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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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Barrett Consistent at NHMS

First Driver Since 2006 to Post Top 10s in First 2 Starts

LOUDON, NH — NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour rookie Tommy Barrett, Jr. finished ninth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 was his first race since winning at Bristol Motor Speedway and his fourth top 10 in the last six races.

The Millis, MA driver is the first since 2006 (James Civali) and ninth driver to record top 10 finishes in his first two starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Barrett finished seventh in July in the No. 22 Canto Paving/Ferguson Waterworks Chevrolet for Christopher Our.

Four of the drivers participated in the first Modified race in 1990: Mike Stefanik, Mike McLaughlin, Reggie Ruggiero and Satch Worley. Jerry Marquis (1996), John Blewett, III (1997-98) and Todd Szegedy (2002) were the next three examples. The most recent driver was James Civali, who had the best average finish since Stefanik and McLaughlin in the first two races there.

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Refocusing Brings Magic Mile Victory

In what has been a season about refocusing their racing program Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Bruce Bernhardt led Team put an exclamation point on their 2014 season with arguably the biggest win of Helliwell’s career on Saturday.

Rocketing from his 16th starting spot in the 6th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational, Helliwell was 8th by lap-4, 3rd by lap-10 and the leader by lap-16. Fighting off multiple restarts from Canadian ace Patrick Laperle, it was darkness that ended the event 6-laps from its scheduled distance with an extended red flag on lap-44 and the lack of lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway brought the Ekeys-4-Cars, Butler MacMaster Ford Fusion to victory lane.

The win was Helliwell’s second of the year in ACT competition; but more so a rebound after leading 111 of the 200 laps north of the border in August; sidelined with steering failure while leading with 20 laps remaining in the Cam-Am 200.
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Burton Rallies to Finish 12th at the Magic Mile

Jeb Burton
No. 13 Estes Express Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – UNOH 175 Recap
Race No. 16 of 22

Stats:
Started: 15th
Finished: 12th
Laps: 175/175
Status: Running
Driver Points: 9th (-111)
Owner Points: 12th (-111)

Loudon, NH (September 20, 2014) – Making his track debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Jeb Burton, driver of the No. 13 Estes Toyota Tundra, rallied back from a lap down, in the 19th position, to finish 12th in Saturday afternoon’s UNOH 175.

Starting 15th, Burton complained of a “tight” Toyota Tundra in the early stages of the 175-lap event and fell as far back as 19th, one lap down to the race leader before coming to pit road for a scheduled stop under green at lap 71 for four tires and fuel, including a chassis adjustment to aid in the handling. Burton maintained a position inside the top-20 until the race’s first caution flag was displayed at lap 102 for an accident in Turn 4. Crew chief Jeriod Prince made a race changing call when he opted to keep the Estes driver out on the race track to take the wave around, ultimately getting Burton back on the lead lap for the lap 106 restart.

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Sauter Finishes a Track-Best Fourth at Loudon

Johnny Sauter
No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – UNOH 175 Recap
Race No. 16 of 22
Stats:
Started: 18th
Finished: 4th
Laps: 175/175
Status: Running
Driver Points: 2nd (-7)
Owner Points: 2nd (-7)

Loudon, NH (Sept. 20, 2014) – Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/CURB Records Toyota Tundra, continued his rock solid record at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Saturday, finishing fourth in the 17th annual  UNOH 175. The top-five result marked the ThorSport Racing driver’s track-best finish in four starts at the 1.058-mile oval.

Starting 18th, Sauter worked his way into the top-10 by lap 40 complaining of a “free on entry, tight on exit” Tundra. Crew chief Jeff Hensley brought the ThorSport Racing driver to pit road under green at lap 61 and under the race’s first caution at lap 102 for four tires, fuel, and chassis adjustments to aid in the handling. Maintaining a position inside the top-10, Sauter continued to complain of being, “too tight on entry, and plowing like a dump truck.” Hensley brought the No. 98 machine to pit road for their final stop under the race’s second caution flag at lap 147 for four tires, fuel, and another round of adjustments.

