VP Racing to Present Vermont Governor’s Cup

VP Racing to Present Vermont Governor’s Cup

Officials with the American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Thunder Road Speedbowl today announced VP Small Engine Fuel will be the presenting sponsor of the 35th running of the Vermont Governor’s Cup 150.  VP Small Engine Fuel, an ethanol-free fuel formulated by VP Racing Fuels, provides easier, more dependable starts for chain saws, generators, leaf/snow blowers, string trimmers and other outdoor power equipment.

“As the official supplier of race fuel for Thunder Road and all the ACT sanctioned events in the Northeast and Canada, we are happy to be involved with the prestigious Vermont Governor’s Cup,” said Jim Kelly, Regional Manager-Eastern North America for VP Racing Fuels.  “Northern New England and the Canadian province of Quebec are ideal markets for VP Small Engine Fuel. The Vermont Governor’s Cup provides a great opportunity to introduce to race fans the finest small engine fuel on the market.”

Clint Bowyer Returns for VT Governor's Cup

NASCAR Star Clint Bowyer Returning to Governor’s Cup
Governor’s Cup Date Changed to Thursday, July 10

Thunder Road International Speedbowl announced today that NASCAR Sprint Cup star Clint Bowyer from Emporia, Kansas has asked to return for another shot at the famous high banks of Thunder Road. Bowyer raced in the 2013 Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 for the first time. His goal was to have better results than the previous “Cup” visitor, Tony Stewart, who finished 16th. “I want to tackle that ¼ mile again. I didn’t have enough time to figure out the fourth turn, but I learned a lot last year about it, and I really want to get back there--the teams and fans were fun to be around,” said Bowyer.

The original date for the VT Governor’s Cup of Thursday, June 26 has been switched to Thursday, July 10th to coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup event being held that weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.  Thursday, June 26 will now be a regular Thursday night race program.

ACT Spring Green at Devil's Bowl

Brian Hoar Captures ACT Spring Green 114 Win

Williston, VT’s Brian Hoar earned his 40th career American Canadian Tour feature win with his Spring Green 114 victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT on Sunday, June 15. Hoar pulled by Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. on the final restart of the event and cruised to the win over the final eight laps. It was Hoar’s fourth Spring Green win.

Croydon, NH’s Aaron Fellows set the pace from the pole position for the first half of the event. He earned the pole position after securing a +5 in ACT’s unique plus/minus system. Through the early stages of the event Fellows held off Jamie Fisher, who challenged him every step of the way.

Polewarczyk steadily marched his way from his 9th place starting position to take over the lead just after halfway. He proceeded to build a healthy lead and worked his way through heavy lapped traffic until the event was slowed by the second caution on lap 100.

ACT International

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Files First ACT International Entry

Defending ACT International winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH has filed the first entry for the 2014 edition of the event to be held at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY on Sunday, July 20. Polewarczyk’s historic win in the inaugural event in 2013 earned him $25,000.

Last year Polewarczyk bested Brian Hoar by just one point by winning the first two segments and taking second in the third segment to pocket the big paycheck. This season Polewarczyk sits atop the ACT standings with four events completed to date. He has to be one of the early favorites for the second running of the ACT International event.

Serie ACT at Montmagny
Patrick Laperle Wins Serie ACT Event at Montmagny

Patrick Laperle of St-Denis, QC charged from his ninth place starting position to take the lead on lap six in his Serie ACT victory at Autodrome Montmagny on Saturday, June 7. Laperle lead the remainder of the 100 lap event which was slowed by just three cautions. Alex Labbe came from 15th in the 16 car field to take second followed by Patrick Cliche. Donald Theetge and Steven Boissonneault completed the top five.

The Serie ACT has the next several weeks off before heading to Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday, July 5 for their fourth event of the season.

Serie ACT Unofficial Results - REVISED 6/11/14
Autodrome Montmagny - Montmagny, QC
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Pos. (Start) Car #, Driver, Hometown, Laps Completed

1. (9) 91QC Patrick Laperle, St Denis, Qc, 100

2. (15) 48QC Alex Labbe, St-Albert, Qc, 100

3. (11) 5QC Patrick Cliche, St-Jean Chrys., Qc, 100

4. (16) 80QC Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Qc, 100

5. (6) 31QC Steven Boissonneault, Lyster, Qc, 100

6. (10) 13QC Patrick Boyer, Québec, Qc, 100

7. (8) 11QC Claude Leclerc, Lanoraie, Qc, 100

8. (3) 46QC Steve Simoneau, Val-Bélair, Qc, 100

9. (7) 83QC Martin Goulet Jr., Mascouche, Qc, 100

10. (12) 19QC Dany Trépanier, St-Edouard, Qc, 100

11. (1) 17QC Dave Coursol, St Jérome, Qc, 100

12. (2) 38QC Gaétan Gaudreault, Québec, Qc, 99

13. (15) 97QC Jacques Poulin, Vallee-Jct., Qc, 98

14. (5) 21QC Jean-François Dery, Québec, Qc, 47

15. (4) 41QC Jonathan Bouvrette, Ste Thérèse, Qc, 37

16. (13) 27QC Marco Savoie, St-Lambert, Qc, 15

Lap Leaders: Dave Coursol, 1-5; Patrick Laperle, 6-100.

