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Change of Plans: Medeiros Enters Blastoff Weekend at Waterford

Carl Medeiros, Jr. is thankful for rain this weekend. The Westport, MA driver will be able to finish working on his Modified in time for practice at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday. He will enter the rescheduled Blastoff Weekend at Waterford Speedbowl on April 12-13.

Medeiros will drive his father’s #50 modified. SMG Motoring, Henry’s Diesel Performance and Just Your Way Screen Printing are supporting his rookie Valenti Modified Racing Series campaign. His father Carl Sr, uncle Jim, uncle Mark, Robbie, Keith, and Kevin are the crew members.

The team will pursue the Mr. Rooter Rookie of the Year Award in a former Kevin Stuart car. Medeiros is “just hoping to get (the) car in the show and at the end of the night roll the car in the trailer. Hopefully, (I can) capture that Rookie of the Year title.”

“(The) VMRS has a lot of good cars and a ton of good names, some of the best modified drivers in the northeast,” Medeiros said. “I’m just happy to say that I’m running with these guys.”

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Unique Cigs Teams with Airborne

Unique Cigs Inc. is proud to announce our partnering with Airborne Park Speedway NASCAR Home Track as the exclusive E-Cig retailer for the 2014 racing season. Unique Cigs has nine retail stores in New York in the following cities: Plattsburgh, Malone, Queensbury/Glens Falls, Watertown, Cicero, New Harford, Clay, Liverpool and Ithaca with more stores being added in 2014. Unique Cigs will be at Airborne Park Speedway NASCAR Home Track every night of racing and possibly other special events, with our new mobile retail trailer. Unique Cigs provides the highest quality products in the market today and our E-Liquid is of the finest in America. This liquid is 100% USA made, with U.S. Pharmaceutical Grade Ingredients & bottled in a FDA approved bottling plant.

We invite all adult smokers to stop by one of our stores or to our retail trailer and try a FREE sample. When using Unique Cigs there is no second or third hand smoke, no offensive smell, no carcinogens and no more bothering people around you while enjoying a night at the races.

We are very excited about the growth of Airborne Park Speedway NASCAR Home Track along with our up and coming night of racing on July 5th 2014, as we will help in making this night fun and entertaining.

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ISMA Adds Airborne Speedway to 2014 Schedule

Oswego, NY — It has just been announced that after ongoing negotiations ISMA will return to Airborne Speedway in 2014 after a couple years hiatus. The winged warriors of speed had visited the Plattsburgh, NY half-mile in 2010 and 2011 with Russ Wood taking the inaugural 50-lap feature event in 2010 and in 2011, the multi-talented Ted Christopher took home the Airborne trophy.

While some of the particulars are still being worked out as to the number of feature laps to be run, the date for the Airborne ISMA event will be Saturday, May 24th, the second date in the month of May with ISMA’s opener coming on May 4 at the Oswego Speedway.

After the newly added Airborne date, ISMA heads back to the Oswego Speedway for a June 7 appearance and then it’s on to a rugged two-day affair which takes the ISMA competitors to Oxford Plains, Maine on June 20th and then up into Quebec for a June 21 75 lapper at Autodrome Chaudiere.

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2014 NEMA & NEMA Lites Schedules Released

NEMA Schedule
# Date Track Site Winner
1 March 29-30  Sat-Sun  Day Race  Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT
2 May 24  Sat Night  Evans Mills Motorsports Park – Evans Mills, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
3 June 7 Sat Night Wiscasset Speedway – Wiscasset, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
4 June 21 Sat Night Monadnock Speedway – Winchester, NH Iron Mike Memorial
5 – June 28 Sat Night – Twin State Speedway – Claremont, NH-*
6 July 19 Sat Night Oxford Plains Speedway – Oxford, ME-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points
7 July 23 Weds Night-Seekonk Speedway – Seekonk, MA (Rain Date: July 24)
8 July 26 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Shane Hammond Memorial
9 – Aug 2 Sat Night – Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
10 Aug 9 Sat Night Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT Wings & Wheels
11 – Sept 13 Sat Night – Oswego Speedway – Oswego, NY-50 “Long Haul” Bonus Points *
12 Oct 4-5 Sat-Sun Day Race Waterford Speedbowl – Waterford, CT THE FINALE
13 Oct. 18-19 Sat-Sun Day Race Thompson Intl. Speedway – Thompson, CT
Nov. Sat. NEMA Banquet-White’s of Westport-Westport, MA-Save the Date!

