5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Field Set for 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational

The field has been set for the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The most recent American Canadian Tour U.S. winner, Travis Stearns of Auburn, ME will lead the field to green later this afternoon (Saturday, September 21). Veteran Jamie Aube of N. Ferrisburg, VT will line-up to his outside.

The 43 car field made it through the morning practice with only a couple incidents. 2010 Bond ACT Invitational winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH set the fast time. Brian Hoar, Quebec’s Alex Labbe, Dany Trepanier and two-time Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald completed the top five fast times.

The 43-car field will be set to go green this afternoon following the K&N Pro Series East at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Starting Line-up
New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, NH
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Pos. (Car #) Driver, Hometown
1. (16ME) Travis Stearns, Auburn, ME

2. (41VT) Jamie Aube, N. Ferrisburg, VT

3. (23ME) Dave Farrington, Jr., Jay, ME

4. (78NH) Quinten Welch, Lancaster, NH

5. (34NH) Todd Davis, Claremont, NH

6. (18VT) Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT

7. (7NC) Ben Lynch, Huntersville, NC

8. (81ON) Bryan Mercer, Port Hope, ON

9. (29NH) Aaron Fellows, Croyden, NH

10. (28ME) Rowland Robinson, Jr., Steuben, ME

11. (8NH) Guy Caron, Lempster, NH

12. (14ON) Sean Kennedy, Dunrobin, ON

13. (7ME) Glen Luce, Turner, ME

14. (31NH) Luke Hinkley, Claremont, NH

15. (37VT) Brian Hoar, Williston, VT

16. (27NH) Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dover, NH

17. (88VT) Nick Sweet, Barre, VT

18. (15VT) Joey Laquerre, East Montpelier, VT

19. (07MA) Tom Carey, Jr., New Salem, MA

20. (58VT) Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, VT

21. (17RI) Ray Parent, Tiverton, RI

22. (97NH) Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH

23. (19QC) Dany Trepanier, St-Edouard, QC

24. (41QC) Jonathan Bouvrette, Blainville, QC

25. (94ME) Shawn Martin, Turner, ME

26. (17MA) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA

27. (48QC) Alex Labbe, St-Albert, QC

28. (21QC) Jean-Francois Dery, Quebec, QC

29. (10MA) John Falconi, Oakham, MA

30. (20NH) Taylor Martin, Windham, NH

31. (42VT) Matt White, Northfield, VT

32. (9ME) Emily Packard, East Montpelier, VT

33. (5VT) Bobby Therrien, Hinesburg, VT

34. (20MA) John Lowinski-Loh, Milford, MA

35. (11VT) Josh Masterson, Bristol, VT

36. (77MA) Jimmy Linardy, Somerville, MA

37. (99VT) Cody Blake, Barre, VT

38. (51VT) Joey M. Laquerre, East Montpelier, VT

39. (4NY) Brandon Atkins, Ausable Forks, NY

40. (3VT) Ricky Roberts, Washington, VT

41. (32MA) Jerry Dawson, Lynnfield, MA

42. (49NH) Matt Anderson, Franklin, NH

43. (9NH) Kyle Welch, Newport, NH

51st Annual People's United Bank Milk Bowl

51st Milk Bowl Returns to 50-Lap Segments

The 51st Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl will return to its historic three (3) 50-lap segment format on Sunday, October 6 at Barre’s Thunder Road. In recent years, the final two segments had been run with extended 75-laps. After listening to the fans, it has been decided that the shortened 50-lap segments will create more “edge of your seat” action.

“The 50-lap segments were always more volatile,” said Thunder Road Promoter Tom Curley. “The third and final segment was the highlight of the Milk Bowl, as drivers had to go flat out every lap. The 75-lap segments allowed drivers to relax and gave them too much time to work their way through traffic. That isn’t what the Milk Bowl is about. It’s about white-knuckled, up-on-the-wheel, three-wide for the win action. It’s what makes the Milk Bowl the ‘Toughest Short Track Event in North America’.”

American Racer

American Racer Tire Choice of ACT Through 2019

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that its tire of choice for the next six (6) years will be the American Racer brand from Race Tires America, located in Indiana, Pennsylvania. ACT and its affiliate tracks will change tire needs from Goodyear to the American Racer beginning with the 2014 season.  

“We appreciate the many years of working with the Goodyear Racing Division. They have provided us with nearly a decade of service, and assisted us in the development of new products to meet our tire needs,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

American Race Tire has spent the past four months producing and testing a tire to meet the varied and heavy demand of supplying the Late Model teams in the large area which ACT covers.

5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Nick Sweet Invited to Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Nick Sweet from Barre, VT capped off his Vermont State Championship title win at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway, in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, September 15, 2013 with an invitation to the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) today. Sweet will replace Donald Theetge of Quebec City who had to cancel his invitation because of a business conflict.

