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ACT Stat Attack

Stat Attack
All stats are from ACT US Late Model point counting events only.

·         133 different drivers attended at least one of the 14 events in 2013.

·         121 of those drivers qualified for at least one event.

·         682 different drivers have now attempted to qualify for at least one of the 247 events run since the inception of the ACT Late Model Tour in 1992.

·         536 different drivers have now started a feature event.

·         34 drivers started their first feature in 2013.

·         Eric Chase (104) and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (100) made their 100th career starts in 2013.

·         8 different drivers led the first laps of their careers. (Brockton Davis, Todd Davis, Travis Fadden, Dave Farrington, Jr., Ray Parent, Rowland Robinson, Jr., Travis Stearns, Bobby Therrien)

·         156 different drivers have now led at least one lap in ACT competition.


2014 ACT US Schedule

ACT 2014 Schedule Released

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular ‘special’ events on the calendar.

The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. “It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.


2014 Serie ACT Schedule

ACT Serie Quebec 2014 Schedule Released

 

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a nine-race schedule for the Série ACT 2014 season. Entering the eighth (8th) year of championship stock car racing, both the opening ACT event to be held May 24, 2014 and the final event, September 14, 2014 will be held at the Autodrome Ste Eustache (ASE) outside of Montreal. ASE will also host a third event on July 05, 2014.

 

Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste. Croix, QC is the oldest affiliated track with ACT. Promoters Jean and Guilluame Bergeron host three events. Events will be held on May 31, 2014 and August 02, 2014. The spectacular 5/8th mile track that sits along the St. Lawrence River, just minutes from Quebec City, will also host the 5th annual Can-Am 200 on Saturday, August 23rd. The event will see the very best of the Quebec teams compete in a grueling 200 laps against the best of the ACT US teams.


ACT Introduces KONI Shock Option for 2014

American Canadian Tour Introduces KONI Shock Option in 2014

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced that they have entered an agreement with KONI, one of the largest suppliers of shocks around the world, to introduce an additional shock option beginning in 2014. The shock which will be admitted to the approved ACT shock program is the new KON 30-7499.

Jim Ryan, automotive sales manager for KONI USA said, “KONI has enjoyed a successful relationship with the American Canadian Tour for over a decade. We were happy to enter a discussion on how we might be able to help racers from both the weekly affiliate tracks and the two touring series. The mission was to provide a shock that would in effect ‘tie down’ the front end of the race car while keeping within the ACT cost conscience business model. After a testing session last month, we were all very happy with the results, and KONI will begin the manufacturing process immediately.”


2014 Thunder Road Schedule

Thunder Road Announces 2014 Schedule

Thunder Road International Speedbowl has released its 2014 stock car racing schedule. The schedule features 18 events from the end of April through the beginning of October, as is tradition at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.” The biggest change for 2014 is the switch from Sunday “Twilight” events in early June to the return of the traditional June Thursday night events.

The season will kick off with the 16th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on the weekend of Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. The Merchants Bank event will be the only American Canadian Tour races at the ¼-mile in 2014.

The 52nd Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will be on Sunday, May 25. This event will be the first of the 2014 Vermont State Championship events. The season will be highlighted by big Thursday nights. The Governor’s Cup 150, the second of Thunder Road’s VT State Championship events, will be on June 26 with the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Fireworks night the following week on July 3.


Ford Blue Oval Cup Championship

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Captures 4th Ford Blue Oval Cup Title

Dover, NH’s Wayne Helliwell, Jr. earned his 4th consecutive Ford Blue Oval Cup title after finishing 5th in the Fall Brawl at Riverside Speedway (Groveton, NH). Helliwell has now won the Ford title in each of its four seasons to date.

The 2013 Ford Championship saw the closest battle ever heading into the final eligible race. Helliwell lead by just one point over Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Polewarczyk was involved in an accident in the second half of the 200 lap event, which effectively ended his title hopes. Helliwell was leading late until fading back to 5th following the final caution flag on lap 196.


