Contributed by: ACT Staff
Former Bond Auto Invitational Winners Look to Hold Off Hungry Contenders
Includes Full Bond Auto ACT Invitational Roster
Forty-three of the top American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model competitors from seven U.S. states and the Canadian province of Quebec will descend on Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) for the 7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Saturday, September 26. All four former winners of the Invitational will look to add another entry to the record books, but a number of drivers are in position to break into the “Magic Mile” winner’s circle for the first time.
Rowley, MA’s Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald is the clear top dog heading into the 50-lap, 52.9-mile event with nearly $80,000 in posted awards. MacDonald has three Invitational wins to his name, triumphing in 2009, 2011, and 2013. After a strong showing in the annual Test & Tune Session in August, MacDonald will go for a fourth win this year.
“It’s definitely going to be tough,” MacDonald said. “The competition has gotten tougher and tougher each year. Hopefully we can get the car so we can get through traffic and just be able to get close to the front and have a shot at the end.”
Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk Jr., who have been locked in a fierce battle for the 2015 ACT Tour Championship, will extend their rivalry to NHMS as they both seek a second Bond Auto Invitational win. “Joey Pole” won the second edition of the event in 2010, while Helliwell triumphed in 2014 and could become the first driver with back-to-back Invitational wins. 2012 winner Ray Parent of Tiverton, RI made steady improvement in the August test session and will also look for a second NHMS victory.
The former winners will have to contend with an elite group of ACT Late Model racers looking for their first Invitational triumph. Barre, VT’s Nick Sweet and St-Denis, QC’s Patrick Laperle both have a pair of runner-up finishes in the Invitational and are hungry to finally capture the top spot. Defending Série ACT Champion Alex Labbe finished fifth in the 2014 Invitational and already has four Série ACT wins in 2015.
A number of dark-horses were strong at the August test session and could pull off an unexpected Invitational win. Lempster, NH’s Guy Caron turned the fastest lap in August to emerge as a contender. Multi-time Claremont Speedway and Canaan Fair Speedway Champion Aaron Fellows was also fast in August and finished fourth in the 2013 Invitational.
Série ACT point leader Dany Trépanier is in the midst of his best season, while Tom Carey Jr. has finished in the top-10 in all four Invitationals he has competed in. Former Whelen Modified Tour NHMS winner Woody Pitkat will compete at the speedway in a Late Model for the first time but is a threat in any car he drives.
The 7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway is Saturday, September 26. Forty-three of the top ACT Late Model drivers from the Northeast United States and Canada will run 50 green-flag laps as part of a tripleheader that includes the Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Tour. The Invitational takes the green flag at 5:00pm.
(Note: Since the original publication of this story, #38QC Gaetan Gaudreault and #66QC Gaetan Longtin have been forced to withdraw from the Invitational due to mechanical issues. They have been replaced by #07QC Jean-Pierre Ouimet and #3NH Mike Kenison. The updated roster is below.)
7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Driver Roster
Car # Driver Hometown
|0NH||Alby Ovitt||Somersworth, NH|
|3NH||Mike Kenison||LAncaster, NH|
|3VT||Ricky Roberts||Washington, VT|
|4NY||Brandon Atkins||Au Sable Forks, NY|
|5CT||Dillon Moltz||Waterford, CT|
|7NH||Scott MacMichael||Newbury, NH|
|8NH||Guy Caron||Lempster, NH|
|9NH||Kyle Welch||Newport, NH|
|10MA||Tom Carey, Jr.||New Salem, MA|
|11NY||Josh Masterson||Charlotte, VT|
|11RI||Ryan Vanasse||Warwick, RI|
|14CT||Paul Charette||Woodstock, CT|
|15NH||Brad Babb||Windham, ME|
|15VT||Joey Laquerre||E. Montpelier, VT|
|17MA||Eddie MacDonald||Rowley, MA|
|17RI||Ray Parent||Tiverton, RI|
|19QC||Dany Trepanier||St-Edouard, QC|
|20CT||John Lowinski-Loh||Blackstone, MA|
|21QC||Jean-François Déry||Quebec, QC|
|23ME||Dave Farrington Jr.||Jay, ME|
|26NH||Bucky Demers||Cornish, NH|
|27NH||Wayne Helliwell, Jr.||Dover, NH|
|28ME||Rowland Robinson, Jr.||Steuben, ME|
|29NH||Aaron Fellows||Croydon, NH|
|30NH||Rich Dubeau||Plainfield, NH|
|31VT||John Donahue||Graniteville, VT|
|34NH||Todd Davis||Claremont, NH|
|40VT||Nick Sweet||Barre, VT|
|41QC||Jonathan Bouvrette||Blainville, QC|
|48QC||Alex Labbe||St-Albert, QC|
|49NH||Matt Anderson||Franklin, NH|
|54VT||Mike Ziter||Barre Town, VT|
|58VT||Jimmy Hebert||Williamstown, VT|
|61NH||Ryan Olsen||N. Haverhill, NH|
|68CT||Jeff Rocco||Wallingford, CT|
|77MA||James Linardy||Somerville, MA|
|83QC||Martin Goulet Jr.||Marcouche, QC|
|91CT||Larry Gelinas||Buxton, ME|
|91QC||Patrick Laperle||St-Denis, QC|
|97NH||Joey Polewarczyk, Jr.||Hudson, NH|
|98NH||Walt Hammond Jr.||Orange, NH|
|07MA||Woody Pitkat||Sturbridge, MA|
|07QC||Jean-Pierre Ouimet||Terrebonne, QC|