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PASS And ACT Racers Ready To Battle For Big Money In International 500 Weekend At Airborne

NAPLES, ME (July 14) – A season of firsts continues this weekend as the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) AIM Recycling Super Late Models Presented By Kenny U-Pull head to New York state for the first time ever to compete as part of the International 500 weekend at Airborne Park Speedway.  For only the second time in history, PASS will co-headline the weekend along with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models, with twin 200’s.  The PASS 200 lap portion of the International 500 weekend will pay $7500 to win plus additional lap leader money with a potential for the winner to take home up to $10,000.  The fourth race of the prestigious PASS National Championship Series will also pay $1000 to start.

One driver who will be very busy this weekend will be Hudson, NH’s, Joey Polewarczyk.  Joey Pole, as he is known by his fans, will be competing in both main events, driving his ACT Late Model as well as his PASS AIM Recycling Super Late Model.  While it will be the first time many of the PASS drivers have competed at Airborne Park Speedway, Polewarczyk hopes to have the upper hand based on his previous experiences racing there with ACT.

“Airborne is a D-shaped, half-mile, progressively banked racetrack that has a lot of grip and a lot of speed,” says Polewarczyk, driver of the Pole’s Automotive #97.  “It was repaved a few years ago, but it definitely has some bumps.  You really need to get your car rotating well to run a fast lap there.  Out of all the tracks the ACT tour goes to, it’s really one of my favorite tracks.  I think the PASS cars are really going to race well there.”

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Labbé Takes Third Serié ACT Win of Season in Chaudiere 150

Vallée-Jct., QC – Defending Serié ACT Champion Alex Labbé outdueled current point leader Dany Trépanier to win the Chaudiere 150 at Vallee-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere in an event that took two days to complete due to rain.

St-Albert, QC’s Labbé took the lead from St-Edouard, QC’s Trépanier for the final time on lap 137 and survived a final restart with eight laps remaining for his third win of the season and ninth of his Serié ACT career. The event began on Saturday, July 11 before being halted after 44 laps and was restarted the afternoon of Sunday, July 12.

Gaetan Longtin led the first eight laps from the outside pole before Québec, QC’s Jean-François Déry took over on the first of nine restarts. Trépanier grabbed the lead from the 2013 Serié ACT Champion on lap 32 and was out front when the rains came.

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Quebec Drivers Seek to Keep International Prize North of the Border

Waterbury, VT – The third annual American-Canadian Tour (ACT) International 500, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway, is sure to see some the best racing in the history of the fast 1/2-mile oval. The twin 200-lap events for the ACT Late Models and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models has more than $110,000 in posted awards and $10,000 guaranteed to each winner. The event has drawn big interest from both the United States and Canada, creating a true International feel for fans.

The top ACT Late Model drivers from Quebec are expected, including five former Série ACT Champions. 2014 ACT International winner and multi-time Série ACT Champion Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC is an early favorite to keep the top prize in la belle province. Laperle won last year’s event after a thrilling 30-lap battle with former Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet.

“It would be awesome to get back-to-back wins,” Laperle said. “The trophy would look really nice beside the other one.”

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Thompson’s Top-Tier Fendered Division to Shine at the Dunkin’ Donuts Late Model 20/20 Sprint

Thompson, CT — On Wednesday, July 8th, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (TSMP) will host the 2nd annual Late Model 20/20 Sprint featuring TSMP’s premier fendered division. The first two 20-lap races will both give the opportunity for Late Model teams to earn championship points. The third 10-lap race, though not counting for points, will be factored into determining the purse for the evening, which includes a $1,000 prize for the race winner. As an added bonus, the winner will also earn a position as a guaranteed starter for the 100-lap American Canadian Tour race at the World Series on Oct. 16-18, 2015. Rick Gentes, who’s seen podium finishes in the first two Late Model races at TSMP this season, will be looking to claim these coveted prizes next Wednesday.