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Crafton Finishes Third at Loudon – Extends Point Lead

Matt Crafton
No. 88 Slim Jim/Menards Toyota Tundra
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – UNOH 175 Recap
Race No. 16 of 22
Stats:
Started: 30th
Finished: 3rd
Laps: 175/175
Status: Running
Driver Points: 1st (+7)
Owner Points: 1st (+7)

Loudon, NH (Sept. 20, 2014) – In pure championship fashion, Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Slim Jim/Menards Toyota Tundra, overcame a 30th-place qualifying result to take the lead in the closing stages of the race before ultimately  crossing the stripe third in the 17th annual UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. This was the reigning champion’s track-best finish in 12 starts at the “Magic Mile.” The solid run allowed the ThorSport Racing driver to extend his lead over second-place Johnny Sauter in his quest to be the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver to win back-to-back championships.

Starting last due to an electrical problem in qualifying, Crafton worked his way into the 12th position by lap 10 and was sitting comfortably inside the top-10 by lap 20, battling a Toyota Tundra that was, “free, but a good free.” Crew chief Carl “Junior” Joiner called the No. 88 machine to pit road for scheduled stops under green at lap 68 and under caution at lap 102 for four tires and fuel. Running consistently inside the top-five, Crafton was scored a race-high third when the second caution flag was displayed at lap 147 for an accident in Turn 4. Joiner made the call to bring the Menards Tundra to pit road for right side tires and fuel only, while some trucks opted for four tires.

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Two-time ACT Champ Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Wins Bond Invitational

Loudon, NH – Two-time American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. claimed the win in the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Saturday, September 20. The race was called complete on lap 44 due to darkness.

“Unbelievable!” said Helliwell in the post-race press conference. “To be honest, I always have high hopes. We had a good car after practice. I’ve been under the weather the last couple weeks and it’s great to come back like this. Unbelievable!” he continued.

The 43 car field provided three and four wide action for the majority of the scheduled 50 lap event before being called on lap 44. Helliwell marched from his 16th starting position to take the lead on lap 16 from Turner, ME’s Glen Luce, who led the first 15 laps. Helliwell had to hold off Montreal, QC’s Patrick Laperle through the final four cautions of the event.

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Twice is Nice in 2014 for Pitkat

Survives Green-White-Checkered Finish To Secure Second Victory

LOUDON, N.H. – Woody Pitkat held off Todd Szegedy on a green-white-checkered finish to earn his second NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour victory in Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Two late cautions set up the dramatic finish. Contact between Doug Coby and Ryan Newman set the scene for the first green-white-checkered attempt, and on the restart lap, a six-car accident at the exit of Turn 2 resulted in a 20-minute red flag.

The down time had race leader Pitkat contemplating how things might play out in his No. 88 Buzz Chew Chevrolet/Elbow East Chevrolet.

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Stearns & Packard to Lead 6th Bond ACT Invitational to Green

Loudon, NH – For the second consecutive year, Auburn, Maine’s Travis Stearns will lead the 43-car Bond ACT Invitational field to green at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Saturday, September 20. East Montpelier, Vermont’s Emily Packard will start to his outside in the front row of the star-studded field. Glen Luce of Turner, Maine, Larry Gelinas of Buxton, Maine and Brandon Atkins of Au Sable Forks, New York will all start in the top five.

The American Canadian Tour Late Models completed their morning practice session with only a few issues on Saturday. Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, Vermont suffered a broken rocker arm in his motor and only completed four laps of practice. Guy Caron of Lempster, New Hampshire broke a transmission but still managed a top ten time in practice. Both teams have made the necessary repairs and will be ready for the green flag this afternoon.

The province of Quebec leads the way in the speed charts with Martin Latulippe of Vallee-Jonction and Patrick Laperle of Montreal setting the two fast times of the session. Luce, Tom Carey, Jr. of New Salem, Massachusetts, and 2014 Serie ACT Champion Alex Labbe of Quebec City, Quebec completed the top five fast times. New Hampshire drivers Aaron Fellows and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. were next, followed by Chip Grenier of Graniteville, Vermont, pole sitter Stearns and Caron.

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QUALIFYING: Newman On Point at NHMS

Captured Whelen Modified Coors Light Pole For F.W. Webb 100

LOUDON, N.H. – Ryan Newman earned his fifth career Coors Light Pole Award in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour competition Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Newman, from South Bend, Indiana, posted a fast lap of 29.067 seconds (131.035 mph) to capture the F.W. Webb 100 pole for the second year in a row. All five of his Whelen Modified poles have been earned across 12 starts at the 1.058-mile Loudon oval.

