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Bond ACT Invitational at NHMS

ACT’S NEW BREED LOOKS TO UPSET VETERANS AT NHMS INVITATIONAL

Includes Full Bond ACT Invitational Roster

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