Sweet, a two-time Thunder Road Champion, had previously been invited, but after five weeks of testing the new tires for the 2014 ACT season, he decided that he needed to take an ‘off weekend’ to prepare his car for the season finale People’s Bank Milk Bowl event held at Thunder Road, October 5-6.

Serie ACT St-Eustache 200

Jean-François Déry Holds on for 2013 Série ACT Championship

Jonathan Bouvrette Earns First Série ACT Victory in St-Eustache 200

Jonathan Bouvrette of Blainville, QC won the St-Eustache 200 at Autodrome St-Eustache on Sunday, September 15 in dominant fashion. He led well over half the race on his way to his first career Série ACT victory in the 2013 season finale. Jean-François Déry followed him across the line in second to claim the 2013 Série ACT Championship and a $20,000 point fund check.

Déry ran a smart and clean race to come home second and claim the 2013 Série ACT Championship by unofficially eight points. The Série ACT veteran used two victories during the season to secure his first career Série ACT title.

Serie ACT St-Eustache 100

Patrick Laperle Wins St-Eustache 100

Jean-François Déry Pads Point Lead

Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC claimed the St-Eustache 100 win in front of his hometown crowd at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday, September 14. The 100-lap event was originally scheduled for June 1 but was postponed twice due to rain before being scheduled as the first leg of a doubleheader weekend. Jean-François Déry of Quebec City took second position and strengthened his point lead heading into tomorrow’s 200-lap finale at St-Eustache.

Second place point man Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC led early in the event before fading backwards in the middle stages of the event. Donald Theetge stole the lead from Labbe until contact on a lap 15 restart sent him spinning in turn one. Jonathan Bouvrette edged Labbe on the ensuing restart and appeared to be the fastest car on the track until Déry got by him while the two worked through lapped traffic.

5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Field for 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Announced

The 43-car field for the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been announced. The biggest names in American Canadian Tour Late Models will be on hand for the event on Saturday, September 21.

The field will be led by twelve drivers who have won an Invitational qualifier event. A strong contingent from New Hampshire includes Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Vermont drivers Brian Hoar, Jimmy Hebert, Bobby Therrien and Cody Blake claimed qualifier wins. From north of the border, Quebecer’s Jean-François Déry, Alex Labbe, Donald Theetge, Dany Trepanier have all won qualifying events. Travis Stearns of Maine and Eddie MacDonald of Massachusetts complete the 12 Invitational Qualifier winners.

The remainder of the field includes American Canadian Tour regulars Ben Lynch, Glen Luce, Kyle Welch, Ray Parent, Rowland Robinson, Jr., Luke Hinkley and Todd Davis. Completing the Canadian group are Série ACT’s Jonathan Bouvrette, as well as Ontario’s Sean Kennedy and Bryan Mercer.

5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational

5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Posts $7,500-to-Win

When the forty-three American Canadian Tour Late Model teams hit the track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 21 for the 5th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational, they will battle for the $7,500 winner purse. It will be the most ever awarded to the victor and more than double the amount posted for the inaugural event back in 2009.

The early favorites to claim the top prize have to be the past winners on the “Magic Mile.” Veteran ACT competitor Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH earned the Invitational win back in 2010. He finished third in last year’s event and is currently the hottest driver on the 2013 American Canadian Tour. He has already earned three Tour wins this season plus captured the inaugural International 500 victory back in July. He has never finished outside the top ten in this event and with a win this year he could pocket over $9,000 after bonuses.

Serie ACT Disqualification

Série ACT Disqualification Announced

A thorough engine technical inspection following the Série ACT Montmagny 150 held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Autodrome Montmagny, resulted in the following penalties from the American Canadian Tour being issued to the #5QC team of Patrick Cliche. The penaltied are based on violations of ACT’s sealed engine rule, put in place as the cornerstone of ACT Late Model racing in the Northeastern US and Quebec.

Cliche’s engine was found with engine seals that had been tampered with. He and his team have been issued the following penalties:

ACT at NHMS Test and Tune Session

ACT Pit Notes: NHMS Test and Tune

Thirty-five American Canadian Tour Late Model teams attended the annual test and tune session at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Wednesday, September 4 in preparation for the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational in a couple weeks. The full day of practice only saw a couple of incidents and several different teams atop the time charts.

Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert set the fast time of the day with a 31.491 at an average speed of 120.9 mph. Hebert has two ACT wins already this season and is currently sitting third in the standings. Hebert was the cause of the second minor incident of the day as he cut a right front tire and swiped the wall coming off turn two. The car received some damage but he was able to limp it back to the pit area.