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***NEW* 1/26/15 - ALEX LABBE HONORED FOR 2014 SERIE ACT TITLE

1/22/15 - THUNDER ROAD STARS HEADED FOR NEW SMYRNA

1/15/15 - THIRD ACT EVENT ADDED AT NEW SMYRNA

AMERICAN RACER CHALLENGE AT NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16 AND TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17. SPECIAL ACT 100-LAPPER AT NEW SMYRNA ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15....THE ACT/THUNDER ROAD OFFICE IS NOW ON WINTER OFFICE HOURS WHICH ARE MONDAY-THURSDAY 8AM TO 4PM. CLOSED ON FRIDAYS...

Serie ACT Banquet of Champions

Alex Labbe Honored for 2014 Série ACT Title

Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC was honored for his 2014 Serie ACT Championship during the annual Banquet of Champions at the Complexe des Seigneuries in St-Agapit, QC on Saturday, January 24. Labbe earned his first career Série ACT title with the help of three feature wins during the 2014 campaign. Dave Coursol of St-Jerome, QC was honored as the 2014 Série ACT Rookie of the Year. Steven Duguay of the Goulet team took home the Crew Chief of the Year honors. 200 guests were on hand for the awards ceremony, which honored the top drivers from the 2014 Série ACT season.

Labbe joined the Larue Brothers’ team beginning in 2013 when they claimed second in the Série ACT final standings. The Larue Brothers, Denis and Louis have been long time competitors on the Série ACT. They claimed the 2010 Série ACT Championship with driver Karl Allard and they were honored as the 2013 Don MacTavish Award winners. During the 2014 season, the team also earned with their championship a top five in the sixth annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and started outside pole for the 52nd Annual Milk Bowl at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road.


ACT at New Smyrna

Thunder Road Stars Ready to Head South

The American Canadian Tour roster for the events at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Sunday through Tuesday, February 15-17 features several drivers from Barre’s Thunder Road International Speedbowl. East Montpelier’s Emily Packard, Montpelier’s Josh Demers and Milton’s Eric Chase will all make the journey south in just under a month.

Veteran Thunder Road Late Model competitor Chase is the only one of the three with experience at the fast half-mile. Back in 2008, Chase claimed a feature win at New Smyrna in the opening event of the “World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.” He was also competed in the first time ACT visited New Smyrna Speedway in February of 2011.

American Racer Challenge Cup at NSS

ACT Announces Third Race Scheduled at New Smyrna Speedway

Robert Hart, Promoter and Owner of the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) and Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) made a surprise announcement today by scheduling a third event for the ACT Late Model teams. The popular New England and Quebec based touring group have added a Sunday night, February 15, 2015 date to their trip to the Florida track. The American Racer Challenge Cup will take place on Monday and Tuesday, February 16-17, 2015.

“It was a nice surprise today to hear from Kim Brown and Robert Hart from New Smyrna. After consulting all 28 teams, we have been able to put together a field of twenty-six cars to run an additional 100-lap race on Sunday night of the opening weekend at New Smyrna Speedway. The season-opening event of the NASCAR K & N Series will take place on Sunday as well. There was a lot of enthusiasm and support from all the teams, and most told us they would be there watching the K&N race anyway, so being able to race was a bonus they hadn’t expected,” said Curley.

American Racer Challenge at NSS

Laperle Brothers Enter ACT New Smyrna February Challenge Cup

The Laperle Brothers race team from Montreal, Quebec have entered the ACT American Racer Challenge Cup to be contested at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) in New Smyrna Beach, Florida on Monday and Tuesday, February 16-17, 2015. That brings the ACT field for the winter showdown at the World Series of Racing to a total of twenty-eight (28) entrants from throughout New England and Quebec.

“Well I guess you could think of this as somewhat of a ‘game-changer’. Eric Laperle has been an accomplished crew chief for his brother Patrick ever since they flipped the coin to see which twin would drive their first race at Airborne Speedway back in 1998. Patrick became the driver and Eric began learning his craft as crew chief. The Laperle team will certainly bring some energy to the event next month,” said ACT President Tom Curley.


2014 ACT Banquet of Champions

Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Honored at ACT Banquet of Champions

American Canadian Tour staff, officials and teams honored their 2014 ACT Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, NH with the Banquet of Champions at the Doubletree Inn in South Burlington, VT on Saturday, January 10, 2015. The 25-year-old Polewarczyk captured his first career ACT title in his 9th season with the series and pocketed the $10,000 point fund check. He was also honored with the prestigious Don MacTavish Award for his dedication and contribution to stock car racing in the Northeast. Competitors and teams who finished in the top 15 in the 2014 final standings were all recognized, along with several special awards.

