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Ford Blue Oval Cup Title on the Line at Riverside

Waterbury, VT — While Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. decided the American Canadian Tour Championship a few weeks ago at Airborne Speedway in the Fall Foliage 200, but they have one more title to settle this weekend. The duo sit atop the Ford Blue Oval Cup Standings separated by just one point, Helliwell leads, heading into the final ACT-affiliated event at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH this weekend.

The Ford Blue Oval Cup Challenge is a season-long point system that awards competitors who use Ford’s S347JR engine in ACT series and approved affiliated track events. Competitors use their best 18 events in the Ford Blue Oval Standings. The 2013 championship team will receive $2,000 for their effort. Helliwell is a two-time Blue Oval Cup Champion and has been atop the standings for the majority of the 2013 season. Polewarczyk has earned the most wins for Ford this season with four, and his 5th place effort in the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road brought him within one point of the lead.

Ford has racked up a total of nine feature wins in ACT and affiliated track competition so far this season. Helliwell and Polewarczyk combined to earn five (of 14) ACT US events with their Fords. Polewarczyk also secured the biggest win of the season in the $25,000-to-win ACT International 500 at Airborne Speedway back in July. Other event winners include Helliwell at Canaan Speedway, Dave Farrington, Jr. at Waterford Speedbowl and Dave Pembroke at Thunder Road.

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Street Stock Disqualified After Mini-Milk Bowl

Waterbury, VT — The 2012 Thunder Road Track Champion, Nick Pilotte, from Jefferson, NH was disqualified from the People’s United Bank ‘Mini-Milk Bowl’ after an engine teardown unveiled an illegal engine, according to the 2013 ACT rules for the Street Stock division. The violation was a mismatched set of pistons and heads.

During the same teardown inspection, Groveton, New Hampshire’s Jason Kenison was awarded the win. “We will have to examine the rulebook for 2014 as it relates to the Nissan 240SX,” said Dean Gallison, the ACT Director of Competition.

Third place finisher Tommy “Thunder” Smith from Williamstown, VT was torn down for the second time in the past couple of months and again was within the specs of the rulebook for the division. Smith was awarded second place following the disqualification.

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Camping World Truck Series Returns to NHMS in 2014

Trucks Return to Magic Mile in 2014

LOUDON, NH — Absent from the Magic Mile since 2011, the 175-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will run on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

Absent from the Magic Mile since 2011, the 175-lap NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event will run on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. NHMS

Anchored by its two traditional NASCAR Sprint Cup weekends, New Hampshire Motor Speedway officials announced today the return of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2014, the 24th consecutive year of NASCAR racing at the 1.058-mile oval. The Truck Series will join NASCAR’s top-tier national touring series, the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series as featured events next July and September.

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Nick Sweet Takes First Milk Bowl Victory

Shawn Fleury and Bunker Hodgdon Earn Track Titles

Sweet2Barre, VT – Barre’s own Nick Sweet claimed his first career Milk Bowl in the 51st running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Sunday, October 6. Consistency was the key for Sweet, who drove the St. J Auto Buick to segment finishes of 6th, 8th and 4th to win $10,000 in the season finale at Thunder Road.

Sweet3Sweet began the final 50-lap segment in 17th, one spot behind 2013 Thunder Road champion Derrick O’Donnell, who entered the final round with lowest point total (11), and eight positions behind three-time Milk Bowl winner Brian Hoar.

 One lap into the final segment, O’Donnell’s bid came apart when he spun out after contact with Lance Allen and took a blow from Alex Labbe.

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Quebec’s Alex Labbe Scores Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award

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Barre, VT — Racing stateside is becoming very agreeable with 2013 Série ACT Runner-up Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC.

One week after winning the ACT Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Park Speedway, the 20-year-old Canadian racer won the Booth Brothers/HP Hood pole award at Thunder Road and will start on the point in Sunday’s (October 6) 51st Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl. He became the first Quebec driver to earn the pole award and the $1,000 bonus since Patrick Laperle in 2002.

Labbe best 49 other ACT Late Model teams when he turned Saturday’s fastest lap (13.159) in qualifying. Three-time Milk Bowl winner Brian Hoar (13.206) will be his partner on the front row.

