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Bond ACT Invitational

Bond Awards $10,000 for Invitational Bonuses
Fans Can Win Free Tickets and VIP Experiences

Bond Auto Parts has announced a new program for the American Canadian Tour competitors who win qualifying events and attend the prestigious Bond ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 20. Bond has put up a total of $10,000 spread across nine qualifying events for drivers and fans.

Bond has announced that they will award ACT competitors $1,000 for their first win in the nine qualifying events. Repeat winners will receive $500 for each additional win, while the other $500 will be awarded to the highest finishing driver who has not yet won or received a bonus in a qualifying event. The nine events include the first seven American Canadian Tour point counting events, as well as the Vermont Governor’s Cup at Thunder Road and the International race at Airborne. Along with the $1,000 bonus, Bond Auto will also award the 15th place finisher in each of the nine events with a $100 Bond Auto gift card.


16th Annual Merchants Bank 150

Thunder Road Enters 55th Season with ACT Merchants Bank 150

Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT will enter their 55th season of stock car racing with the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27. The stars and cars from the American Canadian Tour Championship Series (ACT) will tackle both the high banks of the famous Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl, and one of the largest fields of regular Thunder Road Late Model racers in recent memory. The Merchants Bank event has been the season opener at the ¼-mile speedbowl since 1999.


ACT NH Governors Cup 150

Eddie MacDonald’s Strategy Leads to ACT Lee Win

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA claimed the American Canadian Tour win in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway (Lee, NH) on Sunday, April 13. MacDonald used strategy to claim his first career ACT win at Lee in his ninth start at the 3/8ths mile speedway. It was his fifth career ACT Late Model win.

MacDonald went from sixth to first in his heat race to claim the win and the pole in the feature with his +5 in ACT’s plus/minus handicap system. MacDonald faded back early from the drop of the green. He fell as far as 10th and appeared to ride for the majority of the event.


ACT Lee Opener

ACT Teams Test and Tune at Lee

A total of 39 American Canadian Tour Late Models took advantage of a test and tune session at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH in preparation for tomorrow’s (Sunday, April 13) 2014 ACT season opener.

Rhode Island’s Ray Parent set the fastest time of the day with a 15.819 around the 3/8ths mile speedway. Others at the top of the time charts were former ACT Lee winners Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (15.914) and Brian Hoar (15.936), as well as Ben Lynch (15.948), and Todd Davis (15.969).

 Several Série ACT Quebec teams were also in attendance. Donald Theetge led the group with a 15.984 lap. Stephane Descoste (15.989), Alex Labbe (16.011) and Jonathan Bouvrette (16.138) were the other Quebec teams in attendance.


ACT Late Models Enter 23rd Season

ACT Late Models Enter 23rd Season with Lee Opener

The American Canadian Tour Late Models are set to enter their 23rd season of competition with their season opener at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH this Sunday, April 13. This will be the seventh time the 3/8ths-mile speedway has hosted the season opener. Norm Andrews won the first ever ACT Late Model event at Sanair Super Speedway in 1992 and the first event of the season has seen a variety of tracks and winners ever since.

Over the past 22 seasons, the ACT Late Model season opener has been hosted by seven different tracks and seen 16 different winners. Only four drivers have won more than one season opener, led by ACT Champions Brian Hoar (1997, 2011, 2012) and Jean-Paul Cyr (1996, 2004, 2006). Dennis Demers (1993, 1994) and Cris Michaud (2001, 2005) are the only other drivers with multiple season opener wins.

Canadian Teams Head for ACT Lee Opener

Canadian Teams Head for ACT Lee USA Opener April 13

Several Quebec teams are set to help kick off the 2014 American Canadian Tour season at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 13. Série ACT Quebec runner-up in 2013, Alex Labbé of St. Albert, Quebec, two-time Série ACT Champion Donald Theetge of Boischatel, and Jonathan Bouvrette of Blainville, a NASCAR All-American Series Champion and first-time ACT event winner on the final weekend at Autodrome St-Eustache in 2013, are all gearing up for the 150-lap Governor's Cup on the fast 1/3 mile asphalt track.

Labbé, who missed the 2013 Série ACT Quebec title by just eight points, the difference of four positions in a race, undoubtedly will be the driver to give his Larue Equipment team a second championship, following the one by Karl Allard of St. Félicien in 2010.


ACT Lee Opener

ACT VETERANS LOOK FOR FIRST LEE GOVERNOR’S CUP WIN

There are a number of veteran American Canadian Tour (ACT) stock car drivers looking for their first wins in the traditional spring opening event at the Lee USA Speedway’s New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Coming fresh off his NASCAR K&N win at the rugged Bristol Motor Speedway, Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA has to be considered a favorite to win at his family-owned track. “I would think that a betting man might be smart to forget the NCAA Final Four and drop a dime on the “Outlaw” winning the annual ACT opener,” said ACT President, Tom Curley. “Eddie has won ACT races before, and he has been in a position to win at Lee on several occasions over the years, but has not grabbed the checkers yet. He usually finds a way to get to the front, although his schedule usually does not allow for much practice compared to other teams. He still is long overdue to win the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup,” concluded Curley.


ACT YOUNG GUNS
ACT YOUNG GUNS LOOK TO CHALLENGE IN 2014

The best group of young talent in nearly 30 years has emerged to challenge some of the biggest stock car racing stars in the Northeast during the 2014 American Canadian Tour (ACT) upcoming season.
 

“Having this many talented young teams is exactly what ACT racing was designed for. All these teams have come out of weekly tracks and are now testing the longer distance events. ACT tries to create schedules that will still allow teams to race at their “home tracks” during the height of the race season. We have lots of events scheduled in early Spring and later in the Fall. Watching these new young teams develop has become one of the most fun parts of the business for me. There is nothing more exciting than to see a young racer win his/her first major event!!”, said Tom Curley, long-time promoter of ACT racing.


ACT LEE OPENER
ACT LEE OPENER LOOKS FOR ANOTHER NEW WINNER

American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams look at Lee USA Speedway’s annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 to kickstart their race season on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The optimism is well-founded. ACT Late Models can boast 10 different winners in 11 events held at Lee since 2003.


The list of winners is impressive, with a huge diversity of experience. Starting the list of winners are two Canadian teams, featuring four-time ACT US and Canadian Champion Patrick Laperle from St. Denis, QC and NASCAR Canadian Champion DJ Kennington, St. Thomas, ON in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

ACT Driver of the Day - Jean-Francois Dery

ACT Driver of the Day: Jean-François Déry

 Déry put together arguably the most consistent championship season in the history of the Série ACT on his way to the 2013 title. After coming up just short in 2012, the hunger for his first career championship was apparent each and every week. He claimed a win in the season-opening even at Circuit Riverside Speedway, but it wasn’t until his second win of the season at Autodrome St-Eustache that he claimed the point lead. Once he gained the lead, he never let it go as he finished the season with a string of five straight podium finishes to claim the title. Along with the 2013 title, Déry took home over $48,000 for his efforts last season.

2013 Stats – 1st Place
Starts – 11
Wins – 2
Top 5s – 9
Top 10s – 10
Avg. Fin. – 4.3


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