The Dunkin’ Donuts Late Model 20/20 Sprint will also include TSMP’s three other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions of racing. The Sunoco Modifieds will start off the feature races for the evening around 6:15 PM, followed by the Mini Stocks, Late Model Sprints and finished off by the Xtramart Limited Sportsman division. The 20-lap race for the Limited Sportsman will be their second Triple Crown Championship points event.

The night will also help benefit local food bank organizations, TEEG and ACCESS Agency. Fans that bring a can of non-perishable food for donation, will receive $2 off a grandstand ticket for the event. TSMP will also be accepting donations at the event that will enter fans into basket giveaways, with products and gift cards provided by local businesses. All donations will go directly to ACCESS Agency food serving Northeast Connecticut.
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ACT Oxford Plains 150 Postponed

 

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Oxford Plains 150 at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, ME has been postponed due to impending inclement weather. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 25

The classic championship battle shaping up between New Hampshire veterans Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk Jr. will go on hold until July 25. Helliwell currently holds a 17-point margin over “Joey Pole”, with each driver winning three events so far on the 2015 season.

ACT now sets its sights on the International 500 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19. The doubleheader between the ACT Late Models and the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will feature twin 200-lap features with more than $110,000 in posted awards. Many of the top Late Model drivers around the region have already entered the event, including Helliwell, Pole, 8-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar, and two-time Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet, along with PASS standouts Ben and Mike Rowe, Johnny Clark, and Joey Doiron.

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

Sources:Michael Stridsberg/ACT PR

Point Leader Helliwell Gets Third Win of Season in White Mountain 150

N. Woodstock, NH – Wayne Helliwell Jr. showed that it’s best to be lucky and good on Saturday night, winning the White Mountain 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park.

The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) point leader was running third when Brandon Atkins and Eddie MacDonald tangled racing for the lead on lap 115 of the 150-lap event. Dover, NH’s Helliwell inherited the lead and then pulled away from rival Joey Polewarczyk Jr. for his third win of the season and 10th of his ACT career.

“This is one of the toughest races we’ve had on the Tour in a long time,” Helliwell said. “We made some big wholesale changes to the car in practice and learned some stuff in the heat race, which transferred over to the feature. But at the beginning of the race, I thought all the changes we made were the wrong ones, because the car just went backwards…as the race unfolded, it kind of came to us. And then we lucked out on some things and were in the right spot at the right time.”
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Dragon Leads the Way into Casella Night at Thunder Road

Barre, VT – The Thunder Road summer racing season continues this Thursday, June 18 with Casella Waste Management Night. The Thunder Road Late Models, Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, and Allen Lumber Street Stocks have all featured close competition early as they head into another round of their season-long campaigns.

The evening will also include the annual visit from the New England Antique Racers. The event features restored original versions of the Flathead Coupes and Sportsmen that thundered around the Barre high banks when the track opened its doors in 1960.

A number of intriguing stories are developing early in the weekly ranks. In the Late Models, Milton, VT’s Scott Dragon and his Richard Green Racing team are off to a torrid start in their second season together. The second-generation driver leads the point standings after posting consecutive runner-up finishes. Dragon also finished third in the American-Canadian Tour Merchants Bank 150 on May 3.

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ACT Tour Takes on White Mountain Stars as Season Hits Halfway Mark

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) makes its annual visit to the White Mountain Motorsports Park in N. Woodstock, NH for the WMMP 150 on Saturday, June 20. The event will be the seventh on the Tour’s 13-race schedule and officially mark the halfway point of the 2015 season.

As with ACT’s 23 previous visits to the 1/4-mile oval, many of the weekly White Mountain Late Model stars will take on the Tour’s best. Although there have been close calls, including former White Mountain Champion Travis Fadden’s third-place finish in 2014, the local drivers are still looking for their big breakthrough in a Tour event.

