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Jeremy Davis Declares Victory at Speedway 51

Tamworth, NH Driver Strong in Return to Granite State Pro Stock Series

GROVETON, NH – Jeremy Davis used the outside groove to pass Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and power his way to Victory Lane in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Speedway 51.

Helliwell, Jr. seemed to be the car to beat early, as the two-time American-Canadian Tour (ACT) champion shot out to a commanding lead.  Jeremy Davis jumped to the second spot, and began to run Helliwell, Jr. down, before the first of ten cautions brought the field back together on lap 37.  Helliwell, Jr. would fend Davis off on the first restart, but Davis would hold his own on the outside groove after a restart on lap 67.  Barry Gray would slow in turn one and two bringing out the caution, just before Helliwell, Jr. and Davis would tangle, leaving Davis sideways in the infield.  With Gray being the caution car, Davis and Helliwell, Jr. would get their spots back, setting up another battle.

Derek Griffith and Brad Babb were fighting for the third spot, while Davis and Helliwell, Jr. continued their battle for the top spot.  Helliwell, Jr. began to fade, and brought his Bruce Bernhardt-owned Ford down pit road under caution, retiring for the night.  

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Granite State Pro Stock Series at Speedway 51: A Closer Look at the Numbers

GROVETON, NH – The Granite State Pro Stock Series will travel to Speedway 51, July 4, for the Twisted Tea Firecracker 151. The Twisted Tea Firecracker 151 will be the sixth event of the 12-race season, and will be the second time the Granite State Pro Stock Series has visited the facility since 2012. The following is a closer look at the numbers of the Granite State Pro Stock Series (GSPSS), and Speedway 51.

SPEEDWAY 51 NOTES:
-Speedway 51 was built in 1964.
-Formerly known as “Riverside Speedway”. Nicknames for the track include “Grovetona”, and “Lil’ Darlington”.
-Formerly owned by Mike Beattie, who then sold the track to Curtis Robinson. In October of 2014, Joey Laquerre purchased the facility, and renamed it “Speedway 51”, in honor of his late-grandson, Joey M. Laquerre.

SPEEDWAY 51 RACE INFO:
TWISTED TEA FIRECRACKER 151: Race 6 of 12 on 2015 season
LENGTH: 1/4 mile oval
RACE LENGTH: 151 laps
WINNER’S TAKE: $2000

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Former K&N Pro Series East Star Tracy Gordon to Race in Twisted Tea Firecracker 151

GROVETON, NH – Tracy Gordon will be back behind the wheel of a Pro Stock this weekend, as the Granite State Pro Stock Series travels to Speedway 51 (NH), on July 4.

The twelve-time K&N Pro Series East feature winner will pilot the Alphacon/WDW Machine ride, normally driven by Matt Frahm. 

Even though Gordon has not been behind the wheel in over a year, the Maine driver is confident to be back in the driver’s seat, saying “I think it will be just like taking a winter off.  The Frahm’s are a well-prepared team, and I am confident going into the event.”

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Arena Bests North East Street Stock Tour Field at Speedway 51

GROVETON, NH – Joe Arena held off a hard-charging Chris Douton to pick up the win in the North East Street Stock Tour’s second event in the championship series, the Caron Fabrication 51, presented by L & L Riverside Inn, at Speedway 51 (NH).

Steve Kenneway led the field to green at the newly renovated facility in northern New Hampshire, after earning a plus-2 from his qualifying heat. Kenneway led the first three laps, before Geoff Rollins and Jim Boyle made contact on the front stretch, resulting in Boyle slamming hard into the wall, and leaving both with heavy body damage. Both cars would return to the track, as Kenneway had a new dancing partner on the front row in the form of Arena. Arena took command on the restart, and cleared Kenneway on the back stretch. Soon after, Kenneway’s Greener Blast Technologies/ Welch Welding and Truck Equipment Chevrolet would lose power, and Kenneway would retire from the race with transmission issues.

Arena would log laps until the door of Rollins’ Clement Realty/JSK Chevrolet flew off, landing on the nose of Boyle, bringing out the second and final caution of the race. A battle ensued on the restart, with Arena, Douton, Patrick Tanguay, and Bryan Town nose to tail for numerous laps. Town dove to the inside of Tanguay, looking for the third position, but the two made contact, sending Town careening into the infield. Town saved the car from spinning, but a power steering hose broke, retiring the Charlestown, NH native from competition.

