500 Fever: Reason #10

500 Fever


 (over the next four weeks leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there will be two or three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event---check back often over the next few weeks and you too will catch  the ‘500 Fever’ ----) 


-The ACT INTERNATIONAL ‘500’ was introduced as a result of the loss for ACT Late Models of one of the nation’s greatest short track events, the Oxford 250.

[Think of it this way, you have three kids, two toddlers and a pre-teen. If Christmas was eliminated from your family’s holiday schedule, more than likely you would find something of equal excitement and value to replace it! Damn the Grinch who tries to steal Christmas]

That is it!! Plain and simple! A special event to replace the loss of the ‘250’ for the ACT legal Late Model teams throughout the Northeast states, Quebec and Ontario.

When the 70-100 ACT legal Late Model teams who supported the ‘250’ for the past five years learned that they would no longer have that event to look forward to, that was the genesis of having a big race for those ACT teams who have supported ACT Late Model racing over the past decade and a half.


Polewarczyk Makes It Two In A Row

Polewarczyk Makes It Two In A Row

Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., grabbed his second straight American Canadian Tour victory in the ACT 150 at Groveton, NH’s Riverside Speedway on Sunday, June 23, beating reigning Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., and sophomore driver Jimmy Hebert.

The race was a rain makeup from earlier in the month, and began on Sunday with 29 laps complete.  Steuben, ME’s Rowland Robinson, Jr., reassumed the lead from Hebert early on and stubbornly battled with Helliwell during several restarts.  An early caution sent Hebert’s car spinning, pulling him from second to the rear of the field.  It would be the second race in a row Hebert would have to fight from the back after mechanical struggles at Canaan a week ago. 

Midway through the event, Helliwell powered to the lead on the outside only to engage in a battle with hometown hero Randy Potter.  Potter got by the reigning Champion, and paced the field until Polewarczyk broke through the pack, storming by the top five in the late stages of the race and laying claim to his second ACT victory in eight days. 

ACT at WMMP Postponed

ACT at White Mountain Postponed Due to Rain

The American Canadian Tour suffered another postponed event on Saturday, June 22 at White Mountain Motorsports Park. Heavy rains moved in at the scheduled post time forcing the postponement. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 10.

Before the rains came, twenty-six (26) ACT Late Models took advantage of three practice sessions. Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. topped the speed charts.

The American Canadian Tour returns to Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH tomorrow, Sunday, June 23, to complete the previously postponed event. The remaining 121 laps will be completed along with a Street Stock 100 lap special. Qualifying for the Streets is set to roll off at 1:30pm with the ACT final 121 laps immediately after. Twenty-nine (29) Late Models took the green flag back on June 2.

SÚrie ACT at St Eustache Postponed

Série ACT at St Eustache Postponed

The Série ACT event scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, QC has been postponed due to weather.  A rain date is to be announced.

Jean-Francois Dery won the opener at St-Croix, QC's Circuit Riverside Speedway after two previous rainouts at Autodrome Montmagny and Autodrome St-Eustache.  Patrick Cliche currently leads the points on Série ACT, with Dery and long-time veteran Claude Leclerc just behind.  This will be the third rainout in four races for Série ACT, which will have an unprecedented purse in 2013 with over $400,000 in purse through 11 races.

Série ACT will resume on Saturday, June 29 at Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, QC for a 250-lap event. 

Helliwell Reclaims ACT Point Lead

Helliwell Reclaims ACT Point Lead 

Following a second place finish at Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, NH last Saturday, June 15, defending American Canadian Tour Stock Car Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. has taken over the points lead heading into a double header weekend.

Helliwell jumped past sophomore talent Jimmy Hebert after mechanical failures on the Hebert machine during the 150-lap feature at Canaan Speedway.  Hebert fought through the challenges to finish ninth, and held on to second place in the standings just 11 points behind.

