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Criss, Branham Score Modified Victories at Airborne Park Speedway

Double features produce excitement on Peru Federal Credit Union/Econo Lodge Night

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Double features produced double excitement at Plattsburgh, NY’s Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, June 20, with plenty of hometown representation in victory lane for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.  The Modified, Renegade, and Mini-Modified divisions each ran a pair of feature races presented by Peru Federal Credit Union and Econo Lodge.

Plattsburgh’s Jayson Criss copped the second J&S Steel Modified win of his career in the opening 30-lap race.  Criss, who has endured a roller coaster start to his season, was aided by a pair of restarts in the late stages of the race, and was able to steal the lead from Mike Wells at lap 21.  From there, he was forced to hold off a charging Nick Heywood in the final laps for the victory.  Wells finished third, followed by top rookie Danny Sullivan and Bucko Branham.

In the second Modified feature, Branham stole the show by coming from 12th starting position to take his first Airborne win of the year.  Codie Aubin rebounded from a tough outing in the first race to finish second; he led the first 10 laps, then traded the lead twice more with Branham.  Rookie Jim “Timex” Morgan earned his first podium finish in third place, with Heywood fourth for a 1-2-3-4 sweep for Plattsburgh drivers.  Leon Gonyo of Chazy, NY was fifth.

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McClatchie Wins Wild Renegade 100 at Airborne Park Speedway


Spring Championship Series title winners crowned

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Jason McClatchie was electric at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday, June 13, winning a wildly entertaining 100-lap Renegade division race on Plattsburgh Ford/Aaron’s Night.  The hometown driver’s win highlighted a night that saw the inaugural Yandow Sales & Service/John Deere Spring Championship Series title winners crowned for all four divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

McClatchie was the star of a hotly contested Renegade 100 that featured 12 lead changes, dramatic crashes, and a $1,000 winner’s purse.  Zack Daniels led the opening 46 laps while McClatchie and former champion Richie Turner of Fairfax, VT fired up their race-long fight for position behind him.  They entered the picture just before a scheduled refueling break near the halfway point; Turner led lap 47, McClatchie nosed ahead at lap 48, and Turner was back in front for lap 49.

The caution flag then flew for an on-track incident, which brought the field to pit road for the break.  A random draw for inversion during the pause saw Turner pull the number-eight pill, leaving he and McClatchie to restart their battle in traffic in eighth and seventh places, respectfully.  Dylan Rabtoy and Jim McKiernan took turns leading as the race resumed before the stars returned to the front at lap 63.  From there, they traded the lead six more times in the final 37 laps.  McClatchie held Turner off in a drag race out of the final corner by just three feet to win the biggest race of his career.

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Spring Championships Decided at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday Night

$1,000-to-win Renegade 100 highlights Plattsburgh Ford/Aaron’s Night

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Weekly Saturday night stock car racing returns to Airborne Park Speedway on June 13 at 7:00 p.m. with a big event presented by Plattsburgh Ford and Aaron’s.  A 100-lap main event for the fan-favorite Key R-D Trailer Sales Renegade division highlights the program, which will also see four title winners crowned in the Yandow Sales & Service/John Deere Spring Championship Series.

The Spring Championship Series will crown an overall champion from the six-race bi-weekly early season NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule between Airborne Park Speedway and Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  Five drivers are mathematically alive for the Renegade title entering Saturday’s 100-lapper, though it will likely come down to a two-man battle.  Defending Airborne track champion Robert Gordon of Milton, VT has a narrow five-point lead on hometown driver Jason McClatchie (253-248) entering the $1,000-to-win Plattsburgh Ford/Aaron’s 100, with Dylan Rabtoy, Scott FitzGerald, and Richie Turner trailing.  A two-point declination between feature race positions and an opportunity to score as many as five bonus points in qualifying means that Gordon and McClatchie must keep each other in close quarters all night long.

As close as things are in the Renegades, they’re even tighter in the J&S Steel Modifieds. Greg Atkins of Clintonville, NY leads Vince Quenneville Jr. of Brandon, VT by a single point (242-241), meaning there are no guarantees until the checkered flag falls.  While the top two drivers have a comfortable advantage on the field, Leon Gonyo, Jason Durgan, Bucko Branham, Codie Aubin, and rookie Timex Morgan remain in the hunt.’ Continue reading ‘Spring Championships Decided at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday Night’

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.