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From the Notebook: North East Street Stock Tour at Speedway 51

GROVETON, NH – The North East Street Stock Tour will travel to Speedway 51 (formerly Riverside Speedway) for the Caron Fabrication 51, presented by L & L Riverside Inn, June 13. The second event for the North East Street Stock Tour visits a track that is 51 years old, and is in the first year of new ownership. The following is a closer look at notes and numbers of the new North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) at Speedway 51.

SPEEDWAY 51 NOTES:
Commonly known as “Grovetona”, or “Lil Darlington”, Speedway 51 was built in 1964. This ¼ mile, high-banked raceway has been a vital part of the town of Groveton, NH for 51 years, and often yields exciting, side-by-side racing. Mike and Sally Beattie sold the track to Curtis Robinson in the late 1980’s, and was purchased at a foreclosure auction by veteran racer Joey Laquerre, in October 2014. Laquerre has made extensive upgrades to the facility, and will run the second race of the year when the NESST comes to town. The track’s name is dedicated to Joey Laquerre’s grandson, Joey M. Laquerre, who passed away weeks before the purchase of the track. The younger Laquerre’s racing number was 51.

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New Digs for New Series: North East Street Stock Tour Travels to Speedway 51

GROVETON, NH – The upstart North East Street Stock Tour will head north, June 13, to the new-look Speedway 51 (NH) for the Caron Fabrication 51, presented by L & L Riverside Inn.

Speedway 51, formerly known as Riverside Speedway, is a unique ¼ mile, high-banked track, known for close finishes, and side-by-side action. The facility underwent a major overhaul during the offseason, after being purchased by Joey Laquerre. Laquerre, a long-time runner in the Late Model division at Thunder Road Speedbowl, purchased the race track in October of 2014, weeks after the passing of his grandson and racer, Joey M. Laquerre.

Following the inaugural championship event, the competitors of the North East Street Stock Tour (NESST) are chasing Chris “Moose” Douton, who picked up the victory at Seekonk Speedway, fending off Joe Arena in the final laps. Douton has proven to be a force in 2015, already picking up victories at Lee USA Speedway in the NESST exhibition event, as well as seeing Victory Lane at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park during the Icebreaker.

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Town Set for NESST Tour

Bryan Town of Charlestown, NH will be racing the North East Street Stock Tour full-time. Town will race off weeks in a backup car at Claremont (NH) Speedway. He also has offers for Late Model and Modified rides, but has not committed to either.

“I think it’s a great idea as there are many of these cars around and every track has their version of a Street Stock,” Town said. “Hopefully it will create a uniform set of rules for a Street Stock throughout New England much like ACT  has with the Late Model. There seems to be great interest in the series and looks promising.”

The area’s first touring series for the popular class will run eight races during its first campaign, with one race to be annonuced Seekonk will run the inaugural race on May 30. Speedway 51 (AKA: Riverside) will host two races,  along with Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s oval and road course configurations. Lee USA will host a race, along with Speedway 95 in Bangor for the longest race of the season, the 100-lap, $3,000 to win Ickey Door Memorial.

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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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Fall Brawl Sunday at Riverside

GROVETON, NH – Despite a foreclosure auction scheduled for November 1, promoter Dan Fournier confirmed today that the Fall Brawl will be held Sunday November 2 at Riverside Speedway. The rain date is November 8.

A event schedule will be posted tomorrow.

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Riverside Speedway Auction Listing Posted

The auction listing for Riverside Speedway has been posted on AuctionZip. The auction is scheduled for November 1 at 11AM on site ( 78 Craggy Road, Groveton, NH). Lussier’s Auction Service of Lyndonville, VT will be on hand with Auctioneer Reginald P. Lussier. For more information, call 802-626-8892.

Photos of auction items are also available.

The complete listing is included below:

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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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Kyle Welch Scores First ACT Win at Riverside

Groveton, NH – Kyle Welch of Newport, NH earned his first career American Canadian Tour win at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH on Saturday, June 7. Welch inherited the win after apparent winner Eddie MacDonald was penalized for a post race tech infraction. MacDonald was penalized to the last car on the lead lap in 11th place.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. took the early lead from the outside pole, but was quickly overtaken by Emily Packard on lap 20. Packard would lead the majority of the event, which saw no cautions during its 150 laps. Welch closed the gap on Packard’s lead and took the point with just 15 laps to go.