N. Haverhill, NH’s Fadden has already filed an entry for the race, as has St. Johnsbury, VT’s Tyler Cahoon. The multi-time White Mountain Late Model winner is running an “outlaw” campaign in 2015 that includes a partial ACT Tour schedule, where he has two top-10 finishes. But Cahoon still considers White Mountain to be his home turf.
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Donahue Scores 15th Thunder Road Late Model Win on Harvest Equipment Night

Barre, VT – John Donahue used a late charge to score his 15th career Thunder Road Late Model victory at Harvest Equipment Night on Thursday, June 11.

The Graniteville, VT veteran was fourth on the race’s final restart on lap 37 of the 50-lap event, but shot up to outside to take the lead from Cody Blake with 10 laps remaining. Donahue then held on during the final sprint to take the first Thursday night win of 2015 after starting 17th in the 27-car field.

“When we got up on the outside when we had to restart there, the car felt pretty good,” Donahue said. “We stayed out there, and the harder I went, the more bite I got…the car was really good today.

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O’Donnell to Resume Threepeat Drive on Thursday Night

Barre, VT – The 56th Thursday night opener at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road rolls to the line on June 11 at 6:30pm with Harvest Equipment Night featuring Kids Rides. With it, N. Haverhill, NH’s Derrick O’Donnell resumes his drive for history.

The two-time defending “King of the Road” is seeking to become only the second driver in Thunder Road history to win three straight top-division championships. Chuck Beede won the first three Late Model titles from 1992-1994.

“For a team that just won the championship, I think we’ve worked harder than we ever have in this offseason to make sure we can do it again,” O’Donnell said prior to the start of the season. “We’re still getting better every year.”

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ACT Awards Three Stars for People’s United Bank 100 at Devil’s Bowl

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. 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 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 race of their choosing during the 2015 season.

DEVIL’S BOWL SPEEDWAY
PEOPLE’S UNITED BANK 100

The People’s United Bank 100 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, June 6 saw one of the most diverse fields of the 2015 ACT Tour season so far. In addition to the top Tour regulars, the starting grid included weekly competitors from Devil’s Bowl, Claremont Speedway in New Hampshire, and the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Waterford, CT, as well as several “outlaws” and part-time Tour competitors. Despite the relative infamiliarity between drivers, the ACT Tour staged one the cleanest events in recent memory. The 100-lap race went flag-to-flag without a caution, almost exactly one year after the last caution-free Tour race at Speedway 51 on June 7, 2014. In fact, the only incident of the day came in the final corner of heat 2!

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Polewarczyk Takes Third Win of Season in People’s United Bank 100

West Haven, VT – Defending American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. took his third win of the season in the People’s United Bank 100 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, June 6.

Hudson, NH’s “Joey Pole” worked his way up from the seventh starting position and got inside Tour point leader Wayne Helliwell Jr. on lap 74 of the 100-lap event. Pole completed the pass a lap later and motored away to win a caution-free race.

“You never really expect a race to go caution-free, but with this Tour, it can happen,” Pole said. “100 laps is kind of a short race for us, so our plan was to try and get to the front as quick as we could. But in the beginning I was battling with Travis Stearns and couldn’t really make much ground. So I backed off for a little while, and finally said ‘let’s try it again’.

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O’Donnell Begins Threepeat Quest with Memorial Day Classic Triumph

Barre, VT—Two-time defending Thunder Road “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell began his quest for a threepeat in dominating fashion with a win in the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic 100 on Sunday, May 24.

Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell quickly got to the front from his third starting position, moving around pole sitter Nick Sweet on the outside to take the lead on lap eight. The 2013 Memorial Day Classic winner drew out to a big lead, but run into two-by-two lapped traffic at the halfway point of the caution-free race, allowing Milton, VT’s Scott Dragon to catch him.

Dragon managed to nose in front of O’Donnell for two circuits just past the halfway point. However, O’Donnell pulled back away once the two got clear of traffic and took his second Memorial Day Classic win.

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Pit Notes: PASS Takes to Thunder Road in Open Practice

Barre, VT—The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North took to Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Saturday, May 23, marking the first time since 1995 that Super Late Models had been on the high banks. The four-hour open practice session was held in preparation for the Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 24.