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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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

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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Packed House Watches Heywood open Airborne Title Defense in Style

Therrien, Turner, Irwin capture opening night wins

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway played before a huge grandstand crowd to open its 62nd annual season of stock car racing on FedEx Ground Night on Saturday, May 2, and the hometown fans cheered their champion, Nick Heywood, to the biggest victory of his career.  The three-time defending champ in the J&S Steel Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere led every circuit of the 100-lap race, but his win was never guaranteed.

Heywood started on the pole position for the 21-car main event by virtue of a random draw of the top 12 qualifiers.  He and Greg Atkins stretched their legs in the first half of the race as the balance of the top 10 dazzled the crowd with constant passing.  Bucko Branham, Jason Durgan, and Codie Aubin each put on a show coming from the back of the field as veterans Leon Gonyo, Mike Wells, and Vince Quenneville Jr. mixed it up with rookies Danny Sullivan and Timex Morgan in a clean but physical battle.  Bids for Gonyo and Wells ended in mechanical failures and a flat tire eventually put an end to Sullivan’s notable debut.

Atkins was consistent, but Branham was Heywood’s biggest threat.  Branham gave up his ninth starting spot and nearly missed the start of the FedEx Ground 100 after changing a water pump at the last minute, and was forced to start last and thread his way through traffic.  Branham was running in second place and was virtually dead even with Heywood with a handful of laps remaining, but was bitten his own pre-race prophesy that fuel mileage would be a factor as his tank ran dry.

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Spring Championship Series Announced for Airborne Park, Devil’s Bowl Speedways

Yandow Sales & Service, John Deere partner with two NASCAR tracks for 2015 campaign

PLATTSBURGH, NY/WEST HAVEN, VT – Airborne Park Speedway and Devil’s Bowl Speedway have teamed up with Yandow Sales & Service of North Ferrisburgh, VT and John Deere in an exciting new partnership for the 2015 stock car racing season.  The two tracks will provide four divisions of racing in the locally-rebranded “NASCAR Whelen All-American Series presented by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere” and the season will begin with the new seven-event Spring Championship Series.

A new alternating weekly schedule introduced by the two speedways for the spring season will carry a $5,000 Spring Championship Series point fund provided by Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere.  The Spring Championship Series will run each Saturday night from May 2 to June 13, alternating between Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY and Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

“Airborne and Devil’s Bowl have gained a lot of new interest on both sides of Lake Champlain, and the spring schedule was designed to give people the opportunity to travel to both tracks on Saturday nights,” promoter Mike Bruno said.  “The weekly Friday-Saturday grind of the summer starts once school gets out in mid-June, and we wanted to give the race teams a little extra spending cash before that starts.  Yandow Sales & Service and John Deere stepping up to put the Spring Championship Series together will put some money in the racer’s pockets, and it’s an exciting program that will give the fans something extra to cheer for.”

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Valenti Modified Racing Series Season Preview

The postponed Bond Auto Parts Spring Dash 100 at Monadnock Speedway will host the Valenti Modified Racing Series season opener on May 2. It will be the first since 2006 that the series has opened their season at the New Hampshire quarter mile oval and where it started in April 2004. Kirk Alexander, the series winningest driver, will return to full-time competition. Reigning champion Justin Bonsignore and Art Barry will not defend their title, opting for weekly SK Modified racing at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway.

The 16 race schedule will visit Airborne Park (NY) Speedway, Beech Ridge (ME) Motor Speedway, Claremont (NH) Speedway, Devil’s Bowl (VT) Speedway, Lee USA (NH) Speedway, Monadnock (NH) Speedway, New London-Waterford (CT) Speedbowl, Oxford (ME) Plains Speedway, Seekonk (MA) Speedway, Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway, and Thompson (CT) Speedway Motorsports Park.