Welch didn’t hold the lead for long as apparent winner MacDonald got by him to lead the final eight laps of the event. MacDonald was later penalized in post race tech for too many spring rubbers in his right rear spring.
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Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Looks for Repeat at Riverside

Groveton, NH – Veteran driver and perennial American Canadian Tour Championship Contender Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH is off to the best start of his ten (10) year ACT career and currently sits atop the standings. This Saturday, June 7, he will look to continue his run of three straight top fives as the tour heads to Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH for the Central Asphalt Paving 150. He will have to fend off the likes of Jimmy Hebert, most recent ACT winner Ray Parent, and a host of others.

One year ago, Polewarczyk marched from his 12th place starting position to lead the final 39 laps of the ACT 150 at Riverside on his way to his second of three straight ACT wins. His three wins on the season helped him earn second in the 2013 final ACT standings. This season his hunger for a title is more apparent than ever. His intensity and focus guided him to second in the season opener at Lee, fourth at Thunder Road and third in the most recent ACT event at Airborne.

“We’re off to a really good start so far this season. We don’t have a win yet, but our worst finish is fourth,” said Polewarczyk. “Riverside is a tough little track, but you can make some moves in both the inside and outside lanes, which is what we had to do to win last year.”

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Three Stars of the Race Bonus Announced for ACT U.S.

Hebert, Ashline, Packard Honored

 The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a “Three Stars of the Race” award program for the 2014 race season. The program is designed to recognize three “non-podium” race teams who have had an outstanding race. Finishing position is not necessarily a criterion. The award will be based on team and/or individual effort. The award may be presented to the team based on an achievement by a crew member, crew chief, spotter, driver or owner.  

 A panel of race officials will select three stars at each 2014 point-counting event, the International 300 to be held July 20, 2014 at the Airborne Park Speedway, the Bond ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2014, and the Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl held at Thunder Road on October 4-5, 2014.

The teams picked will each receive a coupon for a free American Racer Tire valued at $125.00. From the various winners, one team will be selected as the single most outstanding star of the season. That team will be awarded $1,000.00 at the annual ACT Banquet of Champions.

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Texas Roadhouse NEMST Schedule Released

We have posted our tentative schedule. We will be adding a couple more dates in the coming days but this is a good place for your guys to start making your plans. Please note the special events that are going on at EVERY event this season.

2014 Texas Roadhouse NEMST Schedule
Saturday April 26 Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford Springs, CT Connecticut Triple Crown #1
Saturday May 31 Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT Connecticut Triple Crown #2
Saturday June 14 Riverside Speedway Groveton, NH $1000 to WIN!!
Sunday June 22 Legion Speedway Rumney, NH 1st Annual NEMST Invade the Clay
Saturday July 19 Star Speedway Epping, NH Northern Triple Crown #
Sunday August 3 NHMS Loudon, NH The Magic Mile, 1 mile oval
Saturday August 23 Wiscasset Speedway Wiscasset, ME $750 to WIN!!!
Saturday September 13 TBA TBA Northern Triple Crown #
Fri, Sat October 17,18 Thompson Speedway Thompson, CT World Series, Connecticut Triple Crown #3
**** Additional dates to be added
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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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Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Captures 4th Ford Blue Oval Cup Title

Waterbury, VT – Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell, Jr. earned his 4th consecutive Ford Blue Oval Cup title after finishing 5th in the Fall Brawl at Riverside Speedway (Groveton, NH). Helliwell has now won the Ford title in each of its four seasons to date.

The 2013 Ford Championship saw the closest battle ever heading into the final eligible race. Helliwell lead by just one point over Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Polewarczyk was involved in an accident in the second half of the 200 lap event, which effectively ended his title hopes. Helliwell was leading late until fading back to 5th following the final caution flag on lap 196.

The Ford Blue Oval Cup program awards ACT Late Model competitors who use Ford S347JR engines in competition on ACT, Serie ACT and at ACT-affliated tracks. Competitors earn money for top three finishes on the two tours and winning special events as well as a point fund for the season long standings.

