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18th Merchants Bank 150 scheduled for Sunday May 1 has be POSTPONED!! Rescheduled for Sunday May 8, Post Time 2:00pm.

 




4/30/16 - **NEW ** WEATHER FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF MERCHANTS BANK 150

4/27/16 - THERRIEN, HELLIWELL OPEN THUNDER ROAD ON TOP

4/25/16 - LEE USA AMERICAN RACER THREE STARS ANNOUNCED




The Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday May 1 has been POSTPONED. The race has been rescheduled for Sunday May 8 with post time set for 2:00pm.

Weather Forces Postponement of Merchants Bank 150

Weather Forces Postponement of Merchants Bank 150

                                                    

Rescheduled for Sunday May 8

 

 

The dismal forecast for Sunday May 1 has forced Thunder Road Speedbowl to postpone the Merchants Bank 150. The race has been rescheduled for Sunday May 8, post time set for 2:00pm.


Therrien, Helliwell Open Thunder Road on Top

Therrien, Helliwell Open Thunder Road on Top

 

Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien heads to the “Nations Site of Excitement” as the American Canadian Tour (ACT) points leader this weekend for the 57th season opener of Barre, VT’s Thunder Road. Therrien, with a dominating win in the season opener at Oxford Plains Speedway and a 7th place finish last Sunday at Lee USA Speedway, leads three-time ACT Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. by just two points heading into the 18th Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday at 1:00pm. Helliwell, with a fourth place finish in the opener at Oxford and a strong second last week at Lee, is looking to carry the checkered flag around the high banked ¼ mile track again like he did in 2014. Brad Babb, driving the Joey Laquerre owned 15NH, stole the show in last year’s Merchants Bank 150 with Helliwell settling for second place.  Babb became the 12th different winner in 17 editions of the event.


Lee USA American Racer Three Stars Announced

Lee USA American Racer Three Stars Announced


The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients. 

The three stars are chosen by officials and winners will receive certificates for the use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.

The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition. Again this week it would be difficult not to recognize the outstanding effort, strategies, and excitement that Scott Payea brought with his RPM team victory. Payea joined Wayne Helliwell Jr., Ray Parent, Alex Labbe, Quinny Welch, and Todd Davis who made the 30th opening day at Lee one of the most exciting races during the long history of ACT at Lee USA. 

Congratulations to Red, Judy and the entire Lee staff on their 30th anniversary opener. We at ACT have been happy to be along for the entire trip!


Payea Captures First Win of the 2016 ACT Season

Payea Captures First Win of the 2016 ACT Season

 


 

 Milton, VT’s Scott Payea took the lead for the second time of then afternoon on lap 117 and never looked back winning the NH Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway.

Payea drove a smart and patient race from his third starting spot, running upfront all day,  the leading laps 49-54 and saving his tires for the late run sprint to the finish. Defending race winner and 2015 ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr., raced to a second place finish coming from the 9th starting spot with Rhode Island’s Ray Parent ending a strong weekend in third. St-Albert, Quebec’s Alex Labbe finished fourth with Quinny Welch of Lancaster, NH rounding out the top 5. Nineteen year-old Emily Packard raced to a sixth place finish with last weeks Oxford 100 winner Bobby Therrien finishing seventh. The “outlaw” Eddie Macdonald was eighth with Kyle Welch and Brad Babb rounding out the top ten.


OXFORD AMERICAN RACER THREE STARS ANNOUNCED

OXFORD AMERICAN RACER THREE STARS ANNOUNCED

                                                                      

              The American Racer Three Star program will continue in 2016. The program is designed to recognize three teams in no particular order of performance that had outstanding races at ACT US tour events. There are no specific criteria for deciding who might receive the award of a free American Racer Tire (value $125.00), but a special effort by a team, exceptional race, just plain old hard luck, or other accepted reason to give the award is used to decide the recipients.

The three stars are chosen by officials and they will receive certificates for use of a free American Racer tire at a future Tour race of their choosing during 2016.