The day began badly for two expected contenders. PASS North point leader Mike Rowe blew an engine after just a seven-lap run. Defending American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr. also lost a motor later in the session.

Rowe is reportedly receiving a power plant from the RPM Motorsports team for Sunday’s event. Meanwhile, “Joey Pole” has borrowed an engine from Mike’s son Ben Rowe and Richard Moody Racing.

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Pit Notes: Full Field in Attendance at Thunder Road Open Practice Session

Barre, VT—Thunder Road held its second open practice session of the 2015 season on Friday. Drivers from all three weekly divisions converged on Barre, VT’s Thunder Road in preparation for the Memorial Day Classic on Sunday, May 24.

26 of Thunder Road’s American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models were on hand. South Burlington, VT’s Trampas Demers, the 2005 Memorial Day Classic Champion, was one of the drivers taking advantage of the chance to earn track time and experiment with setups.

“I think we can win another Memorial Day Classic,” Demers said. “We certainly have the team and the car under us. If things go our way, we’d certainly love to be in Victory Lane and put another name on the granite monument. An open practice like this is a great opportunity to try things we’ve always wanted to try.”

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Airborne Spring Green 115 Three Stars Awarded

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at American-Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. 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 any other accepted reason to give the award 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 race of their choosing during 2015.

AIRBORNE PARK SPEEDWAY
SPRING GREEN 115

The tradition of the Spring Green, which began in 1974 at Catamount Stadium in Milton, VT, has moved around over the years from track to track. It has been run at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on 21 occasions, the most of any track. The list of winners is a history book of Late Model racing in the northeast (see below). The 41st edition of the race took place at Airborne last Sunday, arguably one of the favorite tracks the ACT Late Models appear at each year. A perfect day for racing and a spirited battle between friendly rivals Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH and St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle kept fans from both sides of the border happy for the entire event. The other seven-team battle that raged for the second half of the event was also an example of great short track racing.

**[Just some of the names to have won the Spring Green over the years from Northern NASCAR, NASCAR North, the ACT Pro Stock Tour, the Tiger Sportsman Tour, and the ACT Late Model Tour: Dragon (3), Dion, Cabana, Mike Barry, Leclair, Kourafas, Fadden, Leclerc, Hanley, Lepage, Hoar, Nason, Scott, Cyr, Helliwell, Polewarczyk, Jr.]**

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Thunder Road Veterans Take On PASS Stars at Memorial Day Classic

Barre, VT—The 53rd Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will be held at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road on Sunday, May 24 and is shaping up as one of the biggest ever. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North Series are making their inaugural visit to Thunder Road, marking the first time Super Late Models take to the high banks in 20 years.

A host of Thunder Road locals and American-Canadian Tour (ACT) regulars have entered the PASS 150-lap event. 1999 “King of the Road” and eight-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar is an early name to watch. The Williston, VT veteran has 16 wins at Thunder Road, including three in the Vermont Milk Bowl and a win with the NASCAR Busch North Series in 2003.

“I’ve always wanted to race a Super Late Model at Thunder Road,” Hoar said. “I grew up watching the old ACT Pro Stock Tour there with the Junior Hanley’s and Robbie Crouch’s of the world. When I saw the race on the schedule, Rick (Paya, his car owner) and I needed about 30 seconds to say ‘let’s put that on our schedule.’

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Polewarczyk Wins “Battle of the Border” With Laperle at Airborne Spring Green

Plattsburgh, NY—Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr. came out on top of a battle with St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle to win the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Spring Green 115 at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday.

Defending ACT Late Model Tour Champion “Joey Pole” took the lead from Laperle on lap 82 and led the rest of the way in the ACT U.S. and Série ACT combination event. Pole had lost the top spot to Laperle on a lap 44 restart, but stalked him for nearly 40 laps and eventually came away with his second win of the season and second straight ACT victory at Airborne.

“Anytime you have to battle Patrick, it’s tough,” Pole said. “He races me with so much respect and I try to give him the same. He got me on that restart on lap 44, and it was definitely nerve-wracking trying to get back by him…we got it inch by inch and kept working the inside and were finally able to get by.”