Time of Race: 59:35

Margin of Victory: 1.712 seconds

Cautions: 3

Heat Winners: Jonathan Bouvrette, Martin Goulet, Jr., Patrick Cliche

Kyle Welch Wins at Riverside

Kyle Welch Scores First ACT Win at Riverside

UPDATED: 6/9/14

Kyle Welch of Newport, NH earned his first career American Canadian Tour win at Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH on Saturday, June 7. Welch inherited the win after apparent winner Eddie MacDonald was penalized for a post race tech infraction. MacDonald was penalized to the last car on the lead lap in 11th place.

Wayne Helliwell, Jr. took the early lead from the outside pole, but was quickly overtaken by Emily Packard on lap 20. Packard would lead the majority of the event, which saw no cautions during its 150 laps. Welch closed the gap on Packard’s lead and took the point with just 15 laps to go.

Welch didn’t hold the lead for long as apparent winner MacDonald got by him to lead the final eight laps of the event. MacDonald was later penalized in post race tech for too many spring rubbers in his right rear spring.

American Racer

American Racer Tire Receives Rave Reviews at ACT

There was a big question mark surrounding the beginning of the 2014 season for the dozen weekly tracks and two touring series of the American Canadian Tour. After nearly a decade of racing with the specially designed Goodyear Eagle slicks, a change was mandated at the end of the 2013 season.

“We faced a seemingly daunting task at the end of the 2012 season when Goodyear announced that they were going to discontinue their short track program. ACT was fortunate to negotiate an extra year with Goodyear to allow us to work to find a suitable replacement tire,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour (ACT).

ACT at Riverside Speedway NH

Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Looks for Repeat at Riverside

Veteran driver and perennial American Canadian Tour Championship Contender Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. of Hudson, NH is off to the best start of his ten (10) year ACT career and currently sits atop the standings. This Saturday, June 7, he will look to continue his run of three straight top fives as the tour heads to Riverside Speedway in Groveton, NH for the Central Asphalt Paving 150. He will have to fend off the likes of Jimmy Hebert, most recent ACT winner Ray Parent, and a host of others.

One year ago, Polewarczyk marched from his 12th place starting position to lead the final 39 laps of the ACT 150 at Riverside on his way to his second of three straight ACT wins. His three wins on the season helped him earn second in the 2013 final ACT standings. This season his hunger for a title is more apparent than ever. His intensity and focus guided him to second in the season opener at Lee, fourth at Thunder Road and third in the most recent ACT event at Airborne.

Labbe Rebounds with Riverside Win

Alex Labbe Rebounds with Serie ACT Riverside Win


One week after demolishing his Larue Industrial Snow Blowers Ford Fusion at St-Eustache, Alex Labbe of St-Albert, QC claimed the win at Circuit Riverside Speedway in St-Croix, QC on Saturday, May 31. Labbe led the final 50 laps of the event on his way to victory lane.

Jean-Francois Dery led early in the event from the pole position before relinquishing the lead to Dany Trepanier following the one and only caution of the event on lap 7. Trepanier would hold onto the lead until just before the halfway point when Labbe would take over for good.

Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic

Jason Corliss Steals Mekkelsen Memorial Day Classic Win
Jessie Mueller Wins Second Straight Modified Event at Thunder Road

Barre’s own Jason Corliss scored his first career Thunder Road Late Model win in the 52nd running of the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic. Corliss stole the win with a last lap pass of multi-time Thunder Road Champion Nick Sweet in a photo finish of the first Vermont State Late Model Championship event of the year.

Sweet led every step of the way during the first 99 laps of the caution free 100 lap event. The hometown favorite rode the much favored high lane as he lapped the majority of the field. Sophomore driver Corliss and Cody Blake caught Sweet in the final 10 laps as they worked heavy lap traffic. Corliss got by Blake but couldn’t find the grip to get around Sweet. With the white flag flying, Corliss made a last ditch effort as he threw his Burnett Scrap Metals Ford Fusion to the low lane.