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ACT Young Stars Ready to Spoil Milk Bowl for Veterans

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) young stars heading to the 51st Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl has a list deep in numbers and talent. Looking for first wins in what is arguably one of the most famous short track races in the country, first time winners include young local and young touring stars from throughout New England and Quebec.
Thunder Road hopefuls who have not held up the Milk Can are led by two-time ‘King of the Road’ Nick Sweet. Sweet is the home-town kid who made Thunder Road his own playground, coming up through the ranks of 4-cyl racing, then graduating to the intermediate Limited Late Model Tiger Sportsman division. He is always a favorite to win at his home track in any event. “I guess I would like to win this race as much as any I have ever been in. I almost won at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s ACT Invitational a couple years ago. I’ve done well and been in a position for a win a couple times at the Oxford 250, and have been lucky to have won a few of Thunder Road’s big ACT events, but I am still missing the biggest one!. Maybe this is my year,” said Sweet.

Brooks Clark from the Mad River Valley has enjoyed a break-out season at Thunder Road. Clark is a steady 50-lap racer who fits the Milk Bowl format perfectly. “I have watched a lot of Milk Bowls, and been lucky enough to race in a few. I think the biggest thing is to have a strategy, take a few chances, and get really lucky. If you have that kind of day, you have a chance to be a Milk Bowl winner. It would certainly be special to our team if we could ever pull it off”, said Clark.

Early 2013 ACT point leader and winner of the Lee USA opening event to start the season off was Jimmy Hebert from nearby Williamstown, VT. Hebert also won on the SANAIR mile in mid-summer. The former Bond Auto Tiger Champion at Thunder Road knows his way around the high banks of the ‘Nation’s Site of Excitement’. Derrick O’Donnell, the newly-crowned 2013 Thunder Road Late Model Champion, is the only rookie ever to win the title. Another Tiger Champion, from Bradford, VT, O’Donnell made everyone take notice by winning the Memorial Day Classic is his first point race of the year, on his way to the title. Cody Blake, a second generation driver from Barre has proven he can get to the front under pressure. Earlier this summer he won the Governor’s Cup 150, beating Clint Bowyer and 29 other teams.

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Impressive Cast Set for NEAR Fame Fete

An all-star cast will induct an equally impressive group of inductees at the New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday Nov. 10 at the Lodge at Manelleys in South Windsor, CT. It is the 16th NEAR Hall of Fame class.

Steve Pellerin and Bruce Elder will be inducting fellow Maine natives Ralph Nason and Stan Meserve respectively. Open cockpit racing is well represented by Chris Romano and Dick Monahan who will honor multi-time Northeastern Midget Association champions Drew Fornoro and Billy Eldridge respectively.

Lew Boyd will bring forth Bob Sharp, arguably New England’s greatest road racer.

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Nine Milk Bowl Champions to Compete in 51st Edition

Waterbury, VT – The Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Sunday, October 6, 2013 will welcome back nine (9) former champions of the prestigious event, billed as the ‘toughest short track race in North America’. Between the nine former champions who will compete in the 51st running of the Milk Bowl is a group of champions who have earned the right to lift the legendary milk can 15 times.

Eight (8) time ACT Champion Brian Hoar from Williston, VT and four (4) time ACT Champion Patrick Laperle (three Série ACT and one US title) each have won the race three (3) times and will be looking to tie Robbie Crouch’s record of four (4) Milk Bowl victories. “It really is unique in racing. First, it’s not 150 or 200 laps of straight racing. Next, it is Thunder Road, which is a challenge in any race, and finally, there are going to be 20-plus ‘regular weekly’ Thunder Road teams who race 50-lap segments every Thursday night. All these factors make it a very tough race. I love it. It is old-fashioned, get-up-on-the-wheel, hold-your-breath and hang on,” said Hoar.

When Laperle was asked why he put the Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl on his reduced schedule this year, Laperle answered, “Well, to be sure, I want to try out the new American Racer tires; also, my fans and team really enjoy camping at Thunder Road. The Milk Bowl is very, very tough to win. It takes a lot of luck, but the best part is it pays $10,000!”

