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ACT International 500

ACT INTERNATIONAL 500 FULL OF RIVALRIES

OVER $140,000 IN POSTED AWARDS BRINGS OUT THE BEST

Veteran teams from both sides of the American Canadian Tour (ACT) racing borders are being challenged by dynamic young teams in 2013. The ACT International 500, which will be held at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY the weekend of July 20/21 will re-establish old rivalries between the US and Canada, and new rivalries between veteran favorites and brash new-comers from both the US and Quebec-based ACT organizations.

Leading the US veterans to the richest race in the history of ACT is a long list of Champions. Defending and current point leader Wayne Helliwell, Jr. from Dover, NH, and eight (8) time ACT champion Brian Hoar, Williston, VT will return to competition. The hottest driver currently on the US Tour, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), Hudson, NH, is the youngest of the veterans to enter the mid-summer event. Three-time Airborne ACT Champion Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, and Barre Vermont’s favorite son, and reigning “King of the Road’’ at Thunder Road Speedbowl, Nick Sweet are just a few of the veterans who will look to win the posted $25,000 winner’s share of the rich one day event.


Vermont Lottery Commission Governor's Cup 150

NASCAR Star Clint Bowyer Set to Tackle Thunder Road

Stock car superstar Clint Bowyer has added his entry to the 2013 Vermont Lottery Commission Governor’s Cup race Thursday night, July 11th at Barre’s Thunder Road. The Emporia, Kansas NASCAR Sprint Cup racer, currently third in the nation has said that on his bucket list is a trip to Barre’s Thunder Road and one he really wanted to take care of.

Bowyer, who drives the No. 15 Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing finished third this past weekend in Kentucky and remains third in the national standings behind Jimmy Johnson and Carl Edwards.

“I have been told that Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace all came to Barre and came out losers”, said Bowyer. “ I am looking forward to the 150 lap Governor’s Cup race as a chance to redeem and try out the Thunder Road drivers, which I hear are as aggressive as anything in the country. For me this is going to be a fun night.”


500 Fever - Reason #8

500 Fever

TOP 10 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE ACT INTERNATIONAL‘’500”

 (over the next four weeks leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there will be two or three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event---check back often over the next few weeks and you too will catch  the ‘500 Fever’ ----)

# 8 in the TOP 10 Reasons to be excited about the ACT International 500

 

The anatomy of putting together a major event promotion like the ‘ACT International 500’ on July 20-21 this summer begins with putting numbers together.

·        What is the cost to do this kind of event?

·        How much can you expect fans to pay?

·        What will be a great financial draw for race teams?

·         What kind of realistic projection can you expect for attendance on both the grandstand side and pit side?

·        What other prices are you competing with in the market for similar racing or other sporting events? 

 

COSTS

You get the idea.  The research shows that putting on big short track events is financially pretty high risk---but the business of short track is all about risk and reward.  It is also about balancing costs and revenues for fans and competitors, hopefully with a reasonable profit at the end of the promotion.  After all, short tracks are a business, and to stay in business, I am sure you all know that businesses have to make a profit!


Serie ACT - Montmagny 250

Donald Theetge Wins Fight for Serie ACT 250 Victory

Donald Theetge of Boischatel, QC won a fierce battle with current Série ACT point leader Patrick Cliche to claim the victory in the Montmagny 250 at Autodrome Montmagny on Sunday, June 30. Theetge pocketed over $4,000 after stealing the win in the final ten laps.

Theetge and Cliche climbed through the field, from 13th and 15th respectively, during the early stages of the 250 lap event and used the same strategy of pitting for tires on the lap 139 caution. The two worked their way back through the field to setup a spectacular final 50 laps. For the second race in a row, Cliche led the most laps of the event but each one of them had Theetge on his rear bumper looking for any mistake or opening. Theetge pulled even with Cliche on the inside line several times, but each time Cliche would power back by on the outside.

With fifteen laps to go, the duo was battling heavy lap traffic when Theetge turned up the tempo. While coming up on a lap car entering turn one with just six laps to go, both drivers overdrove the corner causing an eight wheel slide. The pair gathered their cars back up for the drag race down the backstretch and Theetge finally got the advantage entering turn three. Cliche made several more attempts to get back under Theetge but to no avail.

Serie ACT Montmagny 250 Postponed

Série ACT Montmagny 250 Postponed
Make-up Date Sunday, June 30

Autodrome Montmagny officials have postponed the Série ACT 250 scheduled for Saturday, June 29 due to forecasted rains. The event will be run on Sunday, June 30 with Série ACT qualifying beginning at 2:00pm.