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Polewarczyk Rolls to Spring Green Victory at Airborne Park Speedway

Gonyo dominates Modified feature; Terry, O’Neil grab wins

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Joey Polewarczyk Jr. continued his mastery of Airborne Park Speedway on Sunday, May 17 with a convincing victory in the American-Canadian Tour’s Bill McBride Chevrolet Spring Green presented by Interstate Batteries.  The race, postponed one day by inclement weather, was worth the wait as the Hudson, NH driver put on a show at the front of the field with Patrick Laperle.

The pair battled for the majority of the 115-lap race and traded the lead three times.  Polewarczyk dogged his St-Denis, QC rival and made the winning move at lap 82, then pulled away in the final circuits for his fourth ACT win at Airborne since October 2011.  Laperle settled for second and was the highest finishing Canadian; in addition to being the fourth event of the U.S.-based ACT Late Model Tour schedule, the Spring Green opened the championship schedule for the Québec-based Série ACT as well as the Québec Triple Crown Series at Airborne.

Travis Stearns of Auburn, ME won a long battle with Airborne opening night Ground Round Late Model division Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT for third place.  Jean-François Déry of Québec City was fifth.  Wayne Helliwell Jr. finished sixth, followed by Brian Hoar, Rowland Robinson Jr., Nick Sweet, and Jeff White.

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ACT Spring Green 115 Postponed to Sunday

 

Waterbury, VT—The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Spring Green 115 at the Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY has been postponed to Sunday, May 17 due to inclement weather. The event is the fourth of the season for the ACT U.S Late Model Tour and the season opener for the Quebec-based Série ACT.

Post time for the rescheduled event is 1:30pm. Pit gates will open at 7:30am with the grandstands opening at 10:00am. A full revised schedule can be found at www.acttour.com.

The 41st Spring Green 115 is the first of four combination events between the ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT in 2015. It is also the beginning of the Série ACT Airborne Triple Crown and a prelude to the 3rd Annual International 500 on July 18 and 19.

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Spring Green Postponed at Airborne Until Sunday Afternoon

American-Canadian Tour event will run on Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m.

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway will have to wait one more day to race. The Plattsburgh, NY track has postponed the 41st annual Bill McBride Chevrolet “Spring Green” presented by Interstate Batteries until Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m., due to morning rain and a continued wet forecast.

The event is one of the American-Canadian Tour’s oldest Late Model stock car races and returns to Airborne on Sunday after five years away. It is the fourth event of the season for the U.S.-based ACT Late Model Tour and also opens the Série ACT championship and the Québec Triple Crown – a three-race bonus series at Airborne.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere will also be in action. with J&S Steel Modifieds, Key R-D Trailer Sales Renegades and Busch Beer Mini Modifieds.

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Babb Scores Emotional First ACT Win in Merchants Bank 150

Barre, VT—Brad Babb came into the season looking for his first career American-Canadian Tour victory. He and his Joey Laquerre–owned team earned it in perhaps the most dramatic way possible on Sunday, May 3.

Babb took the lead from Scott Dragon with 18 laps to go and went on to win the Merchants Bank 150 at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road. The win came following a pre-race tribute to Laquerre’s late grandson Joey M. Laquerre, leading to an emotional celebration in Victory Lane.

 “I just can’t believe we won at Thunder Road,” Windham, ME’s Babb said. “It means the world to me. I can’t even describe it. This is 100% for Lil Joey. I couldn’t do it without Big Joey.”

“It’s beyond words,” the elder Laquerre added. “We’re so excited about it. It’s duly needed. If Lil Joey was here, he’d be very proud.”

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Helliwell, ACT Tour Take on Local Stars in Merchants Bank 150

Barre, VT—The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) will help Barre, VT’s Thunder Road open its 56th season of competition on Sunday, May 3 with the 17th Annual Merchants Bank 150. Wayne Helliwell Jr. will be going for his second straight win in the event, but a host of ACT Tour and local Thunder Road Late Model drivers are looking to take the trophy home.