The awarding of the stars does not allow for anybody in the top three to receive the recognition. That being said, both eventual winner Bobby Therrien, and second place competitor Rowland Robinson, JR certainly deserve credit for their outstanding and sometimes dominant runs at OPS. There efforts at Oxford certainly made for some speculation from the “rail-birds” at what kind of exciting season the 2016 year will be. Big congratulations to both teams for what was first class efforts.


Therrien Leads Charge into Lee USA Speedway

Therrien Leads Charge into Lee USA Speedway


 

 After a convincing victory at Oxford Plains Speedway last Sunday, Bobby Therrien is looking to continue his hot start as American-Canadian Tour (ACT) takes the green flag this Sunday, April 24 at Lee USA Speedway with the annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. The NH Governor’s Cup, which was postponed due to weather in early April to start 2016 racing season, has been the traditional ACT opener since 2008, and with 12 different winners in the previous 13 ACT Late Model Tour events at the 1/3-mile speedway, the stage is set for another unpredictable and exciting event.

Four of the last six NH Governor’s Cup winners – Miles Chipman (2010), Jimmy Hebert (2013), Eddie MacDonald (2014), and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. (2015) – have entered the event. Each hopes to become just the second repeat ACT Late Model winner at Lee.  


Therrien Races to Victory in ACT Opener at Oxford

Therrien Races to Victory in ACT Opener at Oxford

Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien passed defending American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. on lap 49 and never looked back winning the Oxford 100 going away on Sunday, April 17th at Oxford Plains Speedway. 

Therrien led the final 51 laps, holding off Steuben ME’s Rowland Robinson Jr. on a pair of late restarts to win the 2016 ACT season opener. It was Therrien’s second career victory and first since 2013.

Robinson came home second to earn his first career podium finish with ACT. Former Oxford winner Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald charged from 16th on the starting grid to finish third.

Helliwell grabbed the lead on the start from pole sitter Brad Babb and led the first 29 circuits. Meanwhile, Robinson quickly moved up from the ninth starting position, grabbing the lead from Helliwell on lap 30 as the two worked through traffic. 

Helliwell stuck with Robinson, and took the lead back just prior to the race’s second caution on the lap 44. Therrien then came to life on the restart, streaking from the third position to the secure the lead 4 laps later.


ACT Youth Look to Come of Age at Oxford

ACT Youth Look to Come of Age at Oxford

 The opening race of 2016 racing season will have several young guns looking to make a good first impression competing against the top Late Model drivers in the Northeast.

 The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Pro All Stars Series (PASS) head to Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway Sunday, April 17 for the first ACT/PASS doubleheader of the 2016 season, featuring 100 laps for the ACT Late Models and 150 laps for the PASS North Super Late Models. The event is the 67th season opener for the historic 3/8-mile speedway.


ACT and VP Racing Fuels Extend Contingency Program

ACT and VP Racing Fuels Extend Contingency Program

 

 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and VP Racing Fuels officials announced today they have agreed to a three-year extension of their current partnership. VP Racing Fuels is entering its fifth season as the official fuel of ACT. The VP Fuels contingency program sponsors the Hard Charger Award for both the ACT Late Model Tour and the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman division at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road.

 The program awards three 54-gallon drums of ACT/VP “spec” racing fuel to the ACT champion. In addition, VP Racing Fuels also awards five free gallons of ACT/VP spec racing fuel to all Tiger Sportsman feature winners at Thunder Road along with one drum of VP C-9 spec racing fuel to the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman champion. VP Racing Fuels also sponsors the annual Vermont Governors Cup 150 for ACT-type Late Models at Thunder Road on Thursday, July 14.


Weather Forces Postponement of ACT Lee NH Governor’s Cup

Weather Forces Postponement of ACT Lee NH Governor’s Cup

                                                      

The unique Winter-Spring of 2016 has forced officials of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and the Lee USA Speedway to postpone the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10.

More than 40 ACT Late Model teams were expected to try and qualify for 28 starting spots, including defending event and 2015 ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. of Dover, NH, along with recent SERIE Que Champions Dany Trepanier and Alex Labbe.  Former Lee Governor’s Cup Champion, Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA was also ready to begin the season at his home track.

The make-up date for Lee is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 with a post time of 1:00pm.

 

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