Ford Blue Oval Cup Championship

Ford Blue Oval Cup Title on the Line at Riverside

While Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. decided the American Canadian Tour Championship a few weeks ago at Airborne Speedway in the Fall Foliage 200, but they have one more title to settle this weekend. The duo sit atop the Ford Blue Oval Cup Standings separated by just one point, Helliwell leads, heading into the final ACT-affiliated event at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH this weekend.

The Ford Blue Oval Cup Challenge is a season-long point system that awards competitors who use Ford’s S347JR engine in ACT series and approved affiliated track events. Competitors use their best 18 events in the Ford Blue Oval Standings. The 2013 championship team will receive $2,000 for their effort. Helliwell is a two-time Blue Oval Cup Champion and has been atop the standings for the majority of the 2013 season. Polewarczyk has earned the most wins for Ford this season with four, and his 5th place effort in the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road brought him within one point of the lead.


51st People's United Bank Milk Bowl

Nick Sweet Takes First Milk Bowl Victory
Shawn Fleury and Bunker Hodgdon Earn Track Titles

Barre’s own Nick Sweet claimed his first career Milk Bowl in the 51st running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Sunday, October 6. Consistency was the key for Sweet, who drove the St. J Auto Buick to segment finishes of 6th, 8th and 4th to win $10,000 in the season finale at Thunder Road.

Sweet began the final 50-lap segment in 17th, one spot behind 2013 Thunder Road champion Derrick O’Donnell, who entered the final round with lowest point total (11), and eight positions behind three-time Milk Bowl winner Brian Hoar.

 One lap into the final segment, O’Donnell’s bid came apart when he spun out after contact with Lance Allen and took a blow from Alex Labbe.

 On the restart, Hoar sat 9th with Sweet in 17th as a heavy mist came and went threatening to end the race early. Rain would have been a reprieve for O’Donnell, but through four more restarts and some pause for the weather, the race, and Sweet continued on.


51st People's United Bank Milk Bowl

Quebec’s Alex Labbe Scores Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award

 Racing stateside is becoming very agreeable with 2013 Série ACT Runner-up Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC.

One week after winning the ACT Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Park Speedway, the 20-year-old Canadian racer won the Booth Brothers/HP Hood pole award at Thunder Road and will start on the point in Sunday’s (October 6) 51st Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl. He became the first Quebec driver to earn the pole award and the $1,000 bonus since Patrick Laperle in 2002.

Labbe best 49 other ACT Late Model teams when he turned Saturday’s fastest lap (13.159) in qualifying. Three-time Milk Bowl winner Brian Hoar (13.206) will be his partner on the front row.

“This was my second time trying to qualify for the Milk Bowl,” the former go-kart racer said. “The first time, in 2010, I didn’t make it. I just wanted to get into the race, but the car felt really good. I practiced on older tires, but I went out on new tires for the time trial. In the 50-lap race, I let (Patrick) Laperle go. I want to keep my stuff for tomorrow.”

51st People's United Bank Milk Bowl

Pit Notes: 51st Milk Bowl Practice

A total of 46 American Canadian Tour Late Models were in attendance at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT for Friday’s (October 4) practice session in anticipation of the 51st People’s United Bank Milk Bowl. Practice was delayed and started around 1:30pm due to some showers. The session was extended until 6:00pm to give teams time to get comfortable on the new American Racer tires.

A diverse group of competitors ran near the top of the speed charts all day. Former Milk Bowl Champions Jean-Paul Cyr, Brent Dragon, Brian Hoar, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Cris Michaud and Dave Pembroke were among them. Several drivers looking for their first career Milk Bowl wins also turned quick laps, including Chip Grenier, Trampas Demers, 2013 Thunder Road Champion Derrick O’Donnell, Cody Blake, Nick Sweet and Stacy Cahoon. A contingent of Quebec stars was also quick in the practice sessions. Alex Labbe and three-time Milk Bowl Champion Patrick Laperle led the way with Jonathan Bouvrette and Stephane Descoste not far behind.