Polewarczyk Steals Victory at Canaan

Polewarczyk Steals Victory at Canaan

Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., shocked reigning American Canadian Tour and Canaan Late Model Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., in the closing laps of the ACT 150 at Canaan Fair Speedway on Saturday, June 15, picking up his first ACT victory since October of 2011.  Turner, ME’s Glen Luce completed the all-Ford podium. 

Helliwell dominated for most of the race while engaging in a close battle with points leader Jimmy Hebert early on.  Hebert looked stout in second place until a heart-breaking malfunction took him off the pace until a lap 22 caution flag allowed him to head down pit road.  Hebert had already battled a fever earlier in the week, and a transmission failure in practice, as his team worked and got his car back out on the track. 

ACT Heads to Canaan This Saturday

ACT Heads to Canaan This Saturday

The American Canadian Tour Stock Car Championship series will be headed to Canaan Fair Speedway in Canaan, NH for a 150-lap feature this Saturday, June 15.  It will be ACT’s first return to the track since 2005. 

The fast 1/3-mile has been host to six different winners in the 6 ACT events held there between 1997 and 2005.  With a championship battle full of new faces, drivers are excited about the opportunity.

“This is another one of a handful of new tracks on the Tour for us this year,” said second-place point runner Jimmy Hebert.  “I still feel confident.  Everywhere we’ve unloaded the car has been great.  This has been the most fun I’ve ever had racing,” he finished.

Serie ACT - Circuit Riverside Speedway
Jean-François Déry Battles Way to Série ACT Win
The 2013 Série ACT season finally got underway with the Riverside 100 at St-Croix, Quebec’s Circuit Riverside Speedway on Sunday, June 9. Quebec City’s Jean-François Déry battled his way from his 20th starting position to steal the win from longtime event leader Patrick Cliche. Cliche led the majority of the 100 lap event, but Déry stole the win on a restart with just ten laps to go.
Déry held off Cliche on two restarts in the final three laps, while Série ACT veteran Claude Leclerc got by Cliche on the final restart to claim second. Two-time Série ACT Champion Donald Theetge worked his way from 18th to take 4th with Alex Labbe completing the top five.
Patrick Boyer, Jacques Poulin, Maxime Pelletier, 2012 Série ACT Rookie of the Year Etienne Cliche and Patrick Hamel rounded out the top ten.
The event was delayed by rain early in the day. After getting under way, the race saw 11 cautions for only minor spins.

SÚrie ACT at Circuit Riverside Postponed Until Sunday

Série ACT at Circuit Riverside Postponed Until Sunday

The Série ACT event at St-Croix, QC’s Riverside Speedway scheduled for Saturday, June 8 has been postponed due to rain.  The makeup date is set for Sunday, June 9 with a post time of 1:00pm.

After rainouts at Autodrome Montmagny and Autodrome St. Eustache, this marks the third time in a row the Série ACT opening event has been postponed due to rain.  The 2013 season will attempt to open once again on Sunday with a more promising forecast.

Série ACT will have the largest purse in its history in 2013 with over $400,000 being put up across 11 events including an $80,000 point fund and $70,000 in tire bonus money.

The Série ACT season will get underway this Sunday, June 9 at Circuit Riverside Speedway in St. Croix, QC.  Post time is 1:00pm.

VP Fuel Posts $1,000 Bonus for ACT International 500

VP Fuel Posts $1,000 Bonus for ACT International 500

VP Racing Fuels has added a $1,000 pole qualifier award bonus to the highest paying American Canadian Tour stock car race of the summer: the Inaugural ACT International 500 at Airborne Speedway on July 20/21. 

The ACT competitor who qualifies in the top position for the first of three 100-lap segments for the Late Models will earn the $1,000 bonus. The marquee summer event already boasts a purse of over $140,000, with a guaranteed $25,000 going to the winner. 

The extra grand in qualifying turns up the heat on a race already enticing drivers from both sides of the border.