Ron Silk will join Newman on the front row Saturday after his fast lap of 29.136 (130.725) qualified second. July NHMS winner Bobby Santos was third-fastest at 29.193 (130.470).

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Pennink Returns at NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Rowan Pennink will return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the F.W. Webb 100 Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Pennink skipped the most recent race at Bristol Motor Speedway, while Riverhead Raceway was rained out. It will be his first start for the No. 93 Monk Mechanics Hand Cleaner Chevrolet since Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in August.

“We’ve been struggling a little bit with the 93, so we’re going to take Bristol off,” Pennink said last month. “….We’ll be back for some races at the end of the year.”

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PRACTICE: Santos Fast in Sweep Bid

Led F.W. Webb 100 Final Practice At New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. – Only six drivers in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour history have pulled off a season sweep of events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bobby Santos is looking to change that.

Santos, from Franklin, Massachusetts, posted a fast lap of 29.006 seconds (131.311 mph) in Friday’s final session to lead all entrants for Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100.

A victor at NHMS in July, Santos will look to become the first driver to pull off the Loudon season sweep since Ryan Newman in 2010.

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Sauter Among the Best at NHMS

LOUDON, NH – Johnny Sauter of Necedah, WI enters the UNOH 175 five points behind teammate Matt Crafton. Sauter has the best average finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with 5.6 in three starts.

“It’s just a cool racetrack, reminds me of a short track or a couple of different short tracks that I used to race on up in the Midwest,” Sauter said. “It’s just good atmosphere here. I like this part of the country and it’s just a racetrack that I’ve taken a liking to for whatever reason and seem to run well here. So I think it helps when you like a racetrack, so that probably the biggest part of it.”

“It reminds me of St. Louis (Gateway) a little bit,” Sauter said. “Turn one and two there is kind of similar here. This is a little bit unique all unto itself because it’s got a couple of little bumps that you run across getting into the corner. With the truck you almost drive right past them, so it’s kind of a different feeling, but the turns are tight here. You use a lot of brake and turning is just really important here. It’s gotta roll the middle of the corner and if it won’t do that then you’re in big trouble.”

This is the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the 1.058 mile oval since 2011. The series ran 25 races annually between 2003 and 2011, but has dropped to 22 since 2012. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Eldora were new additions last season. Gateway also returned for this year. Seven tracks under 1.5 miles have stopped running the series since 2008: Mansfield (2008), Memphis (2009), Milwaukee (2009), Darlington (2011), Lucas Oil (2011), Nashville (2011) and Rockingham (2013).

“I think it’s everything,” Sauter said. “…I suspect we’ll have a really good crowd here and I think that’s one thing the truck series is lacking is short tracks. Some of those bigger tracks are fun don’t get me wrong, but this is what reminds me of the truck series is short track racing and I think a lot of people would agree with that. So I was happier than anybody that they put it back on the schedule I think this is a step in the right direction and hopefully it leads to us getting a couple of more.”

Sauter was seventh fastest in the first practice session at 29.240/130.260. Sauter drives the No. 98 Nextant Aerospace/Curb Records Toyota for ThorSport Racing.

“We just need to work on turning ability,” Sauter said. “Like we talked about a little bit ago, you’ve got be able to roll the middle here or it’s going to be a long day. We fought some problems with some stuff. We found some speed and then we kind of got off track a little bit and we were able to put it back and get close to speeds that we ran earlier so having said all that, I think if we do everything right well be in good shape.”

Sauter is focused on improving his performance instead of the championship the rest of this year.
“We’re going to run as best we can and if it works it works,” Sauter said. “If it doesn’t it doesn’t. I think we just got to out there and ultimately I think we need to try and win at least another race or two before the end of the year.”

Sauter called track position “super crucial” for any track. Passing is more difficult due to the depth of competition and similar speeds. “There for a minute you had everybody in the top five within a couple hundredths of each other and that means that their trucks equally or almost as equally as fast as the next guy,” Sauter added.

