ACT Heads to Airborne

Airborne Park Speedway to Host ACT 100

The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will head for one of their favorite tracks, Airborne Speedway, on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The fast, progressively banked one-half mile speedplant has seen some of the most competitive events in the long history of ACT racing.

 “It’s just one of those tracks that you love to race at. Of course, I love it since I won the $25,000 in the ACT International last year. This race will be different than the International with the three segments, or the 200-lap traditional Fall Foliage that we run at Airborne. It is longer in length than most of our short tracks, but it is also faster and things can happen pretty quickly,” said Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, New Hampshire. Pole currently sits in third place, just 16 points from leading the points race.

ACT Late Models 250th Event

ACT Late Models Reach 250th Event
Pays Out over $5.5 Million

The American Canadian Tour will reach a milestone when the Late Model Tour rolls into Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY next Sunday, May 17. It will be the 250th point counting event for the ACT Late Models, which began touring back in 1992. Also with the completion of the Airborne event, the American Canadian Tour will have paid out over $5.5 Million to the Late Model teams.

Over the past 23 seasons and now 249 events, the Late Models have moved from the shadows of the former ACT Pro Stocks, to the premier stock car touring series in the Northeast.

The first ever ACT Late Model event was held at Sanair Super Speedway in St-Pie, QC on April 26, 1992. Norm Andrews of Northfield, VT bested the 26 car field in the 25 lap event. He was the first of what has now become 69 different ACT Late Model feature winners.

ACT Spring Green Make-Up Date Announced

ACT Spring Green Make-Up Date Announced

A make-up date for the ACT Spring Green 114 has been announced by Devil’s Bowl Speedway Management. The event will now be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15. The event was originally scheduled for last Sunday, May 4 but postponed due to saturated grounds and continuing rainy weather.

The event now becomes the 5th on the nine race 2014 ACT schedule. Current ACT point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. will attempt to make history with his fourth straight ACT win at the ½ mile speedway. It will be no easy task as he will have to battle the likes of Jimmy Hebert, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Emily Packard and Ray Parent, who are all off to a great start so far this season and hungry for their first Devil’s Bowl win.

POSTPONED: ACT Spring Green at Devil's Bowl

ACT Spring Green at Devil’s Bowl Postponed

Devil’s Bowl Management has announced the postponement of the ACT Spring Green 114 originally scheduled for this Sunday, May 4 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The event has been postponed due to saturated grounds and unfavorable forecasts for this weekend.

The event will be rescheduled for a later date that will be announced as soon as it has been determined.

The American Canadian Tour heads next to Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh on Saturday, May 17 for a 100 lap event. It has now become the third event on the nine race 2014 ACT Schedule.

ACT Spring Green 114

Helliwell Leads ACT to Devil’s Bowl

Two-time and defending American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH finds himself atop the ACT Standings as the Tour heads into its third event of the season, the Spring Green 114 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this Sunday, May 4. Helliwell is fresh off a $5,000 victory at Thunder Road last weekend and headed to one of his favrite tracks on the ACT schedule, the ½-mile Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

Helliwell claimed his first career ACT victory during the 2012 running of the Spring Green event at Devil’s Bowl. He then scored both ACT wins at the speedway last season, including the Spring Green 113 by a nose over eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar. All three wins helped him on his way to back-to-back ACT Championships.

16th Merchants Bank 150

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. Wheels His Way to Merchants Bank Win

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH used a cross over move on Jimmy Hebert with about 15 laps to go to claim his first career Thunder Road win in the 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 27. Hebert held on for second while 17 year old Emily Packard came home third.

Hebert led for the majority of the event after taking the lead on lap 26 from his third place starting position. He held off two former Thunder Road Late Model Champions in Nick Sweet and Derrick O’Donnell in a fierce battle, while protecting the low lane. With just under 20 laps to go, Sweet and O’Donnell made hard contact on the backstretch, bringing out the ninth caution of the event. Sweet would be done to the day with front end damage, while O’Donnell returned after changing a flat.


Thunder Road Car Show and Practice Day Cancelled

Thunder Road’s annual downtown Barre car show scheduled for Saturday, April 26 has been cancelled due to forecasted rains. The practice session schedule at the track in the afternoon has also been cancelled. Sunday’s (April 27) Merchants Bank 150 is still on as planned with minor adjustments to the schedule.

Teams may pre-register for Sunday’s event and park their haulers in the pit area tomorrow (Saturday, April 26) from noon to 4:00pm. The pits will then open Sunday morning at 7:00am and practice will begin an hour earlier than originally scheduled at 10:00am. The remainder of the schedule will remain as is.

Sunday’s (April 27) event will begin with class day festivities at 1:00pm. Qualifying for the 16th Annual Merchant’s Bank 150 is set to roll out at 1:30pm.

T-Road ACT Opener Home Track Advantage

Thunder Road ACT Opener Provides Home Track Advantage

The 16th annual Merchants Bank 150 opening event at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont offers a big advantage for the hometown ACT Late Model race teams. The high banks and famous fourth turn “widow maker” have proven to be major obstacles for generations of “outsiders”. Not so for the regular Thunder Road graduates.

The opening event on the Tour, held at Lee USA earlier this month, was highlighted by some outstanding performances from Thunder Road alumni, including Emily Packard from East Montpelier, VT.  In just her second year of tour racing, the 17 year-old Packard had an impressive two days of racing at Lee USA. Likewise, Rookie of the Year contender Mike Ziter from Williamstown, VT, in his first ever ACT event, was steady throughout the highly competitive 150-lap event won with a late race charge by Rowley, MA veteran Eddie MacDonald.

ACT Three Stars Program

Three Stars of the Race Bonus Announced for ACT U.S.

Hebert, Ashline, Packard Honored

 The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a “Three Stars of the Race” award program for the 2014 race season. The program is designed to recognize three “non-podium” race teams who have had an outstanding race. Finishing position is not necessarily a criterion. The award will be based on team and/or individual effort. The award may be presented to the team based on an achievement by a crew member, crew chief, spotter, driver or owner.  

 A panel of race officials will select three stars at each 2014 point-counting event, the International 300 to be held July 20, 2014 at the Airborne Park Speedway, the Bond ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 20, 2014, and the Peoples United Bank Milk Bowl held at Thunder Road on October 4-5, 2014.

Thunder Road Opens this Weekend

Thunder Road to Open this Weekend

Thunder Road International Speedbowl will open this weekend for the 55th season of championship stock car racing. Billed as the “Nation’s Site of Excitement”, Thunder Road is known for its close door-banging, “take no prisoners” style of racing action.

The Merchants Bank 150 for the ACT Championship Late Model teams is the featured event this Sunday, but there will be plenty of racing action from the Bond Auto Tigers and Allen Lumber Street Stocks. They will also open their 2014 championship charge.

Seasoned race fans always feel that this event at Thunder Road should give an edge to the track’s graduates and regulars. T-Road veterans Jimmy Hebert and Bobby Therrien are former Tiger champions and are now tested and proven ACT drivers. They each won races on the Tour in 2013. Hebert won the 2013 New Hampshire Governor’s Cup at Lee USA Speedway and also the 100-mile race at SANAIR Super Speedway in St. Pie, Quebec. Just half-way into his first full season on the ACT, Therrien won the White Mountain Motorsport Park 150 lap event last July.