pretty much gone. But then again there is $10,000 in lap money up for grabs, so you just keep digging,” said an enthusiastic Pole.

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Claude Leclerc Prepares for Record 500th Start

Waterbury, VT – Claude Leclerc of Lanoraie, Quebec will make his 500th career start with the American Canadian Tour organization when the Série ACT visits Autodrome St-Eustache this Saturday, July 5. When Leclerc takes the green flag in the 100-lap event this Saturday, he will reach an untouchable milestone which started 35 years ago.

The 72 year old veteran from just outside of Montreal began competing on the old NASCAR North series during its inaugural season back in 1979. He continued to compete on the series when it became the American Canadian Tour in 1986 until the end of the Pro Stock era following the 1995 season. During those combined 17 seasons, Leclerc became the all-time leader in career starts with 397. He also earned six feature wins and pocketed nearly half a million dollars in earnings.

Over the following years, Leclerc competed in several series in the province of Quebec. He returned to ACT competition with starts on the U.S. series in 2006 before joining the first season of the Série ACT Quebec full-time in 2007. Since the inaugural Série ACT event in 2007, Leclerc has missed just two of the 78 events to date and sits atop the career starts list with 76. Combined with over 20 starts on the ACT U.S. series and several special ACT events, Leclerc has now started 499 feature events with the ACT organization.
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Brett Gervais Earns First Late Model Win on Harvest Night

Barre, VT – Second generation driver Brett Gervais of Island Pond earned his first career Thunder Road Late Model win during Harvest Equipment night on Sunday, June 22. Thunder Road has not seen a repeat winner yet this season as there have been fifteen different winners across all three divisions so far in 2014.

Gervais followed Trampas Demers up to the front after starting in the fifth position in the 50 lap Late Model event. Demers got to the point on lap 12 with Gervais right on his back bumper. Just seven laps later Gervais made his move to the inside and the pair banged door-to-door coming out of turn four. Gervais got the advantage and cruised to the win over the final 30 laps. Demers held off John Donahue to take second. Jason Corliss finished fourth followed by Eric Chase. Jim Morris, Joey Laquerre, Eric Badore, Derrick O’Donnell and Dave Pembroke completed the top ten.

Joel Hodgdon of Craftsbury led flag-to-flag in the caution free 35 lap Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen feature. It was his third career Tiger win. Hodgdon built a sizable lead at the beginning of the event, but Mike Martin reeled him in during the final laps. Martin made a run in the final two laps but came up just short at the line. Hodgdon and Martin were joined in victory lane by Doug Crowningshield in third. Current point leader Jason Woodard took fourth while Brendan Moodie rounded out the top five. George May, Jeff Bousquet, Christopher Pelkey, rookie Caleb Nelson and Cameron Ouellette completed the top ten.

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Jeff White Takes ACT White Mountain 150 Win

North Woodstock, NH – Winthrop, ME’s Jeff White earned his second career American Canadian Tour win as he led nearly every lap of the 150 lap event at White Mountain Motorsports Park in North Woodstock, NH on Saturday, June 21. White held off Wayne Helliwell, Jr. through a fierce battle for the majority of the event.

White took the lead from his outside pole starting position at the drop of the green flag. Kyle Welch rode at his back bumper until the second restart of the event came on lap 33. Welch fell back opening the door for Travis Fadden to challenge White at the front. Fadden couldn’t get a run on the outside of White, but continued to look for daylight on the inside. At one point Fadden pushed the issue sending both himself and White sideways through turns one and two.

That was the opening Helliwell, who had marched from his 11th place starting position, needed. As White and Fadden slid sideways, Helliwell took over the second place spot and began to challenge White for the lead. Helliwell made several runs on the outside and swapped the lead with White four times through the second half of the event and the final three cautions. Helliwell didn’t have enough to make it work in the highline and after one last effort on the final restart with just eight laps to go, had to settle for second.

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John Donahue Scores Thunder Road Win on Casella Night

Barre, VT – Graniteville’s John Donahue captured his 14th career Thunder Road Late Model win during Casella Waste Management Night on Thursday, June 19. Donahue started fifth in the 22 car field and battled late in the 50-lap event with rookie driver Eric Badore. Thunder Road has not seen a repeat winner yet this season as across its three divisions there have been 12 different feature winners.

Badore and Donahue swapped the lead several times over the late stages of the event, but the veteran got the edge over the last several laps. Donahue and Badore were followed across the line by another rookie in Josh Demers to complete the podium. Phil Scott and a third rookie in Jason Allen completed the top five. Cody Blake, Eric Chase, Nick Sweet, Dave Pembroke and Trampas Demers rounded out the top ten.