The series has never had a repeat champion in 19 seasons. Teammate Matt Crafton has seven races remaining to hold the points lead. Sauter called the prospect a “huge accomplishment” if the No. 88 Slim Jim/Menards Toyota can get there. Sauter pointed to the duration of two seasons (44 races under the current schedule) and the variables in racing.

“That’s a long time for a lot of things to go right and I think if you talk to any champion I think they’ll agree that they just you obviously have to run good and all that, but there’s certain elements of this that you can’t control especially in motorsports or racing in general,” Sauter said. “Sometimes you just have to have a little bit of luck on your side and it’s hard to get lucky… it’s hard to put it all together.”

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon (1PM EST) for the UNOH 175.

Sources: Nicholas Teto/YankeeRacer.com

Gilliland Heads for the Fast Lane with Clean Harbors

Boston-Based Company Goes Racing at Loudon on No. 38 Ford

STATESVILLE, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 – David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 Clean Harbors Ford, comments on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:

“We’re excited to have Clean Harbors on our No. 38 Ford for the first time. They’re based nearby in Boston so this will be a home race for them. Their Safety-Kleen Company has provided services to Front Row Motorsports for nine years and they’ve been a NASCAR service partner for over 20 years, so they’re certainly no stranger to our team or to the sport.

“Loudon is always a challenging racetrack. Our team tested up there recently, so hopefully we can take some of that information and put it to use for this weekend. It’s a tough track. Just the lack of banking is the biggest thing. And the banking it does have in the corners is not continuous from the bottom to the top. So there are specific lanes you have to run in, and that makes it very difficult to pass. You’ve got to have all four tires in a specific lane or it just doesn’t really work. But our test information should really help us get a leg up on it.”

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Whelen Mod Stat Advance: New Hampshire

Analyzing The F.W. Webb 100 At NHMS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Saturday’s F.W. Webb 100 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Below is a statistical look at the performance of tour and selected drivers at the track:

F.W. Webb 100 Setup:
• Championship points leader Doug Coby is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in all 10 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events this year. He won the F.W. Webb 100 in 2012 and the team he now drives for, the No. 2 of MSIII Racing, took the checkered flag last year with Todd Szegedy behind the wheel.

• Justin Bonsignore is just four tallies behind Coby in the standings. He already has a career-high three victories this year, and will be in search of his first win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday.
• Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher enter the week tied for the NHMS track wins record with 10 apiece. Stefanik has eight in NWMT action and two from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East while Christopher’s are divided equally between the two series.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the SYLVANIA 300

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 15, 2014) – Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire going into the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 21. ESPN’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. (ET) and the race is scheduled for 2 p.m.

NEW HAMPSHIRE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
1 – Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford)
• Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 103.8
2014 Rundown
• Five wins, 12 top fives, 14 top 10s; four poles
• Average finish of 13.0
• Led 21 races for 1,340 laps
New Hampshire Motor Speedway Outlook:
• One win, four top fives, six top 10s; two poles
• Average finish of 11.4 in 10 races
• Average Running Position of 13.6, 12th-best
• Driver Rating of 93.8, ninth-best

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: NHMS

Bonsignore Confident In Contending For NHMS Checkers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship contender Justin Bonsignore will look to make the most of lost opportunities by taking advantage of those that could be ahead of him this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Just four tallies behind points leader Doug Coby with the season winding down, Bonsignore lost a valuable opportunity to make a push for the lead when last week’s event at Riverhead Raceway was cancelled due to rain. Bonsignore possessed a decided statistical advantage on Coby at the Long Island bullring – his home track where he posted his first Whelen Modified Tour win and raced to a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title just three years ago.

But at the tight quarter-mile where a good day can go bad quickly, Bonsignore is taking a glass-half-full approach to the cancellation.

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Whelen Modified Tour News & Notes: NHMS

Bonsignore Confident In Contending For NHMS Checkers

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship contender Justin Bonsignore will look to make the most of lost opportunities by taking advantage of those that could be ahead of him this week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Just four tallies behind points leader Doug Coby with the season winding down, Bonsignore lost a valuable opportunity to make a push for the lead when last week’s event at Riverhead Raceway was cancelled due to rain. Bonsignore possessed a decided statistical advantage on Coby at the Long Island bullring – his home track where he posted his first Whelen Modified Tour win and raced to a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track title just three years ago.