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Laperle & MacDonald Enter 51st Milk Bowl

ACT Champion Helliwell Withdraws Entry

Quebec’s Patrick Laperle and the “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA are the latest entries in the 51st Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl, to be held at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, 2013.

Newly crowned ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. from Dover, NH and his Bruce Bernhardt team have withdrawn their entry from the event. “Our sponsor backed out so we don’t have the money to make the Milk Bowl weekend,” the 2013 Champion said.
Laperle is a three-time winner of the ‘toughest short track’ race in North America and will seek his 4th win in the fall classic on Sunday, October 6, 2013. When the hard charging three time Série ACT and 2008 ACT US Champion was asked why he was coming to this year’s Milk Bowl, Laperle said, “The money! Ten Thousand ($10,000.00) to win is a lot of money. I am excited to try out the new American Racer tire too.”

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Labbe Wins ACT Fall Foliage 200

Helliwell Wins Second Consecutive ACT Championship by 16 points

Waterbury, VT – Alex Labbe of St. Albert, Quebec won the 39th annual American Canadian Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday, September 28, 2013. Labbe became the spoiler in the season-long championship title bout between defending Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH and contender Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH. Polewarczyk took the lead on lap 34 and led the most laps, held off numerous challenges from Labbe until lap 186 when the fourth and final caution of the day flew for a major wreck involving Helliwell, Jonathan Bouvrette, and shuffled many cars, including Polewarczyk.

Labbe led the final 16 laps, while Polewarczyk had to contend with a hard-charging Brian Hoar for 2nd place. Helliwell pitted after the 186 damage, and nursed his car to finish as the last car on the lead lap, finishing ninth (9th), and his pre-race 41-point lead ended up unofficially at 16 points securing his second ACT Championship.

Brian Hoar finished 3rd, 3-time Airborne Champion Brent Dragon finished 4th, and Steuben, Maine’s Rowland Robinson, Jr. had a career-best finish, rounding out the top 5.

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American Racer Debuts at Milk Bowl

One of the country’s most unique events, billed as the ‘toughest short track race in America’, Thunder Road’s Milk Bowl just got tougher. The American Canadian Tour recently announced that they will be making a tire change for the first time in nearly a decade. The American Racer tire will become the tire of choice beginning in 2014 for the large network of weekly tracks and the two popular touring series sanctioned by ACT. The season-ending 51st Milk Bowl will unveil the new product for use in the Fall classic the weekend of October 4-6, 2013.

“We have spent the entire summer developing and testing a tire to serve our needs for future years. American Racer has done an outstanding job of getting us exactly what we asked for to replace our current brand of Late Model tires. We have full confidence that the teams will be enthusiastic about the new tire that was developed and ‘rolling’ it out at Thunder Road’s most historic event should let everyone know how confident we are about this product”, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour and Promoter of Thunder Road International Speedbowl.

When the ACT learned that the present tire in use was not going to be available to their various tracks throughout New England, Eastern New York, Quebec and Ontario, they contacted American Racer, the company that ACT previously had a long relationship with, to fill the void.
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51st Annual Milk Bowl Schedule Announced

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ACT Champion to be Crowned in Fall Foliage 200

Waterbury, VT — The American Canadian Tour rolls into Airborne Speedway this Saturday, September 28 for the Fall Foliage 200 season finale. The 2013 ACT Championship battle has been narrowed down to three contenders. Defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. leads the way over Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and Jimmy Hebert, who are both eager to take home their first championship title.

Helliwell and his E-Keys 4 Cars Ford claimed the 2012 ACT Championship with a win in the Fall Foliage 200 last season. This year he has to fend off Hudson, NH’s Polewarczyk, who claimed the biggest win of 2013 in the ACT International 500 at Airborne back in July. Breakout star, Hebert is also in the mix with two ACT wins of his own already this year.

All three drivers are coming off solid performances in the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last Saturday (September 21). Helliwell came home second after contending for the win with eventual winner Eddie MacDonald and Brian Hoar. Polewarczyk drove his Pole’s Automotive Ford from 22nd to finish fifth, while Hebert earned 15th.

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Eddie MacDonald Wins 3rd Bond Auto ACT Invitational; Pockets $8,300

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts claimed his 3rd Invitational win in the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 21. MacDonald pocketed $8,300 for his efforts as he fended off ACT Champions Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Brian Hoar. MacDonald has previously won the ACT Invitational in 2009 and 2011.