Stafford will host three races. Beech Ridge (August 1) Claremont (July 10) and Oxford (August 29, AIM Recycling Oxford 250 weekend) return, while Devil’s Bowl will be hosting its inaugural race July 24. The season finale is the World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson October 17.

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Strong “Middle” Group Aiming for the Stars at Airborne Park Speedway

LaFountain, Aubin, Frennier, Criss poised to emerge at front of Modified field

PLATTSBURGH, NY – A strong crop of up-and-coming Modified stock car drivers is in position to break through at the top at Airborne Park Speedway. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is set to open on Saturday, May 2, and North Country racers Jamie LaFountain, Codie Aubin, Jayson Criss, and Chris Frennier are poised to make a run at the championship contenders.

That foursome was sprinkled throughout the Top 10 rankings last year, and represents just part of a list of racers looking to climb from the middle to the top of the standings in the J&S Steel Modified class. They’ll face stout competition from veterans Leon Gonyo, Bucko Branham, Jason Durgan, and three-time champion Nick Heywood, but a combined seven main event wins proves that they’re able to run up front.

LaFountain, of Keeseville, NY, owns four victories since 2012 and ranked fifth overall last season in his #20 Marsha Homes/Bob’s Trucking-sponsored car. Hometown driver Aubin finished sixth in the standings after his second career win last May, and is ready to debut a new partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation on his #7 Casella-sponsored racer.

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Série ACT Gears Up for Airborne Triple Crown

Waterbury, VT — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Airborne Park Speedway have announced a new “Triple Crown” program for the Canada-based Série ACT Late Model Tour. The 2015 Triple Crown will offer point fund of more than $10,000 to Série ACT competitors for events held at the ½-mile oval in Plattsburgh, NY.

ACT will visit Airborne three times in 2015. The Série ACT season and the Triple Crown will kick off with the Spring Green 115 on Saturday night, May 16 as part of a combination event with the ACT U.S. Tour. The International 500 on Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 will be the Triple Crown’s second leg, with the ACT championship cars running a 200-lap open event in their half of the program. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Models will also run a 200-lap event that weekend.

The final event of the Triple Crown will be the 41st Fall Foliage 200 on Saturday, October 3. The Série ACT season finale is another combo event with the ACT U.S. Tour. The top Série ACT drivers for the three races will share in the point fund. Drivers must be Série ACT 100%’ers and attend all three Airborne events to be eligible for the fund.

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New Bonus Programs Announced for Airborne Park Speedway

Drivers to receive weekly awards for on-track performance

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The pot just got sweeter at Airborne Park Speedway. The Plattsburgh race track will offer competitors a stack of new contingency bonuses during the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season to increase total winnings for all four stock car racing classes.

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel has expanded on its “Hot Shoe Challenge” racing program to include Airborne. Winners in the J&S Steel Modified division will receive a $150 Lenny’s gift card for their first win of the season, while first-time Key R-D Trailer Sales Renegade winners will receive $100 gift cards and first-time Busch Beer Mini Modified winners will earn $50 gift cards. The “Hottest Shoe” – the driver with the most wins – grabs a cash bonus of $500 in the Modifieds, $250 in the Renegades, and $100 in the Mini Modifieds.

Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel will also help kick off the Airborne Park Speedway racing season by hosting a car show at its location on Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh on Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., just a few hours before the season-opening race.

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Branham Returns to Modified Division at Airborne Park Speedway

Track championship, NASCAR rookie title among hometown racer’s goals

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Bucko Branham, one of the North Country’s all-time winningest stock car drivers, is returning to top-tier competition at Airborne Park Speedway in 2015. The Plattsburgh, NY favorite and 2014 Late Model track champion is moving up for a full season in the J&S Steel Modified division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) and joins a growing list of racers headed to the premier class.

Among Branham’s 57 career victories at Airborne are six wins in open-wheel Modifieds. He’ll return to the class this year hoping to make a run at not only the track championship but also NWAAS Rookie of the Year honors. As a first-time NWAAS Division I license holder, Branham will be considered a rookie in the NASCAR program and hopes to follow the lead of reigning track champion Nick Heywood, who took both the National and New York State Rookie of the Year crowns in 2014.