But at the tight quarter-mile where a good day can go bad quickly, Bonsignore is taking a glass-half-full approach to the cancellation.

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Act’s New Breed Looks to Upset Veterans at NHMS Invitational

Includes Full Bond ACT Invitational Roster

Waterbury, VT – The starting field for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) on Saturday, September 20, 2014 has been set. The sixth edition of the event will have the American Canadian Tour (ACT) introducing fans to a promising future for regional Late Model short track stock car racing. Veteran champions and former NHMS winners Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA; Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH; Ray Parent, Tiverton, RI; and Brian Hoar, Williston, VT have all won events at the “Magic Mile”. This year there are lots of young emerging stars who will challenge the veterans.

Top ten point chasers who are looking to make a statement at the Bond Auto ACT Invitational include two Vermont drivers, Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown and 18 year-old Emily Packard, E. Montpelier. Hebert already has two ACT wins with an opening event at Lee USA Speedway in 2013 and a win at the 7/8ths mile Sanair Speedway, outside Montreal, Quebec. He was also second-fastest of the thirty-five (35) cars participating in the recent test and tune session at NHMS. Packard may have more laps in 2014 than any other competitor in the field entering the Invitational. She has raced a full schedule on the ACT US and is currently 5th in points, less than 10 points out of second place. She also has maintained full-time weekly schedules at both Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl in Barre, VT and Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

The State of Maine sends two drivers to the annual event with Rowland Robinson, Jr. from “Downeast” Steuben and Ben Ashline from Pittston. Robinson’s family team has found consistency in the 2014 season and this will be the #28ME team’s third Invitational. Ben Ashline has been the surprise of the 2014 season. After sitting out over a year and a half from racing due to non-racing injury, the Ashline team has been fast, and brought home consistent top finishes all season.

Veteran Joey Pole said, “This is always one of the most fun races to be involved with. Not only is it in my home state, and I have lots of friends and family there, but it really is like no other race we run all year. ACT has a starting system that makes teams like ours sweat it out all day. We try to figure out what we should do to come from what usually is in the mid twenties on the starting grid in order to try and win in just 50 laps. We usually end up throwing the playbook out the window and just put the right pedal on the floor and hang on!”

Two young Quebec stars have experience and talent to challenge the former winners and ACT Champions. Alex Labbe, driving the Larue Industrial Ford out of Quebec City, has risen to become another in a long line of favorites for an enthusiastic Quebec fan base. Labbe will lock up his first ACT title at the Autodrome Ste. Eustache 200 on Sunday, September 14, 2014 just by showing up. He was at the top of the speed charts throughout the NHMS test and tune day. The potent Larue team won two events during the championship run this season. Dany Trepanier is another of the fast Quebec teams with experience in the Bond Auto ACT Invitational. He won an event this season at the Autodrome Ste. Eustache (ASE), and currently sits just five points out of second place in the ACT Quebec Series, going into the final event of the year in a return visit to ASE.

Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour said, “I think the great strength of our ACT system is that the program seems to introduce new and talented young teams every season., As we look to the future this is good for ACT and especially good for regional racing, both weekly and touring. The field of 43 teams we have assembled for the Invitational this year is the most diverse to attend over the past six years. It should be exciting.

The 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational will be part of a sensational triple-header Saturday at NHMS. Forty-three (43) ACT teams will join the NASCAR Modified and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Post time is 1:00 following the final NASCAR Sprint Cup practice. The ACT 50 mile event will post at 5:00pm.