Dover, NH’s Helliwell picked up his first Thunder Road win in last year’s Merchants Bank 150, taking the lead using a crossover move on Jimmy Hebert with 16 laps remaining. The two-time ACT Tour Champion became the 11th different winner in 16 editions of the event. Helliwell and his Bruce Bernhardt–owned team come into this year’s event with the ACT Tour point lead after their victory in last Sunday’s New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH.

“I think it was more luck than anything last year, but we’re definitely proud of that win,” Helliwell said. “That race is always tough, and restarts are really critical. If we can get the car working on the bottom like it was last time, I think we’ll have something.”

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Lee USA NH Governor’s Cup Three Stars Awarded

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT U.S. 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 any other accepted reason to give the award 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 race of their choosing during 2015.

Lee USA Speedway – NH GOVERNOR’S CUP 150

The annual running of the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 was described by veteran ACT fans as an old time “barn-burner” of a race – an old-fashioned tug of war with hard racing throughout the field. Leaders battled from start to finish; veterans beat each other up; and while some new teams were smooth as silk, other new teams also beat each other up! Finding three stars was not hard as the following all delivered outstanding performances. Because the criteria for the Three Star program does not allow the top three finishers to be chosen for the awards, it should be mentioned that all three were stars in their own right. ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. scored the victory, Brad Babb had the drive of the day in second, and Eddie MacDonald was brilliant as usual. However, their top-three finishes disqualified them from the Star Awards. 

*Matt Anderson, Franklin, NH – 49NH—Matt Anderson and his team are a small independent group in just their second year of touring. The team finished 17th after staring 26th. At first glance, perhaps those criteria might not seem to qualify for a Star of the Race Award. But after a year of following the tour, the 49NH team finished the full 150-lap battle at Lee. This was a genuine step in the right direction for their program. The positive attitude and desire to continue improving his program gives Matt and his team all the ingredients for a Star Award. Lee was a tough race, and the 49NH’s finish was a testament to a short track racer who understands where his team currently is and to a team who works on their program with dedication and a great attitude. Congratulations on the Three Star Award to the Watt-sponsored team; it will be interesting to see what their next step forward will be.

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O’Donnell Goes For Thunder Road Three-Peat

Barre, VT – Derrick O’Donnell has already made history with his first two championships in Thunder Road’s American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models. He is ready to add to the record books again in 2015, beginning at the season-opening Merchant’s Bank 150 on Sunday, May 3.N. Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell won his first Thunder Road Late Model Championship in 2013, becoming the first rookie to be crowned “King of the Road.” Last year he was the sixth driver in track lead division history to successfully defend his title. A third championship in 2015 would make him only the second driver to hold the crown for three years running. Chuck Beede previously won three straight Late Model championships in 1992-1994.

N. Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell won his first Thunder Road Late Model Championship in 2013, becoming the first rookie to be crowned “King of the Road.” Last year he was the sixth driver in track lead division history to successfully defend his title. A third championship in 2015 would make him only the second driver to hold the crown for three years running. Chuck Beede previously won three straight Late Model championships in 1992-1994.

“It would definitely be really important to me,” O’Donnell said of the possibility. “With this pairing up of me and MikelJon (Mascitti, his car owner), we’ve proved that anything is possible. We basically do whatever it takes between him and I. There’s no mountain we won’t climb if it’s going to make us better.”

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Helliwell Shows the Way at Lee USA Governor’s Cup

Lee, NH — Wayne Helliwell Jr. came out on top of a battle with fellow home track driver Eddie MacDonald to win the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH.

Helliwell took the lead from MacDonald for the final time on a lap 117 restart following a caution for defending champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr.’s spin entering turn 3. The Dover, NH driver then held off McDonald and Maine youngster Brad Babb on two ensuing restarts to win his first Tour race at the 3/8-mile oval and eighth overall.

