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Brian Hoar Secures 8th ACT Title with $10,000+ Quebec Weekend Sweep
ACT Awards $80,000+ in Doubleheader Weekend
Williston, Vermont’s Brian Hoar secured his 8th career American-Canadian Tour Championship following a sweep of the doubleheader weekend in Quebec. Hoar earned over $10,000 for his Rick Paya Motorsports team with wins in the “Showdown at Chaudiere” at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jct., QC and the Riverside Can-Am 200 at Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, QC.
Hoar started the weekend by piloting his Goss Dodge Charger to a dominating performance on Saturday, September 10 in the fourth annual “Showdown at Chaudiere.” He led the U.S. team to the overall victory and pocketed $5,500 after the $500 bonus.
His RPM team then headed to Circuit Riverside Speedway for the previously postponed Can-Am 200. Hoar used a last lap pass to earn an apparent second place finish, but then inherited his second win of the weekend following a post race disqualification and picked up the $5,000 check.

Riverside Can-Am 200
Brian Hoar Inherits Riverside Can-Am 200 Win
Seven-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar inherited his second win of the weekend in the ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT Castrol combination Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, QC on Sunday, September 11. Hoar finished second to apparent winner Alex Labbé. Labbé was disqualified for failing to comply with a protest by the #91QC team of his ACT sealed crate motor. Labbe was disqualified from the event with no points and no money and has been suspended from further ACT competition for failing to comply with the requested teardown of his motor.
Hoar inherited his second win of the weekend following his “Showdown at Chaudiere” win on Saturday, September 10. It was his 33rd career ACT Late Model Tour win and second straight Can-Am 200 win. Wayne Helliwell, Jr. took over second followed by Hoar’s teammate Nick Sweet in third. Austin Theriualt and Brent Dragon completed the top five.
Patrick Hamel, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Sylvain Lacombe, Claude Leclerc and David Michaud rounded out the top ten. The 200 lap event was completed in two hours and twenty-nine minutes with fifteen cautions.

Showdown at Chaudiere
Brian Hoar Dominates Showdown at Chaudiere
U.S. Team Takes Fourth Straight Overall
Seven-time ACT Tour Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT dominated the fourth annual “Showdown at Chaudiere” and led the U.S. team to the overall win and the $500 bonus per U.S. team. Hoar led every one of the 200 laps at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee, Jct., QC on Saturday, September 10. He held off several Canadian teams including Jean-François Déry and Karl Allard early, before outrunning Patrick Laperle in the final laps.
Laperle and Allard would take second and third respectively, while Wayne Helliwell, Jr. came from 17th and Randy Potter worked his way from 14th to complete the top five. Déry faded to sixth, followed by Dany Trepanier, Austin Theriault, Theetge and Glen Luce in the top ten.
The U.S. team would finish with a combined 146 points, while the Canadian team finished with 154 points. For the fourth straight Showdown the U.S. team claimed the overall win and each team will pocket a $500 bonus.

Showdown at Chaudiere
ACT Announces “Showdown at Chaudiere” Field
The American Canadian Tour has announced the twenty-four (24) car field for the fourth annual “Showdown at Chaudiere” All-Star event at Autodrome Chaudiere in Valle-Jonction, QC on Saturday, September 10. Twelve (12) teams from the U.S.-based ACT Late Model Tour will head north of the border to take on twelve (12) teams from the Quebec-based Série ACT Castrol.
The All-Star event between the top competitors from the two sister series began in 2008. The 12 U.S. competitors team up to take on the 12 Quebec drivers with the lowest combined team score earning a $500 bonus for each driver. Points are awarded based on finish (ex. 1st place gets 1 point, 2nd 2 points, 3rd 3 points, etc.)
Patrick Laperle, then a member of the U.S. team claimed the win and led the U.S. to victory in the inaugural event in 2008. A year later, Brent Dragon would take the win and again lead the U.S. to the win. Last year Patrick Laperle claimed his second career Showdown win, this time as part of the Quebec team, but the U.S. again claimed the overall win.