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

6th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Driver Roster
Car # Driver Hometown
3VT Ricky Roberts Washington, VT
4NY Brandon Atkins Au Sable Forks, NY
5RI Richard Staskowski Hope Valley, RI
7ME Glen Luce Turner, ME
8NH Guy Caron Lempster, NH
9ME Emily Packard East Montpelier, VT
9MA Brian Tagg Oxford, MA
9NH Kyle Welch Newport, NH
9VT Chip Grenier Graniteville, VT
10MA John Falconi Oakham, MA
10VT Josh Demers Middlesex, VT
11NH Brett Gervais Island Pond, VT
11NY Josh Masterson Charlotte, VT
15ME Ben Ashline Pittston, ME
15VT Joey Laquerre East Montpelier, VT
16ME Travis Stearns Auburn, ME
16VT Scott Dragon Colchester, VT
17MA Eddie MacDonald Rowley, MA
17RI Ray Parent Tiverton, RI
19QC Dany Trepanier St-Edouard, QC
20NH Taylor Martin Windham, NH
27NH Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Dover, NH
28ME Rowland Robinson, Jr. Steuben, ME
29NH Aaron Fellows Croyden, NH
34NH Todd Davis Claremont, NH
37VT Brian Hoar Williston, VT
38VT Tyler Cahoon St. Johnsbury, VT
41QC Jonathan Bouvrette Blainville, QC
41VT Jamie Aube N. Ferrisburg, VT
48QC Alex Labbe Quebec, QC
49NH Matt Anderson Franklin, NH
50ME Jeff White Winthrop, ME
58VT Jimmy Hebert Williamstown, VT
66VT Jason Corliss Barre, VT
77MA Jimmy Linardy Somerville, MA
78QC Stephane Descoste Oka, QC
84QC Martin Latulippe Vallee-Jonction, QC
88VT Nick Sweet Barre, VT
91CT Larry Gelinas Buxton, ME
91QC Patrick Laperle Montreal, QC
97NH Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Hudson, NH
99VT Cody Blake Barre, VT
07MA Tom Carey, Jr. New Salem, MA

Sources: ACT PR

Sweet, Hoar, Laperle Look for First Invitational Win

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

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

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

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NHMS at Hard Rock Cafe Boston

[Photo Gallery] by Nicholas Teto

2014 Joey Logano Hometown Showdown Driven by AutoTrader.com

The Joey Logano Foundation invites you to participate in the inaugural Joey Logano Hometown Showdown Driven by AutoTrader.com on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at On-Track Karting in Wallingford, CT.

On-Track Karting is one of the tracks where Joey Logano’s racing career began and offers some of the longest and fastest indoor kart tracks in the country. This signature karting event will support The Connection, a nonprofit organization who assists thousands of people a month throughout Connecticut. For more than 40 years, The Connection has reunited families suffering from abuse and neglect, creating safer, healthier communities making a difference in countless lives. Proceeds from the event will go directly back to the local community to support The Connection’s Community-based Services, Advocacy and Research for Connecticut.

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Barrett Carries Momentum into Bowman Gray

Team owner Chris Our of Harwich, MA said he “can’t wait” for Saturday night. Rookie Tommy Barrett, Jr. of Millis, MA will make his first NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour start at Bowman Gray Stadium. The Strutmasters.com 199 is the annual series appearance at the historic Winston-Salem, NC oval.

“Brad and I were going down anyway to watch and meet some of his customers,” Our said. “Then Tommy wins at Seekonk, so I said let’s run Saturday. Brad’s like I’m in. Let’s do it. So here we are.”

Barrett was seventh in his first race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and finished fourth at Monadnock. Last Wednesday, Barrett took home the $10,000 Open Wheel Wednesday race at Seekonk Speedway.

“The momentum is huge,” Barrett said. “From such a bad start to a top 10 at Loudon then a top five at Monadnock and now the 10k to win at Seekonk, things are starting to look up and hopefully we can start clicking off some wins in the 22 car.”

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NEAR Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

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

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

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

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Car No. 2 K&N Pro Series East Team Penalized for Rules Violations at New Hampshire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR announced today the No. 2 team that competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has been penalized as a result of rules violations committed Friday, July 11 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 

The team was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 12-4.9 (involved in an altercation with another Competitor on pit road after the conclusion of the race) of the 2014 NASCAR rule book. The violations constitute a penalty level of behavioral in the NASCAR Deterrence System.

Ryan Gifford, driver of the No. 2, has been fined $1,000 and suspended from NASCAR until the fine is paid. He has also been placed on NASCAR probation until December 31, 2014. 

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Kostecki Scores Top-10 Finish in Return to K&N East Action

Fully Recovered From Injury, 16-Year-Old Looks to Keep Up Momentum at Columbus

Mooresville, NC –Over the course of the two-month break Brodie Kostecki took while recuperating from a wrist injury, the 16-year-old envisioned putting on a strong showing with his Arcoplate No. 43 Toyota when he was able to get back behind the wheel.  When he finally did make his return to the seat on Friday, July 11 at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, those weeks of strategizing a strong run paid off with a solid ninth-place finish.