The “Outlaw” MacDonald worked his way through the field from his 26th starting position and seemed to settle in to the top five through the halfway mark. Polesitter Travis Stearns and Quinten Welch swapped the lead over the first dozen laps and two of the three total cautions. Following the second restart, eight-time ACT Champion took the point and battled with Welch until the third and final caution at the halfway point.

On the final restart of the 50-lap event, Helliwell and Hoar broke out to the point with MacDonald in tow. MacDonald took over the lead on lap 35 and held off Helliwell over the final 15 laps. Helliwell could get to his rear bumper, but couldn’t find the momentum to make the pass. MacDonald and Helliwell were followed to the line by Hoar, Aaron Fellows and 2010 ACT Invitational winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Tom Carey, Jr., Quinten Welch, Quebec’s Jean-François Déry, Nick Sweet and Glen Luce completed the top ten.

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Field Set for 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational

The field has been set for the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The most recent American Canadian Tour U.S. winner, Travis Stearns of Auburn, ME will lead the field to green later this afternoon (Saturday, September 21). Veteran Jamie Aube of N. Ferrisburg, VT will line-up to his outside.

The 43 car field made it through the morning practice with only a couple incidents. 2010 Bond ACT Invitational winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH set the fast time. Brian Hoar, Quebec’s Alex Labbe, Dany Trepanier and two-time Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald completed the top five fast times.

The 43-car field will be set to go green this afternoon following the K&N Pro Series East at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Jim McCallum Passes at 69

Jim McCallum, 69, of Fall River, MA passed away on September 20 after a long illness.

Born on January 14, 1944, McCallum’s four-decade racing career began in the mid-1960s. He was the 1969 Sportsman champion at Stafford. He added back-to-back titles at Westboro in the Grand American division in 1971-72.

McCallum will perhaps best be remembered for his contributions to Pro Stock racing. With New England tracks adding the division in the early 1980s, McCallum excelled as a car builder and driver. McCallum won Pro Stock championships in 1985 at the old Riverside Park Speedway and at Thompson. He also captured Stafford’s Pro Stock honors in 1991.

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51st Milk Bowl Returns to 50-Lap Segments

Barre, VT – The 51st Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl will return to its historic three (3) 50-lap segment format on Sunday, October 6 at Barre’s Thunder Road. In recent years, the final two segments had been run with extended 75-laps. After listening to the fans, it has been decided that the shortened 50-lap segments will create more “edge of your seat” action.

“The 50-lap segments were always more volatile,” said Thunder Road Promoter Tom Curley. “The third and final segment was the highlight of the Milk Bowl, as drivers had to go flat out every lap. The 75-lap segments allowed drivers to relax and gave them too much time to work their way through traffic. That isn’t what the Milk Bowl is about. It’s about white-knuckled, up-on-the-wheel, three-wide for the win action. It’s what makes the Milk Bowl the ‘Toughest Short Track Event in North America’.”

While the shortened segments will bring the overall scores up, it should also put more drivers in a spot to win the overall, as they head into the third and final segment. The Milk Bowl uses a combined scoring system, with the winner of each segment receiving one (1) point, second two (2), etc. with the lowest combined score winning the Milk Bowl. The finishing order from each segment is partially inverted to line up the next segment.

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Crazy Horse Racing Shines In ACT Field

Nine CHR Teams Invited To Race At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – No matter how you do the math, the numbers add up for Crazy Horse Racing when it comes to the fifth annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., this weekend.

A total of nine Crazy Horse Racing teams will take the green flag in the 43-car field on Saturday, September 21. From full-time ACT Late Model Tour teams and to local short-track teams with multiple wins this season, the nine drivers and teams headed to NHMS this weekend have been part of a strong second half of 2013.

“As a company, we’re really excited and happy to have our teams going to Loudon, because they had to do well to get invited,” said Crazy Horse Racing owner Mitch Green. “It’s important because it means our people performed well enough during the year to get some attention and get invited to one of the crown jewels of (ACT Late Model Tour racing).”