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Ford Blue Oval Cup Title on the Line at Riverside

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

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

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

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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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Theriault Leads Crazy Horse Efforts

Season Hits Homestretch With Host Of Strong Performances

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – The car known as “T-Rex” continued feasting on PASS North Series competition last weekend.

Austin Theriault of Fort Kent, Maine, dominated the Southern Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine, on Sunday, September 15, giving Theriault his second win in five PASS North Series starts in his family-owned No. 57 Pelletier Ford Ford Fusion. The car, built at the beginning of the 2012 season by Crazy Horse Racing, led 192 of the 300 laps after starting on the pole in the 31-car field.

“I’ve got to say, it was probably the easiest 300 laps I’ve ever driven,” Theriault said. “The car was just that awesome.”

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Wentworth Finishes Strong at Oxford Plains

FWelch Wins Final Canaan Race, Crazy Horse Cars Fast At NHMS

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – Don Wentworth of Otisfield, Maine, is a veteran stock car driver who won’t quibble with one inevitable truth in short-track racing: It’s better to finish strong than it is to sputter to the finish line and spend all winter trying to figure out what went wrong.

Wentworth made sure he put a solid capper on the 2013 season at Oxford Plains Speedway in Oxford, Maine, posting a pair of podium finishes in the final two events of the inaugural Pro Late Model season at the track. Wentworth won the 40-lap feature at Oxford on August 30.

“It was pivotal for us,” said the driver of the No. 63 K&K Excavation Chevrolet. “It was a struggle (leading up to that). I don’t know anybody that races these things that is very tolerant of losing. We had some runs this year that were woulda, coulda, shouldas, but in the end it’s really fun on the ride home being able to say, ‘That thing was really quick, huh?’ instead of going home saying ‘What the heck is wrong here?’”

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Wayne Helliwell Jr. Picks Up First Career Granite State Pro Stock Win at Riverside 100

VLF_3418GROVETON, NH — Wayne Helliwell returned to the Granite State Pro Stocks and added his first GSPSS win to his resume. The defending ACT champion started on the front row, and never looked back, leading all 100 laps to win the group’s first ever visit to the Groveton, NH 1/4 mile oval.

The event got off with a bang, as several cars got together on the opening lap. Points leaders Jeremy Davis and Mike O’Sullivan were caught up with Tom O’Sullivan. All cars were able to continue.

Mike was involved in the second incident on the 17th circuit when he and Josh King tangled. On lap 22, Jesse Smith spun while battling with Jeremy Davis, with Davis getting called for the assist.

The tough lap was 24, when Eric Sands spun. The caution came out again on the same lap when Mike Parks, Barry Gray, Bryan Mason and Brandon Lambert got together.

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Stergios Tops in Lites at Groveton

Groveton, NH – Coming from the 10th starting spot, P.J. Stergios needed but eight laps to take the lead and go on to win the shortened (20 laps) Northeastern Midget Association Lites feature Saturday night at Riverside Speedway.

Running the outside, Stergios dominated the event which featured a violent crash by Scott Bigelow. It was the third win for P.J. and the fourth win of the season for the car. Rookie Kevin Hutchens (Hutchens 27) was second followed by Dan Cugini (Cugini 51), Kenny Johnson (Johnson 45) and Logan Rayvals (Rayvals 95).

The Lites had trouble getting restarted after a lap 10 yellow, needing three tries. On the second try, Bigelow went over Avery Stoehr’s wheel and, after an end-over-ender, hit the wall. Bigelow was rushed to the hospital with two broken vertebrae and a broken finger as was Stoehr (wrist injury). Bigelow and Stoehr were running second and third at the time of the crash.

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NEMA Win for Zych at Groveton

Groveton, NH –- Northeastern Midget Association point leader John Zych is now two-for-two on a track he’s seen for the first time. Starting 10th, Zych won the 25-lap NEMA feature Saturday night at Riverside Speedway. It was the fourth win of the season for Zych who also “first-timed” Airborne Speedway.

Zych took the lead on a restart following a lap 17 incident that sent Anthony Marvuglio (Bertrand 74) to the hospital with a puncture to his leg and undiagnosed shoulder issues. Jim Chambers (Chambers 21), Randy Cabral (Bertrand 47), Ian Cumens (Seymour 29) and Paul Scally (Scally 30) completed the top five.