Darrell Morin of Burlington claimed his third career Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen feature victory after leading all 35 laps. He held off Christopher Pelkey through the late stages of the event to claim the win. Pelkey was followed across the line by Mike Martin, Brendan Moodie and Dylan Payea in the top five. Point leader Jason Woodard took sixth followed by Chris Roberts, Mike Billado, Jeff Bousquet and George May completing the top ten.

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NASCAR Star Clint Bowyer Returning to Governor’s Cup

Governor’s Cup Date Changed to Thursday, July 10

Barre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl announced today that NASCAR Sprint Cup star Clint Bowyer from Emporia, Kansas has asked to return for another shot at the famous high banks of Thunder Road. Bowyer raced in the 2013 Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 for the first time. His goal was to have better results than the previous “Cup” visitor, Tony Stewart, who finished 16th. “I want to tackle that ¼ mile again. I didn’t have enough time to figure out the fourth turn, but I learned a lot last year about it, and I really want to get back there–the teams and fans were fun to be around,” said Bowyer.

The original date for the VT Governor’s Cup of Thursday, June 26 has been switched to Thursday, July 10th to coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup event being held that weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Thursday, June 26 will now be a regular Thursday night race program.

“We are happy to make this kind of schedule change to have Clint Bowyer in attendance again. He said a year ago that he wanted to come back after a disappointing finish and my guess is that he will be ready to take on the best that Thunder Road has to offer,” said the founder of Thunder Road, Ken Squier.

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Brian Hoar Captures ACT Spring Green 114 Win

West Haven, VT – Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar earned his 40th career American Canadian Tour feature win with his Spring Green 114 victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT on Sunday, June 15. Hoar pulled by Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. on the final restart of the event and cruised to the win over the final eight laps. It was Hoar’s fourth Spring Green win.

Croydon, NH’s Aaron Fellows set the pace from the pole position for the first half of the event. He earned the pole position after securing a +5 in ACT’s unique plus/minus system. Through the early stages of the event Fellows held off Jamie Fisher, who challenged him every step of the way.

Polewarczyk steadily marched his way from his 9th place starting position to take over the lead just after halfway. He proceeded to build a healthy lead and worked his way through heavy lapped traffic until the event was slowed by the second caution on lap 100.

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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Files First ACT International Entry

Waterbury, VT – Defending ACT International winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH has filed the first entry for the 2014 edition of the event to be held at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday, July 20. Polewarczyk’s historic win in the inaugural event in 2013 earned him $25,000.

Last year Polewarczyk bested Brian Hoar by just one point by winning the first two segments and taking second in the third segment to pocket the big paycheck. This season Polewarczyk sits atop the ACT standings with four events completed to date. He has to be one of the early favorites for the second running of the ACT International event.

“Last year’s win ranks right up there with the Milk Bowl, and the Invitational (at NHMS). It’s a huge race and last year being the inaugural made it even bigger,” said Polewarczyk. When asked about his confidence heading into the event Polewarczyk commented, “We’re pretty confident. We had a good car at the 100-lapper at Airborne and I like the style of the segments with the inversions. We’ve had a lot of practice working through traffic and coming through the field so far this season.” In the first four events this season, Polewarczyk’s average starting position is 14 with his average finish position at 2.75.

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Thunder Road’s Harvest Equipment Night Postponed

Barre, VT – Thunder Road officials have announced the postponement of the Harvest Equipment event scheduled for Thursday, June 12 due to rain. The event has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 22 with a post time of 6:00pm.

Just two races into the season sophomore driver Jason Corliss continues to lead former champions Nick Sweet and Dave Pembroke by just four points in the Late Model standings. Just two events into their fifteen race schedule, no one can be counted out of the “King of the Road” battle.

Jason Woodard continues to pace the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen standings with Doug Crowningshield, Tucker Williams, Joe Steffen and Brendan Moodie right on his heels.

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Kyle Welch Scores First ACT Win at Riverside

Groveton, NH – Kyle Welch of Newport, NH earned his first career American Canadian Tour win at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH on Saturday, June 7. Welch inherited the win after apparent winner Eddie MacDonald was penalized for a post race tech infraction. MacDonald was penalized to the last car on the lead lap in 11th place.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. took the early lead from the outside pole, but was quickly overtaken by Emily Packard on lap 20. Packard would lead the majority of the event, which saw no cautions during its 150 laps. Welch closed the gap on Packard’s lead and took the point with just 15 laps to go.

Welch didn’t hold the lead for long as apparent winner MacDonald got by him to lead the final eight laps of the event. MacDonald was later penalized in post race tech for too many spring rubbers in his right rear spring.
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