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Nick Sweet Invited to Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Waterbury, VT — Nick Sweet from Barre, VT capped off his Vermont State Championship title win at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway, in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, September 15, 2013 with an invitation to the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) today. Sweet will replace Donald Theetge of Quebec City who had to cancel his invitation because of a business conflict.

Sweet, a two-time Thunder Road Champion, had previously been invited, but after five weeks of testing the new tires for the 2014 ACT season, he decided that he needed to take an ‘off weekend’ to prepare his car for the season finale People’s Bank Milk Bowl event held at Thunder Road, October 5-6.

“When Tom (Curley), (President of the American Canadian Tour), called me and asked if there was any chance I could take the spot because Donald could not make it, what’s a guy to say to that? Bond Auto is in my home town of Barre. I love racing at NHMS. It’s NASCAR Cup weekend. We will put some overtime in when the Invitational is done. This is sure to put some energy into the team this week and hopefully that can carry over to the Milk Bowl,” concluded Sweet.

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Jean-François Déry Holds on for 2013 Série ACT Championship

Jonathan Bouvrette Earns First Série ACT Victory in St-Eustache 200

Jonathan Bouvrette of Blainville, QC won the St-Eustache 200 at Autodrome St-Eustache on Sunday, September 15 in dominant fashion. He led well over half the race on his way to his first career Série ACT victory in the 2013 season finale. Jean-François Déry followed him across the line in second to claim the 2013 Série ACT Championship and a $20,000 point fund check.

Déry ran a smart and clean race to come home second and claim the 2013 Série ACT Championship by unofficially eight points. The Série ACT veteran used two victories during the season to secure his first career Série ACT title.

Dany Trepanier of St-Edouard, QC led in the early stages of the event until the suspension on his right front broke sending him into the wall in turns three and four on lap 58. That handed the lead to Bouvrette, who didn’t relinquish the top spot until the fourth caution flag of the event flew on lap 114. Under the caution period Bouvrette and the majority of the field headed to pit road for two fresh tires.

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Patrick Laperle Wins St-Eustache 100

Jean-François Déry Pads Point Lead

Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC claimed the St-Eustache 100 win in front of his hometown crowd at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday, September 14. The 100-lap event was originally scheduled for June 1 but was postponed twice due to rain before being scheduled as the first leg of a doubleheader weekend. Jean-François Déry of Quebec City took second position and strengthened his point lead heading into tomorrow’s 200-lap finale at St-Eustache.
Second place point man Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC led early in the event before fading backwards in the middle stages of the event. Donald Theetge stole the lead from Labbe until contact on a lap 15 restart sent him spinning in turn one. Jonathan Bouvrette edged Labbe on the ensuing restart and appeared to be the fastest car on the track until Déry got by him while the two worked through lapped traffic.

Déry led from lap 42 through 86, earning an all important 5 bonus points for leading the most laps. Laperle was all over the back bumper of Déry looking for any mistake. The mistake finally came on lap 86 when Déry slipped up while negotiating a lapped car. Laperle got by on the outside and never relinquished the lead. Déry settled for second, while Labbe clawed his way back to third. Theetge and Bouvrette both recovered from spins to finish in the top five in 4th and 5th respectively.

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Field for 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Announced

The 43-car field for the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been announced. The biggest names in American Canadian Tour Late Models will be on hand for the event on Saturday, September 21.

The field will be led by twelve drivers who have won an Invitational qualifier event. A strong contingent from New Hampshire includes Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Vermont drivers Brian Hoar, Jimmy Hebert, Bobby Therrien and Cody Blake claimed qualifier wins. From north of the border, Quebecer’s Jean-François Déry, Alex Labbe, Donald Theetge, Dany Trepanier have all won qualifying events. Travis Stearns of Maine and Eddie MacDonald of Massachusetts complete the 12 Invitational Qualifier winners.

The remainder of the field includes American Canadian Tour regulars Ben Lynch, Glen Luce, Kyle Welch, Ray Parent, Rowland Robinson, Jr., Luke Hinkley and Todd Davis. Completing the Canadian group are Série ACT’s Jonathan Bouvrette, as well as Ontario’s Sean Kennedy and Bryan Mercer.