Branham has acquired proven equipment for his Modified return, and will campaign a chassis driven to multiple victories by Jessey Mueller. Branham pulled double-duty in 2014, driving his own car in the Late Model division while serving as Mueller’s crew chief, and has an intimate knowledge of the chassis.

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Airborne Park Speedway Unveils 2015 Schedule

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Historic Airborne Park Speedway has released a lineup of 17 action-packed events for its 62nd season of stock car racing season in 2015. The racy 4/10-mile D-shaped asphalt oval will again host Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action, along with special events from some of the most recognizable short track racing organizations in North America.

An innovative approach was taken when building the 2015 schedule, and aims to give fans, families, and racing teams the ability to ease into the spring and summer on a bi-weekly basis before weekly Saturday night racing begins in June. The calendar was developed while working with other tracks and series in the region including partner track Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vermont.

The curtain opens on the four NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship divisions on Saturday night, May 2 with a 100-lap feature race for the headline J&S Steel Modified class, with Late Models, Renegades, and Mini Modifieds also on the card.

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Rookie Heywood Aces Airborne Test

Earns Track Title, National Rookie Of The Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s not every day that a competitor credits a racing accident as one of the key to his season’s success, but that is the case in 2014 for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year Nick Heywood.

Heywood totaled his car in the fourth feature of the season in the J&S Steel Sportsman Modified division at Airborne Park Speedway. It could have been a crucial blow for the two-time-defending track champ, but instead turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

“I don’t know if we found something in the car that wasn’t quite right when we tore it all apart and rebuilt it or what, but after that it was a rocket ship the rest of the year,” Heywood said.

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NASCAR Set to Honor Local Drivers in Charlotte

Devil’s Bowl, Airborne racers heading to black tie gala on December 12

CHARLOTTE, NC – Four local stock car drivers are headed to Charlotte, NC to be honored at the annual NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards on Friday, December 12.  Racers from Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT and Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will stand on stage at the NASCAR Hall of Fame as they collect track, state, and national honors for their performances in 2014.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) sanctions weekly stock car racing at 58 short tracks across the United States and Canada, including Airborne and Devil’s Bowl.  A common point system determines national, state, and provincial champions and award winners. Among the honorees are Division I national champion Anthony Anders of Easley, SC, runner-up Lee Pulliam of Semora, NC, third-place driver Keith Rocco of Wallingford, CT, and champions from all NASCAR tracks across North America.

Airborne Modified track champion Nick Heywood of Plattsburgh, NY leads the way for the North Country and will collect the NWAAS National Rookie of the Year presented by Jostens trophy.  As a first-year NWAAS Division I license holder, Heywood won five races at Airborne and had a successful limited schedule at Devil’s Bowl, earning enough points to beat Georgia’s Kyle Plott for the national title and fellow Airborne racer Mark Lamberton for the New York State award.  Heywood ranked 13th in overall national Division I standings, and his post-season NASCAR winnings total more than $12,000.

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Bruno Joins Airborne Park Speedway Ownership Group, Named General Manager

Partnership with Devil’s Bowl Speedway strengthens

PLATTSBURGH, NY – Airborne Park Speedway has taken another step toward the future, as Mike Bruno has joined the track’s business ownership group.  Bruno served as the Competition Director at Airborne in 2014 and will expand on that role moving forward; he has partnered with Jamie Atkins and Steve Fuller to form the ownership group.

Effective immediately, Bruno will take over day-to-day business operations as the track’s General Manager, while Atkins will step back from the daily operations and take on a support role.  Bruno co-owns and promotes Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Vermont with his wife, Alayne, and says that the two tracks will continue building on a partnership that began last season.

“I obviously have a deep interest in the success of Devil’s Bowl, but I also want to see Airborne thrive.  We made big strides this year and I’m excited for the future,” Bruno said.  “The two tracks share a lot of the same competitors and fans, and both are part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, so it just makes sense to take this next step.  Airborne has always been one of my home tracks and I’m just as committed to its growth as I am to Devil’s Bowl’s.”

