Helliwell Shines in Photo Finish at Devil's Bowl

Helliwell Shines In Photo Finish at Devil’s Bowl

Reigning American Canadian Tour Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. sent the message loud and clear to his competitors on a beautiful Sunday (May 5) afternoon at West Haven’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway, taking his second victory in-a-row in the Spring Green 113 by just .02 of a second over Williston’s Brian Hoar.  ACT Point Leader Jimmy Hebert continued the hot start to his season and completed the podium in third place.

Helliwell used his second-place starting position to his advantage to jump to the early race lead, bringing eight-time ACT Champion Hoar in tow.  The pair ran away in the front while Hebert and Tiverton, RI’s Ray Parent began the battle with Devils Bowl Speedway Champion Craig Bushey for the top five positions.  A few early cautions for single spins kept the field together early, while Helliwell showed the 31-car field the way. 

Hebert Retains Point Lead, ACT Turns to Devils Bowl

Hebert Retains Point Lead, ACT Turns to Devil’s Bowl

The Merchants Bank 150 at Barre’s Thunder Road cranked up the heat on the American Canadian Tour, shaking up the point standings before a key showdown takes place at the Spring Green 113 this Sunday, May 5 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

Sophomore sensation Jimmy Hebert, who started the year off with his first-ever ACT victory in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup two weeks ago at Lee, backed up his opening day win with a seventh place finish at his home track, Thunder Road.  ACT Rookie-of-the-Year contender Bobby Therrien was impressive in just his third ACT start with a fifth-place finish after battling up front all day, pushing forward a youth movement that continues to gain traction on the Tour.  With his finish on Sunday he secured a position inside the top ten in overall points, joining young standouts Rowland Robinson, Jr. and Ben Lynch who currently sit seventh and eighth and look to ride their opening momentum into West Haven for the Spring Green 113.

Hoar Steals Second Merchants Bank 150

Hoar Steals Second Merchants Bank 150

The sun shined on eight-time American Canadian Tour Champion Brian Hoar, as his trademark patience brought him his second Merchants Bank 150 in as many years on a beautiful afternoon at Barre, VT's Thunder Road on Sunday, April 28.  Middlesex, VT’s Dave Pembroke came home a stout second, and 7-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr brought home a third place finish.

The race began with pole sitter Jay Laquerre running to a large lead in the early going, but it wasn’t long before Pembroke and Hoar muscled their way to the front in the outside lane, with Pembroke snatching the lead on lap 36.  From there Pembroke surged, making short work of lap traffic and building his lead during a long 82-lap green flag run.  ACT Rookie of the Year competitor Bobby Therrien impressed early, working his way towards the front of the pack as high as third in his third career ACT event before the caution. 

When the race restarted, Pembroke was away again while young Therrien battled the veteran Hoar for second place.  Meanwhile, Cyr, 2012 King of the Road Nick Sweet, and New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 Champion Jimmy Hebert crept through the field on their way to the leaders.  When lap 100 struck, the veterans knew it was time to show their hand.

Pit Notes for Saturday, April 27 Practice

Pit Notes for Saturday, April 27 Practice

The stars of the American Canadian Tour and Thunder Road’s local divisions lit up Barre, VT for the annual Car Show on Saturday, April 27 before heading to The Nation’s Site of Excitement for a practice in preparation for the 15th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on Sunday, April 28. 

Over 80 stock cars were displayed on Main Street in Barre, VT for Thunder Road’s Annual Car Show.  A large gathering of fans were treated to blue skies, driver autographs and pictures, remote-controlled cars, Troy Kingsbury’s Race to Read program, and WDEV Radio.  The annual Pit Stop contest featured last year’s champions battling to see who could complete the fastest two-tire change.  2012 Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Champion Bobby Therrien stole the show with a fast time of 32.93. 

MacDonald Files Late Entry to Merchants Bank 150

MacDonald Files Late Entry to Merchants Bank 150 

Eddie MacDonald, a two-time New Hampshire Motor Speedway winner with the American Canadian Tour (ACT), has entered the Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road this Sunday, April 28, adding to a star-studded entry list for Thunder Road’s season opening event.

