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ACT Tour Season Opener

ACT Lee USA Opener Chance For Cyr And Dragon To Get Back In The Hunt 

After what was by anyone’s standards a disappointing 2010 season for long-time American Canadian Tour (ACT) veterans Jean-Paul Cyr and Brent Dragon, both from Milton, VT, both expect the opening event of the season at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 17, 2011 to be a chance to get things turned into a positive change of direction.
 
Cyr is a seven-time ACT Champion and saw his long-standing championship record tied by Brian Hoar from Williston, VT in 2010. Cyr returned to ACT racing after taking a year to compete at Thunder Road Speedbowl in Barre, VT in 2009. He won the King of the Road title that season. He had a slow start coming back to the ACT at the beginning of 2010, and by his own admission was really never a contender.
 
“It was a very frustrating year of racing last season. We got off to a tough start and I made
the decision to go back to owning my own team after a few races. I appreciated the support from various owners over the past seasons, which allowed me to do some pretty neat things like race in the Baja 500 and 1000 motorcycle races, but I am also pretty competitive and felt I might have lost a little of the competitive edge on the Tour,” said Cyr.

Autism Casino Night Benefit

ACT and Thunder Road Drivers Support Autism Puzzle Foundation

American Canadian Tour and Thunder Road International Speedbowl stars have signed up as celebrity dealers for the 6th Annual Autism Puzzle Foundation Benefit Dinner, Auction and Casino Night this Saturday, April 9th at the Barre Auditorium in Barre, VT. ACT President Tom Curley, ACT Champion Brian Hoar, along with Thunder Road Champions Nick Sweet, Dave Pembroke and Lt. Governor Phil Scott will be among the dealers for Blackjack, Craps and Roulette.
The evening will also include silent and live auctions as well as raffle prizes and speakers. Raffle prizes include a trip to Ireland, a trip to St. Maarten and a NASCAR race package. The funds raised at this event will go to national scientific research as well as local community education and assistance for autism.
For more information and tickets visit www.vtautismpuzzle.org. The doors will open at 5:00pm at the Barre Auditorium in Barre, VT on Saturday, April 9th and dinner will be served at 6:00pm.
2010 Autism Casino Night Benefit Pictures



Ford Blue Oval Cup Challenge

Ford Blue Oval Challenge Has Lots Of New Competition

 
The Ford Blue Oval Challenge for ACT Late Model teams will see some administrative changes and a whole lot more competition in the upcoming 2011 race season.
 
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) and Ford Sportsman Circle Track Racing, a division of Ford Racing, announced today the second year of the “Blue Oval Challenge” for the Ford competitors racing in ACT events or at ACT affiliated Late Model tracks.
 
“A year ago we designed the Ford Blue Oval Cup program to make sure we covered all the ACT touring events, special events, and the affiliate tracks throughout the Northeast and Provinces of Canada. The events at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida provided a great start to the 2011 season, and needless to say, Ford was delighted that Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole) won the Goodyear Cup driving a Ford,” said Mike Delahanty, Program Manager-Sportsman Circle Track Racing for the Ford Racing Technology Division of Ford Racing.
 
The popularity of the Ford program will be in evidence throughout the region with the start of the coming season. The number of Ford teams to compete in ACT racing this coming year has more than doubled.

 


ACT Tour
AMTROL ANOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH RAYLINE RACING TO SPONSOR THE AMTROL #17 RACE CAR
FROM TEAM PRESS RELEASE
West Warwick, R.I. (March, 2011) - AMTROL, has reached an agreement with Rayline Racing to sponsor the AMTROL #17 car, driven by Ray Parent of Tiverton, Rhode Island. Parent and the AMTROL #17 car will compete in 16 race events on the American Canadian Tour (ACT), with stops throughout the Northeast, including the world class New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. “We are really excited to be able to open up some partnership opportunities for AMTROL through the ACT network. I am proud to be driving the AMTROL #17 car and we are looking forward to a very successful 2011 season”, said Parent.

“This is an exciting initiative for AMTROL which will give us an opportunity to promote the AMTROL brand around the many racing events throughout the year and we are looking forward to seeing the #17 car in action on the very competitive ACT circuit”, said John Cooper, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at AMTROL.


UPDATED PICTURE CONTEST
ACT/Thunder Road Picture Draw
ATTENTION ALL ACT AND THUNDER ROAD DRIVERS: Due to the success of the Late Model “Picture Draw,” we are now expanding the contest. The ACT Late Model division will now also have a draw for two (2) tires at the Série Castrol Edge season opener at Autodrome Chaudiere. The Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen, Allen Lumber Street Stocks and Junkyard Warriors will be included with a draw of their own on Merchants Bank opening weekend at Thunder Road, with an award of 2 tires for the Tigers and 2 tires for the Street Stocks/Warriors.
Send us a picture of your car as it currently looks (completed or in progress) and you will automatically be entered into a draw for two (2) Goodyear tires. Late Model draws will be held at the 2011 season opening NH Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway (Lee, NH) on Sunday, April 17, the Merchant’s Bank 150 season opener at Thunder Road (Barre, VT) on Sunday, May 1 and the Série Castrol Edge season opener at Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, May 21.
The Bond Auto Tigers Sportsman draw and the Street Stock/Junkyard Warrior draw will be at the Merchant’s Bank season opener on Sunday, May 1.
Email the picture to media@acttour.com along with your name, hometown and car number by Wednesday, April 6th (extended from previous Late Model deadline). All pictures will be posted on www.acttour.com or www.thunderroadspeedbowl.com.
To be eligible for the draw you must attend and attempt to qualify at Lee USA Speedway, Thunder Road or Autodrome Chaudiere. These are separate draws and you’re only eligible for each event in which you attend and attempt to qualify. One picture submission enters you for all applicable draws if you attend the events.