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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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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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Bonsignore Claims Airborne Victory

PLATTSBURGH, NY — Justin Bonsignore of Islip NY added his name to the first time winners list with the Valenti Modified Racing Series on Sunday afternoon 9/7/2014. Entering race number 14 of the year, Bonsignore in the Art Barry owned SPAFCO sponsored number 21 has had 11 top 10 finishes, including five second-place runs going into the day. Bonsignore is seven points behind points leader Rowan Pennink of Huntingdon Valley PA, who came away from Airborne with a sixth place finish.

Still, it wasn’t one of the easiest days for Bonsignore who experienced a broken rack and pinion in a practice session. During the feature he lost power steering, had no radios and late in the race the car started shutting down. With all that he had Tommy Barrett Jr. of Millis MA stalking him for the last 10 laps.

In victory lane Justin said, “They played the game pretty well with saving their tires and we expected that. It was a long day. We had no power steering, no radios and with 10 to go I think the battery died. It (the car) would shut off half way down the straightaway. I hate to win them that way, but I had to run Tommy up each corner, it was my only chance. I thought I was running out of fuel and was just doing what I had to do to win the race. I’m glad to get the 21 to victory lane, it’s a legendary car. It’s been an awesome year, but to get the win for Art Barry and crew is really cool.” When asked about the track Justin said, “I wasn’t too excited to come all the way up here, but what a fun race track. Progressive banking is what I said Modifieds need to put on a good race, hopefully we can come back again.”

Because of the Saturday rainout, Barrett made a last-minute decision to haul to Airborne for the Sunday rain date and early on it looked like the decision was the wrong one. Starting towards the back of the feature and gradually falling to the rear, Tommy spun off turn two causing a yellow flag on lap 79. That allowed him to pit for adjustments. On his return, it took him only 11 laps to work his way into the runner-up spot behind Bonsignore, where he finished.

Barrett said, “The first 70 laps the car was pretty loose, we came in and tightened the car up, the guys did the right adjustments and we went to the front and Justin was able to keep me behind him. Racing for the win I would have done the same thing to him.” About the track, he said “Yea, I love this place, reminds me of a bigger Canaan, it’s fast and got the banking. Hopefully we will come back with the series.”

Chris Pasteryak of Lisbon, CT just keeps cranking out those steady and consistent finishes with a third place at the end of the 100 lap grind. The multi-time MRS champion was sitting third in the point standings prior to Airborne with 13 top 10 finishes out of 14 starts. Pasteryak came from his fourth place starting position to take over the lead from pole sitter Max Zachem on lap 32, but couldn’t hold off a determined Bonsignore. The #21 stalked Pasteryak for 36 laps before taking over the point on a lap 80 restart.

Pasternak said, “I had a pretty good day. Just a little free from the get-go and I figured I should lead some laps when I had the chance. What a place. I wish they could set this place just down the street from my house. It’s a blast to drive and it’s a lot of fun you can really race here.”

Pole sitter Max Zachem from Preston CT in the Lu-Mac’s Package Store/Dunleavy Truck Repair #20CT led the first 31 laps and finished a hard fought fourth.

Another driver who had an impressive run was Matthew Mead of Richmond NH. Having some tough luck in previous starts this year, Matt turned in a stellar performance driving the Fenton Family Auto sponsored, Ron Townson owned modified to a fifth place finish. Mead said, “It was a great race. This is a really cool place. Our times were decent all through the day. We weren’t the quickest, but the car felt strong the whole time. We had a great starting position that certainly helped. We had to put a rear clip on after Waterford and since then our times have been better and we’ve been fast everywhere. We just needed some luck today we got it.”

Heat winners were #25 – Rowan Pennink and #5CT. – Chris Pasteryak

Race – Airborne, VMRS 100.