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Série ACT Disqualification Announced

A thorough engine technical inspection following the Série ACT Montmagny 150 held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Autodrome Montmagny, resulted in the following penalties from the American Canadian Tour being issued to the #5QC team of Patrick Cliche. The penaltied are based on violations of ACT’s sealed engine rule, put in place as the cornerstone of ACT Late Model racing in the Northeastern US and Quebec.

Cliche’s engine was found with engine seals that had been tampered with. He and his team have been issued the following penalties:

1. Disqualification from the Montmagny 150 run on Saturday, August 31, resulting in the loss of all points and purse of over $3,400 including awards for the event.

2. Loss of all points accumulated for the 2013 season with $80,000 posted awards.

3. Suspension from racing any ACT-sanctioned events for the remainder of 2013.

4. Team probation for the entire 2014 season.

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ACT Pit Notes: NHMS Test and Tune

LOUDON, NH — Thirty-five American Canadian Tour Late Model teams attended the annual test and tune session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Wednesday, September 4 in preparation for the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational in a couple weeks. The full day of practice only saw a couple of incidents and several different teams atop the time charts.

Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert set the fast time of the day with a 31.491 at an average speed of 120.9 mph. Hebert has two ACT wins already this season and is currently sitting third in the standings. Hebert was the cause of the second minor incident of the day as he cut a right front tire and swiped the wall coming off turn two. The car received some damage but he was able to limp it back to the pit area.

Not far behind was another ACT feature winner in 2013, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH with a time of 31.509. Polewarczyk won the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the “Magic Mile” back in 2010. He also won the inaugural ACT International 500 at Airborne Speedway back in July, and he has another three point counting wins so far this season.

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Travis Stearns Scores First ACT Win in Labor Day Classic

Travis Stearns of Auburn, ME celebrates his first career ACT win in the VT Foodbank Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road. (Photo by Alan Ward).

Barre, VT – Travis Stearns of Auburn, Maine scored his first career American Canadian Tour victory in one of the biggest races on the 2013 schedule. The rookie held off eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar to claim the win in the 35th Annual VT Foodbank Labor Day Classic 200 at Thunder Road on Sunday, September 1.

Two-time Thunder Road Champion Dave Pembroke led the entire first half of the 200 lap event, building a large lead through lap traffic before the second caution flag of the event flew on lap 116. Every lead lap car took advantage of the caution period to visit pit road for fresh right side tires. Hoar and Stearns were the first two cars back onto the race track claiming the first and second positions but starting 4th and 5th respectively on the ensuing restart. Pembroke stalled on the exit of pit road and could not get the car refired sending him to the tail of the field.

Stearns gained the advantage on the restart, getting around Hoar through the lapped traffic to take a lead he would never relinquish. Hoar slid back as far as fourth before mounting a comeback with 60 laps to go. He moved his way back into second with just under 50 laps to go and set his sights on Stearns. While Hoar got to his rear bumper with 15 laps remaining, Stearns protected the outside lane. Hoar couldn’t find the bite on the inside and came up a half car length short coming to the line as the two fishtailed to the finish.

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Derrick O’Donnell Crowned “King of the Road”

Phil Scott, Darrell Morin, Will Hennequin and Al Derrington Claim Wins

Barre, VT – Phil Scott made Kyle Pembroke pay for one mistake at the front of the field on lap 37 of the VP Racing Fuels Late Model 50 Thursday at Thunder Road and went on to his 2nd win of the season and the 29th of his career.

Scott shot between a backmarker in the low lane and Pembroke on the rim of turn two in a go-for-broke move for the last of six lead changes.

“I knew I had to take the opportunity, when I saw it,” Scott said.

During the first half of the event, Pembroke and pole sitter Joe Becker raced side by side for more than 20 laps with Scott and eventual runner-up Joey Laquerre in close pursuit.

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ACT Title Battle Heats Up Heading into Labor Day

Waterbury, VT — Defending American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH holds a 36-point lead over Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. as the Tour returns to its home track, Thunder Road in Barre, VT this Sunday, September 1. The running of the 35th annual VT Foodbank Labor Day Classic 200 will set the stage for the ACT 2013 finale at Airborne Speedway at the end of September, just as it did one year ago.