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2014 ROC Modified Asphalt Modifid Tour Schedule Released

2014 RACE OF CHAMPIONS ASPHALT MODIFIED TOUR DATES
Date Site Location Lap
Sun. May 4th Chemung Speedrome Chemung, NY 75
Sat. May 10th Lancaster Speedway Buffalo, NY 75
Sun. May 18th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 75
Sat. May 24th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 75
Fri. June 6th Spencer Speedway Rochester, NY 75
Sat. July 5th Holland Speedway Holland, NY 100
Sun. July 27th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 75
Fri. Aug. 29th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 100
Sat. Sept. 6th Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 100
Sun. Sept. 14th Oswego Speedway Oswego, NY 200*
Sun. Sept. 21st Lancaster Speedway Buffalo, NY 100
Sun. Sept. 29th Shangri La II Speedway Tioga Center, NY 100

(Two additional dates likely to be added but could not be confirmed for release of this schedule).

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VMRS Debuts New Logo

VMRS2014LogoThe Valenti Modified Racing Series will have a new look for the upcoming season, according to Series Director Scott Tapley.

Bob Valenti Auto Mall of Mystic, CT has sponsored the Modified Racing Series since 2010. Valenti signed a three year agreement in 2011 for the title sponsorship. Series Founder and President Jack Bateman announced an extension at the awards banquet in November.

“Going into 2014, I’d like to announce that Valenti Auto Mall will continue to be our title sponsor with options for 15 and 16,” Bateman said. “Special thanks to Rob Valenti and his folks.”

The 2014 schedule has 16 races at seven tracks: Airborne, Lee USA, Monadnock, Seekonk, Stafford, Thompson and Waterford. The season opener is March 29-30 at Waterford Speedbowl.

For more information, visit ModifiedRacingSeries.com.

Sources: Nicholas Teto/YankeeRacer.com

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. Plans Waterford Run in 2014

Busy Season Ahead for Thompson Late Model Rookie of the Year

John Lowinski-Loh, Jr. of Milford, MA confirmed on Sunday that he would be competing at Waterford Speedbowl full-time in 2014. “(It’s) something new and (I) heard from my friend CJ Sherman on (Keith) Rocco’s team to come up, so I figured we will run a season,” Lowinski-Loh said.

He will return to Thompson Speedway for their seven events along with a “handful of Seekonk races and ACT Tour races.” Lowinski-Loh will enter the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model races at Airborne, Lee USA, New Hampshire, and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road. Additional races may be added.

With a year of Late Model experience, Lowinski-Loh is optimistic about next season. “(I’m) giving it everything I got,” Lowinski-Loh said. “2014 title at Thompson with wins, and wins at Waterford with a strong points finish; also win a few at Seekonk and a few tour races.”

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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ACT 2014 Schedule Released

Waterbury, VT — The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular ‘special’ events on the calendar.

The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. “It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.

The home of the ACT, Thunder Road International Speedbowl will host its only point counting event with the Merchants Bank 150 on opening weekend April 26-27. Next up will be the historic Spring Green 114 to be held at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, May 4. This will be the fourth opening day Spring Green event at the super fast ½ mile oval.

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ACT Serie Quebec 2014 Schedule Released

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a nine-race schedule for the Série ACT 2014 season. Entering the eighth (8th) year of championship stock car racing, both the opening ACT event to be held May 24, 2014 and the final event, September 14, 2014 will be held at the Autodrome Ste Eustache (ASE) outside of Montreal. ASE will also host a third event on July 05, 2014.

Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste. Croix, QC is the oldest affiliated track with ACT. Promoters Jean and Guilluame Bergeron host three events. Events will be held on May 31, 2014 and August 02, 2014. The spectacular 5/8th mile track that sits along the St. Lawrence River, just minutes from Quebec City, will also host the 5th annual Can-Am 200 on Saturday, August 23rd. The event will see the very best of the Quebec teams compete in a grueling 200 laps against the best of the ACT US teams.

Autodrome Montmagny will have an ACT event on June 07, 2014. The fast 1/3rd mile will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the traditional 250-lap race on August 30, 2014.