 “We were able to cool our tires down and just crowd (MacDonald) down on that restart,” said Helliwell, who unofficially assumed the point lead following the event. “That helped us get the momentum and the drive up off the turn. Once we got to the lead, we were able to just keep the car on the bottom and roll around.

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ACT Oxford 150 American Racer Three Stars Announced

Waterbury, VT – The American Racer Three Star program has returned for the2015 season. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance who had outstanding races at American Canadian Tour (ACT) U.S. Tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer tire (value $125.00), but special effort by a team, an exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to determine the recipients.

The Three Stars are chosen by officials and will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a race of their choosing during 2015. The winners for the ACT Oxford 150 at Oxford Plains Speedway are:

*Rich Dubeau, Plainfield, NH – #30NH — An exceptional story developed during the opening weekend at Oxford. A young team from Plainfield, NH made their first ever ACT touring event start last weekend at the Oxford Plains Speedway doubleheader. They had never raced in an ACT event, had little experience on flat 3/8-mile race tracks, and seemed to struggle with set-up at the tricky Oxford oval during a day of practice on Friday afternoon. Furthermore, they missed the only chance to qualify after breaking a broken sway bar during the final practice on race day!

They fixed the car before the feature and started the race in dead last. In what appeared to be a very “quiet” ride, the #30NH team found a groove and headed forward from the very start of the race. It was a remarkable effort from a new young team that ended up finishing ninth after 150 laps. There were only three cautions, and that generally lends itself to becoming vulnerable to getting lapped, especially with the dominant performance of ACT defending Champion and race winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. For a truly outstanding effort in their first ever ACT touring race, the Rich Dubeau team earns a well-deserved American Racer Star of the Race award.

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Woodard Returns to Defend Tiger Sportsmen Title

Barre, VT – The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen will take to the high banks of Thunder Road for the 34th consecutive year in 2015. Defending Champion Jason Woodard leads a mix of veterans and rising stars alike will vie for the championship in the famed division.

Waterbury Ctr., VT’s Woodard is the first driver since 2010 to try and defend the Tiger Sportsmen title. He rode a remarkable run of consistency to the 2014 crown, finishing eighth or better in each of the 18 events. Woodard topped veteran Brendan Moodie, Jr. by 17 points in a battle that came down to the final laps of the season-ending Mini Milk Bowl.

Now entering his fourth season in the division, Woodard is also chasing his first career Tiger feature win.

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North East Mini Stock Tour Season Preview

Lee (NH) USA Speedway will host the North East Mini Stock Tour season opener Sunday with the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models. The 10 race schedule will visit Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

The NEMST will visit NHMS with the AIM Recycling PASS Super Late Models July 4-5. Saturday will be a practice day. Sunday will have both divisions practice, qualify, and race.

“Tom and I have been working together since about November to get the dates at Oxford, Maine and Tom have had a good conversation channel open since the end of the last year.” NEMST Promoter Bob Guptill said.

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Mike Rowe, Joey Pole Ace 150-Lap Openers at Oxford Plains Speedway

151ST career main event win for Hall of Famer tops busy racing card

Oxford, ME — Mike Rowe of Turner, Maine raced to his 151st Oxford Plains Speedway main event win, earning a trip to victory lane in his maiden voyage aboard Peter Petit’s lucky number 7 in AIM Recycling Pro All Stars Series Super Late Model competition at Oxford PlainsSpeedway on Sunday afternoon, while Joey ‘Pole’ Polewarczyk prevailed in the co-headlining ACT Late Model Tour 150-lapper.

Rowe, a 64-year-old veteran, multi-time track champion and all-around legend at the speedway where he was a track titlist a full four decades ago, waged a race-long battle with reigning series champion DJ Shaw of Conway, New Hampshire for supremacy in a thrilling 150-lapper for the ultra-quick AIM Super Late Models.

Shaw kept the pressure on through much of the opening day test, yet Rowe was able to slam the door shut and keep it that way, earning his first trip to victory lane in his first start with Petit, clearly a career highlight for the car owner.

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