Track – Airborne Park Speedway 0.500 miles.
Time of race – 37: 46.081.
Margin of victory – no margin of victory. Number 21 transponder went dead at end of race.
Best lap time – 16.077.
Best speed – 111.961.
Best lap. – 52 – Chris Bakaj.
Race results:
1. – 21 – Justin Bonsignore – Islip, NY.
2. – 9 – Tommy Barrett, Jr. – Millis, MA.
3. – 5 CT. – Chris Pasteryak – Lisbon, CT.
4. – 20 CT – Max Zachem – Preston, CT.
5. – 77 – Matthew Mead – Richmond, NH.
6. – 25 – Rowan Pennink – Huntingdon Valley, PA.
7. – 38 – Mike Willis Jr. – Grantham, NH.
8. – 50 – Carl Medieros Jr. – Westport, Ma.
9. – 53 – Norm Wrenn – Nashua, NH.
10. – 45 – Dan Meservey Jr. – Brewster, MA.
11 – 17 – Donnie Lashua – Canaan, NH
12 – 99 – Richard Savary – Canton, MA.
13. – 52 – Chris Bakaj – Colchester, CT
14 – 0 – Mike Holdridge – Madison, CT
15. – 44 – Jean Paul Cyr – Milton, VT
16. – 66 – Dylan Kopec – Palmer, MA
17 –2 – Jeff Malave – Manchester, CT

Sources: Jim Snape/

Bonsignore Grabs Airborne Checkers for First VMRS Win

Plattsburgh, New York — It took a visit to his native state to capture his first ever VMRS race. Justin Bonsignore did exactly that winning Sunday afternoon’s Valenti Modified Racing Series ‘Airborne 100’ at Plattsburgh, New York’s, Airborne Speedway.

Bonsignore, Holtsville, New York, started 3rd in a 17-car lineup, and dropped to fourth in the early going.

Pole sitter Max Zachem, of Preston, Connecticut, set the pace early leading the first 31-laps before turning the top position over to Chris Pasteryak, of Jewett City, Connecticut, who became the class of the field.

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Therrien Takes Surprise Northern Modified Challenge Series Win at Airborne

ACT Late Model Tour driver wins in first Modified start of season

SOUTH PLATTSBURGH, NY – Bobby Therrien gave the northeastern stock car racing world a bit of a surprise on Sunday afternoon by winning the 50-lap Northern Modified Challenge Series event at Airborne Park Speedway.  Typically a top performer in full-fender Late Models on the American-Canadian Tour, Therrien held off the field to win in his first open-wheel start of the season.

The Hinesburg, VT driver was busy on the day, and in fact won the first of two 25-lap races for the track’s Late Model division.  For the Northern Modified Challenge Series event, he strapped into a team car provided by NMCS regular Jamie LaFountain and started ninth by virtue of a random draw.  Therrien showed speed early in the race and was in third place when leader Leon Gonyo cut a tire and drew the caution flag at lap 20.

Therrien pounced at the restart, taking the lead from NMCS championship point leader Jessey Mueller and stretching out to a comfortable advantage.  As the laps ticked away, Airborne Park Speedway track champion Nick Heywood – crowned with his third consecutive title earlier in the day – caught Therrien from his 21st starting position.  Heywood made repeated attempts to take the lead, but Therrien’s No. 20X Bob’s Trucking/DMO Motors-sponsored PMC car held on for the victory.

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Forecast Moves VMRS Airborne Race to Sunday

Canaan, NH — A weekend weather forecast calling for showers and thunderstorms throughout the Northeast and in the Plattsburgh, NY, area Saturday afternoon and evening, forced Airborne Park Speedway operators to move Saturday’s race program, to a Sunday (Sept 7) afternoon card and a 1:00 pm start time.

Series President Jack Bateman announced Friday; pit area gates would open at 8:00 AM, with three hourly 15-minute practice sessions beginning at 10:00 AM.

The first qualifying heat race will go off at 1:00 PM, with the VMRS 100-lap feature scheduled first, with respect to drivers making return trips throughout New England, Long Island, NY, and Pennsylvania.

The point’s battle continues to be close with the 14th race of the season featuring reigning champion Rowan Pennink, of Huntingdon Valley, PA, only seven points in front of Holtsville, NY, hot-shoe Justin Bonsignore.

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Airborne VMRS Race Postponed to Sunday

Saturday’s event (Sept 6) at Airborne Park Speedway, Plattsburgh, NY, has been postponed because of the forecast, and re-scheduled to Sunday September 7.

Pits Gates open at 8 :00 AM
Post Time is 1:00 PM.

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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 ( 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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