Polewarczyk and his father and car owner Joe Polewarczyk, Sr. began competing on the American Canadian Tour in 2006. Considered the youngster of the series, Polewarczyk and his father quickly progressed over the years into big race winners, consistent favorites, and finally veteran Champions. In 2014, they put together arguably the best Championship Season in ACT Late Model history.


ACT American Racer Challenge Cup at New Smyrna

ACT Young Stars Look Forward to New Smyrna
Atkins, Packard, Welch, Stearns, Robinson All Enter American Racer Challenge Cup

The first trip to New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) in 2011 ended up with 28 very diverse teams. Half the teams were “regular ACT touring teams”, the rest were from various elements of the overall ACT Late Model racing program that covers a wide area of the Northeastern US, and Provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

The 2015 visit to the Daytona Beach area will have a much more experienced and different look when the 2015 American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams visit the New Smyrna Speedway to compete in a two-day double-header event--the American Racer Challenge Cup this February.

“We had some terrific reviews following our first-ever effort at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at NSS a few years ago. We have been fortunate to have sustainable growth within the middle of our ACT system over the past few years. We are all very excited about having so many of our talented new young teams heading to Florida on February 16-17,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.


ACT American Racer Challenge Cup at New Smyrna

Hebert, Helliwell, MacDonald Look to New Smyrna for First 2015 Win

Many of the long time race chasers in the Northeast have talked about the big half-mile at New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) in Florida being just like an extra-large Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. If that is an accurate assumption, then one former Rookie-of-the-Year and two veterans from the American Canadian Tour (ACT) will have an edge going into the February trip to Florida at the “World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing”. The American Racer Challenge Cup will post $35,000 for teams from throughout the Northeast and Eastern Canada on Monday and Tuesday, February 16 and 17, 2015 in a unique twin 100 lap event over the two days.

Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, VT was the 2012 ACT Rookie of the Year. In 2013, Hebert shocked the short track racing community with a dramatic first ACT win on opening day at the Lee USA Speedway in the traditional April ACT opener, the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150.


American Racer Challenge at NSS

Keith Rocco Enters ACT American Racer Challenge
Rocco’s First ACT Event Will Be at New Smyrna Speedway

Keith Rocco from Meriden, CT is a 2010 NASCAR National Champion, has three (3) NASCAR SK Modified championships at the Waterford Speedbowl, two (2) ACT type Late Model Championships at the Speedbowl, and too numerous feature event wins in the heart of Modified country, Connecticut, to list. His next challenge is to head to the New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Racing and enter the American Canadian Tour (ACT) American Racer Challenge Series on Monday and Tuesday, February 16-17, 2015.

 

“My Late Model car owner, Scott Fern (Wilbraham, MA) is a big fan of ACT Late Model racing. That is how I got started in the fender type cars a few years ago. We have had a pretty busy modified schedule chasing NASCAR points for the past few years, although we tried to get to a couple ACT shows, but weather and other issues kind of put that on the back burner. This mid-winter trip to Florida and the American Racer Challenge Cup is going to be a great break. We are looking forward to our first ACT event,” said Rocco.

American Racer Challenge at NSS

Parent Returns to New Smyrna World Series of Asphalt Racing

In 2011, Ray Parent from Tiverton, Rhode Island, decided to start his full-time American Canadian Tour (ACT) career at the inaugural event to be held at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) during the World Series of Asphalt Racing in February of that year. Parent had raced primarily at the famous D.A. Vendetti “Cement Palace”, Seekonk Speedway, a typical ¼ mile bullring that New England racing is known for.

Parent had been successful racing in what was known as a Pro Stock (Super Late Model) race car for years in the southern New England market. The ACT Late Model program, with its innovative cost-conscience crate motors, sealed Koni shock absorbers, and 8” restricted tire usage program, had booked a winter race at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida during the February race activities in the Daytona Beach area. Parent decided it was time for a change with his Amtrol sponsored race team.


American Racer Challenge at NSS

Defending Champions File Entry for American Racer Challenge
New Smyrna Speedway to Host Second ACT Race

The entry list for the American Racer Challenge event to be held at the New Smyrna Speedway (NSS) during the 2015 World Series of Asphalt Racing in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, on Monday and Tuesday, February 16 and 17, is filled with ACT Champions from both the ACT US and Quebec tours.

 Defending New Smyrna Challenge Champion, and 2014 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Champion, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) from Hudson, New Hampshire won the first event held at New Smyrna in 2011. “I can’t think of a better way to start the new season off than to win again at New Smyrna. I really like the race track, and we had a blast there a few years ago. Our goal is to use this as a springboard for defending our Championship on the Tour (ACT) this year,” said Pole.


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