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2014 ACT Season Review Part 1

2014 American Canadian Tour Season Review

PART 1

  • 2014 marked the 23rd season of the American Canadian Tour Late Models (1992-2014).
  • The 2014 season consisted of 9 point counting events, which brings the total to 256 ACT LM point counting events since 1992.
  • During the 9 events of 2014 a combined total of $213,175 was awarded to those starting the events. Add in the three special events of the year (ACT International, NHMS Bond Invitational and Thunder Road Milk Bowl) and that total balloons to $418,645 to the starters alone.
  • In the 9 point counting events there were an average of 30.7 starters with an average of 34.0 cars attempting to qualify.
  •  There were 8 different winners in the 9 events with ACT Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. being the only repeat winner.
  • Polewarczyk became the 9th different ACT Champion in the 23 season history of the Late Model Tour.

Speed51 Milk Bowl Replay

Speed51 Milk Bowl Replay

Re-live all the excitement of the 52nd Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road Int’l Speedbowl (VT) now on 51 TV.  From the hair-raising crashes to the thrilling battle throughout each segment between Eddie MacDonald, Derrick O’Donnell, and John Donahue, the Milk Bowl was action-packed from green flag to checkered.

The entire 51 TV broadcast of the exciting American-Canadian Tour event from October 12 is now available on demand to both the fans that purchased and viewed it live on 51 TV or for those who missed the live broadcast and would like to experience the action now.

Fans who purchased the pay-per-view event on or before October 12 have access to the replay of the Milk Bowl for free.  All you have to do is sign in to your Speed51.com account and click this link to watch the archived broadcast: http://speed51.com/51-replay-tv/

The replay of the Milk Bowl is available for new viewers for just $7.99.  To purchase and view, click this link: http://speed51.com/replaymilkbowlppv1012/


Milk Bowl Stats and Facts

Milk Bowl Stats and Facts

Not quite ready to let go of the 2014 Thunder Road and ACT season’s yet? Here are some statistics and facts from the 52 Milk Bowls run to date.

  • Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts became the 35th different Milk Bowl winner.
  • It was also MacDonald’s first career Thunder Road win. It was also his second career top ten finish at Thunder Road and only his second Milk Bowl start.
  • Four of the top five finishers earned their first career Milk Bowl top five. MacDonald (1st), Derrick O’Donnell (2nd), Scott Dragon (4th), and Cody Blake (5th). John Donahue earned his third top five with a 3rd place effort.
  • Scott Dragon with father Bobby Dragon and Cody Blake with father Greg “Burger” Blake became the fourth and fifth pair of father and son drivers to both earn at least one career top five in the Milk Bowl. Mike and Ben Rowe are the only father/son combo to finish in the top five in the same Milk Bowl (2007). The other two pairs are Beaver and Brent Dragon and Joey and Jay Laquerre.

52nd People's United Bank Milk Bowl

Eddie MacDonald Wins 52nd Milk Bowl at Thunder Road
Jason Woodard and Tommy Smith Earn Track Championships

The “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts held off two-time and defending Thunder Road Track Champion Derrick O’Donnell to claim the victory in the 52nd running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Barre’s Thunder Road on Sunday, October 12. MacDonald put together a combined overall score of 14 points in the three-segment event to become the first winner from outside of Vermont since 2010.

MacDonald qualified with the third fastest time in yesterday’s Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Time Trials. Outside polesitter and 2014 Serie ACT Champion Alex Labbe suffered mechanical issues at the start of the first segment and MacDonald then got around polesitter Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. to take the first segment win, just ahead of O’Donnell in second and 2009 Milk Bowl Champion John Donahue in third.

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ACT Champions Take Milk Bowl Front Row

2014 American Canadian Tour Late Model Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH claimed his fourth career Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Pole Award as he set the fast time of the day with a 13.114 second lap at Barre’s Thunder Road on Saturday, October 11. Starting on the outside pole will be 2014 Serie ACT Champion Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC when the first segment of the 52nd Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl rolls off tomorrow, Sunday, October 12.

The “Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald qualified to the first segment as the third fastest time in the time trials. 2014 Thunder Road “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell, Cody Blake and seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr each won one of the three Late Model Triple 50 qualifiers following time trial and qualify to positions 4-7 in the first segment.