Last year, Helliwell was on top of the standings heading into this event with a 22-point lead over eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar. Hoar claimed the Labor Day win to pull within eight points as they headed into the Airborne Fall Foliage finale. Helliwell ended up snagging the Fall Foliage win and the 2013 title in an epic last race battle.

Current runner-up, Polewarczyk will attempt to pull off a similar maneuver in this year’s Labor Day Classic. After a rough couple of races to begin the season, Polewarczyk has to be considered the hottest driver on the ACT Tour since. He has racked up 4 wins, including the non-point counting International 500 at Airborne, and he hasn’t finished outside the top five in the last eight events. During those eight events he has pocketed 6 podium finishes.

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Alex Labbe Marches to ACT Riverside St-Croix Can-Am Win

Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC led the final 80 laps of the American Canadian Tour Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside Speedway Saturday, August 24 on his way to his first Série ACT win of the season. Labbe held off runner-up finisher Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. over the last several restarts to claim the victory in the combination ACT US and Série ACT QC event. It was his second career Série ACT win and first since joining the Larue Industrial Snow Blower team in 2013.

Pole sitter Jean-François Déry jumped out to the early lead over the first 27 laps until Wayne Helliwell, Jr. climbed his way from his ninth starting position to challenge for the lead. The pair would swap the lead several times through numerous restarts with Helliwell leading the majority of the first 120 laps. On lap 121, Labbe jumped to the point and would never relinquish the lead. Polewarczyk made several attempts to steal the win but could not find the grip on the outside and settled for second just ahead of Déry.

Patrick Hamel and Dany Trepanier battled their way from the 17th and 18th starting positions respectively to complete the top five. Ben Lynch came home sixth just ahead of Claude Leclerc who recovered from a late race incident that shuffled him back to outside of the top ten. Helliwell faded over the final few restarts and came home eighth ahead of Stephane Descoste and Jimmy Hebert.

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Eddie MacDonald Holds Off Late Charge for Beech Ridge Win

Scarborough, ME – Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald of Rowley, MA came from 11th on the field to take the win in the American Canadian Tour 150-lap event at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 17. MacDonald held off fierce competition over the final 13 lap sprint to take the victory.
MacDonald took over the lead from Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. after starting in the outside lane on a lap 131 restart. It looked like MacDonald would win easily until the fourth and final caution of the event flew on lap 137. This setup up the final battle with MacDonald and Polewarczyk on the front row followed by rookies Bobby Therrien and Travis Stearns.

Therrien made a veteran move to the inside of MacDonald following the restart, kicking Polewarczyk back to third. The Rookie and the Outlaw battled with Therrien on the inside and MacDonald trying to keep him pinched down. The pair raced door-to-door with Therrien gaining the edge at the line for the lead on two laps. MacDonald kept the momentum on the outside and dispatched Therrien with two to go. It then turned into a three-way fight for the runner-up spot as Polewarczyk, Therrien and Stearns took the checkered flag three-wide.

Polewarczyk and Therrien got the edge to take second and third respectively. Stearns and Jimmy Hebert completed the top five. Ray Parent, Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Dave Farrington, Jr. were the final three cars on the lead lap. Farrington led the first 111 laps of the event and lapped the majority of the field as the event went caution free from lap 6 til 124. He built a large lead before Polewarczyk caught him in heavy lapped traffic. Aaron Fellows and Ryan Deane completed the top ten.

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Riverside Champ Luke Shannon Doubles Up; Martin Impresses In Late Model Debut; Fellows, Lambert Score Top-5s

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – After winning the Late Model championship at Riverside Speedway last season, Luke Shannon wanted more. The Groveton, N.H., driver spent the better part of this season getting a new car up to speed, and last weekend it paid off.

Twice.

Shannon led the final 16 laps of a make-up feature from the previous week, and then stormed from the rear of the field to win the regularly-scheduled 40-lap Late Model feature at Riverside on Saturday, August 10, to earn his first two victories of the season.

“The car was new at the beginning of the year, and we struggled pretty bad the first race with it. I just couldn’t get it to go,” Shannon said. “We raced the ACT (Late Model Tour) race with it, and I still hadn’t gotten the handle on it. So, I took almost a month off to try and figure it out.

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