"Joey Pole" Returning to Honor Curley
“Joey Pole” Returning to Honor Curley at ACT Spring Green at Devil’s Bowl Speedway
Former ACT champion announces plans to compete as salute to mentor


Joey Polewarczyk Jr. will pay tribute to a stock car racing legend on Saturday night, May 20, when he returns to American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model competition in honor of the late Tom Curley.  Known by racing fans across the country as “Joey Pole,” the former champion will make his first ACT start of the 2017 season at the “Spring Green 117” event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

The Spring Green marks the first ACT race held since Curley – the series’ innovative and award-winning founder and president – passed away on May 5 after a years-long fight with COPD.

Thomas Michael “T-Bone” “T” Curley, a proud and much-loved Irishman, passed away peacefully at his home on the grounds of his beloved Thunder Road Speedbowl on Friday, May 5, 2017.  He was 73.

Born on May 10, 1943 in Auburn, Maine, Tom’s journey was the real life equivalent of a mesmerizing story.  The second of two children of Richard and Bettie (Brown) Curley, the murder of his mother when he was just 3 and subsequent estrangement of his father, led to an upbringing by his maternal grandparents Stanley and Adria (Carville) Brown.  Throughout his life, Tom’s experiences in prep schools and his beloved summer sessions at Camp Moosehead provided camaraderie and adventure and developed an appreciation of risks and rewards which would guide his personal and professional life.


ACT’s Spring Green Devil’s Bowl Speedway Event Postponed


For the third time in three events, weather has forced the cancellation of this weekend’s American Canadian Tour event, scheduled for Sunday May 7 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, Vermont.

With saturated grounds already a concern at the venue, and rain forecast throughout the area for the next several days, the event has been postponed until Saturday, May 20.

“Certainly, it’s disappointing to have to reschedule events, but in the interest of our fans and competitors, this seems like a wise decision, given the weather forecast”, said Darla Hartt, Vice President of ACT.   “We will look forward to our Devil’s Bowl event now set for Saturday, May 20, with a 6:00 pm post time, and with 117 laps in the Spring Green feature event, we will anticipate an exciting -evening”.



 A stout 29-car field kicked off the 2017 American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model Stock Car Championship schedule Sunday at Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire. The race, originally scheduled for April 9th, had been postponed due to weather. 

The 31st running of the Annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup, a 150-lap race, was won by Waterford, CT driver Dillon Moltz.  He was joined on the podium by a pair of Quebec drivers: Alex Labbé of Victoriaville and Jonathan Bouvrette of Blainville.  The defending race winner, Scott Payea (Colchester, VT) and 2017 ACT Rookie contender Jason Corliss (Barre, VT), rounded out the top-5.

The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) is set to open its 26th season of ACT Late Model racing, and its 34th season of late model racing at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 23 with the annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150, which was postponed due to weather from its originally scheduled early April date.  As in years past, the 2017 opener will give teams and fans a preview of competitors to watch during the coming race season.

The Managing Director responsible for the Quebec auto racing association for asphalt stock car championship Late Models, Série ACT, confirmed he was very happy with the meeting at Trois-Rivières this past weekend.

Marc Patrick Roy, the Managing Director for Série ACT, who was present in Trois-Rivières for the meeting, declared that the participation at the meeting went way beyond his expectations.  “The 37 people representing 22 teams in attendance, is beyond our initial expectations.  Add to those present 6 other teams who had informed us of their absence, ahead of time, and I can confirm, beyond any doubt, that the competitors have a huge interest in our races and in the continued presence of the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) sanction in Quebec.”


Barre, VT’s Jason Corliss and Somerville, MA’s Jim Linardy have filed the first official full season entries for the American Canadian Tour’s (ACT’s) 2017 season.  The 10-race ACT Late Model Tour Championship will kick off on Sunday, April 9 with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway.

Corliss hopes to carry forward his late-season momentum, after finishing as runner-up in the 2016 Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in October.  Always a quiet, steady competitor, Corliss cut his racing teeth at Thunder Road, capturing the Street Stock title early in his career, moving through the Tiger Sportsman division, and eventually on to the ACT Late Models.  With support of owner Chris Burnett and Burnett Scrap Metals, the #66VT team is setting their sights on top of the ACT standings in 2017.

American -Canadian Tour Announces 2017 Quebec Schedule


The American Canadian Tour is pleased to announce the 2017 Serie ACT schedule, which will feature six (6) events in the Province of Quebec, under the direction of a new management team.

Marc Patrick Roy will serve as the Managing Director for the Serie ACT in Quebec. “M.P. Roy is a familiar presence at short tracks in Quebec and the northeastern U.S., and brings a wealth of knowledge and renewed enthusiasm to his new position”, said ACT President Tom Curley.  “We are delighted to have him join our team.  He brings with him a strong team of officials who have been involved in ACT racing for many years, in a variety of capacities.  We look forward to the 2017 Serie ACT events”, concluded Curley.


Happy Holidays!  It has been a while since I have written a Curley’s Corner to the ACT competitors and various interested people. There are lots of “off-season” rumors floating around, so I thought this would be a good time to let everyone know what is planned following the 2016 season.



First, my health has remained pretty consistent since last March, which was my last stay in the hospital. My condition is progressive, so it will continually deteriorate, but reality tells us that happens eventually to all of us! After going back to the control tower at Thunder Road during August and September this past summer, health-wise things seemed to have stabilized.  Any excessive exertion is still difficult with my breathing, but other than that, “Life is Good”.

Therrien Bookends ACT Season at Thompson with Last-Lap Pass for Win; Sweet Claims First Tour Championship

Therrien Bookends ACT Season with Last-Lap Pass for Win

Sweet Claims First Tour Championship in Thompson Finale


Hinesburg, VT’s Bobby Therrien used a last-lap pass of Dillon Moltz to score his second with of the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing presented by Xtra Mart on Saturday, October 15, while Nick Sweet captured his first American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Championship with a fifth-place finish in the season finale.


Moltz and Therrien had both gotten around long-time leader Scott Payea with less than 10 laps remaining in the 75-lap event following a lengthy battle. Therrien first poked his nose underneath Moltz with just two laps to go, but the Waterford, CT driver was able to fend off the initial challenge.

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