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Nearly 40 ACT Late Models Attend Milk Bowl Practice Day

Nearly 40 American Canadian Tour Late Model teams were on hand for the full day of practice at Barre’s Thunder Road in preparation for the 52nd Annual People’s United Bank Milk Bowl on Friday, October 10. Teams were dialing in their cars for tomorrow’s (Saturday, October 11) Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Qualifying Day.

Hinesburg’s Bobby Therrien ran the quickest lap of the day with a 13.157. Others spending time near the top of the speed charts included defending Milk Bowl Champion Nick Sweet, back-to-back “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell, Travis Stearns, Matt White, 2010 Milk Bowl Champion Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Jason Corliss, Shawn Fleury, 2009 Milk Bowl Champion John Donahue, two-time Milk Bowl Champion Phil Scott, Trampas Demers, Cody Blake, Brad Babb and Eric Badore.


52nd People's United Bank Milk Bowl

Milk Bowl Favors Thunder Road Regulars

The 2014 People’s United Bank Milk Bowl has the makings of a battle between the Thunder Road (TR) regular teams and the American Canadian Tour (ACT) teams. The depth of the TR teams seems to give an edge to the Thunder Road regulars. Champions like Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH, Alex Labbe from Quebec City and Patrick Laperle, Montreal, QC, will join touring regulars Jimmy Hebert, Bobby Therrien and Jeff White, but it’s the regular Thunder Road weekly teams that look to make 2014 their year to kiss the cow.

“I don’t know, Thunder Road is like coming home and putting your slippers on after a hard day’s work,” said two-time Champion Nick Sweet from Barre. “I just think lots of guys worry more about the widow maker, the high banks, and the narrow front stretch than they do about those of us that race weekly at the ‘Road. I know I have my hands full racing Derrick (O’Donnell, Champion in 2013 and 2014), Trampas Demers, Cody Blake, Brooks Clark, Shawn Fleury, David Pembroke and Phil Scott…geez the list goes on and on with who can win 50 lappers at Thunder Road. I just know it is going to be a lot of fun, and it is a great way to end the race season,” concluded Sweet.


MILK BOWL POSTPONED

Thunder Road Milk Bowl Weekend Postponed

The 52nd running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Barre, VT has been postponed due to forecasted rain. The entire weekend schedule from Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5 has been postponed and rescheduled for Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.

“The Milk Bowl is a two-day show and with the weather looking like a complete washout for Saturday’s qualifying and lingering showers Sunday morning, the integrity of the biggest race of the season is jeopardized if we try to make it a one-day show,” announced Thunder Road Co-Owner and Promoter Tom Curley.


52nd People's United Bank Milk Bowl

Theriault Enters 52nd Thunder Road Milk Bowl

 The latest entry in the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl, to be held on Sat-Sun, October 04-05, 2014 at Thunder Road in Barre, VT, is Austin Theriault from Fort Kent, Maine. Theriault began his Late Model racing career with the American Canadian Tour (ACT) in 2010 as a sixteen-year-old rookie. Just like newly crowned 2014 ACT Champion, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr, from Hudson, NH, Theriault helped set the standard for the new younger generation of ACT racers in the Northeast.

 Theriault has spent the last two years running in the Super Late Model division in the Southeast and Midwest. He took an opportunity with BKR (NASCAR star Brad Keslowski development program) in 2013, and saw tremendous success. In 2014, Theriault was contracted by JR Motorsports, headed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., to race in the second tier division of NASCAR, the Nationwide Series. He competed at Iowa Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and most recently at the Kentucky Motor Speedway. He had outstanding results with 15th, 21st and 18th place finishes respectively.


ACT Fall Foliage 200

Polewarczyk Caps Off ACT Title with Fall Foliage Win

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH capped off his 2014 American Canadian Tour title with a win in the season finale Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, September 27. Polewarczyk used the high lane to get around Quebec’s Patrick Laperle on the final restart with just over 20 laps remaining in the event to take the lead and become the only repeat winner on the 2014 American Canadian Tour and claim his first career championship.

Polewarczyk took the green flag from the eighth starting position and quickly worked his way for the front as the 37 car field ran under green for the first 67 laps. Kyle Welch and Bobby Therrien both took turns leading until Wayne Helliwell, Jr. claimed the top spot on lap 25. That setup a battle between Helliwell and Polewarczyk for the next 95 laps.