MacDonald, who finished third at the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup ACT season opener, has a long racing resume in New England. He currently races on the K&N East Tour as well as ACT. 

“The team is very busy preparing the car for this weekend’s race,” said MacDonald.  “It was great to come out of the gate with a podium last weekend at Lee, so we can’t wait to head to Thunder Road,” he finished.

ACT Announces New Champions Program

ACT Announces New Champions Program

The American Canadian Tour has partnered with the Quebec Sportsman Series to provide a new contingency program for their racers in Eastern Canada called the ACT New Champions Program.

The New Champions Program provides a $100 bonus to the highest finishing driver in each event of the Quebec Sportsman Series who has not won a race in 2013.  It will start with the winner of their first event. 

ACT Experiences Youth Movement

ACT Experiences Youth Movement

Young Racers Rule At Season Opener

2012 ACT Rookie of the Year Jimmy Hebert claimed an emotional victory in the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, but his victory did more than cement his name in the history books of ACT.  For an afternoon, it appeared to usher in a new regime of racers to the 27-year old sanctioning body. 

Hebert’s victory stole headlines across the Northeast, but he was not the only driver that had a career day at the Lee USA Speedway opener.  Five drivers in the top ten claimed career-high finishes on Sunday.  North Haverhill’s Travis Fadden, grandson of the legendary Stub Fadden, finished second on Sunday after earning the pole, and conquered his previous best finish of 12th in just his fifth ACT start.  Rowland Robinson, Jr.’s family run team carved through the field to finish fourth: six positions higher than his previous career best.  Ben Lynch had his best finish of his ACT Career finishing in sixth, and ACT Rookie of the Year contender Travis Stearns earned his best with eighth.  Between the five drivers, they have a combined 53 American Canadian Tour starts.  Just two years ago, none of these drivers had ever competed in a full-time ACT season. 

Hebert Surges to First ACT Victory

Hebert Surges To First ACT Victory


American Canadian Tour Rookie of the Year Jimmy Hebert disproved any ideas of a sophomore slump by earning his first-career ACT victory in style at the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 14th.  North Haverhill, NH’s Travis Fadden and Rowley, MA’s Eddie Macdonald finished out the podium for the season opening event. 

The race began with Tiverton, RI’s Ray Parent going door-to-door with pole sitter Fadden for the first six laps, until overtaking him for the early lead.  Fadden stayed hooked to Parent’s back bumper as the field stretched out, bringing defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. into third behind the two leaders.  As the pair worked through lap traffic, Hebert worked his way from the 15th starting position to tenth, highlighting a string of daring moves with a 3-wide blast on lap 32.  By lap 57, Hebert had maneuvered his way through the field to 6th place.  Parent and Fadden continued to battle for the lead through lap traffic until a quick move by Fadden left Parent pinned behind a lapped car.  Fadden stole the lead back, and showed the way until the first of six cautions on lap 89. 

ACT Pit Report - Lee USA Speedway
ACT Pit Report – Lee USA Speedway
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Lee, NH - The American Canadian Tour Late Models hit the track for the first time in 2013 with an optional practice at Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH. Thirty-six (36) cars took advantage of the practice day in preparation for tomorrow’s (Sunday, April 14) NH Governor’s Cup 150 season opener.
Former ACT champions dominated the top of the speed charts in each of the four practice sessions. Eight-time ACT Champion Brian Hoar of Williston, VT led one of the four sessions while seven-time ACT Champion Jean-Paul Cyr of Milton, VT topped the final two. Multi-time Lee USA track champion and defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of Dover, NH held down the second fastest spot in each of the four sessions.

Entries Pile for Lee USA Opener

Entries Pile for Lee USA Opener

Macdonald, Theetge File Entries 

Race season is finally upon us as the American Canadian Tour kicks off their 2013 season with the New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 14th.  The pressure will be on for last year’s winner Brian Hoar and 8-time Lee USA Speedway Champion and defending ACT Champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr., but the competition will be hungry after a long offseason away.

Rowley, MA’s Eddie Macdonald, a 2-time Bond Auto ACT Invitational winner, will make the trek to Lee, NH, making him one of the early favorites.  He led laps late in last year’s opening event, but was caught up in an altercation with Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. that ended both drivers’ hopes at the win. 

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