51st People's United Bank Milk Bowl

Laperle and MacDonald Enter 51st Milk Bowl

ACT Champion Helliwell Withdraws Entry

 Quebec’s Patrick Laperle and the “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald from Rowley, MA are the latest entries in the 51st Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl, to be held at Thunder Road International Speedbowl on Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, 2013.

Newly crowned ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. from Dover, NH and his Bruce Bernhardt team have withdrawn their entry from the event. “Our sponsor backed out so we don’t have the money to make the Milk Bowl weekend,” the 2013 Champion said.

Laperle is a three-time winner of the ‘toughest short track’ race in North America and will seek his 4th win in the fall classic on Sunday, October 6, 2013. When the hard charging three time Série ACT and 2008 ACT US Champion was asked why he was coming to this year’s Milk Bowl, Laperle said, “The money! Ten Thousand ($10,000.00) to win is a lot of money. I am excited to try out the new American Racer tire too.”



Alex Labbe of St. Albert, Quebec won the 39th annual American Canadian Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday, September 28, 2013.  Labbe became the spoiler in the season-long championship title bout between defending Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH and contender Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH.  Polewarczyk took the lead on lap 34 and led the most laps, held off numerous challenges from Labbe until lap 186 when the fourth and final caution of the day flew for a major wreck involving Helliwell, Jonathan Bouvrette, and shuffled many cars, including Polewarczyk. 

Labbe led the final 16 laps, while Polewarczyk had to contend with a hard-charging Brian Hoar for 2nd place.  Helliwell pitted after the 186 damage, and nursed his car to finish as the last car on the lead lap, finishing ninth (9th), and his pre-race 41-point lead ended up unofficially at 16 points securing his second ACT Championship.

Brian Hoar finished 3rd, 3-time Airborne Champion Brent Dragon finished 4th, and Steuben, Maine’s Rowland Robinson, Jr. had a career-best finish, rounding out the top 5.

ACT competitors will next return for the 51st running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl which will take place next weekend, October 5th and 6th, 2013 at the home track of the American Canadian Tour, Thunder Road International Speedbowl, in Barre, VT.


American Racer Debuts at Milk Bowl

American Racer Tire Debuts at 2013 Milk Bowl

 One of the country’s most unique events, billed as the ‘toughest short track race in America’, Thunder Road’s Milk Bowl just got tougher. The American Canadian Tour recently announced that they will be making a tire change for the first time in nearly a decade. The American Racer tire will become the tire of choice beginning in 2014 for the large network of weekly tracks and the two popular touring series sanctioned by ACT. The season-ending 51st Milk Bowl will unveil the new product for use in the Fall classic the weekend of October 4-6, 2013.

“We have spent the entire summer developing and testing a tire to serve our needs for future years. American Racer has done an outstanding job of getting us exactly what we asked for to replace our current brand of Late Model tires. We have full confidence that the teams will be enthusiastic about the new tire that was developed and ‘rolling’ it out at Thunder Road’s most historic event should let everyone know how confident we are about this product”, said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour and Promoter of Thunder Road International Speedbowl.

ACT Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne

ACT Champion to be Crowned in Fall Foliage 200

The American Canadian Tour rolls into Airborne Speedway this Saturday, September 28 for the Fall Foliage 200 season finale. The 2013 ACT Championship battle has been narrowed down to three contenders. Defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. leads the way over Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and Jimmy Hebert, who are both eager to take home their first championship title.

Helliwell and his E-Keys 4 Cars Ford claimed the 2012 ACT Championship with a win in the Fall Foliage 200 last season. This year he has to fend off Hudson, NH’s Polewarczyk, who claimed the biggest win of 2013 in the ACT International 500 at Airborne back in July. Breakout star, Hebert is also in the mix with two ACT wins of his own already this year.

All three drivers are coming off solid performances in the Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last Saturday (September 21). Helliwell came home second after contending for the win with eventual winner Eddie MacDonald and Brian Hoar. Polewarczyk drove his Pole’s Automotive Ford from 22nd to finish fifth, while Hebert earned 15th.

5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational

Eddie MacDonald Wins 3rd Bond Auto ACT Invitational; Pockets $8,300

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts claimed his 3rd Invitational win in the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 21. MacDonald pocketed $8,300 for his efforts as he fended off ACT Champions Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Brian Hoar. MacDonald has previously won the ACT Invitational in 2009 and 2011.

The “Outlaw” MacDonald worked his way through the field from his 26th starting position and seemed to settle in to the top five through the halfway mark. Polesitter Travis Stearns and Quinten Welch swapped the lead over the first dozen laps and two of the three total cautions. Following the second restart, eight-time ACT Champion took the point and battled with Welch until the third and final caution at the halfway point.

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.