ACT Late Model Tour Season Opener
ACT LEE USA OPENER TO SHOWCASE NEW TEAMS IN 2011
 
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) will open the 2011 season at the Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 17, 2011 with many new faces in the pits.
 
Two veteran Oxford Plains Speedway competitors plan to start their 2011 ACT seasons at Lee. Shane Green, South Paris, ME will drive the Geoffrey Low entry, and Dennis Spencer from Oxford, ME both have a lot of experience with ACT racing. Oxford Plains has presented 22 ACT Late Model races, plus four non-point TD Bank Oxford 250s. Both drivers have participated in most of those events and Spencer participated in the second annual ACT Invitational at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) last September.
 
A long-time competitor from Massachusetts will make his first point race starts at the opening event in 2011. Peter Yetman, Peru, MA had a solid first time ACT outing at the recent New Smyrna Speedway in Florida this past February. Yetman was introduced to ACT racing by third-year competitor Jeff Zuidema. After making the trip to Florida this past February, Yetman told the staff at ACT, “I am friends with Jeff and he told me that racing with the group from ACT was respectful and a lot of fun. He and I raced at the Thompson Speedway together, and he was right about the racing in ACT. Florida was a great trip and I am anxious to start the season at Lee USA.”

2011 Serie Castrol Edge
Autodrome St-Eustache and Autodrome Chaudière Swap Opening Dates
American Canadian Tour (ACT) officials announced today the 2011 Série Castrol Edge season opener on Saturday, May 21 has been changed from Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, Quebec, to the 1/3 mile Autodrome Chaudière in Vallée-Jonction, Quebec. The 100 lap St-Eustache event has been moved to Saturday, June 4.
The two speedways agreed to switch their opening Série Castrol Edge dates last week. It will be the first time since 2007 that the Série Castrol Edge season opener will not be held at the fast ½ mile of Autodrome St-Eustache. Autodrome Chaudière will hold the opener for the first time in Série Castrol Edge history as part of their 20th season celebration. Both tracks have three ACT events scheduled for the 2011 season including the Showdown at Chaudière all-star event in September.

2011 ACT Racing Guide
2011 American Canadian Tour Racing Guides Still Available
Can’t get in the racing frame of mind with all this snow? Get ready for the 2011 American Canadian Tour season opener on Sunday, April 17 at Lee USA Speedway with the 2011 ACT Racing Guide available now for just $10.
The 2011 Racing Guide includes stats for the ACT Late Model Tour from 1992 to 2010, the Série ACT Castrol Edge from 2005 to 2010 and the former ACT Pro Stock Tour from 1979 to 1995 plus over 100 pictures.
Find season reviews for the 2010 ACT Tour and Série ACT Castrol Edge Champions and Rookie of the Years as well as 2010 point standings including total money earned. Also included are all 2010 race reports.
Stats consist of speedway records for every track the ACT Tour and Série ACT Castrol Edge have competed on; champions, rookies, special award winners and the top ten in points for each season; race winners; cumulative driver records; season and career records (most wins, most laps led, etc.) and driver profiles.

2011 ACT Tour
Sophomore Drivers Babb and Theriault Ready for 2011 ACT
After competing in one of the closest Rookie of the Year battles in American Canadian Tour (ACT) history, Windham, Maine’s Brad Babb and Fort Kent, Maine’s Austin Theriault are ready for 2011. The two finished just three points apart in the 2010 Rookie of the Year standings.
Babb came out on top of the standings and claimed the 2010 ACT Rookie of the Year honors after capturing his first career top five in the season finale at Waterford (CT) Speedbowl. With the help of his crew chief and father, Bobby, a former ACT competitor, he also earned an impressive sixth place in the 2010 ACT standings.
Babb is in his senior year of high school, but has made time to work for his father’s logging company, snowmobile and prepare the car over the winter months. “We only have a couple small things left. If Lee (the 2011 season opener) was next week we’d be ready,” said Babb.

Curley's Corner - February 2011
February 2011
CURLEY’S CORNER
 
What a great race event the Goodyear Speedweek Cup at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida was last week. The reaction from the wonderful northern fans who went to Florida to support the show and the remarkable effort the very ‘mixed’ group of ACT competitors put on for two nights was nothing short of exceptional.
 
What was most interesting was there were two very different races on each night, but both were equally entertaining. Sunday we had a classic battle for the win between breakaway stars Joey Pole and Patrick Laperle (both of whom had run New Smyrna before and it showed). That race could have gone either way. Equally competitive was a group of 6 or 7 teams racing together in the top 10, side-by-side for what seemed like the full 100 laps. It was a great first effort. Monday was one of the best races we have seen in years. The inversion and a race under their belts brought a whole bunch of people out to race. There was not much question that Joey and Patrick were going to have their hands full, and they did. Great performances by ACT Champ Brian Hoar, Mark Lamberton, Jonathan Urlin, Wayne Helliwell, Jr., and Patrick Hamel.