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2014 Valenti Modified Racing Series Schedule Announced

January 10-12 Northeast Motorsports Expo, Augusta, ME Car Show
February 7-8 Racer’s Expo, Marlborough, MA Car Show
February 8 Racer’s Expo, Marlborough, MA Annual Meeting
March 1-2 Frank Maratta’s Auto Show, Hartford, CT Car Show

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NEAR Introduces “Class Of 2013” At 16th Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

South Windsor, CT — On Sunday November 10, the New England Antique Racers (NEAR), presented the 16th annual New England Auto Racers Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Conducted at Manelley’s Banquet Hall in South Windsor, CT., the HOF celebrates literally hundreds of feature victories, championships, and untold contributions to the sport of auto racing within the New England region.

Instituted in 1998, the HOF now boasts membership of well-over 100 deserving individuals.

Opening comments by NEAR President Al Feeney along with a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner & God Bless America performed by past NEAR President Bob Seller and his wife began the day. Award-winning sportswriter Matt Buckler served as Master of Ceremonies.

Inducted this year were drivers Ralph Nason, Stan Meserve, Drew Fornoro, Bill Eldridge, Bob Sharp, Brian Ross, the late Bob Stefanik, and longtime car owner Ron Berndt.

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Airborne Begins New NASCAR Era in 2014

Historic Track Joins Whelen All-American Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR and Airborne Park Speedway announced today that the historic New York short track next year will be part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 2014.

Airborne Park Speedway, a unique .4-mile paved oval, is operated by Jamie Atkins and Mike Perrotte. It is located in the northeastern corner of New York in Plattsburgh, near Lake Champlain.

The addition of Airborne Park increases the number of NASCAR-sanctioned weekly short tracks in the Empire State to five. The track hosts Saturday night racing and will be marking its 61st year of operation in 2014.

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NEAR Hall of Famer Rene Charland Passes at 84

Rene Charland “Da Champ”: November 13, 1928 – September 30, 2013

Rene M Charland, legendary stock car driver who blazed numerous tracks from Canada to Florida passed away peacefully on Monday Sept 30 at the Wilkinson Residential Care Facility in Amsterdam, NY where he had resided for the past several years.

Mr Charland was born in Chicopee, MA on November 13, 1928 the son of Adelard and Noella Lamoureux Charland. After serving his time in the US Marines and Merchant Marines, Mr Charland resettled in the Chicopee area and later was a resident of Agawam, MA before locating to Upstate NY in the 1960’s. After returning from his act of duty in the service he tried on many masks, working for Remington Arms in Springfield, Ma and running his own speed shop and radio station before turning the throttle full bore on his racing career which began in 1947.

Rene was a 4-time Nascar National Sportsman Champion from 1962 thru 1965. He was one of the original Eastern Bandits that enjoyed tickling the skills of the drivers in the South. He was also a member of the AllStar League for many years. He was inducted into many Hall of Fames thru-out his life span; the New England Antique Racers(NEAR), Dirt Motorsports ,Riverside Park, Fonda Speedway, Utica-Rome and Albany-Saratogas as well as many more. He was named as one of Nascar’s Top 50 Drivers at Stafford Motor Speedway as well. His career wins exceeded 800, his track championships were numerous and covered many states in the country to achieve his records.

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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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ACT Fall Foliage 200 Schedule of Events

ACT Fall Foliage 200
Airborne Speedway – Plattsburgh, NY
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Schedule of Events
6:30am ACT Officials and tire compound setup
7:30am Pits Open
7:45am Tire Compound Opens (All three divisions)
8:00am Late Model Tech Opens
9:30am Renegade/Modified Tech Opens
10:00am Front Gate Opens
Late Model Practice

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American Racer Tire Choice of ACT Through 2019

Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that its tire of choice for the next six (6) years will be the American Racer brand from Race Tires America, located in Indiana, Pennsylvania. ACT and its affiliate tracks will change tire needs from Goodyear to the American Racer beginning with the 2014 season.

“We appreciate the many years of working with the Goodyear Racing Division. They have provided us with nearly a decade of service, and assisted us in the development of new products to meet our tire needs,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

American Race Tire has spent the past four months producing and testing a tire to meet the varied and heavy demand of supplying the Late Model teams in the large area which ACT covers.

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NEMA Adapts to Airborne

PLATTSBURGH, NY — The Northeastern Midget Association adapted well to Airborne Speedway despite an absence of 42 years. Russ Stoehr went on a turned a 14.810 on the half-mile en route to winning the first heat and then eventual feature John Zych Jr. posted a 14.581 in the second heat which was won by Todd Bertrand.

“A real driver’s track,” said Ian Cumens after winning the 25-lap Lites feature. It was a credit to NEMA’s ability to size up a new location.