The Montmagny 250 will be the second Série ACT event of the 2013 season. Jean-François Déry of Quebec City stole the win in the season opener at Circuit Riverside Speedway. Patrick Cliche led the majority of the event and used the bonus points to claim the point lead.

The Série ACT Montmagny 250 qualifying will begin at 2:00pm on Sunday, June 30 at Autodrome Montmagny in Montmagny, Quebec.


500 Fever: Reason #9

500 Fever

TOP 10 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE ACT INTERNATIONAL‘’500”

 (over the next four weeks leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there will be two or three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event---check back often over the next few weeks and you too will catch  the ‘500 Fever’ ----)

# 9 in the ‘TOP 10 Reasons to be excited about the ACT International 500

 Listen--there are a lot of great short tracks in the Northeast.  If you like high speed…door- banging, three-wide ACT Late Model action in your racing—you will not be disappointed in Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.

 If you like the ground-pounding headline Modified division at Airborne Speedway, with heats, and Twin Monza-style features, you will not be disappointed on the weekend of July 20-21. Over 30 of the best Asphalt Dirt Modified teams from New York, Vermont and Quebec are expected to race in the biggest race of the year for these ‘mud-slingers’ turned fancy and “wild fast”!!


Serie ACT St-Eustache Doubleheader Finale

Série ACT Announces St-Eustache Doubleheader Finale

Série ACT officials have announced the twice-postponed St-Eustache 100 at Autodrome St-Eustache has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 14th. The event will now be the first leg of a doubleheader weekend at the half-mile speedway to cap off the 2013 Série ACT season. The annual St-Eustache 300 will complete the title battle on Sunday, September 15th.

The St-Eustache 100 was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 1. Qualifying was completed before the rains came and washed out the feature event. When the green flies on September 14th Ontario’s Justin Holtom and Mirabel, Quebec’s Daniel Bergeron will lead the pack from the front row. Current Série ACT points leaders Patrick Cliche and Jean-Francois Déry will have to come from deep in the field from the 15th and 24th starting positions respectively.

White Mountain Rain Date Changed to July 13

White Mountain Rain Date Changed to July 13 

The rained out American Canadian Tour event at White Mountain Motorsports Park scheduled for this past Saturday, June 22 will be made up on Saturday, July 13, as opposed to the previously released rain date.

The 150-lap event will serve as the eighth point-counting event on the 14-race American Canadian Tour schedule.  The Saturday, July 13 rain date was announced by American Canadian Tour officials after realizing several scheduling conflicts with the previously announced rain date of August 10. 

The next American Canadian Tour event will be at Star Speedway in Epping, NH for a 150-lap race on Saturday, July 6.  Post time is 6pm.


500 Fever: Reason #10

500 Fever

TOP 10 REASONS TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THE ACT INTERNATIONAL‘’500”

 (over the next four weeks leading up to the ‘500’ weekend there will be two or three ‘top ten’ reasons to be excited about this event---check back often over the next few weeks and you too will catch  the ‘500 Fever’ ----) 

#10.

-The ACT INTERNATIONAL ‘500’ was introduced as a result of the loss for ACT Late Models of one of the nation’s greatest short track events, the Oxford 250.

[Think of it this way, you have three kids, two toddlers and a pre-teen. If Christmas was eliminated from your family’s holiday schedule, more than likely you would find something of equal excitement and value to replace it! Damn the Grinch who tries to steal Christmas]

That is it!! Plain and simple! A special event to replace the loss of the ‘250’ for the ACT legal Late Model teams throughout the Northeast states, Quebec and Ontario.

When the 70-100 ACT legal Late Model teams who supported the ‘250’ for the past five years learned that they would no longer have that event to look forward to, that was the genesis of having a big race for those ACT teams who have supported ACT Late Model racing over the past decade and a half.

 


Polewarczyk Makes It Two In A Row

Polewarczyk Makes It Two In A Row

Hudson, NH’s Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., grabbed his second straight American Canadian Tour victory in the ACT 150 at Groveton, NH’s Riverside Speedway on Sunday, June 23, beating reigning Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., and sophomore driver Jimmy Hebert.

The race was a rain makeup from earlier in the month, and began on Sunday with 29 laps complete.  Steuben, ME’s Rowland Robinson, Jr., reassumed the lead from Hebert early on and stubbornly battled with Helliwell during several restarts.  An early caution sent Hebert’s car spinning, pulling him from second to the rear of the field.  It would be the second race in a row Hebert would have to fight from the back after mechanical struggles at Canaan a week ago. 

Midway through the event, Helliwell powered to the lead on the outside only to engage in a battle with hometown hero Randy Potter.  Potter got by the reigning Champion, and paced the field until Polewarczyk broke through the pack, storming by the top five in the late stages of the race and laying claim to his second ACT victory in eight days. 


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