Coming from the seventh starting spot, Marvuglio took the lead from Scally on a lap-four restart. Running laps in the high 10s, Marvuglio had a half lap lead on Zych coming up to lap teammate Todd Bertrand and Russ Stoehr. Bertrand cut a tire down shooting up the track. Marvuglio caught his right rear wheel and hit the wall violently.

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

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

Twice.

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

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

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Riverside-Groveton Next for NEMA

Brockton, MA – The Northeastern Midget Association will visit Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH Saturday for the first time since 1996. While it will be “new” to many, they’ll hardly have to search for info on the high banked quarter-mile. It will be the fourth overall visit.

The NEMA Lites, engaged in a point battle for the first time in its history, will be on the agenda as well.

Now the owner of the car Ian Cumens drives, Bobby Seymour was a winner in 1987 and finished third in NEMA’s last visit to the Northern New Hampshire track. Russ Stoehr was second in ’96. Stoehr’s current owners, the Dumo’s Desire team, had thirds with Drew Fornoro and Lou Rettenmeyer in 1987 and ’89 respectively.

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Polewarczyk Makes It Two In A Row

Groveton, NH — Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., grabbed his second straight American Canadian Tour victory in the ACT 150 at Groveton, NH’s Riverside Speedway on Sunday, June 23, beating reigning Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., and sophomore driver Jimmy Hebert.

The race was a rain makeup from earlier in the month, and began on Sunday with 29 laps complete. Steuben, ME’s Rowland Robinson, Jr., reassumed the lead from Hebert early on and stubbornly battled with Helliwell during several restarts. An early caution sent Hebert’s car spinning, pulling him from second to the rear of the field. It would be the second race in a row Hebert would have to fight from the back after mechanical struggles at Canaan a week ago.

Midway through the event, Helliwell powered to the lead on the outside only to engage in a battle with hometown hero Randy Potter. Potter got by the reigning Champion, and paced the field until Polewarczyk broke through the pack, storming by the top five in the late stages of the race and laying claim to his second ACT victory in eight days.

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Helliwell Reclaims ACT Point Lead

Waterbury, VT — Following a second place finish at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, NH last Saturday, June 15, defending American Canadian Tour Stock Car Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. has taken over the points lead heading into a double header weekend.

Helliwell jumped past sophomore talent Jimmy Hebert after mechanical failures on the Hebert machine during the 150-lap feature at Canaan Speedway. Hebert fought through the challenges to finish ninth, and held on to second place in the standings just 11 points behind.

Tiverton, RI’s Ray Parent improved to third overall after a top ten run on Saturday. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.’s breakout victory at Canaan, his first since 2011, moved him up the standings from sixth to fourth, just 18 points away from the top three.

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Bernard, Rocco, Welch All Earn Weekend Wins

SOUTH PARIS, Maine – Keith Rocco of Wallingford, Conn., retook the lead with six laps remaining last Saturday night at Waterford Speedbowl, driving away to win the 30-lap Late Model feature at the track for his third win of the young season.

Rocco extended his division point lead with the victory in the Scott Fearn-owned No. 1 Critical Signs Toyota.

“Early in the race I knew (the second-place driver) was fast and he was coming so I really didn’t put up much of a fight,” Rocco said of surrendering the lead just past the halfway mark of the event. “He got under me and I knew he had a better car then, but this Crazy Horse chassis just keeps plugging.

“At the end of the race it was still there and still plugging.”

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ACT Riverside Speedway Makeup Date Announced

Waterbury, VT– The rained out American Canadian Tour 150 at Groveton, NH’s Riverside Speedway scheduled for last Sunday, June 2 has been rescheduled to Sunday, June 23 with a post time of 1:30pm.

The 150-lap event was postponed due to rain with 29 laps of the feature complete last Sunday. Steuben, ME’s Rowland Robinson was in first place when the race paused after leading the first 29 laps of his ACT career. He will try to earn his first ACT win when the race resumes on Sunday, June 23.

The race will follow a Saturday night ACT event at White Mountain Motorsports Park, making it a New Hampshire double header special for American Canadian Tour fans and competitors. It will be the first time ACT has raced twice in the same weekend in a number of years.

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