Bond Auto Labor Day Classic
Nick Sweet Wins Bond Auto Labor Day Classic
Barre’s own Nick Sweet led the final 15 laps after getting around Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., to win the 33rd annual Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT on Sunday, September 4. The 2010 “King of the Road” piloted his St. J Auto Ford Fusion to the win after taking two right side tires late in the event and slicing through the field. It was Sweet’s second ACT Late Model Tour win of the season, both coming at Thunder Road, and his first career Labor Day Classic win.
Polewarczyk used a similar strategy as Sweet but pitted slightly earlier for his tires. He managed to hang on for second followed by Scott Payea. John Donahue led the first 168 laps but never hit pit road and faded late to fourth just in front of Austin Theriault in fifth. Cris Michaud, Jean-Paul Cyr, Brett Wheeler, Dave Pembroke and Wayne Helliwell, Jr. completed the top ten.

NHMS 3rd Annual ACT Invitational Invites First 10
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) announced today the first group of invitees for what is expected to be one of the most exciting events of the September 23-25, 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend.
 
ACT teams are coming off some spectacular short track style racing on the “Magic Mile” during the August IZOD INDYCAR weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). Now the best of the Northeast will be invited for the third annual Invitational.                                         

Thunder Road/Bond Food Drive
Thunder Road and Bond Help Local Food Shelf
Thunder Road International Speedbowl and Bond Auto Parts have teamed up to help a local food shelf following Hurricane Irene. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to this weekend’s Bond Auto Labor Day Classic at Thunder Road in Barre on Sunday, September 4.
Bond Auto trucks will be located at all Thunder Road gates this weekend and will be accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations to benefit the Waterbury Food Shelf which lost its entire inventory in last week’s flooding.

Riverside Can-Am 200 Postponed
ACT Can-Am 200 at Riverside Postponed Due to Rain
The ACT Late Model Tour and Série ACT Castrol combined Can-Am 200 at Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste-Croix, QC scheduled for Saturday, August 27 has been postponed due to rain.
Forty-one cars attempted to qualify for the event with thirty-six making the field. The field of 36 was set before the rains came following the B-Feature. Those 36 cars will return on Sunday, September 11 to complete the 200 lap distance.

Bond Auto Labor Day Classic
T-Road Regulars Tough to Beat in Bond Auto Labor Day Classic Event
 
 
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) stars will find the competition the toughest of the 2011 race season when they return to Thunder Road for the 33rd running of the Bond Auto Labor Day Classic on Sunday, September 4th. A field of over 40 of the best Late Model racers in the region will attempt to qualify for the $5000 to win, $40,000 summer holiday classic, including some of the best weekly racers in New England.
 
The 200-lap event on the high banks at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement” is viewed as one of the most physically demanding events on the ACT schedule, and the competition from the weekly Thunder Road Late Model teams has proven to be equally so.
 
“There have been 9 different winners at Thunder Road in the12 races staged so far this season,” said Nick Bigelow, Media Director for Thunder Road. “The only repeat winners have been John Donahue with three, and Dave Pembroke with back-to-back wins in mid-July, including the Times Argus double point Mid Season Championship which catapulted him into the points lead. Needless to say, there is a definite challenge ahead for the ACT teams,” concluded Bigelow.

ACT Late Model Tour at OPS
****REVISED FINISH FOLLOWING SCORE CHECK (8/23/11)
Jeff Taylor Handed Second ACT Win at Oxford Plains Speedway
Jeff Taylor of Farmington, Maine scored his second career ACT Late Model Tour win at Oxford Plains Speedway on Saturday, August 20. Taylor was running second behind Jeff White, who won the last ACT event at OPS, when White ran out of gas with eight laps remaining.
 
White, the current OPS point leader, and Taylor had broken away from the field following the last restart of the event on lap 93. White clearly had the car to beat as Taylor stuck with him but didn’t have enough to make the pass until White’s ride started sputtering after completing lap 142.
 
Taylor led the final eight laps uncontested and was followed to the line by Austin Theriault and current ACT point leader Brian Hoar. Two-time Oxford 250 winner Eddie MacDonald and Glen Luce completed the top five. TJ Brackett, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., Dave Farrington, Jr., Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., and Randy Potter filled out the top ten.