The ”Meet-And-Great,” a innovation perfected this year by Bill Van Slyke, was especially impressive. At the urging of NEMA president Mike Scravani Jr. almost the entire group of drivers showed up to sign autographs, more, in fact, then there were seats. The addition of the Scrivani 21 and Mederios 50 was well received by the fans, especially the young ones. “People, especially kids, want to see the cars, touch them, sit in them,” said Scrivani.

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Cumens Romps to Lites Win

Plattsburgh, NY – No problems, a good night,” understated Ian Cumens after a dominating win in the 25-lap Northeastern Midget Association Lites 25-lap feature Saturday night at Airborne Speedway. Coming from fourth, Cumens (Seymour 9) had the lead by lap two and went on to a 14.242 advantage over runner-up Brandon Igo (Igo 45)at the finish.

Only a lap 19 restart hindered the romp, Cumens enjoying a straightaway lead when yellow showed. While the stoppage had little effect on Cumens’ run, it did result in a lot of passing over the final laps. Logan Rayvals (Rayvals 94) was third followed by Danny Cugini (Cugini 51) and point leader Carl Medeiros Jr.

The Lites return to action Aug. 9 at Lee USA Speedway’s Ollie Silva Memorial Summer Classic.

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NEMA’s Zych Flies at Airborne

Plattsburgh, NY — John Zych Jr. “came, saw and conquered” Saturday night, prevailing in the Northeastern Midget Association’s first visit to Airborne Speedway in 42 years. Grabbing the lead early, Zych ( Zych 9) survived a mid-race battle with Ian Cumens (Seymour29) to win the 25-lapper, his third checkered flag of the season.

A side-by-side battle with eventual runner-up Cumens, set in motion by a lap 14 restart, was the only real challenge for Zych who took the lead shortly after a lap four restart. Seth Carlson beat Russ Stoehr (Dumo’s Desire 45) in the battle for the final podium spot while Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47) edged Anthony Marvuglio (Bertrand 74) for fifth.

Moving into second on lap eight after a battle with Stoehr, Cumens was 10 car lengths behind Zych when the final yellow showed. Cumens, on the outside, made a serious challenge and hung out there for four laps before Zych finally got away coming out of four completing lap 18.

“The fact that [Cumens] stayed out there worried me,” admitted Zych, the point leader. “I couldn’t get to the outside and it disrupted my momentum. I knew I had to clear him on the bottom.”

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Saturday Night Updates

NASCAR WSMT: Ryan Preece won the Kevin Powell Motorsports 199 at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC over Burt Myers, Cole Powell, Danny Bohn, and Tim Brown. John Smith, Jeremy Gerstner, Luke Fleming, Gary Putnam, and Andy Seuss rounded out the top-10. This is Preece’s first career NASCAR WSMT win.

NEMA: John Zych, Jr. of Mendon, MA won the 25-lap NEMA Midget race by 1.7 seconds over Ian Cumens, Seth Carlson, Russ Stoehr and Randy Cabral completed the top-5. Anthony Marvuglio, Bethany Stoehr, Joey Payne, Phil DiMario and Paul Scally rounded out the top-10. This was the first NEMA race at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY since 1971 (Jerry Wall).

NEMA Lites: In the companion 25-lap feature at Airborne, Ian Cumens claimed the win over Brandon Igo, Logan Rayvals, Danny Cugini and Carl Medeiros.  Avery Stoehr, Meg Cugini, Anthony Payne, Kenney Johnson and Richie Morrocco rounded out the top-10. This was the inaugural NEMA Lites race at Airborne.

VMRS at Beech Ridge: Steven Masse of Bellingham, MA won the 100-lap Valenti Modified Racing Series feature over Anthony Nocella and Chris Pasteryak. The race was run in 31 minutes with one caution.

Waterford: Diego Monahan won the SK Modified feature over Keith Rocco, Todd Ceravolo, Ted Christopher, and Joe Gada. Robert Janovic Jr., Jeffrey Gallup, Craig Lutz, Ed Puleo, Kyle James rounded out the top-10.

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NEMA Points Tight Heading to Airborne

Brockton, MA – A mere five points separates point leader John Zych Jr. and defending champion Randy as the Northeastern Midget Association visits Airborne Speedway Saturday night. The championship battle is sizing up as one of the most intense in years.

Carl Medeiros Jr. has a comfortable but hardly insurmountable 131-point lead atop the Lites standings. There are only six points, however, between second and fourth place – Danny Cugini, Avery Stoehr and Andy Barrows.