Kostecki’s practice and qualifying efforts on Thursday, July 10 were his first competitive laps since his injury following the May 17 K&N race at Iowa Speedway.  While it took some time to knock the rust off, Kostecki left New Hampshire pleased with his third top-10 finish of his rookie season.

“It was great getting back behind the wheel and bringing home a top-10 finish for the Arcoplate team,” said Kostecki.  “I was just getting back up to speed and getting the comfort back.  In that first practice, I just tried to get up to speed slowly to make sure everything was okay physically.  We had a spring failure that kept us from the qualifying run that we wanted, but we made a few pit stops in the first half of the race.

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August Fundraiser Set for Lowinski-Loh

John Lowinski-Loh Jr. will be moving to North Carolina in November to further his racing career. Lowinski-Loh will be holding a fundraiser in August for a test with Team BCR Racing. Team BCR fields ARCA Racing Series cars for Grant Enfinger and Justin Allison. Enfinger is the points leader with victories at Daytona, Mobile, Salem and Elko.

“My crew and I were just talking,” Lowinski-Loh said. “One of my crew members was saying let’s make the leap, so I spent days researching what the next best move would be. I applied for a ARCA license and contacted BCR, who were looking for a driver in 2015.”

“That depends on how the test day goes and sponsor money,” Lowinski-Loh said. “If the test day goes well, they will help me find a sponsor and go from there. Depending on sponsors, would depend on either 10 races, more or less.”

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Eddie MacDonald Finishes Second at NHMS

LOUDON, NH — Eddie MacDonald almost won his fourth career K&N Pro Series East race in the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday night securing second place in a spectacular last lap duel that had the fans on their feet. The 100 lap event had three and four wide racing in turn one on the “Magic Mile” that most would agree is nearly impossible to achieve.

“That was a crazy race over the second half of the race right to the last lap,” said the Rowley, Mass. veteran. “I think the fans saw an exciting race with the winner not decided until the last turn of the last lap. On the last restart my spotter Logger (Dave Ricker) said I was on the bottom of four wide going into turn one and they were three wide behind us. The incredible thing is, no one wrecked. We are very happy with the second place finish since it looked like we were headed for a fourth place finish.”

The Exit Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy qualified ninth on Thursday afternoon with Eddie Mac saying, “We were happy starting ninth because we just finished rebuilding the car with the finishing touches completed on Wednesday night. Last Thursday the bare chassis sat on the shop floor so everyone worked very hard to get the car done on time and I am very thankful for everyone’s fantastic effort. We also had Exit Realty come aboard for this race and I thank Derek Beatrice for helping us out. A lot of Exit Realty folks were there to support us and I think they all left happy.”

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Santos Saves Best for Last at New Hampshire

Claims Thrilling NASCAR Whelen Modified Win With Final Lap Pass

LOUDON, N.H. (July 12, 2014) — Bobby Santos entered the Sunoco 100 looking for a little extra magic to change his fortunes at the “Magic Mile.” He waited until the final lap, but he got it.

In a race that featured multiple lead changes on nearly every lap – a record 35 official lead changes – the Franklin, Mass., driver made just one pass for the lead and led just one lap Saturday. Santos drove his No. 44 Tinio Racing/ImperialCars.com Chevrolet by Ted Christopher in Turn 4 of the last lap en route to winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

VIDEO: POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH BOBBY SANTOS

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Newman Posts All-Star Performance at New Hampshire

NASCAR Sprint Cup Veteran Claims Whelen All-Star Shootout

LOUDON, N.H. (July 11, 2014) — Twice before, Ryan Newman drove the venerable 7NY Modified to Victory Lane in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver did it again Friday. This time, the win came in the non-points inaugural Whelen All-Star Shootout. The latest victory came with the familiar frantic swapping of the lead synonymous with the open-wheeled cars on the 1.058-mile.

Newman lost the lead to Justin Bonsignore into Turn 1 of the white-flag lap, but got it back in Turn 3 and won the drag-race to the checkered flag.

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