Both NEMA and the Lites will challenge the Airborne Speedway half-mile for the first time since 1971 when Jerry Wall and the legendary “yellowjacket” prevailed.

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NEMA Returns to Airborne Speedway on August 3

Marvuglio & Bertrand Motorsports Seek Back-to-Back Wins

Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY will host the NEMA Midgets and NEMA Lites on Saturday night, August 3. Ending a four-decade hiatus, this will be the third NEMA event at the progressively-banked, 4/10-mile oval. A pair of NEAR Hall of Famers showed the way on July 20, 1968. Dave Humphrey won the inaugural race in the #1 Pascale Offy over George Monsen and Ronnie Evans. NEMA made another appearance on August 7, 1971 with Jerry Wall and his #5 Yellowjacket Chevy V-4 taking the victory over the late Don Keller and Butch Walsh.

Fresh off his first win of the season at Waterford, Anthony Marvugilo will drive the Bertrand #74 once again. “(I’m) just looking forward to going back to a big track,” Marvuglio said. “I feel like I can excel there. The bigger the track, the better. I’ve heard it’s the nicest track and I’m looking forward to bringing the #74 back to the front, where I have to start in the back because I won the last race. But the main thing is to keep the car in one piece, have fun and let this track be a great learning experience.”

“I love new tracks,” car owner Tim Bertand said. “We are extremely on our game with setups – and can adapt very quickly. I like new tracks better than old ones!”

“From the videos I have watched – it looks like a cross between Oswego and Stafford with a little more banking,” Bertand said. “We’re going to shoot for a set up in between.”

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NEMA Challenge at Airborne

Brockton, MA — Although the Northeastern Midget Association has been there before (42 years ago), Saturday night’s host Airborne Speedway is brand new territory. Both NEMA and the NEMA Lites will challenge the Plattsburgh, NY half mile.

NEMA’s last visit to Airborne was 1971 when Jerry Wall drove the iconic yellow jacket to victory. It will be the third visit over all, Dave Humphrey winning in 1968.

Even Greg Stoehr, who ran Late Models at Airborne two decades ago, sees it as a new challenge.

Last week’s winner Anthony Marvuglio, back in the Bertrand 74, leads the assault on Airborne. His teammates Randy Cabral and Todd Bertrand, point leader John Zych Jr., Seth Carlson, Paul Scally and rookies Jim Chambers and Ian Cumens are all contenders.

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Eddie MacDonald Runs Third in ACT Race at Airborne Speedway

Eddie MacDonald survived the grueling ACT International 500 in Plattsburgh, N.Y. in the American Canadian Tour’s inaugural event nosing out Booby Therrien at the line on the final lap for fourth place in the final segment to vault the veteran racer into a third place overall finish. The two day event on the half mile oval in upstate New York culminated with three segments on Sunday for 100 laps each with 40 cars taking the first green flag.

Eddie Mac ran fourth, fifth, and fourth in the Hancock Electric sponsored Chevy in the three segments for a combined score of 13, good enough for third place behind ACT‘s dominant performers in winner Joey Pole and runner-up Brian Hoar. The Freddie Peterson owned Chevy came from a tenth starting position in the heat to nip Brent Dragon at the line to advance to the feature with a +4 rating. The long time K&N Pro Series East and part-time ACT driver took the green flag in the fifth spot in the first 100 lap segment. The field would be inverted in each of the final two segments.

“We are very happy to finish third in this race against such great competition,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “We had been struggling with this car for some time but after our second place run in the ACT race at Star Speedway, Rollie and I decided last week to run here. We have not done well here the last two races but we thought we found something and we did. We were not as good as Joey and Brian but we were pretty good. It was a tough grind today with practice, the heat, and the three segments but it was all worth it in the end. To finish third overall is a credit to Rollie and the crew for all their hard work. I am happy for Freddie and his wife Sheila for hanging in there with us.”

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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Captures ACT International 500 Win

Plattsburgh, NY – Joey Polewarczyk Jr. of Hudson, NH, still looking uphill at the $25,000 ACT International 500 winner’s prize as the end of the 300-lap race neared, passed Patrick Laperle with 15 laps remaining to win the inaugural event before one of the largest crowds in Airborne Speedway history Sunday, July 21.

Polewarczyk Jr. outpointed 8-time ACT champion Brian Hoar by winning the first two 100-lap segments of the 300-lap event with Hoar close behind in 2nd place both times.

When Hoar took command halfway through the final segment and went on to win it, Polewarczyk Jr. needed to finish 2nd to win the overall event. With 30 laps remaining, Polewarczyk trailed second-place Patrick Laperle by six car-lengths. The final event points totals were Polewarczyk 4 points (1-1-2) to Hoar’s 5 points (2-2-1).

“It’s a very humbling feeling to win such a prestigious event,” Joey Pole said. “There’s only going to be one inaugural ACT 500 ever. It’s a helluva payday! I really had to hustle the car to get by Laperle. I could see he was getting free off the turns and I knew I really had to go.”

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ACT International 500 Pit Notes

The American Canadian Tour Late Models ascended on Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY for a day of practice on Saturday, July 20. A total of 46 Late Model teams took advantage of the practice session in anticipation of the Inaugural ACT International 500 scheduled for Sunday, July 21.

Quebec’s Jonathan Bouvrette led a strong contingent of Série ACT competitors and the rest of the field with the fastest time of the day with a 17.054 in the third and final practice session. Fellow Quebecer’s Alex Labbe, Patrick Laperle, Jean-François Déry and David Michaud spent time at the top of the speed charts.

Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar paced the early practice session followed by two-time Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet. 2013 ACT winner Jimmy Hebert was also quick along with current ACT point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Fellow ACT regulars Chip Grenier, Rowland Robinson, Jr., Bobby Therrien and Ben Lynch posted solid times.

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Powerful Série ACT Teams Enter ‘500’

ACT International 500

The popular Quebec Série ACT has a powerhouse of veteran talent who have entered this weekend’s inaugural ACT International 500 to be held at Airborne Raceway in Plattsburgh, NY.

Three-time champion Patrick Laperle from Montreal and two-time Série champion Donald Theetge from Quebec City lead a solid contingent of winners into the $140,000.00 International 500 weekend. Theetge has the Série all-time record for the most wins with 20, and Laperle is close behind with 17 wins to his credit.

“The team is ready to head to Plattsburgh. We will do everything we can to win the $25,000 dollar first place prize. This is the kind of race I like, it puts pressure on the team to prepare the car after each segment, and it puts pressure on me to race as hard as I can. I look forward to going back to the track where I started my career”, said Laperle.

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ACT Champion Patrick Laperle Enters ACT International 500

Patrick Laperle from St. Denis, QC has confirmed his entry in the American Canadian Tour (ACT) 500 event scheduled for Sunday, July 21 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.

Laperle is a 4 time ACT Champion, with titles in the Serie ACT in 2007, 2011 and 2012. Laperle also won the US ACT title in 2008.

“My team is coming to Plattsburgh to win the $25,000.00 dollar first prize,” said Laperle. Laperle credited his legion of Quebec fans in helping the 91QC team’s decision to race in the International 500.

Laperle is considered one of the top racers in the Northeast. The team is one of a few select teams to run the legendary Jr. Hanley prepared chassis. Hanley is a former ACT Champion.

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ACT International 500 Full of Rivalries

Over $140,000 in Posted Awards Brings Out the Best

Waterbury, VT – Veteran teams from both sides of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) racing borders are being challenged by dynamic young teams in 2013. The ACT International 500, which will be held at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY the weekend of July 20/21 will re-establish old rivalries between the US and Canada, and new rivalries between veteran favorites and brash new-comers from both the US and Quebec-based ACT organizations.

Leading the US veterans to the richest race in the history of ACT is a long list of Champions. Defending and current point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. from Dover, NH, and eight (8) time ACT champion Brian Hoar, Williston, VT will return to competition. The hottest driver currently on the US Tour, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH, is the youngest of the veterans to enter the mid-summer event. Three-time Airborne ACT Champion Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, and Barre Vermont’s favorite son, and reigning “King of the Road’’ at Thunder Road Speedbowl, Nick Sweet are just a few of the veterans who will look to win the posted $25,000 winner’s share of the rich one day event.

One of the biggest surprises of the year is ACT Série competitor Patrick Cliche from St-Jean-Chrysostome, QC. Cliche has charged to the front of the 2013 Série in Quebec to challenge for wins in both events contested. Cliche has led the most laps at the Circuit Riverside Speedway event earlier this Spring, and in the recent 250 lap event at Autodrome Montmagny outside Quebec City. Cliche joins ACT Quebec veterans Donald Theetge and Jean François Déry who have each scored wins in the first two events of the early season.

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